Go, Whoa & Yo: Teaching Modes of Focus

Go, Whoa & Yo: Teaching Modes of Focus

Instructor: Dudley Shumate
Course Type: Self-Study Course

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For our dogs to do a course as fast as possible, it's our job as handlers to be the best navigators we can be. This means having a system of communication (verbal and physical cues) that is as clear, efficient, and timely as possible. In this class, you will use fun exercises to teach your dog the three critical modes of focus that she must be able to transition between on an agility course, and that you must be able to communicate clearly:

  • Go! = Extension. The dog runs as fast as she can, taking all obstacles on a path/line that does not require a turn until she runs out of obstacles OR you signal a turn.
  • Whoa! = Collection. The dog shortens the length of her stride in preparation for a change of direction and shifts to more handler focus in order to perceive the new direction of path which includes obstacles.
  • Yo! = Bypass an obstacle. The dog comes directly to you without taking any obstacles regardless of what your position and motion might suggest.

The goal is to work on your mechanics for cueing each mode so that you can become fluent and don't have to think about your handling, and your dog understands exactly what you want.

After working on Go, Whoa, and Yo, Dudley will give you a little mo', and share exercises for cueing threadles and pushes to the backside.

This course is appropriate for young/green dogs who are ready to put together short sequences of 4-9 obstacles.

You can start this self-study course whenever you like. It includes 4 lessons that you can complete at your own pace. There are no fixed deadlines or due dates.

What is included with your purchase?

  • Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
  • Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
  • No expiring content—you can go back any time to read and watch lessons. There is no time limit.


This course is appropriate for young/green dogs who are ready to put together short sequences of 4-9 obstacles. 

Equipment and space needed

  • 6 jumps
  • Short tunnel 
  • A 50 ft. x 70 ft. training area

How do I access my Learning Center purchase?

After you complete your purchase using your credit card or PayPal, you will receive 2 email confirmations: the first is a receipt acknowledging that your order has been received and the second email contains the link for your Clean Run Learning Center program. Just click on the link in the email to complete enrollment. If you already have a Learning Center account, then you will go directly to your educational program. If you do not, then you will enter your email address and a password to use for this Learning Center program and any future ones your purchase. Please be aware that this is a separate account you are establishing on https://cleanrunonline.com/home and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts). 

If you have a Clean Run website account, then you can also access your program at anytime by signing in at cleanrun.com and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu. 

Refund Policy

Please be aware that there are no refunds for on-demand/self-study courses, on-demand lessons, or webinars.

We suggest that you read the information provided carefully before making your purchase. If you have any questions about whether the content is right for you, please email us.

"I wanted to say that I really enjoyed Dudley’s online workshop. I also really liked the design of Clean Run’s online learning page. Made things easy to find and easy to post. I’ll be taking more!"  —Karen