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We tend to spend a lot of time focusing on the big picture in training; however, all of our complex agility behaviors are actually composed of many tiny, but critical mechanical decisions and behavior chains that should be fluent before the big, exciting skills can come together. Agility dogs need to know how to offer behaviors and chain them together, and have solid, consistent responses to obstacle, marker, and release cues. You, as the trainer, need the tools in your toolbox to make those things happen.
This course will help shore up some of the significant training gaps that students commonly have when transitioning from "foundations" to complex agility behaviors. These are skills that all agility trainers should strive to master, as they will accelerate the dogs' learning curve and prevent many of the common problems that can develop in agility as the team faces increasingly difficult challenges.
By learning and understanding the concepts presented in the course, you will learn how to be clear and consistent as well as take your independent dog-training problem-solving abilities to the next level. The best agility trainers understand how to create enthusiastic and consistent responses from their dogs. A few may have a textbook-level understanding of learning theory, but most do not. However, these trainers share a deep understanding of how their behavior affects the outcomes they are seeking with their dogs. They are active participants in developing their dog’s skills as well as their responses to the whole process. Dogs that are genuinely motivated and who understand the task at hand are faster and more accurate. Which ultimately gets what the human half of the team wants; positive reinforcement for us!
What is included with your Premier registration?
- 8 lessons with written lectures and video instruction with 10 weeks to complete them (a new lesson is released every Wednesday; there are an extra 2 weeks built into the course for you to do any catch-up that's needed)
- Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
- Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
- Ability to post questions about your dog as well as videos of your dog working (Premier students can posts 9 minutes of video each week, in 2-3 minute increments)
- Ability to participate in discussions and watch all posted videos
- Instructor feedback on video assignments
- Keep what you buy—No expiring content; after the course ends, you won't be able to ask questions, but the content is still available to you
Your dog should be at least 6 months old and you should be familiar with shaping behaviors and the basic concepts of marker cues. This course may be too much if you are new to agility and/or dog training.
Equipment and space needed
- A "station," which is somewhere to park the dog where they are clear that it's their space and they know how to stay there for a moment. It can be as simple as a mat or a raised dog bed, or it can be a platform like the KLIMB or Cato Board. The station must be stable enough that the dog can blast off of it without it tipping or flying out from under them.
- A variety of props for getting on, in, under, going around, etc. These props are NOT all required, the goal is to have multiple, varied options to work with for different behaviors such as: a heavy, large dog bowl or rubber feed pan, a cone or an upright of some sort (smaller than a jump wing), a variety of sturdy boxes or Tupperware items that are large enough to put feet in, smaller FitPaws or Flexiness equipment such as balance discs and pads.
- Wide variety of treats
- Toys that your dog likes to engage with
- Optional: Manners Minder/Treat & Train or Pet Tutor, 2x2s, travel plank, tunnel, cones or jump wings, additional fitness/conditioning equipment
The vast majority of this course can be done indoors in a 12' x12' room. In week 8, it's ideal to have an outdoor field space. If that's not possible, however, we'll help you work with what space you have.
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. 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.
We offer a 90% refund for the class if you request a cancellation at least 5 days before the class begins AND the Premier spots have not already sold out. If the Premier spots are sold out, we cannot issue a refund unless we fill your spot.
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.