It used to be called the "evil" arm, but now we know that the "opposite" arm (also referred to as the outside arm or non-dog-side arm) can be used in a variety of ways in agility to tell your dog where you want him to go.
In this self-study course, you'll learn how to train and use the opposite arm to help cue a variety of useful skills on course—collection on tight turns, backside pushes, lead changes, threadles, turns on the flat, side changes, and more—as well as how to make each cue look distinct so the dog has no questions about what you're telling him.
You’ll find the training simple and fun, and a great addition to your handling toolbox! You’ll also learn when and where to use an opposite arm cue on course, so you can use it to help create great runs!
This is a self-study class. There are 8 lessons. The games are presented with video demos and written descriptions. There is no video review in this class.
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
- Keep what you buy—No expiring content
All dogs age 12 months and older.
Equipment and space needed
- A jump and 1 jump wing
- 20' x 20' or 30' x 30' training space (all games can be modified to suit the space you have available)
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.
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.
Tracy Sklenar has been training dogs and competing in dog agility for almost 20 years and is perhaps the only handler in the world who has won medals in international finals as a coach for 2 different countries AND as a handler with her own dog in both team and individual events. She is on the faculty of Agility University and Agility MasterClass. and also travels extensively to teach seminars and compete. Her "Feet Forward" approach to handling and emphasis on connection and reinforcement have helped handlers excel at every level and with every type of dog.
Tracy's dogs have had very successful careers regionally, nationally and internationally. She and her dogs have achieved many titles/championships, made many finalist appearances as well as multiple podium appearances in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Tracy has competed successfully in agility with a variety of dogs of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. Most recently, Tracy won the National Games Championship at the 2018 UKI US Open.
Currently, she shares her life with 6 dogs: 3 BC/terrier mixes (14-year-old Export, 11-year-old Matrix, and puppy Hot Sauce), a BC/Croatian mix (5-year-old-Voodoo) and two Papillons (6-year-old Crusher and 4-year-old Macho Nacho). In the ring, their runs are noted for focus, accuracy, consistency and speed. She began agility with 2 mixed breeds and 2 Dalmatians, and also enjoyed a fabulous career with Rebound, a Rat Terrier.
Tracy also has extensive coaching experience, ranging from local competitors to international teams. She came out of team coaching retirement to coach Team USA at the IFCS World Agility Championships in Valencia, Spain in 2017 and stayed on to coach the 2018 USA team in Italy. In 2012 and 2011, she was the Coach/Manager of Team USA at the World Agility Open in Belgium and the United Kingdom, and in both years was proud to see the US team bring home more medals than any other country—both times! She served as the Manager/Coach for Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships in 2008, 2010, and in 2012. These teams were also very successful, ranking high in the Individual medal count and bringing home medals in the Team event.
Outside of international competitions, Tracy's local, national, and international students from live classes, seminars, and online classes have achieved great success with a variety of breeds, including championship titles, national finals appearances, top five finishes in their breed, Invitational appearances, and more! Tracy uses positive reinforcement, motivational games and shaping to build brilliant behaviors in the dogs while teaching the handlers to be consistent and positive in their handling and dog training.
"This class is awesome! So much information for a ridiculously reasonable price! I finally understand how the arms and “lasers” can be used together correctly and how I have been screwing up one cue when I use the other! Thank you, Tracy! I LOVED this course!" —Laura