An agility handling system is a language- a language that you and your dog use to communicate on course as you guide your dog from one obstacle to the next. Now, imagine learning a new language from someone who isn’t already fluent in that language. Sounds messy, doesn’t it?
It is commonplace to teach agility to both the handler and the dog at the same time, but what if it didn’t need to be that way? What if there were core skills that the handler could learn first, to fluency, before introducing the dog to those elements? Look no further, because those core skills will be outlined in this presentation.
Megan has broken down common handling techniques into bite sized pieces that handlers can practice without their dog until they are in automation. A handler that is fluent in their communication system can provide more clarity for their dog, which in turn boosts the confidence of the whole team.
Learn how to use your eyes, chest, feet, and arms in a consistent way through a series of exercises that are both fun and challenging for the two-legged members of the agility team.
Regardless of your experience with agility or the handling system that you choose, these core skills and exercises can be used to improve your handling mechanics. Together, we can make learning and teaching agility more enjoyable for all members of the team.