Dial Up the Distance: How to Train Distance & Use It on Course by Kristy Netzer

Dial Up the Distance: How to Train Distance & Use It on Course
Kristy Netzer

Today’s agility courses are far tougher and competition running times are tighter than ever before. Every handler needs solid distance skills to be competitive, but it’s especially crucial when you are slower than your dog. In this 2-disc DVD set you will see a comprehensive program that uses a clear, step-by-step approach to help handlers build these all-important distance skills with their dogs. Kristy Netzer owns and operates two highly respected agility schools, and has taught hundreds of students how to incorporate extraordinary distance skills into their handling systems so that their dogs can work confidently and accurately away from them.

Kristy's program starts with fundamental distance ground work and teaching your dog “Go,” “Out,” “Here,” as well as “Left” and “Right” directionals. Then she progresses to more difficult skills such as training and handling obstacle discrimination and pinwheels at a distance. In these DVDs you’ll learn how to use long lead-outs and layering skills to give yourself every advantage possible. You will also learn how to direct your dog’s path through a variety of sequences, using body cues and directional commands. There is also a special section on course analysis that reviews actual competition courses and leads you through the steps for planning handling strategies using your distance skills.

The Dial Up the Distance program is appropriate for handlers at every level of agility whose dogs have basic independent obstacle performance skills. It is especially beneficial for handlers who consider themselves “speed challenged.”

Kristy Netzer discovered her love of dogs at the age of 13. She began working as a groomer's assistant and then made the fateful deal with her parents that if she could earn enough money, she could purchase her own dog. At $2.50 an hour, it was a daunting task, but Kristy met her goal. She and her Golden Retriever, Calypso, hit the dog obedience circuit. After receiving her CDX, Kristy attended the first ever USDAA agility seminar in Southern California. The teamwork, competition, and fun attracted her to this wonderful new sport in 1989. In 1993, Kristy was a founding member of the first officially sanctioned, USDAA club in Southern California, West Valley DogSports. In 1996, WVDS asked Kristy to teach agility classes and she realized that the second best thing to running your dog in agility was teaching dog agility. After encouragement from some very good agility friends, Kristy hosted her own agility seminar. The seminar was so successful, that she began her own training school, Happy Dog Agility. Kristy has earned the USDAA ADCH title on three dogs, Zippity, Jubilee and Dabbie, and has achieved numerous other agility accomplishments.

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