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Intermediate Class

Intermediate presents teams with longer sequences and more challenging approaches to the obstacles, such as crosses before and after obstacles. More emphasis will be placed on handling maneuvers while ensuring the dog’s thorough understanding of independent obstacle performance. Obstacle discrimination and lateral and forward distance handling are incorporated into the lesson plans, along with commonly occurring sequences such as 180s, 270s, pinwheels and serpentines.  Handlers will increase their use of front and rear crosses, turn away cues and similar handling moves.  Intermediate class should be repeated until dogs are proficient on all obstacles, especially 12-weave poles, teeter or other contact obstacles, before moving to Advanced.
Advanced Class

The subject matter for Advanced puts more emphasis on training the handler a wide variety of cues and signals for directing our dogs around a course.  Sequences are longer and more difficult than in the lower level classes.  Lesson plans will focus on turning cues such as wraps, turn aways, outs, lead outs, serpentines, and false turns.  Students will also be introduced to other advanced handling cues such as blind crosses, backsides, and a variety of collection and tight turn cues. Improved obstacle skills and proofing are also incorporated into the lesson plans such as obstacle discrimination exercises, handling contact obstacle from a distance and challenging weave pole entrances and exits. Teams in Advanced are expected to have full proficiency on all equipment, including 12-weave poles, teeter, dogwalk and A-frame. Dogs should be jumping close to their competition height.

Two Advanced classes are offered on Wednesday nights. The same lesson plans will be offered in each class, so students can register for the time slot most convenient for them.

Advanced is a good class choice for teams that have basic obstacle skills but are not interested in competing or for someone who wants to keep an aging dog active.
Handling Class

Handling will present teams with challenging sequences designed to replicate challenges found in Open/Advanced and Excellent/Masters level courses. Dogs must have competence on all obstacles and handlers should have reasonable competency in basic handling maneuvers. Class exercises will introduce teams to new and updated handling maneuvers with the goal of directing dogs on faster, tighter lines for maximum efficiency and understanding. Each session of Handling is 9 weeks long and a student may remain in the Handling class for the entire training season as the lesson plans are continually developed and are not repeated.

The same lesson plans are used for both classes on Tuesday nights, so handlers should register based upon the time slot most convenient for them.

Open Practice
This is an opportunity for dogs and handlers to work on equipment and arranged sequences at their own pace. No instruction is provided, but a class supervisor will be available to answer questions.  There will be 2-3 stations set-up each week based upon the sets used in the Intermediate class, which immediately precedes the Open Practice time slot.