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.