Author: Linda Mecklenburg
Format: DVD, 8 discs, NTSC format
Length: 10 hours, 22 minutes
Release Date: December 2011
Success in dog agility depends on your ability to effectively communicate with your dog. Your ability to communicate with your dog and guide him through a course depends on your understanding of how to balance the six basic agility cues—motion, shoulders, location, arm/hand signals, verbal cues, and eyes—described in Linda Mecklenburg’s highly acclaimed book Developing Handling Skills.
This DVD is an edited recording of a two-day seminar presented by Linda and recorded live at the Clean Run training facility in November 2010. Different types of dogs, including mini dogs, participated. Unlike most seminars, choosing the best handling strategy is not the focus of this seminar. Instead, each drill has a predetermined cue combination and the goal is to effectively balance the cues for each individual dog. The appropriate use of motion and the appropriate timing of the cues is emphasized. Familiar sequences are used so that the handler can pay attention to the details of handling.
This seminar focuses on practical application of the concepts presented in chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 (and bits of other chapters and appendices, too) of Linda’s book, Developing Handling Skills, and endeavors to tie it all together into “real” agility. During the seminar Linda reviews many of the theoretical concepts presented in the book while helping the students learn to “balance” their cues, with an emphasis on the appropriate use of motion. Many people who have read the book tell us that this seminar gave them many “light bulb moments” where they actually began to understand the concepts from the book. During the video, appropriate references to pages and figures in the book (Developing Handling Skills) are provided. In addition, you will find copies of the diagrams that appear in the video in a PDF file on Disc 1 (Please insert Disc 1 into your computer to access the file.)
Learn to improve your execution and timing of cue combinations!
About the Author
Linda Mecklenburg is considered one of the premier agility instructors in the United States, and her students have achieved top honors at the highest levels of the sport. She specializes in perfecting the teamwork between dog and handler. Each student comes to Awesome Paws with a different background and varying goals and objectives. Linda customizes her instruction for each team. Regardless of their aspirations, to stand on the podium at the World Championships or have an exhilarating run, helping her students achieve their dreams is Linda’s goal.
No doubt one of the most accomplished handlers in the United States, Linda has won numerous national championships. She has represented the United States in international competition on 14 occasions, with 6 different dogs. At the FCI Agility World Championships, she has earned both gold and silver medals in the Team competition, as well as several top ten Individual placements.
Considered one of the pioneers of dog agility since the earliest days of the sport, Linda is one of the leading innovators of training and handling techniques. She constantly searches for ways to improve performance and raise the standard of excellence and so remains a driving force in the evolution of the sport of dog agility.