Dial up the Distance 2 DVD Set


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What is it about?

It’s no secret that today’s agility courses are far tougher and running times are tighter than ever before. Every handler who sets foot in the ring needs solid distance skills in their tool box, but it’s especially crucial when your dog is faster than you. Dial Up the Distance is a comprehensive two-disc 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 (California and Tennessee), and has taught hundreds of students how to incorporate extraordinary distance skills into their handling systems so their dogs can work confidently and accurately away from them.

You’ll start with fundamental distance ground work and teaching your dog “Go,” “Out,” “Here,” as well as “Left” and “Right” directionals. Then you’ll progress to more difficult skills such as training and handling obstacle discrimination and pinwheels at a distance. You’ll learn how to use long lead-outs and effective layering skills to give yourself every advantage possible. And, you’ll learn how to direct your dog’s path through a variety of sequences, using body cues and directional commands. There is even 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.

Dial Up the Distance 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.”

More about Kristy

 At the age of 13, Kristy Netzer discovered her love of dogs. She began working as a groomer’s assistant and then made a fateful deal with her parents. If she would earn enough money, she could purchase her own dog. At $2.50 an hour, it was a daunting task. But low and behold, 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 ever, officially sanctioned, USDAA club in Southern California, West Valley DogSports. In 1996, WVDS asked Kristy to teach agility classes. She realized 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.

When was it released? 2010

Who produced it? Clean Run

Running time- 2 hours, 8 minutes


~~Today’s top agility dogs run courses at extraordinary speeds, making it difficult for even the fittest of handlers to keep up. Therefore, being able to handle your dog at a distance is key.

In this DVD, Kristy Netzer, owner and trainer at two highly respected agility schools in the US, teaches us how to get our dogs to work confidently and accurately away from us. She shows us how to teach fundamental distance directionals as well as how to train more difficult skills, such as, obstacle discrimination and lead outs, to ensure that we give ourselves the best advantage. Netzer also provides a comprehensive course analysis section enabling you to plan your distance handling strategies round real life courses.

Suitable for handlers and dogs at every competition level, this DVD is considered especially beneficial for those unable to keep up with their dog on course.

Netzer begins by explaining that she began distance handling when she got her first Border Collie, as she found that the fact she couldn’t keep up was making her dog feel frustrated, and subsequently causing behaviour problems.

She then introduces us to the five key elements of distance training, these being;

  • Placement of reward. In distance training it is important to reward away from you rather than close to you.
  • Allowing the dog to make mistakes
  • Two tries are enough. If your dog fails twice at an exercise then you need to change something to make it easier.
  • The use of pressure. This is how you can use body language to direct your dog where you want him to go.
  • Understanding luring versus rewarding.

Netzer continues by examining the use of pressure in more detail, giving us some examples of handling manoeuvres where we can use pressure from body language, such as the rear cross. She moves on to using and delivering rewards, discussing the difference between a lure and a reward, and how we can use these for both food and toy motivated dogs.

Netzer next looks at four important directional commands for distance handling. These include;

  • Go: Tells the dog to keep driving forward and take whatever obstacles are in his course.
  • Out: Tells the dog to push away from the handler
  • Here: Tells the dog to come in to the hander
  • Redirects or ‘left and right’: Tells the dog to turn away from the handler.

We then study the ‘Go’ command in more detail and Netzer provides us with the groundwork for teaching this, which involves teaching the dog to target a bucket, gradually moving it further from the dog so he learns to keep driving forward. She then shows us some examples of where we might find this command useful on a course, such as a long straight at the end of a course. Netzer demonstrates some exercises to practice the ‘Go’, which include adding in other obstacles, namely the tunnel. We then work on adding lateral distance as well as being able to use this command on a curved line which allows the handle to get into a better position for the next part of the course. Netzer shows us real life examples of the instances we can use the ‘Go’ command on course.

Netzer moves on teaching the ‘Out’ command. She explains that there are two types of out command, the recall out for when your dog is coming towards you and the lateral out when you want your dog to move away from you. Netzer begins by showing us how to teach the recall out as well as how to combine this with the ‘Go’ command. She continues by demonstrating how to add layering to this exercise before showing us how we can use the recall out on course. We then consider the lateral out, and Netzer explains how we can teach this using single jump work, gradually adding complexity.

The next directional command we consider is ‘Here’. This is essentially a recall using the dog’s name. Netzer demonstrates how we can use this to achieve tight turns when performing a front cross, first teaching it over a single jump before progressing to more. The next step of teaching this exercise is to add handler movement and lateral distance. Netzer then provides us with some real life examples of how to use this command.

Next, Netzer shows us how to teach redirects, otherwise known as left and rights. She discusses the groundwork for teaching this exercise before adding in jumps and adding distance. She also comments on how we can use redirects to help with rear crosses if the handler is unable to get there in time, as well as demonstrating them from a tunnel and off contacts. Netzer then provides an exercise for putting all of the above directional together in the ultimate challenge exercise.

Netzer begins part two with teaching and handling obstacle discrimination beginning with teaching verbal discrimination. She starts with a jump before adding in other obstacles. Netzer advises that once you’ve worked with two different obstacles you can then begin to teach the dog to discriminate between the two, before building in more complexity. Netzer also adds how we can combine the use of directional commands with obstacle discrimination cues to help the dog on course, for example when the tunnel is placed under the A-frame, showing us some examples of this.

Netzer moves on to pinwheels or a fan of jumps. She shows us how we can use a target, gradually fading it out to teach this exercise, before showing us how to add in more difficulty. Netzer explains that the advantages of being able to stay in one place while your dog jumps round the fan are that it puts you ahead of your dog. She continues by showing us how to add in both a front and rear cross to this exercise, putting particular emphasis on where you place this handling manoeuvre.

We then look at lead outs, which Netzer describes as being able to leave your dog on the start line and move a few obstacles back before releasing them. She explains that footwork is key and demonstrates how we can progress to lead outs incorporating a turn, showing us how to determine the correct handler stance. We are then shown examples of good and bad handler positions before being shown more complex lead out exercises incorporating some of the previous skills learned.

Finally, Netzer studies course analysis. In this section she takes us through jumping and agility courses, showing us where and how we can use distance handling, putting to use all the skills learned above.

In-depth and easy to follow, this DVD will provide you and your dog with solid distance skills – a fantastic and necessary addition to every handler’s toolbox.


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