Novice Handling

taught by Maria Thiry

Course description

Do you train at home and wonder if you are covering all the skills that your dog will see on courses? Even if you train at a club, they may not cover everything, especially if every week it's run by a different instructor so no continuity.

When Keen had finished his jump training, I found there wasn't an online course that covered his true level of handling which was Novice - Intermediate. Everything out there was European handling, which is not what you will get in the lower levels of courses at trials.

So I went ahead and designed this course with true Novice handling, not anything advanced like threadles or push back blind x's etc. These will be skills that will help your dogs with what we see in beginner or intermediate courses here in Australia.

Six lessons each concentrating on a particular skill but the sequences have bits of everything in them. They are short sequences, so we can reward the dogs frequently.

This course is also a fantastic foundation proofing course to see where your more advanced dogs weak spots are. You will have 6 mths access to work through it all.

Equipment required is one tunnel and four jumps and space about 15 x 15 m.

Choose this option if you want course content only.

Interested in getting feedback on how you work through the exercises? Please purchase a working spot option on the main page.

Maria Thiry
Maria Thiry
Instructor Title

Agility is my passion, and teaching others to love it as much as I do, is an absolute joy. I'm a dog trainer that specialises in agility, training using positive and fun methods. I've been doing agility for over 15 years now, and I have been teaching others to have fun with their dogs since 2001.

I don't believe one size fits all in agility and do not follow one specific handling system. I love how my agility handling has expanded over the last few years and I'm really embracing fun and exciting handling techniques that don't restrict me at all. I have loads of different ideas for helping all sorts of dogs and handlers improve their teamwork and course running.

Over the years I have taken three dogs to their Australian Agility Championship in ADAA and have won multiple big events with different dogs at both ANKC and ADAA Nationals. For more info on this check out my website at rdagility.com and click on the About tab.

Reviews (3)

by Michelle Varcoe

Novice Handling - working Spot

by Trish Vardy
I was unsure if I was going to able to trial my new puppy - this course with a working spot gave me the confidence to handle and I learnt to understand what he needed from me - I could not fault this course at all - The content was very easy to understand whilst challenging you the entire time - I am very disappointed it came to an end - I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone - My videos were analysed with constructive feedback plus I also got to see others videos in my group so it gave me a more complete understanding of what is required - Words can't express what it has done for my confidence

LOVE IT!

by Tanya McAndrew
I loved this course with Maria - it gave me a training focus for the duration! Instead of walking out into the yard and wondering "what do I do with the dogs today?" I'd have a map and a plan and a layout to follow - I knew exactly what I was going to work on and the feedback then gave me even more to work with. I think everyone should do this course with their developing dogs - it really was excellent. I think it just really gave me confidence to do my own practice and training each day and once I had the confidence with the sequences I worked them with my other two dogs as well. Don't think about it just do it - the whole thing - the feedback bundle is the best part - video feedback was always given within a few days so I would know what to focus on and could go off and re-do the parts that didn't quite work the first time. It's also fun to see others doing the sequences and give each other encouragement!

by Michelle Varcoe

Novice Handling - working Spot

by Trish Vardy
I was unsure if I was going to able to trial my new puppy - this course with a working spot gave me the confidence to handle and I learnt to understand what he needed from me - I could not fault this course at all - The content was very easy to understand whilst challenging you the entire time - I am very disappointed it came to an end - I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone - My videos were analysed with constructive feedback plus I also got to see others videos in my group so it gave me a more complete understanding of what is required - Words can't express what it has done for my confidence

LOVE IT!

by Tanya McAndrew
I loved this course with Maria - it gave me a training focus for the duration! Instead of walking out into the yard and wondering "what do I do with the dogs today?" I'd have a map and a plan and a layout to follow - I knew exactly what I was going to work on and the feedback then gave me even more to work with. I think everyone should do this course with their developing dogs - it really was excellent. I think it just really gave me confidence to do my own practice and training each day and once I had the confidence with the sequences I worked them with my other two dogs as well. Don't think about it just do it - the whole thing - the feedback bundle is the best part - video feedback was always given within a few days so I would know what to focus on and could go off and re-do the parts that didn't quite work the first time. It's also fun to see others doing the sequences and give each other encouragement!