Novice Handling with Video Feedback (working spot)

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 to be able to post video for feedback and help throughout the course.

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 and click on the About tab.