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Training Exercises: Practice Courses with Work Stations

Work the individual stations, then run the course.  By Leona Hellesvig

If you'd like to use this course with a class, you may divide students up into smaller groups and have them practice on the different stations. Instructors can float from station to station to problem solve or check out each student's technique. For the jump chute, handlers can practice sending and calling their dogs to the table. If you don't have two tables, you can eliminate the table as #20. If you don't have four tunnels, substitute jumps for the tunnel openings (so you'll need two jumps per tunnel and the dogs will be taking one jump and then turning back to take the second).

This course and the practice stations also work well for private sessions and for practicing with your own dog.

This article, which was posted previously on, is part of a new Training Tuesday series that is appearing on USDAA's facebook page. We encourage you to discuss these exercises on our facebook, and to upload videos of you and your dog trying out one of the segments or the whole course. If you have a facebook account, please join in the fun here: 

Leona Hellesvig has been engaged in dog sports since toddlerhood. She is very involved with junior handlers and 4-H in Minnesota.  When not participating in dog activities, Leona is an elementary school music teacher.


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