Intro to Layering Part 1: Crushing the Pillbug

Date: July 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $40 for members, $80 for non-members

Course description:

This workshop presents course material that was developed by the instructor for Susan Garrett’s Agility Nation’s Backyardin’ series. 

Whether it’s a distance send class at your local trial — or a top international competition – being able to send your dog out and around obstacles is an essential skill. With today’s course designs and competition trends, it’s more important than ever.

Since most dogs are faster than their handlers, the ability to layer obstacles can help you run a shorter line and frees up your dog to run faster.

Participants will work through a series of four exercises, from first steps to an intermediate/advanced level course. A speed loop is included!

What’s the Pillbug Exercise?

The Pillbug Exercise has been around for a long time. But it’s tried and true. It’s a simple way to introduce your dog to the concept of moving away from you as you send them out and around an obstacle.

It can help make distance skills easy to practice in a small space and is simple for almost any dog to perform and understand.

Prerequisites:  CGC for dogs older than 1 year. They should be working at or above the Agility 3 level or have attended previous Foundations for International Skills workshops. They should understand how to drive forward to a target.

No contacts or weaves will be used in this workshop. 

NOTE: While it’s recommended to sign up for Part 1 and Part 2 of the layering workshops, it’s not required. You can take either or both workshops depending on your preferences and schedule.