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Episode #13: Where to start when you’re starting, and what makes an expert an expert

In this episode, Daisy discusses:

  • The 5 hallmarks of a great coach, mentor, or instructor
  • What separates the best from the rest when it comes to expertise
  • How to find the best online training content
  • Why a great coach, mentor, or instructor may not make you FEEL good, but how they will help you BE good
  • Outgrowing a coach, mentor, or instructor

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  • mention fc footwork, fc to bc footwork and then you mention:

    “Single step required to remove laterally from your dog on the course”.

    Can you direct me to that or give me some information on it. I have never heard anyone mention footwork on this but if there is something I would love to learn better it is that maneuver. It seems sometimes when I move laterally I will pull Blew off her intended line. I know one issue is my shoulder pull/turn being too early before I set her line. But if there is some footwork that would help also it would be nice to learn.
    Thanks
    Bob Daigle

    • Hey there Bob, thanks for a great question! At https://www.theagilitychallenge.com there’s a course for members called THE SIX BASIC CUES – take a look at that, and I think you’ll find some cool information on how I use lateral motion in my handling system. Also look up ‘sends’ and ‘commitment’ at The Agility Challenge and you’ll find a ton of content on how to use lateral motion to let your dog know where to go before committing to a jump, WITHOUT pulling them off that jump!

  • Just wanted to thank you for this. I have been teaching on and off for years. Recently started again about six months ago. The students I have are fantastic, but are missing fundamental jumping skills. I haven’t addressed it because it’s not my curriculum and they’re in an advanced class. I didn’t want to insult them or the facility owner. I realize now that I’d be doing a disservice by continuing to ignore it. We’re going to work on it next week.

    • Hey there Barb, thank you so much for sharing where you’re at with your students! I’d love to hear how it goes, if you get a moment after the first few weeks of implementing this strategy, let me know! I have always found that if you can gamify some of the fundamentals that you want students to work on outside of class, you can get a lot of buy in – $5 starbucks cards can go a long way as rewards, but I also found that just having a list of student’s names on a sheet on the wall, and happy face stickers if they worked on some foundation HW outside of class and could demonstrated it in class, was VERY motivating. Students wanted those smiley faces by their names!

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