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ALPHABET DRILLS BOOK
by Nancy Gyes (See other books by author)


Publisher: Clean Run Productions LLC
Edition:
2011 Paperback, 182 pages

ISBN: 9781892694218
Item: DTA370
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Summary: The jumping drills in this book are based on patterns from letters of the alphabet. Their purpose is to help you become more imaginative when setting up practice drills for yourself, or for your students, and to familiarize you with common obstacle patterns seen on agility courses. Each letter focuses on specific handling skills or dog skills, and uses a minimal amount of space and a minimal number of jumps (5 jumps is the average).

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The jumping drills in this book are based on patterns from letters of the alphabet. Their purpose is to help you become more imaginative when setting up practice drills for yourself, or for your students, and to familiarize you with common obstacle patterns seen on agility courses. Each letter focuses on specific handling skills or dog skills, and uses a minimal amount of space and a minimal number of jumps (5 jumps is the average). The intent of using a familiar pattern for each setup, like the outline of an alphabet letter, is to aid you in remembering each pattern of jumps, so that eventually you can associate the pattern of the letter with the associated drills.

Alphabet drills are designed so that they are useful for all levels of agility handlers. If you’re new to the sport, there are drills to help you and your dog learn the basics of front and rear crosses, lead-out pivots, threadles, serpentine handling, pinwheels, 270s, and more—you can truly train the full spectrum of necessary handling skills with this book. If you’re an advanced competitor, you’ll find more technical drills for maintaining and tuning up your skills, as well as problem solving.

Regardless of which handling method you use, Alphabet Drills will provide years of material for maintaining your agility skills and also training new skills. You’ll never have to worry about what to practice again! Problems getting your dog in the correct entrance of the tunnel? Do the R drills for a week. Wide front crosses or problems with lead-out pivots? T is your drill. Does your dog spin in the wrong direction when you do a rear cross? Work on J drills.

These drills were originally published in Clean Run magazine starting in February 2005 and ending in April 2007. Some of the letters have been revamped for the book and new drills added. Photos and training tips have been incorporated into the text. In addition, Nancy has written an introductory chapter that covers topics such as what age to start training, training effectively, getting ready for training sessions, and what to do if you have problems. There are also new appendixes that contain articles on handling and training serpentines and 270s, the pattern method of course design, and a photo “dictionary” of handling maneuvers.


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Gimmie a A! Gimme a Z!, October 17, 2011
Reviewer: Zonya Jacobs
Have problems thinking up new patterns to practice? I do. The purpose of this book is to get those creative juices flowing by setting up practice drills based on patterns of the alphabet. Patterns that will help build up lead-out pivots, front and rear crosses, threadles, serpentines, pinwheels...and if you don't know what any of those mean because you're a beginner? This book is still useful to those starting out, not just advanced handlers. For the advanced handler there are technical drills for maintenance. For the beginner, developing those necessary handling skills needed on the course. Tons of pictures showing each alphabet drills with clear instruction, along with tips in blue boxes. This is a great resource to have and will give anyone lots to do for some time. Great investment.
 

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