Seven Handling Elements: Position

Are you familiar with the seven handling elements? Do you know how they work and how they affect your dog?

All OneMind Dogs handling techniques include elements of seven key factors to support the dog’s movement on an agility course and make it as easy and effective as possible. In every handling technique we try to get all the elements to support the same thing. The handler should be consistent with the training and never give mixed signals to the dog.

The position of the handler in relation to the dog gives a lot of information to the dog on an agility course. Handler’s position is one of the most powerful elements in many handling techniques.

OneMind Dogs Method concentrates on handling the dog on running lines, not from one obstacle to another. To reach the best possible running lines for the dog, both before and after an obstacle, it is important to know what kind of affect your position has on your dog.

There are differences between some breeds and dog individuals when it comes to the position element. For example, some dogs don’t like to come too close to the handler on a course. It’s important to learn to know what your dog's natural distance to you is. You can use this knowledge to your benefit when you’re trying to decide between different handling options.

Understanding the influence of different elements has enabled us to demonstrate what is, from the dog´s point of view, a good way to execute the techniques. On the OneMind Dogs handling technique videos the use and the influence of all seven elements are always presented individually. We also introduce the most common mistakes in execution of the techniques shown in the videos. The goal is to give the viewer a complete understanding of how each element works, and to demonstrate what impact variations have on the dog´s performance.


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