I’m on a mission to find a handling course that I like. There’s plenty of handling courses out there it seems, but I’m not sure any of them suit what I’m after. I tried to find a database online of all the people offering online lessons but such a thing doesn’t seem to exist. So here we go. Online courses for agility-related things. Online classes, long-distance learning, whatever you want to call it.
Feel free to add any you might know of that I’ve missed, or fill any info in that I get wrong.
Please note: The information listed here is my opinion, based on either what I’ve read/heard, or having done the course myself. As this is my opinion only, information may be missing or incorrect so of course do your own research before joining a class and form your own opinions. I do not guarantee that the information below is correct and is based on my opinion of that course/trainer. Courses are listed in no particular order.
Silvia Trkman/LoLaBuland handling – Euro-style courses, I’ve heard the feedback is good but the rationale behind using certain moves isn’t necessarily given. She also had a few other classes that focus on other things (tricks, running contacts, etc)
Orenius/Emanuellson – More Euro-style courses with lots of twisty-stuff. Also got good reviews from a friend with different ways to handle sections and the reasons why. I don’t think they actually run courses through here any more but have more like a ‘private class’ option.
Shape Up Dogs/Justine Davenport/Jessica Patterson – I worked through their Foundations course, which was pretty good but not very ‘foundation-y’, eg. you wouldn’t want to do it if you were a beginner. A focus on ‘trained cues’ rather than ‘natural cues’ in handling, from what I got out of their seminar. Looks like they do some challenging courses to work through.
Martina Magnoli Klimesova – holds classes throughout the year on a few topics, mostly handling and jump skills. The classes are run through a Facebook group with videos, and she gives good feedback.
OneMindDogs – Not sure this belongs here specifically since it’s not a course, per se. As in you won’t get feedback and there’s only occasionally sequences to try.. there’s lots of good videos on how to do and train their moves and turns and a bit of info on when to use them but I find that part of it lacking… I want to know how to handle specific sections and why. No chance to see other participants’ videos or look at their feedback etc. If that’s something useful for you (I tend to not do that).
Zeljko Gora – An interesting ‘course’, as Zeljko sends you a new course map via, you set it up and run it when you have time, and he sends you feedback on what went wrong or how to tighten up your times, as well as lots of handling options to choose from that you mightn’t have considered. You can then run it again, get a little more feedback and a new course. I’ve really enjoyed working with him and like his feedback but I think because it’s not a “week by week” or “fortnight by fortnight” course, I’m pretty slack at setting something up regularly. And he doesn’t mind, but works to your time.
Drage Dogs – run by Niki Drage, who is an Australian OneMind Dogs coach. Has monthly courses that focus on a particular OMD handling manoeuvre. May also do “private” lessons. I did lessons with Niki for a while and really enjoyed them. Fun, challenging courses, with a good eye for providing feedback on handling.
Megan Bell/Epic Agility – Megan is an Australian handler from WA. I’ve done a few seminars with her, and one of her online handling classes. Each week (or fortnight?) focused on a specific handling move – front cross, blind cross on the flat, etc, and there were a couple of courses within the one setup, to practise the move. Megan’s feedback was timely and helpful, she’s personable and has a good eye for how to improve. Not sure if she’s currently doing classes but does run them occasionally.
Q-Me/Dave Munnings – From the UK. Presents lessons as a series of modules that you can buy. I signed up for the tunnels class and you get a video explaining what you’re meant to do – I’ve only done the first few lessons so far, I’m assuming that later when there’s sequences there’ll be course maps. You can join his Facebook group once you’ve signed up and get feedback on your videos that way (which I didn’t do). Reasonably priced.
H360- S. Garrett’s project, I won’t write about it much because if you haven’t heard of it I’m sure you soon will. Everybody down here in Australia loves doing it, but I’m, personally, not interested, especially since according to her e-book, if you train your dog to wrap a pool noodle it will magically begin to love agility. Lumen thinks wrapping things is one of the dumbest things you can do. But hey, people are having success with it, and I guess for $1000, you’d want to.
Daisy Peel – Plenty of courses here, not just around handling. I haven’t done any personally because I don’t necessarily love Daisy’s handling style, but she seems to have a pretty good deal on a year’s worth of sequences & handling options (no feedback I don’t think) so that’s interesting. Probably useful for US/Australian courses rather than Euro-style courses, which is a nice change.
Ultimate Agility/Greg & Laura Derrett – Haven’t done their courses and don’t know anybody who has. Greg Derrett’s system used to be hugely popular where I live but has now been replaced with H360.
Agility U – I find this one interesting because they have lots of different people holding lots of different classes on things, but the concern I have with it is that I don’t know the handlers/trainers and I can’t seem to find videos of them running, and I don’t want to sign up for a handling course if I don’t know if I like their handling.
Red Dog Agility – Run by Maria Thiry (Australian). Lots of specific skills (tunnel skills, threadle skills, etc) as well as handling courses. I signed up for the threadle class once but time got away from me and um, I didn’t do much with it. 😉
All Star Agility/Lori Michaels – Says she does online courses and an online friend of mine does them with her and really enjoys her feedback but I think it’s a matter of contacting her and is run through a Facebook group.
Zsofi Biro – Seems to have an option to contact her for one-on-one long distance coaching for whatever you want to work on.
Jenny Damm – Looks like she has an option where she’ll send you a course to set up & run, then you send her the video & she’ll provide feedback. I suspect they’d be twisty Euro-style courses.
Polona Bonač – Currently has a class focusing on Speed, motivation & play that we did and it was awesome. I think her class is probably closed for now but she might run it again.
Ann Croft – Seems to have a strong focus on jumping skills, also has a weave skills course.
Awesome Paws – Currently more of a focus on jump skills by the looks of things. Seems to have self-guided & feedback classes.
Katarina Podlipnik – Has a speed & motivation class plus some individual learning options.
Dawn Weaver – Has a few different things, including jumping, but also training contacts.
Agility secrets– Claims to have plenty of info from various trainers about various things, but not sure of the quality/quantity as it’s all a mystery.
Clever Dogs Agility – Currently offering a Start line stay course, with plans to do a 2o2o course.
Fenzi Dog Sport Academy – Not just related to agility, covering a whole heap of different things from general behaviour issues (motivation and play, prey drive, focus, etc), to obedience, to nose work, to a variety of agility things and more. I’ve done two of their courses as an auditor and wasn’t that into them personally, but that could be because I really need to feedback and impetus to keep up with lessons that you get when you have a working spot in a class. I’ve linked to the agility page but you can explore from there.