Advanced Handling Techniques

OneMind Dogs currently uses more than 30 handling techniques. The first 20 are purely natural reactions by the dog to the handlers' cues. The rest of the techniques need to be taught to the dog. That is why we call them advanced techniques.

All handling techniques consist of combinations of all the different elements of handling: movement, position, chest laser, contact, feet, hands and verbal commands. The core rule is that the handler should be consistent with the training and never give mixed signals to the dog.

Our handlers practice a lot without the dog, so as to really learn the technique first by themselves and save the dogs from confusion! After the handler has learned the technique well enough, we bring the dog along.

Start learning the OMD handling techniques with the help of the educational videos!

Ready to learn more? Find out how to apply the techniques by watching the Next Level series!


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Hungarian Cross aka Kabai Cross [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Hungarian Cross aka Kabai Cross! In the Hungarian Cross the handler moves to the landing side of an obstacle as the dog is approaching perpendicular to the obstacle from the takeoff side. The Hungarian Cross is an effective way to avoid off course obstacles located behind a jump.

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Layering [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Layering! Layering is a technique where the handler is positioned so that there is an obstacle, that the dog shouldn't perform, between themselves and the dog.

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Flick [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the Flick! A Flick turns your dog away from you in a 270-360 degree circle around the wing of a jump.

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Japanese [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the Japanese. It is a technique where you are ahead of your dog while asking him to perform what appears to be the backside of an obstacle from your dog's point of view. This technique is ideal for handlers who find it difficult to execute turning maneuvers due to physical limitations such as knee injuries or other disabilities. It is also a great technique for dogs who slow down when you turn to face them as you would in Forced Front Cross.

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Flip [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the Flip. It is a useful technique when you need to handle your dog past off-course obstacles while allowing you to stay ahead on course. The Flip is a combination of a Front Cross and a Blind Cross. It is executed on the flat, in between obstacles.

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Double Lap Turn [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the Double Lap Turn. This technique enables you to cue a tight, 360-degree turn around a wing, even several meters / feet away from the obstacle. Double Lap Turn is a great tool for handlers who are not able to run to every obstacle with their dogs.

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Reverse Spin [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Reverse Spin. It is a very effective technique for changing your dog's line after an obstacle or to avoid off-course obstacles that would otherwise appear on your dog’s natural line.

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Whisky Cross [video]

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Learn the Whisky Cross! The Whisky Cross is a Rear Cross that is executed at a very tight angle, with an approach from the side or backside of the jump. Your dog is unable to commit to the obstacle early as he won’t see the bar on approach, which makes the technique challenging for some dogs.

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