Basic Handling Techniques

OneMind Dogs currently uses more than 30 handling techniques. Amazingly, the first 20 are purely natural reactions by the dog to the handlers' cues. The individual handling techniques have been clearly named to make it easier to teach our students. 

The 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 OneMind Dogs 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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Lateral Push [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the Lateral Push. It is a useful technique when you need to get ahead of your dog to reach the next critical point of the course on time. A Lateral Push comes in handy for example in opening sequences of courses.

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False Turn [video]

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Learn a handling technique called False Turn which is a useful handling technique when you need to change your dog's line while keeping him on the same handling side. False Turn allows you to keep moving all the time.

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Grab To Weaves [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Grab to Weaves! Mastering the Grab to Weaves allows you to have a very high success rate in weave entries, no matter how challenging the setup is. This technique is particularly effective if there is an off course obstacle near the weave entry, or the surface is slippery.

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Backside Send [video]

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Learn all about the Backside Send! European style courses nowadays almost always include backside jumps. This is why many of the OneMind Dogs handling techniques are based on different variations of backside jumps all of which rely on a very strong basic training of the Backside Send.

Having a reliable Backside Send makes your job much easier later on when you are training more complex techniques such as the German Turn.

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Reverse Wrap [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the Reverse Wrap. This technique gives your dog the shortest path around a wing and enables a tight and quick turn.

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V-Set [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the V-Set. The V-Set allows you to shape your dog's line before an obstacle so that he takes off and lands already facing the next obstacle.

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Reverse V-Set [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Reverse V-Set. It is a technique for handlers whose dogs prefer to slice jumps and need a lot of help to be able to turn.

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Forced Front Cross [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Forced Front Cross which is one of the most efficient techniques when you need to get your dog to slice a jump from the backside. You can start the Forced Front Cross by leading out to the backside from the start or by moving to the backside as your dog performs the previous obstacle.

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