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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Blind Cross [video]

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The Blind Cross isn't always the best way to turn the dog on the course. Learn how to use Blind Cross correctly and when you should perform the Front Cross instead.

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Lap Turn [video]

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Learn a handling technique called the Lap Turn. It is a very useful technique for handlers who are not always able to be ahead of their dogs to cue a turn.

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Tandem Turn [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Tandem Turn which is one of the techniques that will turn your dog away from you. It is a very useful technique for handlers who are not always able to be close to the obstacles to cue a turn.

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Front Cross [video]

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Everybody is doing Front Crosses, but have you ever wondered if you're doing them in the most efficient way in all situations? Discover an understanding of the Front Cross from a dog's perspective.

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Turning Back From a Tunnel [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Turning Back From a Tunnel. This technique is dependant on the handler’s location and based on a rule developed by dogs. Most dogs will follow this rule naturally unless they have been taught otherwise.

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Tunnel Brake [video]

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Learn a handling technique called Tunnel Brake. With this technique you can tell your dog, before entering the tunnel, that after the exit he needs to make a turn. The Tunnel Brake makes your dog turn tightly towards you after exiting the tunnel which puts your dog on an optimal line towards the next obstacle.

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