Online Classroom Starts Dec. 5, 2019

Register NOW via email to Diane Patterson, Agility Mindset,

Do you stress because you have to walk into the ring, and you don’t know what is going to happen? Then, this course is for you! Do you wonder if you’ll be chasing Fluffy from behind, hoping for the best with a slingshot start, or perhaps …. doing a dance to get Sassy to leave the startline? Then, this class is for you! Do you try to get your dog’s attention at the startline, instead it trying to gain yours? And, do you want a long lead-out instead of running from the startline?


STARTS DECEMBER 5, 2019 – 6 weeks of assignments. Private Facebook group for participants. WORKING SPOTS are $150, and includes posting, reviews, discussion with other group members, access to materials for 6 months after classroom closes.

In Sizzlin’ Startlines, you’ll be presented with concepts that support self-control over imposed control. When we let our dog’s “think” their way to action, success follows. More than anything, your dog wants “Access to Go” at the startline, and through weekly awareness exercises and behaviors, your dog can learn its way to a stress-free startline.

Increasing your awareness and confidence through patience and play lets you recognize the signs of impulse control your dog offers, and allows you to be timely in providing provide feedback and rewards.  Transferring value from your trying to gain your dog’s attention to your dog offering you his/hers, is the key to ACCESS TO GO, and having fun on course. Get ready to dance, play, move and be your most patient self in this learning event!  Dogs do not currently need to have a “stay” for this session.  Training is suitable for all levels including puppies, young dogs and re-trains.

Homework assignments will be given throughout the course, in progression from one assignment to the next.

Register NOW via email to Diane Patterson, Agility Mindset,

What’s covered in this course?

  • Access to Go, also called a “Sizzlin’ Startline”
  • Motivational play with a purpose
  • Self-control vs. Imposed Control
  • Startline Life Skills – Sit, Down, Leash walking
  • Are you working to get yours dogs attention, or is it working for yours?
  • Quiz: Which of these startline behaviors resembles yours?
  • Dogs predict by picture, what do you think your dog will do?
  • Preparation
  • Collar cues
  • Walking into the ring
  • Impulse Control
  • Distance, Distraction and Duration practice
  • Understanding body language, both yours and the dogs
  • What does “sit” mean? Defining your criteria
  • Rock solid verbal release cues
  • Unhooking Motion from your message
  • Creating a “Crate to Gate” process plan
  • Finishing the run and strategies for getting out of the ring
  • Proofing
  • Troubleshooting

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to materials?
The class begins on Dec. 5, 2019, and materials will be presented over 6 weeks. Because folks celebrate holidays, there will be a period of “vacation” time so that you don’t stress about getting your homework done! Formal lessons in the classroom will be posted by mid-January 2020, and final commentary from me will be completed by the end of January. After that, you’ll have 6 months to access the materials used, including videos, tip sheets and assignment overviews.

Do I need agility equipment for this class?
Access to a jump or two, and a tunnel is great. Much of the work is done “on the flat,” so equipment is not mandatory, but, will support your dogs learning and experience.

Technical requirements for the class
If you have a working spot, you’ll need to post video to the private FB page for the group. If you prefer, you can post to YouTube (make videos unlisted) and link it to the page. Only the specific videos requested for the exercises will be viewed and commented on by me. Additional videos outside the scope of the assignment will not be “graded” or receive commentary unless you have arranged additional fees for doing so.

Can I quit the class?
Yes, it’s your choice to submit or not submit work; however, once the classroom opens, monies will not be refunded.