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Pre-Novice Polishing


Fine tune obstacle & handling skills for independent and consistent performances before you step in the ring.

Course Details

Whether you plan to complete in AKC, USDAA, CPE, NADAC or any other venue, this course is a must before you start to trial. Using important training concepts, you will polish skills for jumping, contacts, weaves, start lines, handling and more. This course will give you a fantastic foundation for a consistent and successful competition career.

Meet Your Instructor

Sarah Westcott

Agility Instructor

Certified Professional Dog Training - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)

Won 24" Excellent Standard Class at Inaugural Westminster Master Agility Championship

Hank and Sarah Ranked Third in Country in WCRL Rally Level 3

President and Head Trainer of Doggie Academy

Founder of Brooklyn Dog Training Center


  • Ability to weave 6 poles is helpful, but not necessary

  • Foundation for your chosen contact performance (2o2o, running, etc.)

What You Need For This Course

  • Access to a contact is helpful, but not necessary - a travel plank or similar will work

  • 6 weave poles

  • Minimum of 1 jump, but 3 jumps are helpful

  • Your dog’s favorite rewards, both toys and treats

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Reward Placement

    • Jumping

    • Weave Poles

    • Contact Performance

  • Week 2: Impulse Control​

    • Start Lines​

    • Table

    • Contact Performance

  • Week 3: Distance Skills​

    • Jumps​

    • Contacts

    • Weaves

  • Week 4: Human Handling Skills

    • Front Cross​

    • Rear Cross

    • Blind Cross

  • Week 5: Proofing

    • Weaves​

    • Contacts/Tables

    • Start Lines

  • Week 6: Independent Obstacle Skills

    • Weaves​

    • Contacts

    • Jump Sequences

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Dog Sport University is fortunate to have Sarah grant us license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform. All of the content in this course is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Sarah Westcott.


    Virtual equivalent to in-person group classes. Submit videos of your homework assignments and work directly with an online instructor.


    • Full access to all course materials

    • Full access to Student FB Group

    • Submit homework and videos

    • Detailed review from instructor




    Enhanced option allowing for 1 video review and questions answered without the pressure of submitting weekly homework or videos.


    • Full access to all course materials

    • Full access to General FB Group

    • May have 1 video reviewed

    • Have questions answered




    Basic access option which grants the greatest level of flexibility. Go through the material at your pace and add video reviews when needed.


    • Self-taught option

    • Full access to all course materials

    • Full access to General FB Group

    • May order video reviews as needed



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