DASH and the classes of DASH are a division of Canine Training Challenge
DASH is the ultimate test of timing and communication between dog and handler. No large visual obstacles to draw the dog, or obstacles that slow the dog down or give the handlers extra time to give cues to the dog. DASH is all about handling using hoops and/or barrels as ground level obstacles. DASH is low impact to the dog with minimal risk for injury and very challenging for the handlers who have to be perfect with their handling cues. Dogs must be able to stay at the start line, show some distance skills during the course run and be able to finish the course without extra guidance from the handler. Distance And Speed Hoopers offers challenging and fun classes for both dogs and handlers! DASH offers a great variety of classes for handlers and dogs to test their skills and have fun working together!
DASH is low impact to the dog, yet combines all of the skills necessary for agility to follow directional commands and perform low impact obstacles at speed and distance. DASH requires timely commands by the handler to keep the dog on course and demonstrate the team work between dog and handler in the course.
DASH is the only dog sport that combines the dog and handler in an event where the dog has no "lures" to give them direction. There are no balls, lures, frisbees, or pieces of agility equipment to draw them to.
Even in dog agility, where the dog runs at speed and the handler is giving directions, the "tasks" associated with the equipment will draw the dog to them. As the dog has to mentally think about preparing to jump, or weave, or climb a contact board, or even to negotiate a 15' tunnel, those tasks will draw the dog physically to those objects.
With DASH, we chose equipment that would NOT lure the dog. We use only hoops and marks that are on the ground. The dog is not drawn by a large visual image. The dog will do them because they are feeling the joy of being a team mate with their handler.
In DASH, the handler is truly tested on their ability to 'train' their dogs and 'handle' their dogs. If they haven't trained the basics, such as a start line stay or a finish line drive, and sequences during the run that require a distance or directional test, they can't pass in DASH. Distance tests the dog's confidence in the handlers cues.
The handler has no time to spare when their dog is going through hoops and the dog must learn to collect and extend as they approach and leave the hoops or marks. The handler must be close to perfection to keep their dog on course and on the correct path at all times. This tests the training that the handler has put into the dog and it tests the handler's ability to direct a dog with timely commands without any lures on the course to make up for any handler errors. DASH is the ultimate test in the confidence between dog and handler. We are proud that you have chosen to take on the challenge of DASH with your dog!