Amanda Nelson has been traveling the country and teaching seminars for 20+ years. She has traveled as far as Japan and Australia, teaching all levels of agility, with nearly all dog breeds.
Amanda focuses on teaching teamwork as well as how to create a strong connection between dog and handler. She works with all styles of handling, from running with your dog to distance handling. Amanda tailors each training session, large or small, to the dog and handler to help bring out the best in the team. Her training techniques consist of a large amounts of targeting, food rewards, and toy rewards. Creating a fun learning environment for the dog encourages a fast, fun, and motivated dog in the agility ring.
Amanda’s handling system, “Cues for Q’s” works off her three base cues: Upper Body Cue, Lower Body Cue, and Verbal Cue. This system was derived from the natural cues that most dogs read and pick up quickly. Handlers are taught how to use all of these cues, together, to create a customized handling system that can be tailored to their unique dog.
All of these techniques have resulted in Amanda earning numerous titles with her dogs including the MOD SQUAD award, a Purple Achievement Cup, and over 40 NATCH’s. She has won the NADAC Championships multiple times, including winning the Super Stakes and Starter Stakes division. She has also been Top Bonus Dog, Top Purple Dog, and Top Dog of the Year several times in NADAC.
Amanda's Current & Upcoming Courses
Current and Upcoming classes
- AG215: Consistent Contacts starting on April 1, 2017
- AG410: Intro to Distance in Agility starting on June 1, 2017
- AG530: Agility Handler's Choice starting on June 1, 2017
- AG430: Advanced Distance and Directionals starting on August 1, 2017
- AG280: Directionals 101 starting on October 1, 2017
- CC400: Canine Massage and Stretching 101 starting on December 1, 2017
Have a question about an upcoming course taught by Amanda? Not sure if your dog is suitable for a specific class? We welcome you to contact instructors by email to make sure the course is suitable for you and your dog.
AG420 - Intermediate Distance Skills for Agility
Oh my gosh, Amanda is a great instructor. You know some people can "DO" great, but they can't "MAKE YOU" great. Amanda is both! Amanda breaks things down in steps that we've been able to achieve. We aren't "agility newbies"; we know obstacles, we know direction cues but we couldn't do distance. That said we never had the focused training on distance as this class offered. We've (my dog and I) have totally responded to this. Both of us needed this. I'm also glad that I went gold for both classes. I could have sworn my feet were right and my dog messed up a few times but NO, it was me! :) Both of us have SO MUCH more confidence with this skill. We are EASILY tackeling the NADAC Novice courses after the INTRO class; We haven't tried OPEN yet but I'm sure we can do this. We just have a couple of Q's to finish Novice and then we will know! :)
Thanks for all the help in learning how to run my dogs at a distance! I run three Border Collies and need all the help I can get :). Wish I'd signed up at the Gold level for this one. You and your dogs are an inspiration!
This is my first time enrolling and Amanda's Intermediate Distance Class was perfect for where I'm at in my training. We have learned a lot and I plan to continue to work on the drills provided to increase our skills as a team.
Amanda Nelson is a motivating and enthousiast teacher, always encouraging her students and super excited when a student "gets it"
This class is not only great for building distance Agility skills, but for developing a confident dog and confident handling. I highly recommend this for all! Kristine H
You know, I think most of us want our dogs to know obstacles and perform well and while that is important, they also need to understand paths and have confidence. More than anything, I think this is what we learned in both of these classes. I wish I could accurately state my statistics as they would speak for Amanda's training. Here is the best I can do: In our first two years of trialing (conservatively 7 times or more a year), we had 2 Q's in chances. So doing the math, that would be 2 Qs out of 28 runs or 7% Q rate. After the Intro class, we have been in 6 more chances run in which we Q'd 5 times or a Q rate of 83%. I can't wait to complete our Novice Superior Title to test out our new, improved skills.
AG410 - Introduction to Distance Skills
Amanda not only has a ton of technical skill, but she is very positive and encouraging to her students. Tho I was only in the class at bronze level, I still benefited from her constructive attitude - I felt much more inclined to try out, film, and review the exercises. I will definitely be signing up for the next class in this sequence!
I REALLY LIKED how she broke down this class into small, achievable steps! I trained for 3 years but we just never got the distance thing. I can honestly say, I think we can be successful; not that we don't need more training but I SEE the difference in my dog and in me and I know we are going to be able to get this. Amanda is a VERY positive trainer, not only with her dogs, but with her students too! She is at the top of her game both as an exhibitor and a teacher!
Brilliant course for dogs just starting distance work in agility. Whether young dogs or old ones that are already used to sticking to their handlers. I really enjoyed the course and even though my dog was already very skilled when it comes to distance we still improved and I fine tuned my handling.
This was an excellent class that would make a perfect introduction to Agility for any dog, whether or not distance is even a particular concern. The exercises were highly valuable. Even after almost 10 years competing in the sport of Agility, I learned quite a lot. Kristine
I really enjoyed learning the foundations for distance with my young dog. This class focused strongly on my footwork and body language. I feel that this base will help to build better communication with my dog. He has already improved wonderfully with his distance and sends. Looking forward to the next level.
Thank you, Amanda! I learned a lot I can apply myself and/or use for my students. I loved the personal attention for every gold with solutions fit to the handler dog combination in front of you. I'm looking forward to seeing you when you visit the Netherlands for you seminar (really hope that will become a reality!)