Drive Into the Distance Zone: Power Steering

Power steering is what helps you turn your car with ease. The driver has better control over the vehicle and driving becomes easier.


Being able to steer our dog through the agility course is essential. Adding distance and power steering is very useful and fun!! In this class, we will go HOW and WHEN to cue your dog to turn properly for here/come (turn towards you) and switch/flip (turn away from you). We will go over body language, verbal cues and motion to cue your dog to turn. We will practice sequences to teach steering cues and then add more distance to each sequence. This class starts out with foundation exercises to teach turning cues. Then we will do fun sequences to work on steering at a distance! This class will show videos of how I taught Inspire (around 11 months in most of the videos) to turn and how I taught him to turn at a distance. In many of these videos, it is the first time that I’ve done these exercises with him so you will see how I teach him to turn and how I troubleshoot and help him to be successful. 

Step by step instructions, videos and assignments are given. Multiple videos with different dogs will be shown including my young pup Inspire. 

Why take this class:

  • Over 8 Fun Lessons
  • Learn now to steer your dog at a distance
  • What cues to use to teach your dog to turn towards you and away from you
  • When to cue your dog to turn
  • How to tighten up turns
  • How to build and increase directional skills at a distance
  • How to use targets and toys to teach directionals at a distance

What level? Open to all dogs over 10 months that can perform hoops or jumps and tunnels.

Minimum Space and Equipment: Minimum 60x60 and 2 tunnels and 8 jumps or hoops.

Price: Working Spot: $199 Students have access to all content and ask questions. Students can submit homework videos for review. Lisa will critique the videos and provide invaluable feedback.

Auditing Spot: $129 Participants can watch all content and ask questions. They do not submit videos.

Access to Class: Working Teams have 6 months to submit video. Everyone has access to the class as long as the ITZ teachable school is open.

Lisa Schmit has developed a comprehensive and effective training program to teach distance. The goal of our training program is to instill knowledge, confidence and skills to work away from your dog. We make learning to drive into the distance zone positive and fun! This class is designed to give you the information you need to successfully teach your dog to drive forward at distance.

Distance: Absolute Trust ~ Ultimate Rush 

Disclaimer: The information in this class may overlap or appear in other classes due to the foundation skills needed.

Class Info

*This class takes a step by step approach to building the skills of this class. 

* Multiple Videos with multiple dogs are shown training the exercise. 

*Some lessons may have pictures with lines drawn on them

*Some lessons are screen casted with voice overs. 

*Feedback for worker videos will be in video form. This way, I can talk, slow down, draw lines etc on YOUR video and provide invaluable feedback.    Workers can submit a total of 30 minutes for instructor feedback.

*This class is self paced so you have access to all the material as soon as you sign up.

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Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP

Lisa is the owner of In The Zone, LLC. She is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, a member of Bobbie Lyon’s K9 Fit Team and Certified Pet Massage Practitioner. Lisa is one of the most accomplished handlers in NADAC. Her consistent, clear positive approach to dog training is evidence with her continual success with multiple dogs! Lisa has come home from the NADAC Championships with 10 trophies with 5 different dogs. She has finished in Overall Top 3 at NADAC Champs 22 times with 9 different dogs including her Brittany and Aussie. Tandem, JP7 and Revolution earned the coveted Purple MODSQUAD award--Master of Distance and Speed which requires high level distance handling and speed. Less than 25 dogs in the world have this award and Lisa has three of them. JP7 and Tandem earned the Distance Cup Award. Nine of her dogs have over 175 NATCHES, over 45 Speed Stars. Eight of her dogs have almost 200 Bonus Runs (requires big distance skills). Her dogs are consistently in the Top 10 every year and in most categories in the NADAC Hall of Fame.

She offers agility, conditioning and massage seminars across the continent. Additionally, Lisa puts on about 12 NADAC trials a year.  To learn more about Lisa go to: