The jumping drills in this book are based on patterns from letters of the alphabet to help you become more imaginative when setting up practice drills for yourself or your students, and to familiarize you with common obstacle patterns seen on agility courses. Each letter focuses on specific handling skills or dog skills, and uses a minimal amount of space and a minimal number of jumps (5 jumps is the average). The intent of using a familiar pattern for each setup is to aid you in remembering each pattern of jumps, so that eventually you can associate the pattern of the letter with the associated drills. Alphabet drills are designed so that they are useful for all levels of agility handlers. If you're new to the sport, there are drills to help you and your dog learn the basics of front and rear crosses, lead-out pivots, threadles, serpentine handling, pinwheels, 270s, and more — you can truly train the full spectrum of necessary handling skills with this book. If you're an advanced competitor, you'll find more technical drills for maintaining and tuning up your skills as well as problem solving. 184 pages, 8.5" x 11" softcover. By Nancy Guyes © 2011.