Cik&Cap turns

Cik&Cap – the easiest way to perfect turns by Silvia Trkman

Do you want to improve your course times for two and more seconds? Do you want to make handling and timing easier for you? Do you want to improve your dogs obstacle focus, distance skills, sends and independent performance? Do you want to take lots of stress off your dogs joints? Do you want to make turns more fun for your dog? Then you need to teach cik&cap.

Sounds fancy, but it is just another trick. This video offers step by step instructions how to teach it, real life examples, detailed course analysis on where, when and why to use it and some more tricks on how to improve your dogs performance.


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And an article I wrote for Agility Zone magazine on Cik&Cap:

As you probably figured out by now: I love training dogs! And I love it even more when I have a new, not-yet-tested idea. It’s funny, because I actually really hate having new phone, computer or car, I hate getting used to new things and reading instructions is what makes me annoyed and nervous in like a second. People that know me always laugh at me to be able to test and develop new methods for years, they know patience, persistence and not giving up are my strongest points – until they see me reading instructions. Give me instructions to follow and I’m giving up in the next second. Give me the dog with the problem and I will solve it. Might take me years, but I will.

I love new challenges and I love that every next dog brings me some new ones: Aiken taught me how to motivate hard-to-motivate dogs, Lo taught me how to deal with fears and phobias, Bu taught me how to work with autistic dog with special needs and La… Hm… She showed me how easy it is with problem-free dog (if we don’t see hyperactivity and total lack of self-control as a problem, of course :) ). As I needed a problem to solve, something to improve anyway, I came up with that idea of cik&cap turns. She already won World Championships with 6s of advantage before that, so no, we didn’t need it. But we loved it and with every next dog, every next student and every next course that I run, I love it even more, I see even more advantage in it and even more positive side-effects.

Cik&cap turns are born as a trick, that’s where the name comes from: cik-cak/zig-zag was how I called figure 8 between my legs trick. And then simply generalized it for sending the dog to wrap other objects, eventually jump wings and then eventually jump wings with a bar inbetween – low first, and then higher&higher. Very easy, elegant way to cut off 2 to 5s off your course times, depending on how good or not your dog is naturally turning and how long or not he is jumping when jumping in extension. Yeah, most people think I gain most with running contacts, but as there are maximum two occasions to do running contacts per course (none in jumpers), that’s not really true. You can gain the most on turns.

And it’s not just about the turns. At the same time you are training for perfect turns, you are training sends, distance skills, independence, commitment and obstacle focus and you’re making turns and agility as such way more fun for the dog. Especially if you’re just starting, beginnings can be somewhat frustrating for both the dog and the handler as they both have so much more to learn – but knowing cik&cap makes it more fun for both, it allows the dog to run and have fun right from the start and gives the handler more time to think about where and how to cross etc. Handling and timing definitely gets MUCH easier with cik&cap, it allows you to get perfect turns even when you don’t happen to be on a perfect spot at the perfect moment. And probably most importantly: as it allows the dog to know all the time where he is going next, so that he has time to adjust his speed and prepare for the turn, it takes lots of stress off your dog’s joints. It always hurts me to see dogs landing in wrong direction, having to absorb all the momentum to stop and turn and then speed up again, sometimes even falling on their shoulders… NOT good! Cik&cap allows your dog to always land with front paws turned in the right direction, so the momentum from the landing is used for speeding up again.

So yes, cik&cap is definitely The trick that you want to teach to every agility dog. Have fun!

77 thoughts on “Cik&Cap turns

  1. Hello Silvia,

    I have your video and loved it. The truth is, I already started to train Cik & Cap to my dog before I had the video haha, but the video helped me to improve them.

    Nevertheless we have a problem:
    Jody turns tight, when I send her to the jump oder when I am in front of her, but there is a more than 180′ turn. But it doens’t work, if I am in Front of her and the angle is not that difficult (wierd huh?). She doesn’t slow down and I guess she tries to overtake me. How can I train that?

    best regards from Germany :-)


    • You mean when you are front crossing on the landing side? -- Not sure why you would be in front otherwise, considering that you’re going in the opposite direction next? Those with front crosses on landing side are hard yes, maybe lower (or angle) the bar some, try to help with a toy and redo (do a multi-wrap) if she is still wide or reward if she collects.

  2. Yes, that is what I mean :-) (front-crossing on the landing side)
    Ok, I’ll try the multi wraps then, because I already tried to throw her ball to the jumping side, so that she has a 180′ or more turn (even if it is not the right way in cours) -- didn’t work -- and then I changed to hand-feeding, but that didn’t work at all and just made her crazier and faster :-D (can’t deny I liked it a bit)
    So for now, the multi wraps are a very good idea! Thanks alot!

  3. Hello,
    I have been very happy to use your DVD to learn cik and cap to my dog. It is indeed a very powerful tool.
    However, i have the following problem (that I will try to explain despite my broken english).
    When my dog run is perpendicular to the fence, everything goes smoothly and my dog, depending cik (tic) or cap (tap), is turning clockwise on the right pole(tic) and anticlockwise on the left pole (tap).
    I am now trying to get the same result at different angle between my dog run and the fence. From 90° down to 45 °, things are ok. But when the angle further reduce (the dog run is more en more parallel to the fence), it get the following results: let say that the angle of the run of my dog i such that the left pole is the nearest one of the dog. If I say tap, I got the good comportment (anticlockwise rotation around the left pole), but if y say tic, I get a clockwise rotation around the left pole (in fact an “out”) instead of a clockwise rotation on the right pole (that is farther away).
    I do not know what to do, because the comportment of my dog is what was teached in the DVD when playing with trees (got to the nearest tree and turn clockwise or anti-clockwise around it). However when looking to your trials, you are using cik and cap for waves , where the dog is turning around the pole further away
    Thanking you in advance for your help.

    • So if I understand correctly, you can’t rear cross when coming to the jump from side approach? Can you rear cross when coming to the jump from front approach? For rear crosses on side approaches, help with your body motion more, push more on his line to block him from taking wrong side of the jump and then even more to get him to turn away rather as towards you. If he understands rear crosses well, he will master that as well, just help more with your body to block the wrong side of the jump.

  4. I have just started teaching cik & cap to my 3 year old Border Collie, Whip. He was taught “tight” as a puppy, and knows that it means he needs to wrap around the upright and come in tight to me, however, I realise now that I never actually taught him how to jump tight and how to make his body jump in collection. So he tries to turn in the air, even with plenty of notice, but lands a long way from the jump with his head turned back to me :)

    I am hoping that going back to basics and using cik & cap will teach him how to wrap his body around the upright and make our runs much smoother.

    My question is this. He is only at 4″ at the moment, although he is probably ready to move up to 8″ very soon. In competition he jumps 20″ (we have very low heights in Australia- he is 21″ tall). He only has a few more competitions for the year, and I will do most of the retraining over our summer/christmas break. In competition, do I ask him for cik & cap, or will that undo our good work if he doesn’t actually understand it and goes wide? Should I just let him go wide as he usually does, and wait until the break to get him closer to competition height in training and then start asking for it at a trial?


    • Since it’s actually not so much retraining as additional training, you can continue to trial normally, just don’t use the new cues until he can do it on full height. Cik&cap actually doesn’t mean to come back, it only tells where to land (close to the wing with front feet turned in one or another direction) and what happens next depends on the next cue. And how to land there depends on their structure, some can really wrap it and those with less flexible backs will need to add some more extra strides and then throw hips over the bar, but yes, you certainyl want them to land close and turned already.

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