|Introduction to Working Dog Obedience |
Sunday January 8th, 2012 10a-2p
This workshop covers how to get focus and engagement from your dog and explores some of the basic exercises required in the first levels of most obedience sports. Using the four motivational tools of tug, ball, food and attention, Shade explains how to play correctly and usefully, when to reward and how to use that play to teach foundation obedience. She also introduces the concept of a marker word, which helps handlers communicate better with their dogs, and proper timing of cues, which helps the dogs learn words faster. This program would be suited to those interested in AKC or CKC obedience trialing, ralley-O, police dog training, and Schutzhund and BH trialing.
Introduction to Working Dog Protection
Sunday February 12th, 2012 10a-2p
This seminar covers skills puppies need for beginning bitework and how owner/handlers can develop those skills. Obedience within protection work, the role of the helper or decoy, the role of the handler, and the proper temperament of dogs who can do protection work is discussed. Basic protection skills of gripping, targeting and guarding are covered. This program would be suited to those interested in protection, schutzhund, french ring, or police training.
Introduction to Working Dog Tracking
Sunday March 4th, 2012 10a-2p
This workshop covers what skills a handler needs to teach their dog foundation footstep tracking. Included are article indication, how to lay tracks to help train the dog, and how to reinforce confident nose work by the dog. We also briefly discuss the different types of tracking and what exactly your dog is detecting when scenting. This program would be suited to those interested in AKC or Schutzhund tracking. Whether sport, AKC, police, or just for fun with your companion, this dun and informative workshop is a great place to start the tracking journey!