Below are the workshop descriptions we are able to host in the Winter Workshop series. Please read through the descriptions, as they will help you complete the survey that follows. Click on a Workshop title to expand the description area.
Course Analysis Workshop Description:
How to visualize your dog’s path on course so you can strategize and handle the course efficiently and effectively. You will also learn to assess the course according to your dog’s lead which will help you to determine what changes of side are necessary and where to execute them. We will also cover strategies for course memorization and visualization of the course prior to your run.
Understanding Doggie GPS Workshop Description:
From Starters to Masters, handling a dog in agility is all about where you are coming from and where you are going. From a starter level course to international courses – it’s all in the foundational skills!
This workshop is all about “steering” your dog. Your dog is naturally very sensitive to your body cues but unfortunately most of us have no idea what our dogs are actually listening to or what we are saying to them. In this workshop I will endeavour to isolate and demystify the communication options that you are using whether you realize it or not.
Body language is your dog’s first language! It is imperative that you get a solid foundation in understanding your dog’s point view as well as some basic “steering” concepts.
Jump Work Level 1 Workshop Description:
This workshop is designed to help teach you dog the technical skills for jumping so we can raise the bar to your dog’s competition jump height. We will use jump grids exercises to teach:
- Optimal take off point
- Adjust striding to increase height or lengthen to increase extension
- Collection for turning and extension for straight lines
- Introducing “speciality jumps”: tire, spread, long jump, and double.
We will also introduce “jump presentations”. This is the handlers learning component. How you “present” the jump refers to how you approach a jump and your positioning will teach the dog which way they will be going so they can use their newfound skills to adjust their stride for a tight or moderate turn or to continue in a straight.
Jump Work Level 2 Workshop Description:
This workshop will introduce more advanced level jump grids and more difficult handling moves for turning your dog over a jump.
Distance & Directionals Level 1 Workshop Description:
The best foundation for distance communication and control is imbedded in your understanding of
- How to steer your dog and
- Understanding of your dog’s viewpoint on any given course
When driving your dog from “up close” mistakes can be corrected or an off course fault avoided through a little panicking and some arm flapping but once you start working with distance mistakes and communication errors can become glaringly obvious and unfortunately the more errors you make the harder it becomes for your dog to trust your guidance when being directed from far away. Incorporating distance handling into every course is necessary to be able to handle your dog speed on increasingly difficult courses. This workshop covers:
- Increased lateral distance
- Running ahead or behind your dog
- Maintain a curved path or straight line
- Use pressure to your dog’s path to increase distance
Distance & Directionals Level 2 Workshop Description:
In level 2 of the distance series, we will be concentrating on introducing directional cues: Go, out, switch, right, left and turn.
First we will discuss the “What, where, when and of how to use” aspect of these cues. It is imperative that you have a really clear idea of what you want your verbal cues to mean to your dog and how you might use them to change your dog’s path of travel. Inconsistent use of verbal cues can render them useless and leave both you and your dog confused.
Great distance work includes:
- Clear understanding of verbal directional cues
- Excellent timing of execution
- Solid criteria for independent obstacle performance
- A solid foundation of handling teamwork between you and your dog
Snookers & Gamblers Workshop Description:
These two agility games test a variety of different skills both for the handler as well as the dog. This workshop will include a brief overview of each game and then we will look into some of the skills necessary to compete successfully in both of these games and learn how to balance both close and distance work.
Distractions 101 Workshop Description:
New this year!!
For performance and competition Rally and agility! Making a smooth transition from practice to trialing. Learn how to dial up your training and create a dog that is excited and happy to work and perform under increasing distraction.
Tunnels! Workshop Description:
Fine tune your handling and direction skills on this simple piece of equipment. While your dog is travelling through the tunnel he or she cannot see you and can hardly hear you due to the noise reverberation that occurs as they are running through. You can learn to communicate your next path of travel prior to your dog entering the tunnel! His workshop also allows you to work through your handling skills with a young dog that might not be ready for too many jumps at this time.
Trial Prep Workshop Description:
Answering these and other often asked questions about trialing:
- How to enter a trial.
- How do you know if you and your dog are ready?
- Crate training? What to bring?
- Which classes to enter and which division?
- Ring etiquette do’s and don’ts!
- Goal setting for your trailing experiences.
- Getting started and setting you and your dog up for future success!
Below is the survey for our Winter Workshops Series 2016/2017. By completing it, you will help us best determine what workshops to host and when. We want to bring you the workshops that will interests you most. Thank you in advance for participating in this survey!