Training
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Managing the Dog's Line,  8 week online class

Start Date: week of February 6, 2022

Instructor: Michele Guillet

Course held online using private Facebook group

In this 8-week online course, we will look at different path options and see the advantages and disadvantages for specific dogs. The best path is not the same for all dogs.

We will take advantage of the unique ability of dogs to read motion and body language. Natural cues for dogs are motion – direction, speed, speed variation, position, handler’s body.

Your first job as a handler is to make a plan. A good starting point is to draw the dog’s line on the map, thinking about YOUR  dog and the flow of the course.

Agility is more than obstacles performance; it is all about motion. The dog follows the motion of the handler. If the handler stops, the dog stops; if the handler accelerates, the dog accelerates. The handler and dog moved together, their motion is closely linked.

The job of the handler is to guide the dog from obstacle to obstacle.  Creating a desirable line for the dog to navigate the course safely and that is making the next obstacle obvious, traps less tempting.

To benefit to the maximum, handlers should have run courses before.

Students are expected to be able to use the Facebook group to download, print, mark up and repost their homework using Facebook.  Alternative arrangements can be discussed for those without access to a Facebook account.

Online course format will include:

 

  • Eight (8) lessons to be completed at your own pace.  The course material will be available for a period of 12 weeks.

  • Each week new handouts and homework (in PDF format) will be posted by the instructor.  Documents will introduce terms and concepts as well as maps showing examples of dog paths.

  • Ongoing dialogue between the instructor and students through Facebook will support each lesson and the homework submitted by the students.  All participants will also be learning from each other during the posted discussion.

  • One-on-one phone calls or messenger chats for each student are available to a maximum of 6 calls each call lasting 5 minutes in length.

Working spots only, no auditing spots available for this course.

Beat the blues special COVID lockdown price for members $40

Beat the blues special COVID lockdown price for non-members $50

Registration: online form

Payment options:

1) Preferred: e-transfer per instructions in the registration form.

2) PayPal using the button to the right.

Managing the Dog's Line Online Class Fee

Rally-FrEe,  8 week online class

Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm to 8:00pm (90 minutes)

Start Date: January 17, 2022

Instructor:  Janet Parks

Maximum class size: 6 students

Rally-FrEe is an amateur canine performance sport that combines the structure of Rally-Obedience with the creativity of Canine Musical Freestyle. Rally-FrEe emphasizes the precise execution of fundamental freestyle and obedience skills, as well as novel behaviors. Rally-FrEe encourages and supports the use of positive-reinforcement training methods that strengthens teamwork and fosters a reciprocal learning process between dog and handler.

In all levels, a dog-and-handler team will navigate a course of 15 stations and perform the behaviors indicated on each station’s sign.

Titling (including video trialing) is offered by the Rally-FrEe Elements (RFE) organization. 

To get the most enjoyment out of this class some basic obedience would be an asset. Independent work between classes will be required in order to master the skill taught during each class.

This course will be held online using Skype. Skype can be used through a downloaded app or through a browser. There is no fee associated with using Skype.

Registration: online form

Cost:  $40 for members,  $50 for non-members

Payment options:

1) Preferred: e-transfer per instructions in the registration form.

2) PayPal using the button to the right.

8-Week Rally-FreEe Online Class Fee