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Summer Sizzle Workshops

 

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Registration for working spots opens Friday May 6 at 8am EST - 

Participant Spot Registration

Auditing spots are open for registration now - 

Auditing Spot Registration

 

Costs:

$135 working spot (limit 8 dog/handler teams)

$50 auditing

 

Times:

AM: 9-12:30

PM: 1:45-5:15

 

Wednesday 6/22 AM

Deceleration – MEB - Working Spots Full

Whether your dog is fast, doesn’t like turning or is undermotivated, this is a much-needed skill for all agility competitors.  Most agility courses consist of many more turns than straight lines and most of these turns need deceleration skills. While it may seem like a basic skill, deceleration is often underutilized and misunderstood.  In this workshop, you will learn why, when, and how to use deceleration.  We will cover the elements of handling including connection, footwork, timing, and your dog’s response to your cues.  We will cover the differences between the rhythm change, send, and turning into your dog. 

 

Short Sequences/Young Dogs – Jen - Working Spots Full

This is the perfect workshop for young dogs that are just learning to sequence.  Sequences will be 4+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Discrimination Skills – Rachel - Working Spots Full

We will work on verbal/handling discriminations for 2-3 obstacles in close proximity to each other.  Dogs should already be proficient on verbal/handling skills on jumps and tunnels. Weaves will likely be included but can be skipped for younger dogs. 

 

Wednesday 6/22 – PM

Non-Traditional Drills – MEB - Working Spots Full

This workshop is inspired by the drills that Stuart Mah designed for training purposes for the 2022 WAO team.  These drills will not cover how to train an obstacle or how to handle a sequence.  They will help to improve your mental game, situational awareness, mental recovery, quick focus etc.

 

These drills focus on the handler, so more experienced dogs are recommended.  Drills may include contacts and weaves.

 

Sizzling Seesaw – Jen - Working Spots Full

This workshop will give you insight into Jen’s program to teach a terrific teeter performance to any dog, large or small. In this workshop, your dog will learn to:

 

  Mount the board straight on

  Run all the way to the end of the board

  Go directly to his end position (either four-on or two-on/two-off) as the board hits the ground

  Dog will learn to run up and down the board as well as improve/develop weight shift.

  Stay on the board in his end position until he is given a release cue.

  The teeter teach it will be used to acclimate the dog’s to the height and learn to run on the narrow plank

 

Reality Lines – Rachel - Working Spots AVAILABLE!

Before you develop your handling plan for your dog, you first should identify your dog’s reality line. Sometimes this may differ significantly from other dogs and other times we may be way off the mark! We will identify critical points, lead changes, best handling approaches and develop the best team plan for you and your dog.  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Thursday 6/23 AM

Front Crosses – MEB - Working Spots Full

The front cross is one of the most difficult techniques to master. It involves rotating your body and getting across the dog’s line in a timely manner.  In additional, there are so many different types of front cross. Learn how to be proactive in performing an effective and efficient front cross.  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Either/Or – Jen - Working Spots Full

Do you and your dog understand the cues to give when he has multiple choices on which obstacle to take or which direction to approach or exit a jump or tunnel?  Jen will work with you on short sequences offering choices, EITHER this one OR that one.  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Running Points & Critical Points – Rachel - Working Spots Full

Learn how to move on an agility course for the most efficient and effective lines.  Motion is our most important cue, yet many competitors do not understand how their lines of motion effect the dog or their own ability to get to critical points. Sequences will be 10+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Thursday 6/23 PM

“In” 1 Jump Work – MEB - Working Spots Full

In this workshop, you will learn how to teach “In” on one dog. Mary Ellen’s method focuses on teaching the dog how to find and execute the correct side of the jump using a verbal cue and minimal handling.  Suitable for any age/level of dog provided the dog has a stay and understands jump commitment/offering.

 

Backside Skills & Drills – Jen - Working Spots Full

You will work with Jen on sequences that require different types of backsides including slices and wraps.  Jen will cover how to get more independence and distance as well as when to leave!  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Rear Crosses – Rachel - Working Spots Full

Learn the cues to turn your dog away from you on course. This is a much-needed skill on today’s courses for when you can’t “get there” to be ahead of your dog.  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Friday 6/24 - AM

International Sequencing – MEB - Working Spots Full

Sequences will be packed with high level, international challenges.  Sequences will be 10+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

“In” Coursework – Jen - Working Spots Full

Longer sequences featuring various “inside”/threadle challenges.  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

Tunnel Skills – Rachel - Working Spots Full

The tunnel is one of the least trained obstacles in agility! We will focus on teaching some of the necessary tunnel skills such as entries, exits, discriminations, verbals and timing of cues.  Dog should have been introduced to the tunnel, one jump and have an understanding of how to go around a wing or a cone.

 

Friday 6/24 - PM

Tunnel Sequencing – MEB - Working Spots Full

The tunnel is not only one of the least trained obstacles, it is also one that is mishandled quite frequently!  This workshop will feature sequences involving tunnel challenges such as entries, exits and discriminations.  Sequences will be 10+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Turn Aways - Jen - Working Spots Full

You will work with Jen on short sequences focusing on how to turn your dog away from you on the flat.  The following techniques will be covered: Tandem, Flick, Lap Turn.  Verbal and handling cues will be covered.  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Weave Skills & Drills – Rachel - Working Spots Full

We will work on entries, exits, independence, side changes and discriminations featuring the weave poles.  Dogs should already be weaving 12 poles reliably.

 

Tuesday 6/28 AM

Deceleration – MEB - Working Spots Full

Whether your dog is fast, doesn’t like turning or is undermotivated, this is a much-needed skill for all agility competitors.  Most agility courses consist of many more turns than straight lines and most of these turns need deceleration skills. While it may seem like a basic skill, deceleration is often underutilized and misunderstood.  In this workshop, you will learn why, when, and how to use deceleration.  We will cover the elements of handling including connection, footwork, timing, and your dog’s response to your cues.  We will cover the differences between the rhythm change, send, and turning into your dog. 

 

Tunnel Skills – Rachel - Working Spots AVAILABLE!

The tunnel is one of the least trained obstacles in agility! We will focus on teaching some of the necessary tunnel skills such as entries, exits, discriminations, verbals and timing of cues.  Dog should have been introduced to the tunnel, one jump and have an understanding of how to go around a wing or a cone.

 

Tuesday 6/28 PM

Non-Traditional Drills – MEB - Working Spots Full

This workshop is inspired by the drills that Stuart Mah designed for training purposes for the 2022 WAO team.  These drills will not cover how to train an obstacle or how to handle a sequence.  They will help to improve your mental game, situational awareness, mental recovery, quick focus etc.

 

These drills focus on the handler, so more experienced dogs are recommended.  Drills may include contacts and weaves.

 

Backside Skills & Drills – Rachel - Working Spots Full

You will work on sequences that require different types of backsides including slices and wraps.  Jen will cover how to get more independence and distance as well as when to leave!  Sequences will be 8+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Wednesday 6/29 - AM

Running Points & Critical Points – Rachel - Working Spots Full

Learn how to move on an agility course for the most efficient and effective lines.  Motion is our most important cue, yet many competitors do not understand how their lines of motion effect the dog or their own ability to get to critical points. Sequences will be 10+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Wednesday 6/29 - PM

Tunnel Sequencing – MEB - Working Spots Full

The tunnel is not only one of the least trained obstacles, it is also one that is mishandled quite frequently!  This workshop will feature sequences involving tunnel challenges such as entries, exits and discriminations.  Sequences will be 10+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

International Sequencing – Rachel - Working Spots AVAILABLE!

Sequences will be packed with high level, international challenges.  Sequences will be 10+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.

 

Thursday 6/30 – AM

International Sequencing – Rachel - Working Spots Full

Sequences will be packed with high level, international challenges.  Sequences will be 10+ obstacles consisting of jumps and tunnels only.