FOUNDATION AGILITY & HANDLING CLINIC

Beginning JULY 22, 2017

Course Overview

The Clinic consists of the following general topics:

  • Body Awareness for agility:  Building Core Strength and Conditioning and Proprioception Exercises. 
  • Shaping:  Various exercises in understanding how obtain behavior, how to introduce a Cue and then raise Criteria
  • Handling basics:  Timing, Rate of Reinforcement, Placement of Reward
  • Discrimination / Distraction:  Beginner level discrimination exercises. 

We will be working in teams of two.  No more than 3 teams (6 people) so that everyone gets more personal attention. You will be able to choose the partner you would like to work with.  There are a list of items to bring to the clinic and they are listed below in the FAQs

What You Will Learn

RELATIONSHIP Building:  Using fun games of chase to build on speed and reinforcement for you as a handler.  We will also be creating a more ‘operant’ dog through a lot of the “thinking” games we play with our dogs.   This creates a dog that loves to be with us as well as “work” with us.  

TARGETING and PLANK WORK:  These exercises are the foundation for the contact equipment in agility.  We will initially be learning how to target and getting up onto various objects separately.  This build confidence for different surfaces that mimic the teeter and dogwalk planks.  We will then generalize the behavior further and introduce the dog to the teeter and dogwalk.

JUMP GRID Exercises:   We will be introducing to some of Susan Salo’s jump grid exercises to create great form for later sequencing.  These exercises are brilliant for creating great jumping skills.

CANINE CONDITIONING:   With the use of peanuts, balance discs, fitbones, bozu balls, fit pods etc. we will be introducing the dogs to many body awareness exercises including static stretches, backing up, perch work, abduction exercises, slacklines 101, Ipsilateral exercises, doggy push ups and an intro to planking etc.

SHAPING:  We will be shaping certain agility obstacles such as tunnels, end of a teeter, travel plank, tire and jump. These exercises are specifically used in order to teach the student what to look for (observing behavior), how to cue a behavior and how to get it under stimulus control. 

CONE Work and Jump Drills:  This is the foundation for agility jumps and human mechanics of handling techniques.  We will be working on timing, mechanics and placement of rewards.

Who Benefits from this Class

 

This class is geared toward those that are looking for the following skills:

Great for young dogs 9 months or older and even older dogs that need a better more solid foundation.

You know there is more to learn about training your dog and you just need to find the right help.

You are having trouble with understanding how to shape and cue behaviors more effectively and efficiently.

You need an instructor that can tell you why you have the behaviors you have and how to change them effectively.

You want more joy in your training for both you and your dog and less frustration and punishment

You are stalling with your training.  Your behaviors are not getting any better and you are not moving forward

Plans and Pricing

 

What the STUDENTS Are Saying

Don’t just take it from me, let my students do the talking!

“Suzanne Wesley is not only a superb professional trainer, she is a caring and understanding individual.  Her ability to break down behaviors is so clever.  Not only does she relate well with the dogs she teaches she is also supportive to the individual needs of each handler.  It does not matter if you have years of experience or are just starting out with your first dog, Suzanne will customize your training plan to what you and your dog needs first and foremost. ”

Naomi Lane | Naples, Florida

Getting the opportunity to train with Suzanne has exceeded all of my expectations. She has an unbelievable amount of knowledge which allows her to fully break down old behaviors and build them again using a newer scientific based approach.  She is also able to explain the exact steps a handler will need to take in order to improve whatever particular exercise you are working on. This is extremely important because oftentimes we know a behavior needs to be changed, but we don’t necessarily know how to fix it. The content of her lessons and clinics along with the step-by-step instruction is invaluable to both new and experienced handlers. Suzanne is patient with questions, pushes you to move forward and she has a quick wit which keeps training light and fun. Last but not least, My puppy has constant wagging tail from the beginning to end of our sessions and that is a wonderful reflection of Suzanne’s training methods!

Karen Pritchard |

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are typically in your classes

We have no more than 6 students in a clinic or workshop.  Therefore instruction is more personalized and students have the ability to have much more interaction and time training the skills that are presented in the clinic.

What Items do I need to Bring to the Clinic

Please bring the following items with you:

  1.  Crate (either a wire or cloth crate)
  2.  Writing Pad & Pen
  3.  Videoing device (highly recommend taking video)
  4.  Food Rewards – Three kinds (low, medium and high value)
  5.  Toy Rewards – Three kinds (low, medium and high value)
  6.  Water for your dog
Can I upgrade after the first Clinic?

Yes, you can upgrade at any time after registering.  Just email me at suzanne.wesley@cox.net.

Do You Have Questions?

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.

 

 

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