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Dr. Jacqueline Boyd - Navigating Nutrition for the Performance Dog

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Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Ever struggled to navigate the nutrition maze? Canine nutrition is easily one of the most contentious and debated subjects in the performance dog world. Science and a good evidence base is there to help us however! In this webinar, we will take an evidence-based approach to feeding the dog that stands in front of you, to ensure maximal support for their performance output.

The webinar content will include:

  • Essentials of nutrition
  • Feeding for function - the performance dog
  • Different types of output
  • Nutrients or ingredients? - role of protein, fat, carbs, supplements
  • Feed as fuel
  • Importance of energy
  • Metabolizable energy
  • Digestibility and energy density of different feeds
  • Calorie distribution
  • Comparing feeds on a dry matter basis
  • Functional feeding
  • Practical feeding - timing, recovery

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Nicole Wiebusch - Broken Connection: Why Your Dog Loses Focus (REPEAT)

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Does your dog disconnect from you during training? Would you like some ideas on how to fix and prevent disconnection? Having a training plan and systematically working your way through increasing criteria, distractions, and generalization can go a long way toward reducing disconnection.

During this webinar we will define disconnection and discuss common reasons that dogs disconnect from their handlers. We'll talk about how to figure out why dogs disconnect, and we'll cover ways to fix it and prevent further disconnection in the future. You will be shown video examples of several different scenarios in which the dog disconnected and we'll talk through what likely happened. You will come away with a better understanding of why dogs disconnect and what you can do about it.

Note: this webinar will not cover extremely fearful dogs. That in itself is a complicated subject and there are other classes at FDSA that are better equipped for helping your fearful dog.

This is a repeat webinar. Please check your webinar library before purchasing.

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Eva Bertilsson & Emelie Johnson Vegh - Connect the Dots: E&Es Five Favorite Strategies for Successful Training

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Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Awesome training no matter what the venue is – what might that look like? 

Coming from an agility background and having spent a lot of time thinking, discussing and establishing training structures and foundation skills for agility while writing the book Agility Right From the Start, these two trainers set off on a path looking for what is principle of method. Being passionate about developing great training sessions within a positive reinforcement paradigm, Emelie and Eva have distilled their five favorite ideas on what will get you those Great Training Sessions!

Are you curious about what “Good Agility Practices” look like when applied to obedience training? Can you see the similarities between heelwork and weave-pole exercises? And, what’s up with those spontaneous starts and the focus on offered behavior, anyway?

In this webinar, Emelie and Eva will connect the dots for you, condensing their principles and procedures into “five favorites”—five concepts that will bring your training to new heights. Everyone committed to reward-based training will enjoy learning from this Swedish duo. If you are looking for a competitive edge or simply for more joy and confidence in your training, this webinar is for you!

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Petra Ford - Mark & Go Straight for Directed Jumping

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

A go out seems pretty straight forward. Look straight ahead and run there until I tell you to sit. But dogs don’t inherently understand to “run straight.” And even though the center of the ring is obvious to humans, the picture is completely different every time. Especially from a dog’s perspective. Which makes it challenging for them to “mark.” In this webinar I will introduce you to the method I use to teach my dogs to “mark” and “go straight.” I do not use a stanchion or post as a marker. I have found that when my dogs can’t “see” the marker they are confused and anxious. This method teaches the dog to trust you. It teaches you a communication system to help your dog find the “center.” This results in a dog that is confident, finds and holds “mark” and runs straight regardless of the picture.

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Sue Yanoff - Management of Chronic Pain

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Many performance dogs, as they get older, develop conditions that cause pain. Pain that persists for more than weeks to months is called “chronic pain.” Two of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs are degenerative joint disease (arthritis) and back pain.

How do you know if your dog is in pain? What causes pain?

In the lecture on Management of Chronic Pain in my Sports Medicine class, I listed over 30 different ways we can treat chronic pain in our dogs. In this seminar, we will discuss some of these, including old standards and new options. No dog should have to live with pain. Find out what your options are for making your dog more comfortable.

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Jennifer Henion - Breaking Tradition: Positive Strategies for Retriever Field Work

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Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Retriever field work is a sport with a long tradition rooted in real work. Which was to gather food for the table or earn money for the handler. These were working dogs with a job.

The traditional training methods originated in that mindset. Our retriever sports evolved from that work, dragging the old attitudes of work along with it.

Thankfully, pioneers of modern dog sports like Agility, Freestyle and Trick Training (sports rooted in fun and science) have proven that all of the same challenges we face in Retriever sports, can be won with positive reinforcement methods and strategies.

In this webinar, we will talk about four major challenges of retriever training that were previously thought to require the old mindset. And we'll shine a light on the positive strategies that really work for each of the four.

They include 1) Steadiness despite instinctual drive 2) Accurate responses at long distances 3) Fetch reliability 4) Teaching straight lines

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