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Jennifer Henion - Field work: Troubleshooting your Holding Blind Routine & Steadiness

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Date: Thursday, February 29th, 2024
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

How to create amazing behavior in the holding blind, even with over the top arousal levels. As a result, Improve your walk to the performance line and steadiness for marks.

At Retriever Hunt Tests, the holding blind is where you wait your turn to perform. Standing with your dog in a small fabric barrier, can become like a wild rodeo, as your dog bucks and pulls to have a look at the action.

Gunfire, duck calls, the sounds and smells of the working dog! It can really create over the top arousal that's hard to manage in the moment. Once you're in that position, it's nearly impossible for treats to compete with arousal.

We can change that! But it takes a plan! In this webinar, you're going to learn the specific steps to create an amazing holding blind routine - making it possible for your dog to deal with distractions AND focus on you! Even as you walk from the holding blind to the line!

This webinar is for you if you want to prevent or fix crazy arousal behaviors that happen right before your turn.

We will review two specific cases on video.

  1. "Highball Harry", a 12 month old Golden Retriever, who acted like a wild mustang in the holding blind. Within one week we got amazing results, teaching him the new routine. In two weeks, he was solid!
  2. "Reggie" who learned the holding blind routine as a puppy and easily carried that routine up through Master level testing. His clarity for off leash heel walking and line steadiness was remarkable.

Why does this matter?

  • If your dog is highly aroused and can't meet criteria in the holding blind, they will likely be that way on the line.
  • If you as a HANDLER can't get engagement & criteria with your dog in the holding blind, that will likely be the case on the line.
  • When this happens, the dog loses steadiness and focus for the performance. Training gets bogged down because you have to focus on manners and steadiness instead of marking and field games.

Luckily, we have the solution! Using games and layers of learning, we teach each step of the routine and chain them together. We give amazing clarity to you and to the dog, making it easy to add the arousal factors along the way.

It's faster than you can even imagine! With Harry it took two weeks and it resulted in surprising new levels of off leash steadiness for marks in that same time frame!

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Nicole Wiebusch - Game On! Increasing Enthusiasm in Heeling

Date: Thursday, February 29th, 2024
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Does the prospect of teaching your dog to heel feel like a bit of a chore? Maintaining enthusiasm during heeling training can be challenging. If you and your dog are in need of a motivational boost when it comes to heeling, you've come to the right place. Join us for an exciting webinar where we'll delve into the world of heeling games.

Training routines can sometimes become monotonous, leaving you and your dog feeling uninspired. In this webinar, we'll explore various interactive and fun games that will spice up your training sessions and rekindle the excitement for heeling. Whether your training regimen has hit a plateau or you're simply looking for creative ways to enhance your dog's heeling skills, this webinar has something for you.

If the idea of heeling has started to feel a bit stale, this webinar is the perfect opportunity to inject some joy back into the process. Register now for our webinar on heeling games!

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Amy Johnson - The Building Blocks of Dog Photography: Master Light, Exposure, and Composition

Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2024
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Believe it or not, learning photography is a lot like dog training! One of my favorite concepts is that the most effective way to teach a dog a new skill is to break it down into a bunch of mini-skills before putting them together in a more complex behavior.

This idea of "splitting" a desired outcome applies to photography as well. When your photography goals are too big, all of the skills that are required to reach your goals get lumped into one big mass, making it difficult to sort out where to start. By splitting photography into its fundamental parts, you can take control of your journey and see progress almost immediately.

Join me in this webinar as we explore light, exposure, and composition — the building blocks of photography — via the parallels between photography and dog training!

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Denise Fenzi - Touchy Heely: Contact Heeling for Ringsport, Behavior Work and Life!

Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2024
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

"Contact heeling" means teaching your dog to maintain physical contact with your body while also allowing them the freedom to look around. You might be moving, standing still, sitting in a chair, or completing a task, and your dog will press against you to maintain contact! While originally trained for the Sports of French and Mondio Ring, this skill is useful in crowded environments, during training classes, or between working exercises...anywhere dogs frequently lose contact with their handler. In behavior work, contact heeling can allow both you and your dog to observe the environment while simultaneously retaining physical awareness of each other. So many uses!

Unlike precision heeling, there is no expectation of eye contact or a precise position at the handler's side. Indeed, the dog can be taught to rotate all the way around the handler - the only criteria is continuous physical contact. As a result, contact heeling can be relaxing and enjoyable for both parties.

Sound useful? It is! Join Denise Fenzi and learn how she teaches contact heeling, along with a discussion of the varied ways she uses this skill in both training and in daily life.

Note: This webinar is back by popular demand. Please check your webinar library before purchasing.

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Robin Greubel - Building Your Detection Dog: What Skill Am I Developing Today?

Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

There are an immense number of skills our detection dogs need to have in order to do their job effectively. Setting up thoughtful and meaningful training by yourself or with a group of people to move each skill forward can feel overwhelming. During this webinar we will discuss different types of categories to think through as you start developing your daily, weekly and monthly training goals. We will also talk about how to structure your detection set ups to build your desired skill sets when multiple people are using the same hides.

You will leave with:

  • An overview of the skill sets a detection dog needs
  • A framework in which to ask yourself 'What Skill Am I Developing Today?"
  • Skills that you can work on and how the build your chain
  • Ideas that will help you set up appropriate training sessions

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Kelly Daniel - Architecture of Fitness: Structure and Form

Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

When we are trying to perform functional fitness exercises we need to consider all the things that can impact the overall success of these exercises. Some of these things we can change, and some we cannot.

Equipment can form the foundations for your exercises. A correctly shaped foundation can have a huge impact on the building above it, as the equipment you use can impact the form of the dog. When we look at a dogs form, sometimes making modifications to the equipment can be an easy fix to improve form.

Structure is like the framing of a building. The bones of your dog, and how they connect together form the basis for all the other parts of the 'building' to attach too. They also create the overall shape of your dog. Whilst we cannot change structure, having an understanding of structure will help you figure out if an issue in form is related to structure.

Form is how well your dog performs an exercise. It's a combination of structure, understanding of an exercise, and how they use their body to move or hold themselves in a certain position. There are many things that we, as a handler, can do to improve a dog’s form in a fitness exercise. In this webinar we will look at some specific things that you can do, as well as develop your eye for form.

With having an understanding of equipment, structure, and form you can be the architect of your dogs fitness to create excellent form and functional fitness exercises that positively impact your dogs physical fitness.

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