Jun
13
9:00 am09:00

Clicker 101 (Drop in)

Clicker 101 

Cost: $10
Location: Bryan Park. 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
Park by the soccer fields, near the Azalea Gardens--Look for my gray Honda Element! Call me at 804-200-3902 if you need help finding me. 

Class Info: This is a levels-based class, which means you don't need to attend sessions in any order. The first level is Clicker 101, an overview of teaching with a clicker, the clicker mentality, and basic doggie skills. We won't have time in every class to cover each skill, so attending more than one session is recommended. You must get approval to attend the next level of class (Clicker 201 and AP Skills). Clicker 101 activities:

  • Focus/Attention
  • Shaping and Capturing Behavior
  • Targeting/Touch an object
  • Sit and/or Down
  • Basic Handling Exercises
  • Beginnings of Loose Leash Walking
  • Take it & Drop it
  • Leave-It

Prerequisites: 
- Your dog should be relatively comfortable in a new environment and able to take food rewards and/or play with a toy/tug.
- Reactive dogs are welcome, but know your dog's thresholds, and chat with me before you get your dog out of the car so we can set you up in a "safe" spot.

What to bring:
- Clicker if you have one.
- 4-6 foot leash (not a FLEXI/retractable leash!)
- Flat collar (this is a normal/basic collar), martingale collar, gentle leader/head collar, or front or back attach harness. No metal collars, no e-collars.
- Treats!! Many treats! Good, tasty, stinky treats. My favorites are diced, plain, baked chicken breast and string cheese. Biscuits, hard kibble, and commercial treats may not be enough to entice your dog to work.
- I'd highly recommend a treat pouch or a fanny pack to hold your treats.
- Water, and a way for your dog to drink it.
- A camping chair if you like to sit while you're training. We will be up and moving a lot, so this is 100% optional.

 

Class size limited to: 5 owners and dogs. SIGN UP HERE!

May
11
9:30 am09:30

Loose Leash Walking 101

LLW 101

When: Monday, May 11th from 9:30-10:30am.

Location: Pole Green Park. Park near the dog park, you should see my gray Honda Element. We will set up either in the field adjacent to the park or over by the horse arena, whichever is quieter. 

8996 Pole Green Park Ln, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
http://www.hanovercounty.gov/Parks-and-Rec/Pole-Green-Park/

Cost: $15 per dog/owner team

Class size limited to: 5 dogs. Feel free to have more than one handler per dog. Sign up by filling out the form below. Once I have 5 folks signed up, registration will be closed, but you can still sign up and get on the waitlist. I'll let you know if there's a cancellation and you and your dog can participate.

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
(in case of inclement weather, I will call you!)

Prerequisites: 
- Clicker conditioning: When you click (or use a verbal marker like "Yes" or "Good"), your dog should expect food or some other reward. 
- Name Response: When you say your dog's name, he should look at you--doesn't have to be for long!
- Hand Targeting: Dog touches your hand with his nose. This would be ideal, but is NOT required.

***This is not a class for reactive (barky/growly) dogs! We will be up and moving and perhaps getting in each other's spaces, which may not be productive for your training. I will be offering other classes for reactive dogs in the future. 

Equipment: 
- Clicker: If you don't have one, I will have a spare you can borrow.
- 4-6 foot leash (not a FLEXI/retractable leash!)
- Flat collar (this is a normal/basic collar), martingale collar, gentle leader/head collar, or front or back attach harness. No metal collars, no e-collars.
- Treats!! Many treats! Good, tasty, stinky treats. My favorites are diced, plain, baked chicken breast and string cheese. Biscuits, hard kibble, and commercial treats may not be enough to entice your dog to work.
- I'd highly recommend a treat pouch or a fanny pack to hold your treats.
- Water, and a way for your dog to drink it.
- A camping chair if you like to sit while you're training. We will be up and moving a lot, so this is 100% optional.

Info: Loose leash walking is one of the things I get asked about the most by pet dog owners…it is tough to train, and oftentimes we inadvertently teach our dogs to PULL! 

LLW 101 will cover the basics of leash handling, shaping for heel position from scratch, and how to deal with a tough puller. We'll also go over dealing with distractions, and solutions for getting your dog past temptations you encounter on your walks.

Your dog should be up to date on his/her rabies vaccination as well as flea/tick medications, or you risk your dog bringing home a few friends.

Save time by reading the class rules and policies, and then print out and sign a waiver. Don't forget to bring your waiver with you to class!

May
9
2:00 pm14:00

Foundation Skills: Targeting

Foundation Skills: Targeting

Cost: $8 per dog/owner team. Please bring cash or check to class.

Location: Stanford Hill Farm, located in Bon Air/Midlothian, address and directions will be sent upon your registration. This is private property, and as such, please don't let your dog run loose. There are horses in a different part of the farm, and they don't appreciate loose dogs. Also, keep an eye on your dogs, this is a rural property and there are deer and other critters about, which means there is deer and other poop to snack on. Use it as an opportunity to practice impulse control.

Class size limited to: 5 owners and dogs. Sign up by filling out the form below. Once I have 5 folks signed up, registration will be closed, but you can still sign up and get on the waitlist. I'll let you know if there's a cancellation and you and your dog can participate.

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
(In case of inclement weather)

Info: Learn all about TARGETING! This essential foundation skill is the first thing I teach a new dog. Targeting allows you to teach complex behaviors without the use of luring.

Not only will you have a built-in rudimentary recall, you'll have the foundation to teach place, various tricks, agility skills, heel work, and more. And...targeting is fun for dogs. 

In this class, I'll explain the concept of targeting, and I'll demo 2 or 3 different kinds of targeting (nose, paw, and body). We'll all start with nose targeting and depending on how much time we have, we'll move on to the others.

Prerequisites: Nothing specific, but your dog should be relatively comfortable in a new environment and able to take food rewards. Targeting is the beginning! Reactive dogs are welcome, but know your dog's thresholds and chat with me before bring your dog out so we can set you up in a "safe" spot.

Equipment needed: Plenty of soft, small, tasty treats. Think bits of meat, cheese, or extra tasty commercial treats. Not kibble or hard, biscuit-type treats.

A Clicker. If you don't have one, or have never used one, I will have extras and can give you a quickie intro to using one.

Bring a MAT or TOWEL that you don't mind getting dirty.

Bring a chair if you like to sit while you training (I do!). I'll have a few, but not enough for everyone.

Your dog should be up to date on his/her rabies vaccination as well as flea/tick medications, or you risk your dog bringing home a few friends.

Save time by reading the class rules and policies, and then print out and sign a waiver. Don't forget to bring your waiver with you to class!