We will use placement of food reward, platforms and discs, “pocket hand,” and activities that teach you and your dog exactly where heel position is located. Static position (as opposed to moving) will be the primary focus.
Each of these exercises is designed to target a specific aspect of the competition ring. We will consider the role of additional people, dogs and environmental distractions to our work. While most of the exercises will continue to focus on creating a super bright and positive attitude towards the ring, we will now add some work within the ring.
To utilize this class, a dog needs a few steps of good quality heeling but not much more than that!
Concepts from Precision Heeling and Heeling Games will be used in this course and Denise will presume a working knowledge of basic precision and heeling games techniques, including the correct use of discs, pocket hand, “fly,” etc.
Join Denise and her super star small dog Brito and learn how to make your small dog as confident as possible in this full sized world!
In this class, Denise will introduce proofing, reducing reinforcement, how to approach new locations, and creating finished exercises; all vital components of competition readiness! Denise will also address the importance of considering your dog’s unique temperament. When class ends, you’ll have a plan for how to proceed from absolute novice to the competition ring!
This is a class for advanced trainers! Denise will assume that you have the skill of shaping, and that you are able to deduce by watching what she is reinforcing, where she is offering support and what she is ignoring altogether.
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