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Introduction to Sports

About this class

Dog sports help keep dogs physically active and mentally healthy. All dogs need a degree of exercise, and most will thrive with the extra stimulation. This seminar covers:

This is the number 1 dog sport where you direct your dog through an obstacle course. Agility equipment may consist of contact obstacles, tunnels, weave poles, a pause obstacle, and a tire jump. You and your dog can enjoy this as backyard fun or aspire to go to the competitive level. The dog is off-leash, and treats are not utilized on the field when at the competitive level.

Trick training:
A great way to give your dog both a mental and physical workout. Your dog learns behaviors that require you and the dog to work together. Through trick training, you build a better relationship with your dog, increase mental flexibility, focus and engagement, help develop control, and increase motivation.

Canine Freestyle:
A fun mixture of obedience, tricks, and dance that allows creative interpretation. You choreograph your performance to music to present your dog to his best advantage in an artistic manner.

Our dogs need a job. Most of us who have herding dogs do not use them for herding. However, Treibball (urban herding) isn’t limited to just herding breeds. Urban herding is a positive reinforcement dog sport where the dog must gather and drive large exercise balls into a soccer goal. Nose targeting, go around, wait and push are the primary skills needed for this fun sport.

Unlike Agility, the dog must master the obstacle course alone. He receives commands from his owner and must follow them from a distance. As a result, the dog learns to pay attention to his owner even if he is not in his immediate vicinity.

Scent Work:
Created to mimic professional detection dog tasks. One dog and one handler form a team. The dogs must find a hidden target odor, often ignoring distractors, and alert the handler. After the dog finds the scent, they are rewarded with food or a toy.

A dog and their handler move together through a course made up of 10-20 signs. Each sign displays a skill to perform such as turns or behaviors like sit, down, or stay. The dog and handler work together and should show a sense of teamwork and enthusiasm throughout the course.

The Seminar begins with a presentation at The Training Center – 110 E. Council St. – then proceeds to the Pitner Dog Park for dog activities.

All Dogs Welcome (must be UP TO DATE on Vaccinations and no signs of dog/people aggression)

Prerequisite: None

June 11, 2022 - June 11, 2022



Breakfast Provided

All Dogs must be current on all vaccinations. If your dog reacts negatively toward other dogs or people or has severe behavior issues, these classes will not be a good fit. Contact Understanding Your Dog for private sessions, which will be the better option.

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