FE115: Baby Genius

Instructor: Julie Daniels

Course Details

BABY GENIUS, by Julie Daniels



NOTE: There will be no refunds in this class (see last paragraph).

Raising a puppy is the lucky job we get to enjoy only once in a while! The time goes so quickly, and when the time is up the opportunity to play the baby games with the clean slate is gone!


The Gold spots in this class will be open to puppies from 3 months to 9 months of age by February 1. Silver and Bronze spots can benefit any dog!


Take this class if you have a baby or if you think you might get a baby this year. Give this class as a gift to your friend who is getting a baby. Take this class to get new games to play with your older dog or your fearful dog or your rescue, any dog who can benefit from baby steps. We will be playing games and building concepts related to a lifelong rewarding relationship between you and your special puppy. We will help our puppies meet the big world with Confidence and Empowerment and Curiosity and the expectation of FUN!


This class will help your dog meet challenges with an open mind and a brain that wants to engage. When your dog of any age learns to expect that new things will be FUN, you have a brilliant head start on any sport you want to play and any problem you want to solve. You will create a problem-solver who not only expects to win but also expects to enjoy himself.


We will be teaching many things that all dogs need, like impulse control, mat work, and interactive play, cueing arousal states, and putting your own collar on, recalls and crate manners, etc. And we will also teach concepts that benefit all performance dogs, like steering, listening in motion, balance and coordination, pick-up cues, recalls, find me, work with me, and play with me.


This class is a great winter project for building a sturdy foundation with your puppy or older dog. It is also a great class for small spaces. We do not need to travel and we do not need to own fancy equipment. Creativity is the best way to generalize concepts, and we will be very creative!


If you want a class which will help you enjoy your puppy immensely as you make him smart, resourceful, and engaged with you, then this is your class!



FDSA Note: For those who are unaware, the instructor for this class, Julie Daniels, is aggressively fighting Stage 4 cancer. At the same time, she continues to work and share her knowledge of "all things dog" through her classes here at FDSA, and for that we are extremely grateful.

Before enrolling in this class, please note that there are no refunds under any circumstances even if due to instructor illness. Please also know that every penny of your enrollment fee goes directly to Julie, so if you enroll at bronze for $65, then Julie will receive that $65 to assist with her significant, medical expenses. FDSA and Julie are extremely grateful for your support and understanding at this time.


Registration will begin at 10:00am PST.

There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Enrollment limits: 10 gold, 10 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level class, you can sign up any time during the registration period.



Musical Toys

Recall Games – Name is Powerful

Zen Game of Face

Mat Work – Love the Mat

Name Discrimination – Treats in Turn

Physical Restraint


Collar Games

Crate Dates without Coercion

Separation Game – I'm Right Here

Mat Work – Seek the Mat

Recall Explosions – GO!

Affection and Touch


Come and Get It Game

Separation Game – I'll Be Right Back

Mat Work – Own the Mat

Impulse Control – When to GO!

Handler's Face Game – Which Side?

Games for Noise


Taking Turns – Last One Wins

Mat Work – Send to Mat

Wanna Trade Game

Perch Work – Front End Awareness

Games for Balance

Target Training


Put Your Own Collar On

Mat Work – Take It on the Road

Games for Relationship

Play With Your Food!

Ladder Work – Hind End Awareness

Intro to Cookie Jars


Cookie Jar Games for Babies

Tug Games and Manners

Puppy Puzzles and Snuffle Mats

Advanced Impulse Control Games

Find Your Person

Cueing Arousal States with Mat, Food, Toys, Touch, and Play

Prerequisites and Equipment

Gold spots in this course are open to puppies age 3 months to 9 months as of February 1.  I am happy to say that there is not one single prerequisite for this class.  And no special equipment is needed.  A perfect winter project, and small-space friendly as well.  Come one, come all.


Brand New Course February 2017

Please see instructor bio for sample testimonials of other courses she has taught.