AG160: Puppy Genius

Instructor: Julie Daniels

Course Details

PUPPY GENIUS, by Julie Daniels


Raising an agility performance puppy, or any working 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 under one year of age by April 1. 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 agility, but of course that includes many general games for 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 mat work, and interactive play, cueing arousal states, and impulse control, and putting your own collar on, recalls and sit and down, etc. And we will also teach positions and skills that benefit all agility dogs and family dogs, like parallel path, steering, listening in motion, tight turns, coordination, pick-up cues, acceleration, catch me, sendaways, balance, and obstacle skills. We'll use homemade obstacles from items around the yard. It will not be necessary to own regulation 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!



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Gold spots will be available by lottery; all other levels may begin registration at 9:00am PDT. 


PUPPY GENIUS, by Julie Daniels





Musical Toys

Recall Games – Front

Zen Game of Face

Nose Target Games

Parallel Path

Mat Work – Love the Mat

Name Game – Treats in Turn

Collar Games



Get It!

Recall Games – Pick-Ups to Side

Crate Dates and Manners

Separation Game – I'm Right Here

Mat Work – Seek the Mat

Acceleration Stations – GO!

Come and Get It Game

Body Touch for Face, Back, and Tail



Cone Games

Separation Game – I'll Be Right Back

Mat Work – Own the Mat

Parallel Path in Motion

Impulse Control – When to GO!

Handler's Face Game – Which Side?

Inside and Outside Turns

Body Touch for Legs and Feet



Sendaways – Baby Jumps and Cones

Taking Turns – Last One Wins

Mat Work – Send to Mat

Wanna Trade Game

Jump Bars and Baby Cavaletti

Perch Work and Paw Targets – Front End Awareness

Games for Noise

Toy in the Middle Game – Pick-Ups, Click and Run



Put Your Own Collar On


Mat Work – Take It on the Road

Games for Balance

Play With Your Food!

Perch Work and Ladder Work – Hind End Awareness

Toy in the Middle Game – Circle Work

Intro to Cookie Jars



Start Lines from Mat

'Dog Amuck' Cookies

Cookie Jar Games for Youngsters


Toy in the Middle Game – Front Crosses and Blind Crosses

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

Tight Turns with Cones, Bars, and Stanchions

Sequencing with Pick-Ups and Side Changes

Prerequisites and Equipment

Gold spots in this class are open to puppies from 3 months to 12 months of age as of April 1.  Bronze level spots will benefit any dog of any age, or any puppy in your future plans!

There will not be any special equipment required for this class.  But you will need to find or borrow a few items!   These will include some sort of pvc or metal or wooden ladder, and a suitable sturdy small perch for your dog, which could be anything from a cinder block to a ceramic crock to a large metal food dish.  I recommend a puppy puzzle food toy if your pup suffers from separation anxiety, as that will help with our Separation games in weeks 2 and 3.  A clicker, a truckload of 'nibble' treats and 'swallow' treats, and a variety of irresistable tuggable dog toys will most definitely be required!

Course Testimonials

Brand New Course April 2016

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