Instructor: Julie Daniels
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!
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.
Gold spots will be available by lottery; all other levels may begin registration at 9:00am PDT.
PUPPY GENIUS, by Julie Daniels
Recall Games – Front
Zen Game of Face
Nose Target Games
Mat Work – Love the Mat
Name Game – Treats in Turn
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
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 EquipmentGold 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!