Instructor: Mariah Hinds
Let’s put all of our training together and get your dog ready to soar in the Novice Obedience ring! It can be a scary thought to enter a dog for the first time, but being well-prepared can take a lot of the scary elements away. We will look at building your dog’s confidence in new locations, helping your dog generalize the skills, adding realistic ring distractions to your dog’s skills, sequencing the skills together and we will go through all the steps to wean your dog off of that cookie in your hand or in your pocket. We will go over heeling, figure 8’s, transitioning from on-leash exercises to off-leash exercises, stand for exam, fronts and finishes, ring entrances and ring exits. Your confidence as a handler will improve when we discuss ring nerves and how to prepare yourself mentally for the ring and for the trial. Gold students can problem solve areas where their dog struggled in previous competition obedience events.
Get ready! This class will show you the finishing pieces that you and your dog need to be completely prepared to enter the Novice obedience ring, whether that is preferred novice, beginner novice, rally novice or novice!