Instructor: Julie Flanery
What is your ideal picture of beautiful heelwork? It likely includes words like precision and accuracy. Does it go beyond that to include enthusiasm, energy, lift, spark and joy? These are the attributes that make heelwork beautiful to behold, exciting to train and yes! Fun for both dog and handler! By building animation, energy and enthusiasm as a separate piece from precision we can increase the rate of reward for each, creating value and joy in our heelwork training and performance.
This course will help you identify and build the components of joyful heeling: position, head carriage, drive, lift, focus, enthusiasm and confidence. These all help to create that pretty picture of heelwork we all strive for.
While this course will include training for precision and accuracy, the primary focus will be games and exercises that bring joy to your heelwork training and performance.
Announcement: This class will be part of a pilot program that will use Teacher Assistants (TA's). If you join the FB study group (formerly known as "lurker group") for this course, then you will have access to two well qualified TA's to assist bronze and silver level students who need additional support. There will be no change to the classroom itself here on the FDSA website and Julie will respond to all student threads as per usual. For more information about joining the FB Study group for this course, please join the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Alumni group AFTER you become a student of FDSA. The link to the study group will also be posted in this courses discussion forum.