Instructor: Julie Daniels
The regulation see-saw is a complex obstacle, with several elements of difficulty in play at once. Even dogs with agility titles are often tolerating the see-saw but not loving it. We can change that!
This course is designed to help you give your dog the complete skill set to perform the 12-foot regulation see-saw with accuracy, joy and speed! We can accomplish this goal together with a dog who has never seen the see-saw, a dog who has some bad habits associated with his performance of the see-saw, or with a dog who is, for any reason, afraid of the see-saw. In short, any dog can benefit from this class, and all dogs are welcome in this class. If your pup's growth plates are not closed, then we will pad the regulation height see-saw to minimize concussion.
You will not need to own a regulation see-saw to do the homework in this class. We can teach the skill set with substitute equipment, shorter planks and lower heights. When you are ready for the regulation see-saw, having access to one just once or twice per week will be adequate for transfer of skills.
We will use clickers, voice markers, cookies, toys, personal play, props, substitutes, approximations, and all manner of shameless fun and games in this class. We will give your dog what he needs to own see-saw skills with happiness and confidence along the way. This class will be a creative challenge, and most important, lots of fun! We will help your dog learn to love every component of the see-saw, every element of difficulty.
We will address both the mental and the physical skills. You will learn to notice and honor and develop all the component skills of your dog's see-saw performance. Each step of the way, you will learn to read your dog and offer the right help and the right reward at the right time, so the dog will demand more. We'll be raising criteria because the dog will demand it.
We will forge many different paths to the goal! Different dogs will learn in different ways, so we will use different approaches and different games to unlock each element of difficulty. We will celebrate the learning style of each individual dog. Above all, we will have a very good time making best friends with the regulation see-saw!