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February 3, 2020
Beyond One More Step - Distance Training
Instructor: Amanda Nelson and Brenna Fender
Class Length: 7 weeks
Cost: Premier $240, Standard $99.99
Registration Opens: OPEN

In this course, Amanda Nelson and Brenna Fender will take handlers through the basics of distance work, teaching important skills and techniques needed for success. Plus, handlers will learn how to handle three common agility sequences—pinwheels, serpentines, and straight lines—at distances of 15 feet or more. By the end of the class, students will run a short agility course made up of these sequences, using their new distance handling skills.

February 3, 2020
Speed & Mind Training Program for Agility Handlers
Instructor: Jaka Capuder
Course Length: 10 weeks
Cost: Premier $199.99, Standard $149.99
Registration Opens: OPEN

Prepare yourself physically and mentally for agility so you can be a better partner to your dog! This training program is designed for agility handlers of all ages and abilities. It’s even adjustable for handlers with injuries. You won’t just build your muscles and gain speed, you will also work on your mind so that you can be more focused and confident on the agility course, and also in everyday life. Jaka will also share some of his recipes for healthy food preparation.

Jaka has helped more than 700 agility handlers improve their physical and mental performance in agility.

February 3, 2020
Reliable Running A-frames Personalized Program
Instructor: Rachel Sanders
Course Length: 10 weeks
Cost: Premier $299.99, Standard $99.99
Registration Opens: OPEN

Rachel's A-frame box method has proved to be highly successful for dogs of all shapes and sizes. The goal of Rachel’s method is to train your dog to perform the A-frame in a way that allows him to reach the contact zone in a comfortable and reliable manner. Whether you are just starting out with a new dog, have started training the box but have questions and need help and feedback, or you have a stopped A-frame and would like to retrain your dog to a running A-frame, this class is for you!

The rate of learning is different for each dog and handler team so Rachel structures the course to the individual, not a set curriculum. There are no group weekly assignments. Rachel will help you with the training of each step and the criteria needed for the step with the use of video or her own dogs as well as personal feedback for each Premier student's submitted videos. There are no limitations on how many videos you submit each week. You will also have access to Rachel's resource library of running A-frame training tips and example videos. 

January 13, 2020
Independent Dogwalks
Instructor: Tammy Moody
Class Length: 8 weeks
Cost: Premier $300, Standard $99.99
Registration Opens: OPEN

When training a stopped dogwalk, Tammy strives for an independent end-behavior, forward drive over the obstacle, lateral handling distance, sendaways, and strong verbal release cues. If you have to manage your dog’s performance on the contact, you are not free to handle the course in the manner you wish. An independent dogwalk behavior gives you control of your movements on course and allows the dog to feel confident and in control of his choices, which in turn creates faster, more fluid performances.

By dissecting the dogwalk performance into small pieces, Tammy has been able to develop a method that makes sense not only to her students but also to their dogs! There are no props or targets used in her methods to teach the stopped end-behavior except for the board itself—so no luring, physical manipulation, or fading is used. 

The program includes homework that you can do at home away from the equipment, and help teams not only feel successful but also feel like they are making progress. 

Note: Although the class focuses on the dogwalk, the behaviors and exercises transfer to the A-frame if you also want to do a stopped A-frame. The teeter has different criteria so this class will not help with teeter training.

January 6, 2020
How to Strengthen & Maintain 2-On/2-Off Contacts
Instructor: Sandy Rogers
Class Length: 8 weeks
Cost: Premier $300, Standard $99.99
Registration Opens: OPEN

Why do so many dogs that start their competition careers with an excellent 2-on/2-off contact behavior lose it? The sequence and course work that we need to practice to get in sync with our dogs can undermine some of our trained behaviors very quickly and naturally. What we do as we are handling the contacts as part of sequences will raise new questions for our dogs—questions that did not come up in the initial training because the picture is so different during handling than it was during training. 

The maintenance program taught in this course is designed to help you perfect and preserve your dog’s 2-on/2-off performance. You will learn how to continuously increase your dog’s comprehension of the 2-on/2-off behavior by addressing all the questions that can potentially erode the behavior in competition. Your dog will understand to drive to the bottom of the contact no matter where you are or what distractions there are. Your release word will become stronger because your dog learns that he can’t self-release on movement, praise, or because a certain length of time passes.

January 6, 2020
Laser Focus, Play, and Impulse Control Games
Instructor: Dr. Carla Simon
Class Length: 6 weeks
Cost: Premier $99.99, Standard $50
Registration Opens: OPEN

How do you get your dog to ignore distractions and work with you for longer periods? Build laser focus!

How do you motivate your dog to eagerly play, train, or compete with you? Harness your dog's natural drives and build intense desire for work, balanced with impulse control. 

In this course, you'll learn the secrets for developing foundation skills that are critical to have in place before starting any dog-sport training: laser focus, enthusiasm for working with you, and impulse control. You will build your bond with your dog and gel as a team as you discover how to apply the science behind how dogs learn, how best to teach them, how to avoid common errors, and how to get your training back on track quickly when there is a problem.

Play with food effectively rather than just being a boring Pez dispenser, explore toy play with dogs that don't like to play, learn games to play without food or toys, teach your dog to pay attention to you even if you say and do nothing, harness the power of boundary games, and more! 

January 6, 2020
Scent Detection Foundation: Imprinting Target Odor for Beginners
Instructor: Dr. Carla Simon
Class Length: 6 weeks
Cost: Premier $99.99, Standard $50
Registration Opens: OPEN

Dogs’ primary sense is olfaction, and it’s amazingly powerful. Whether you want them to sniff or not, dogs are using their noses to navigate the invisible world of scent. When you harness the power of your dog’s nose, there are many benefits: it's fantastic exercise, it's an important outlet for high-drive dogs, it calms dogs by giving them a job to do, decreasing stress and anxiety as they build confidence, it provides environmental enrichment, and it's an excellent crosstraining activity for working dogs.

Whether your goal is to train your dog for scent detection or nosework tests, put sniffing under stimulus control so that your dog doesn't sniff during other work such as agility, or improve the quality of your dog's life, this course will help you achieve that goal. Using the same techniques as for training professional sniffer dogs, you’ll learn how to teach your dog to love searching for target odor, on cue. You’ll also learn to be a better trainer and be more rewarding as you use food, food play, or toys. 

Upon completion, you’ll have a solid foundation for competing in sports using scent (including nosework, tracking, pointing birds, obedience, and handler discrimination). Some teams have even gone on to search and rescue work or professional detection. Many other teams enjoy sniffing every day, no matter where they are, with minimal equipment and space. It might be the most fun you’ve ever had with your dog.