First Day of Course: Whenever you choose!
Course Length: 12 lessons that you can complete at your own pace. There are no fixed deadlines or due dates.
What happens in those early months when your pup is ready to learn and play, but they're too young to begin "real" contact training? Puppy Pre-Contacts is your answer!
In this self-study class, you'll learn essential training games that will give your pup a fabulous foundation for starting real contact training when it's time.
You’ll learn games that are applicable for running and stopped contacts, as well as games that work whether your pup is motivated by food, toys, or both. Each game includes a video discussion and demonstration, as well as a written description.
Your pup will learn
- Critical flatwork skills
- Plank acrobatics for developing balance, confidence, and safety on contacts
- Hind-end awareness and weight-shifting
- Motion "override" so that he understands to listen and respond to a cue even if you are moving
- Targeting with distractions
- Teeter foundations so he loves movement and sound
- Skills for building independence on contacts
- Running contact foundation chains
- Holding position on a plank
- Foundation "obstacle" discriminations
What is included with your purchase?
- Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
- Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
- Keep what you buy—No expiring content
These games are appropriate for puppies 12 weeks and older.
A plank, wobble board, mat, and tunnel; however, all games can be adapted for the equipment you have available
20x20 or 30x30 space is ideal, but games can be modified to fit the space you have.
How do I access my Learning Center purchase?
After you complete your purchase using your credit card or PayPal, you will receive 2 email confirmations: the first is a receipt acknowledging that your order has been received and the second email contains the link for your Clean Run Learning Center program. Just click on the link in the email to complete enrollment. If you already have a Learning Center account, then you will go directly to your educational program. If you do not, then you will enter your email address and a password to use for this Learning Center program and any future ones your purchase. Please be aware that this is a separate account you are establishing on https://cleanrunonline.com/home and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts).
If you have a Clean Run website account, then you can also access your program at anytime by signing in at cleanrun.com and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu.
Please be aware that there are no refunds for on-demand/self-study courses, on-demand lessons, or webinars.
We suggest that you read the information provided carefully before making your purchase. If you have any questions about whether the content is right for you, please email us.
Tracy Sklenar has been training dogs and competing in dog agility for almost 20 years and is perhaps the only handler in the world who has won medals in international finals as a coach for 2 different countries AND as a handler with her own dog in both team and individual events. She is on the faculty of Agility University and Agility MasterClass. and also travels extensively to teach seminars and compete. Her "Feet Forward" approach to handling and emphasis on connection and reinforcement have helped handlers excel at every level and with every type of dog.
Tracy's dogs have had very successful careers regionally, nationally and internationally. She and her dogs have achieved many titles/championships, made many finalist appearances as well as multiple podium appearances in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Tracy has competed successfully in agility with a variety of dogs of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. Most recently, Tracy won the National Games Championship at the 2018 UKI US Open.
Currently, she shares her life with 6 dogs: 3 BC/terrier mixes (14-year-old Export, 11-year-old Matrix, and puppy Hot Sauce), a BC/Croatian mix (5-year-old-Voodoo) and two Papillons (6-year-old Crusher and 4-year-old Macho Nacho). In the ring, their runs are noted for focus, accuracy, consistency and speed. She began agility with 2 mixed breeds and 2 Dalmatians, and also enjoyed a fabulous career with Rebound, a Rat Terrier.
Tracy also has extensive coaching experience, ranging from local competitors to international teams. She came out of team coaching retirement to coach Team USA at the IFCS World Agility Championships in Valencia, Spain in 2017 and stayed on to coach the 2018 USA team in Italy. In 2012 and 2011, she was the Coach/Manager of Team USA at the World Agility Open in Belgium and the United Kingdom, and in both years was proud to see the US team bring home more medals than any other country—both times! She served as the Manager/Coach for Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships in 2008, 2010, and in 2012. These teams were also very successful, ranking high in the Individual medal count and bringing home medals in the Team event.
Outside of international competitions, Tracy's local, national, and international students from live classes, seminars, and online classes have achieved great success with a variety of breeds, including championship titles, national finals appearances, top five finishes in their breed, Invitational appearances, and more! Tracy uses positive reinforcement, motivational games and shaping to build brilliant behaviors in the dogs while teaching the handlers to be consistent and positive in their handling and dog training.