All Things Parkour

Saturday Oct 5

4:00 PM

Experience Level: All

All Things Parkour: The world is your obstacle course! After playing parkour, you will never look at the world the same again! You will always be on the lookout for places to play with your dog. This class is for those new to parkour as well as those wanting to train the higher levels. There will be a circuit type setup to allow teams to work simultaneously as well as choose novice obstacles or intermediate.

Parkour can be a challenging but fun activity to do with your dog. It includes jumping, climbing, and balancing. All dogs can participate in some form of Parkour.

Nature provides so many fun obstacles such as trees, benches, walls, logs, large rocks, picnic tables, boat docks, stairs, the list is only limited by your imagination. Parkour can also be played inside by using laundry baskets, exercise balls, scaffolding, carts, stairs, and boards.

There will be a short presentation to begin as Parkour should be done in a safe manner, evaluating all obstacles and surfaces before ever asking your dog to interact. We should also “spot” our dogs on higher obstacles, so there will be video examples before we begin any training.

The sky truly is the limit when it comes to Parkour!

Obstacles planned based on teams and area availability (subject to change): Presentation on safety and spotting, warmup exercises, 2 feet, 4feet, moving obstacle, wait on an obstacle, gap jump, through, in, balance, around, creativity, and pivot

Presenter Bio

Melissa Chandler

Melissa Chandler (she/her) is the owner of Dogs Rock! Nose Work Academy located in central Ohio and an instructor/faculty member at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. She has experience in many different dog sports and has been involved in competitive dog sports for over 40 years, starting in 4H and AKC Jr. Handling. She is passionate about the emotional well-being of her dog clients and how they feel before training or competition. She offers pattern games and start buttons in all her classes to help her clients read their dog and respond appropriately. Melissa avidly pursues continuing education and professional development to provide the most current information to her students and is sought after for her outside the box problem solving skills. Melissa is also a Reiki Master, EFT Practitioner (specializing in EFT for animals) and Certified Holistic Pet Health Coach. Melissa is owned by her Weimaraner, Grit and her Vizslas, Bam! and Mojo. She enjoys competing in Nose Work and being in nature with her dogs which includes hiking, parkour and chilling out at their pond.