Engagement at a Distance

Sunday Oct 6

9:00 AM

Experience Level: All

In competition obedience our dogs need to work at a distance from us while under pressure from the judge, the environment and the ring gates. We have no connection with them when we leave, they are completely on their own. No wonder they don’t like it out there! We want to teach our dogs that being away from us is safe and fun. In this workshop we will look at a variety of games to keep our dogs actively engaged as we walk away. I will show you how to teach them a specific focal point to anchor their focus on you. You will learn techniques to keep them on the edge of their seat and ready to respond to your cue when you turn around. A combination of these techniques creates a dog that is confident and fully engaged.

Presenter Bio

Petra Ford

I’ve always loved dogs and training. Actually, I’m obsessed with it! No two dogs are ever alike, and I’ve had quite the variety with lots of challenges, which means I’m always changing what I do and looking for new and creative ways to improve my communication. I love experimenting! It gives me great pleasure to share what I have learned. Watching students learn and grow is incredibly rewarding. I have trained and competed in field and agility but my first love has always been competitive obedience. My dogs have earned field and agility titles. Tyler was a two-time National champion and World Champion. His son, Zeal is also a National champion, won the 2018 Obedience Classic, and multiple Regionals. Zayna won the Novice Division in the 2019 Obedience Classic and multiple Regionals. Zesty started trialing in 2023, earned his CD with two 200s, his CDX with a 200 and completed his UD. His next trial was the Tennessee Regional where he placed 4th competing against National level competitors. All of my dogs have earned multiple 200’s, High in Trials and High Combineds. Training is my passion. Trialing is what pushes me and lets me know if I’m getting closer to my goal…getting the same dog in the ring as in training.