Fantastic Fronts

Saturday Oct 5

4:00 PM

Experience Level: Novice & Above

Fronts are a complicated but necessary skill for competition obedience and rally. It can be a struggle to maintain attitude (for dog and handler!) and consistent criteria. In this workshop I’ll show you how to teach your dog to hit front on the first try without stress or pressure. Taught properly, fronts can become inherently self-reinforcing. This workshop will demonstrate how to break fronts down to improve our dog’s understanding of what front means. You will learn to develop clear criteria and communication to build confidence. We will use a perch to develop a cue system to improve the dog’s success ratio. We will look at the pros and cons of different props and how to fade them. Finally, we will introduce games that will help keep fronts fun and exciting. Whether you are starting to teach fronts or you want to increase your seasoned dog’s accuracy and attitude, this workshop is for you.

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.