Glue Skills for Dog Sports

Sunday Oct 6

3:50 PM

Experience Level: Novice & Above

Each dog sport has a foundation skill framework that builds reliable performance. But what about the glue that holds that sport-specific framework in place?

In this session, you will learn glue skills that can help accelerate learning opportunities (training, classes, seminars, and trials) for your dog. These skills are essential for your dog if competition is the ultimate goal. But they are also beneficial as general life skills for your dog. Without glue skills, dogs can develop unwanted habits, which interferes with their learning. Furthermore, once habits are established, they can be more challenging to change. Once you train glue skills with your dog, you will never return to training without them in your future dogs!

Presenter Bio

Nancy Gagliardi Little

Nancy (she/her) has been training dogs since the early 1980s when she put an Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) on her first competition/Novice A dog, a Labrador Retriever. Since then, she has achieved many advanced obedience accomplishments, including 4 AKC OTCH titles (one CKC OTCH), 6 UD titles, 3 UDX titles, a 2009 AKC National Obedience Invitational invite, and multiple placements in National obedience tournaments.

In agility. Nancy’s dogs have had numerous advanced agility accomplishments including multiple MACHs (AKC), PACHs (AKC), ADCHs (USDAA), MADs(USDAA), qualifying and competing in multiple Cynosport events, 11 AKC National Agility Competitions with 5 different dogs – including many individual top 10 placements and Finals appearances.

In herding, Nancy has 3 Herding Championships on her dogs as well as 2 HXBs (advanced B course sheep) titles, 2 HXBd (advanced B course ducks) titles, 3 HXAs (advanced A course sheep) titles and 3 HXAd (advanced A course ducks) titles.

Nancy is a retired obedience judge, having judged all obedience classes from 1986-2008. She enjoyed judging around the country and was privileged to judge 3 National obedience tournaments in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. She retired from judging to spend more time training and competing with her own dogs in the sports of obedience, herding, and agility.