Platform Games to Build Confidence & Resilience for Performance Sports

Friday Oct 4

11:00 AM

Experience Level: All

All performance dogs experience challenges and pressure when competing. We must provide our dogs with the skills to work through them. In this workshop we will use platform games to build a positive conditioned emotional response to pressure and distractions. These games can be adapted to a wide variety of sports and behaviors. Dogs think platform games are tons of fun… and you will too! Whether your dog is inexperienced or a seasoned competitor, these games will improve your dog’s self-confidence and give them the skills to overcome adversity.

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.