Stand Your Dog

Friday Oct 4

9:15 AM

Experience Level: All

Don’t we all want a good standing dog!

Having a verbal cue to stand your dog is one of my most favorite cues to teach! I don’t know why! I must just like a good standing dog! I also tend to use a stand as my dog’s default position for stillness (instead of a sit!). This builds value for the stand – and what they learn first they learn best!

This lab will cover:
– various methods for teaching a verbal stand cue, along with that beautiful kick back stand
– developing an instant “wait” with moving stands,
– fun ways to address anticipation,
– subtle footwork for the signal stand,
– breaking down the exam portion

Having a strong response for the stand cue will make all the difference for a successful performance. For each participant’s turn, be ready to pick your “stand” topic that you would like to work on!

The goal is to make standing one of your favorite exercises too!

Presenter Bio

Julie Symons

Julie Symons (she/her) has been involved in dog sports for 30 years and prides herself on the versatile accomplishments she has earned with her dogs. She has earned HITs across four different sports with four dogs and earned Championships in Obedience, Conformation, Agility and Nosework. Her passion for dog training grew out of the incredible journey she shared with her first performance dog Rival. She was her Novice A dog and together became the first CH OTCH MACH Belgian Tervuren.

Through their journey, Julie learned how wonderful the bond can be with our canine partners and all that was possible to accomplish together. After the thrill of earning a TDX and immersing herself in Nosework with her next dog Savvy, Julie’s love for scent sports intensified. She has been coaching Nosework teams since 2014, is a co-creator and judge for the FDSA virtual NW TEAM program and is a retired AKC licensed Scent Work judge.

Along with being a faculty member at FDSA, Julie is owner of Savvy Dog Sports, Inc where she teaches in-person Foundation, Nosework and Agility classes. She is a consummate learner, an energetic instructor and skillful at problem solving. Julie brings a wealth of experience to her students; her success across multiple sports is built on solid foundation skills and effective communication.

Julie currently shares her life with 3 dogs:

  • Savvy, 16 yrs young, has earned a CH, ELT-CH, MACH2, UD, TDX, VCD3 and many other NW titles.
  • Drac, 8 yrs old, has earned his ELT-CH, MX MXJ HSAd TDX and many other NW titles.
  • Moxie, 5 yrs old, has earned her CH, ELT-CH, AX AXJ HSAds TD and many other NW titles.

In addition to the joy in reaching her competition goals and those of her students, Julie is most content when out on a trail hiking with her dogs and spending time at home with her husband and son.