Touch It Game & Tricks to Build Confidence & Resilience in Performance Sports

Saturday Oct 5

9:00 AM

Experience Level: All

Make no mistake about it, ALL dogs experience pressure when competing. They feel pressure from barriers, the environment, humans and even from us! When dogs feel pressure they do not feel safe. The key to confidence is teaching your dog the skill of pushing through while in a positive emotional state. In this workshop I will introduce you to a game that will help your dog overcome distractions that make them nervous. The touch-it game is empowering! You will learn how to use tricks to build confidence and success when working around a variety of challenges. Whether your dog is nervous and insecure or your dog can use a boost of confidence when under pressure, 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.