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FDSA Training Camp 2019

Julie Daniels

Julie’s Bio and Sessions

about  Julie Daniels

Julie Daniels won her first award for writing in the fourth grade, and she was training dogs long before that. Today Julie Daniels is one of the foremost names in dog agility in the United States. She was one of the early champions of the sport and helped many clubs throughout the country get up and running. In 2015 Julie moved to Deerfield, NH, where she has opened a new business called Kool Kids Agility. Julie also owns White Mountain Agility, a 90-acre dog heaven in North Sandwich, NH. That school has operated since 1993, and Julie developed many theme Camps there, including Wild Child, Speed-Em-Up, Novice Genius, Jumping Genius, and the world-renowned WMA Instructor Certification Course, which has honed the skills of hundreds of teachers and thousands of dogs worldwide. She is well known as a premier teacher at all levels of play, and she loves all kinds of dogs.

She has titled and won with all sorts of dogs through the years, including two Rottweilers, a Springer Spaniel, a Cairn Terrier, two Corgis, and four Border Collies. She is the only person to make USDAA Grand Prix finals with a Rottie or a Springer, and she did it two times each.

In IFCS international competition, Julie is a member of two gold-medal-winning teams. She is a two-time USDAA National Champion as well. She has won many televised events, including the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and the ESPN Great Outdoor Games. Three of her Border Collies, Spring, Clark, and Sport, have made the Challenger’s Round at AKC National Championships. Julie and Spring are the only team to win the International Class three years in a row at Springfield, the largest agility trial in the US. Julie and Spring also made an appearance to promote agility on Good Morning America.

Julie’s current competition dog is MACH2 MAD Sport, who is a few legs from his ADCH in limited showing. He is a soft dog, who started off “slow and thoughtful.” Now he pumps himself up to run and shoots off the line like the champion he can be. Motivation is everything! Julie now also has a young Border Collie, Koolaid, who is already a dynamic presence in several FDSA classes.

Julie is well known worldwide as the expert commentary voice of Cynosport agility, doing the livestream video broadcasts seen all around the world.

Julie is an expert in the art and science of operant training, and her approach works! She has always taught “dog’s choice” games as a way to develop agility partnerships. Her first agility book was published in 1991 and the “dog’s choice” games were actually controversial at that time! But she was nominated for a Dog Writer’s Award nonetheless and has never waivered in her philosophy. Julie is the author of three DVDs and four agility books, including an update of her award-winning foundation training book, Enjoying Dog Agility.

2019  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

9:15AM – 10:45AM ET

Hall A

Magic Mats

Experience Level: All 

There really is magic in mat work when you follow this 4-step program. LOVE the mat, SEEK the mat, OWN the mat, and SEND to the mat are the four steps we will cover.

Day 1: Friday

1:40PM – 3:40PM ET

Hall A

Cookie Jar Games Lab

Experience Level: All

 This lab will work Julie’s signature program for helping dogs discover the better deal when they choose delayed reinforcement over immediate reinforcement.

Day 2: Saturday

11:00AM – 12:40PM ET

Hall A

GO on Verbal Cue Lab

Experience Level: All

Start lines, Sends, and Recalls! They all benefit from clean cues and a clear understanding of when to GO. This 4-step cookie game is all about building that cornerstone of stimulus control.

Day 2: Saturday

4:00PM – 6:00PM ET

Hall A

Stationing for Agility and Obedience Lab

Experience Level: All

Use stations to help your dog learn where to be, when to go, and what to do. Clean up your reinforcement loop by letting your dog report to his station for the next rep. We’ll use different types of stations to improve training clarity and bring the dog’s arousal state both up and down.

Day 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM ET

Hall A

3-Jump Grids Lab

Experience Level: All

This is about jumping and turning in collection using bascule form. It is not about striding. The jumps will be low and the spacing will be tight. We will be teaching our dogs to lift from the rear and tuck their legs in a smooth and tidy arc.

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM ET

Hall A

Empowerment Games Lab

Experience Level: All

This lab will help our dogs in rekindling curiosity, and in creating value for novelty in daily life. We’ll use substrates, noises, and demand training to build initiative and self-reliance.