FDSA Training Camp 2020

Julie Flanery

Julie’s Bio and Sessions

about  Julie Flanery

Julie Flanery, CPDT-KA, has been working professionally with dogs and their handlers since 1993. She focuses on the needs of the dog and helping people form a strong relationship through clear communication and positive reinforcement. She has placed Obedience, Freestyle, Rally-Obedience, Rally-FrEe and Agility titles on her dogs. She began competing in Musical Freestyle in 1999 and was the first to both title and earn a Heelwork to Music Championship on the West Coast. She has since placed many freestyle titles on her dogs, earning both High Technical Merit and High Artistic Merit in both Musical Freestyle and Heelwork to Music. In 2001 she was named “Trainer of the Year” by the World Canine Freestyle Organization and has been a competition freestyle judge since 2003.

In 2012, Julie developed the sport of Rally-FrEe to help freestylers increase the quality and precision of their performances. It has since become a stand-alone sport enjoyed by dog sport enthusiasts all over the world.

Julie has been a workshop and seminar presenter both nationally and internationally. She currently trains and competes with her Tibetan terrier in both Musical Freestyle and Rally-FrEe.

2020  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

11:00AM – 12:30PM

Hocus, Pocus! Attention & Focus Lab

Experience Level: All

The things we need the most are the things we train the least.  Without attention and focus (Yep! They are two different things!) it is more difficult to reach our performance and behavior goals. These skills are the cement that hold our performances together and can mean the difference between a rock solid performance and just getting by.  In this session you will practice games and exercises that increase both attention to the handler and focus on the task. It’s not magic, it’s training! 

Day 1: Friday

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Joy of Heeling Lab 

Experience Level: Novice and above

What is your ideal picture of beautiful heelwork? It likely includes words like precision and accuracy. Does it go beyond that to include enthusiasm, energy, lift, spark, and joy? These are the attributes that make heelwork beautiful to behold, exciting to train, and fun for both dog and handler! By building animation, energy, and enthusiasm as a separate piece from precision, we can increase the rate of reward for each, in order to create value and joy in our heelwork training and performance. This session will focus on games and exercises that bring joy to your heelwork training and performance. Teams should have an understanding of heel position.

Day 2: Saturday

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Reinforcement Games for Opt-in Performance Lab

Experience Level: All 

Most training issues can be resolved by assessing and adjusting timing, criteria and reinforcement.  While we often work hard to increase our timing skills, observation and communication of criteria, it’s reinforcement that drives behavior.  Being able to recognize whether you are providing “free food” or reinforcement, creating an increase in the quality or frequency of behavior is essential to efficient and effective training.  Understanding how we may be adding or diminishing value in our rewards allows us to use reinforcement that increases motivation, attitude and criteria while speeding the learning process.  In this session you will learn both fun games and reinforcement strategies that increase the quality of our dog’s learning experience, creating an opt-in attitude as well as how to avoid some of the more common reinforcement mistakes that can hinder our dog’s progress and affect emotional states during training.

Day 2: Saturday

1:40PM – 3:40PM

Heelwork to Music Lab

Experience Level: Novice and above

Heelwork-to-Music combines all that you love about heeling, with your enjoyment of music! It showcases the precision, connection, and teamwork you strive for with transition freestyle behaviors and sequences that help maintain position, increase flow and ease of movement for your dog while you’re having fun and moving to music! Come learn about this fun sport! Teams should have an understanding of heel position.

Day 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: All

Each team will have 10 minutes of one-on-one time to work on what they want.

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Fabulous Fronts Lab

Experience Level: All

Have you been trying to get that fabulous front forever? A sitting “front” for obedience and a standing “center” for freestyle are deceivingly difficult to build and maintain with precision and accuracy. A mistake often made is training the sit and the front position in relation to the handler at the same time. Come learn fun games, exercises, and reward strategies to build value and muscle memory in crafting fabulous fronts and spectacular centers!