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FDSA Training Camp 2019

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.

2019  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

9:15AM – 10:45AM ET

Hall D

Back it UP! For Freestyle, Rally-FrEe and Rally Obedience Lab

Experience Level: All 

Are you unsure how to teach your dog to back up? Do you struggle with getting a straight back up? Or one with duration? Are you using a band-aid to hold your backing behavior together? Learn how to clearly communicate criteria to teach or strengthen your back-up in heel, right, in front of, and with distance from the handler.

Day 1: Friday

1:40PM – 3:40PM ET

Hall D

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 ET

Hall D

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 2: Saturday

1:40PM – 3:40PM ET

Hall D

Use it and Lose It! Successful Application of Training Aids Lab

Experience Level: All

Training aids and props such as platforms, targets, and training gates are highly effective tools in communicating criteria to our dogs quickly, which allows for fewer errors and a high rate of reward. Props are used in training to build heelwork, backing, and many other behaviors and can speed the learning process, but only if we can remove the prop before it becomes an integral part of the behavior. Understanding how to apply this critical process while maintaining the strength of the behavior makes the difference between a useful tool and just another fad.

Day 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM ET

Hall D

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!

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM ET

Hall D

Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: All

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