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Sunday Sessions

Day 3 – Morning Working Session Descriptions

All working teams will register for one morning lab – maximum of 10 working dogs per lab.

Individual session registration not required for auditors.

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Hall A

3-Jump Grids Lab with Julie Daniels

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.

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Hall B

Positions at Distance Lab with Nancy G. Little

Experience level – Intermediate

This lab will cover the position changes and it will be driven by the needs of the working teams. Working dogs should have fluent position changes (the changes the handler wants to work) on cue at a short distance. Nancy will problem solve any issues or iron out little details. This might involve going back to foundations, but the beginning stages of teaching the position changes will not be covered.

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Hall C

Obedience Problem Solving Lab with Denise Fenzi

Experience level – Novice and Above

Having a problem with an Obedience exercise or part of an Obedience exercise? In this session, Denise will address any Obedience handling or training issues that you might have.

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Hall  D

Fabulous Fronts Lab with Julie Flanery

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!

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Hall E

Voluntary Sharing Lab with Leslie McDevitt

Experience level – All

If your dog has resource guarding behaviors, or simply wants all the turns, Voluntary Sharing is for you. This training game teaches the dog a ‘start button’ behavior so that he can control when the other dog gets a resource— from treats, to tugging, to doing agility obstacles.

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Hall A

Errorless Impulse Control Lab with Sarah Stremming

Experience level – All

“Impulse control” is just a set of behaviors that make the handler’s life easier. Teach those behaviors with positive reinforcement techniques, rather than negative punishment.

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Hall B

Disc Foundations Lab with Sara Brueske

Experience level – All

Does your dog love toys? Let’s turn that toy drive into disc drive! This lab will focus on the foundation skills needed to compete in a disc dog competition. You will learn how to properly throw a disc, how to teach your dog to bring the disc back, as well as flat work for strategy games and freestyle. Come get your disc dog on and see what one of the fastest growing dog sports is all about!

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Hall C

Nosework or Obedience Handler Choice Lab with Julie Symons

Experience level – All

Each team will have 10 minutes of one-on-one time to work on whichever Nosework or Obedience skills they choose.

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Hall D

Heeling Handler Choice Lab with Shade Whitesel

Experience level – All

Working spots will work one-on-one with the instructor for ten minutes.

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Hall E

Cue Clean Up Lab with Deb Jones

Experience level – All

Cues can be complex and confusing things. As our main form of communication with our dogs it’s important that we have clear and clean verbal and physical cues for behaviors. This is not always easy. What you think is perfectly clear may not be to your dog. As a trainer, understanding when and how to add cues, how to change or alter cues, and what to do when cues aren’t working as you intended, is very important. Deb will offer solid information on how to clean up your cues! Working teams will assess their dog’s true understanding of cues and can then work on adding or changing them as desired.

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Hall F

Nosework – Blank Rooms Lab with Stacy Barnett

Experience level – Intermediate/Advanced

Blank rooms are often one of the scariest aspects of moving up the levels for many teams. In this lab we will learn how to confidently call blank rooms by reading what our dogs look like when they aren’t in the presence of odor. It. We will compare and contrast our dogs’ behavior when in odor and when in the presence of no odor. Take on those blank rooms with the confidence to call Finish! Dogs in working spots should already be introduced to odor

Day 3 – Afternoon Working Session Descriptions

All working teams will register for one afternoon lab – maximum of 10 working dogs per lab.

Individual session registration not required for auditors.

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Hall A

Empowerment Games Lab with Julie Daniels

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.

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Hall B

Bodywork: Including Massage & TTouch Lab with Lori Stevens

Experience level – All

You will learn massage and Tellington TTouch® techniques that will benefit your dog. We will cover canine massage techniques, consent, palpation, fascia, some Tellington TTouch® bodywork, and more. We’ll discuss how to determine which muscle groups are important based on which sports and activities your dog performs. We will focus on how to do canine massage safely and effectively. Bodywork sessions with your dog are enriching for both you and your dog!

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Hall C

Advanced Toys Lab with Denise Fenzi

Experience level – Intermediate/Advanced

Your dog plays with toys…awesome! Now you need some help with a few details. Maybe you can’t get your toy back. Maybe your dog is careless of your fingers or maybe…maybe it’s all pretty much perfect but you’re not sure how to add some work to the play. This is the perfect lab if you have toy play but you’re looking for…more! If you need some refinement with the toy play itself or if you feel great about all aspects of your play but you’d like some direction incorporating that play into work, then this is the lab for you.

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Hall D

Handler Choice Lab with Julie Flanery

Experience level – All

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

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Hall E

Requested Approach Training Lab with Leslie McDevitt

Experience level – All

This lab will present exercises to enable dogs to be in the driver’s’ seat of their own counterconditioning program; it will also give them control over whether something can approach or not, and whether they are ready to approach something or not. Bonus – “Which One?” game which lets the dog choose which thing he is going to use for his RAT training (which person, which dog, which stuffed animal, and which reinforcer he would like).

3:50PM – 5:30PM

Hall A

Handler Choice Lab with Sarah Stremming

Experience level – All

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

3:50PM – 5:30PM

Hall B

Connected Transitions Lab with Amy Cook

Experience level – All

Moving from exercise to exercise in the ring without deflating your dog’s energy and losing connection or ricocheting them up into the stratosphere can be a real challenge! This is your time to stay connected and move together while keeping your dog ready to work. Don’t know what your dog needs? Come learn your options!

3:50PM – 5:30PM

Hall C

Stand Your Dog Lab with Julie Symons

Experience level – All

Julie loves a good standing dog! Having a strong response for the stand cue will make all the difference for a successful performance. This lab will cover various methods for teaching a stand cue, developing an instant “wait” with moving stands, along with fun ways to address anticipation, subtle footwork for the signal stand, and time permitting, breaking down the exam portion.  Our goal is to make standing one of your favorite exercises!!

3:50PM – 5:30PM

Hall D

Stand By Lab with Shade Whitesel

Experience level – All

We love that “breakthrough” moment, when the dog figures out that their motions make us click. Trainers get reinforced because it’s so cool when they do that! And… on and on, to shaping heaven, until you’re preparing to trial and there is a moment of stillness and suddenly the dog is offering all the things – legs and feet dancing around, head moving. – not exactly the steady position changes you were hoping for! Join Shade as we teach our dogs the difference between verbal stimulus control sessions and offering/shaping sessions. We’ll teach them that stillness, (a stand by, / stand and wait behavior), is a good thing, without the frustration of waiting through an extinction burst of behaviors.

3:50PM – 5:30PM

Hall E

Cooperative Care with Deb Jones Lecture / Lab

Experience level – All (6 working teams)

The goal is to engage your dog as an active willing partner in their physical care. In this session Deb will discuss the topic of cooperative care for husbandry and grooming. The lecture portion will consist of an introduction to the area, particularly the importance of classical conditioning and choice-based methods. The hands-on portion will consist of practicing classical vs. operant conditioning exercises, recognizing your dog’s comfort level, allowing your dog to say “no” and how to respond when he does, and providing a gentle introduction to handling and tools. Dogs in working spots should be comfortable in the Camp environment and food motivated.

3:50PM – 5:30PM

Hall F

Nosework – Hide Placement Design Lab with Stacy Barnett

Experience level – See Description

Has your training stagnated? Are you stuck on what or how to teach your dog new skills? Do you always set similar hides or hides that are too difficult? Learn about how you can systematically increase your skills and how to work common scent puzzles using air flow. Learn how to design your training sessions to make them powerful and effective! Dogs in working spots should be adept at single hides in novel places.