Sports are for every dog!

So much more than a fun activity, sports enrich your relationship with your dog. Increase your bond and build communication skills.  Check out classes in your area and register for the one that fits your dog.

December 2018 - Special Events for Agility and Freestyle Nerds!

Give your dog a holiday treat. During the busy holiday season our dogs often take a back seat. That's why I'm offering a little extra for the dogs during the holidays. All classes take place at Nova Dog Sport in Harrietsfield.

  • Dec 17 - 8pm - Rally Free Signs - Introduction to the sport of Rally Freestyle, tricks and dancing. Hint: it's a lot like Rally-O, but the signs are tricks and dance moves. 1 hour seminar - $30 (incl hst) working spot. Space limited.

  • Dec 23 - 11am to 1pm - Practical Jump Skills - 2 hour workshop on jump and striding basics. Break through the jargon and learn practical skills that will help your dog collect and extend to jump safely for the circumstances on course. And help you understand how to cue for safe and successful jump performance. $50 (incl hst) working spot. Space limited.

  • Dec 23 - 2pm to 4pm - Verbal Skills for Distance - 2 hour workshop to help handlers train awesome verbal skills and other foundation cues for running fast dogs at a distance and succeeding in Gamblers class. $50 (incl hst) working spot.  Space limited.

Jumping 4 Week Intensive - For Agility & safety 

Jump skills mechanics and associated strength training for core strength and proprioception

This is a class for those who are interested in teaching their dog a safe and effective jump style. The class is appropriate for those in foundation agility, pre-competition, and competition dogs. The goal of this class is to give dogs the foundation skills for getting over the bars safely and effectively through proper mechanics (one jump work), athleticism (exercises), and choosing appropriate take off points (grids). These three elements work together to give dogs confidence and capacity to perform jumps well, leave the bars up, and lessen the chance of long term injury.

 Because dogs are usually enthusiastic and natural jumpers, the performance training for bars is often left to default. This often results in over-jumping, early take-offs, and bar-dropping. Inappropriate jumping style may get the dogs over the bars, but they are often straining their psoas muscles and putting extra wear and tear on their bodies. The newer, more technical courses and difficult approaches compound the difficulty of the jumping effort, resulting in more strain on the back and knees. This course will give you the tools to teach your dog a safer, more effective jump performance to ensure success and longevity in their agility career. NOTE: This is not a handling class. Performance skills for jumping only will be covered.

 This module includes:

  • jump mechanics over one jump
  • techniques for teaching safe and proper movement over bars during wraps, backsides, and slicing
  • techniques for teaching safe and appropriate movement for collection and extension
  • jump grids to support learning
  • exercises specific to jump skills, strength, and body awareness
  • individual video analysis and breakdown at each stage of jump foundation

Four Weeks : Tuesdays at Nova Dogsport in Halifax.

Or Saturdays in Bridgewater @ noon.

Agility Foundations

Pre-requisites: basic relationship foundations – connection with your dog and basic recall

This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn about the sport of agility and get started on the foundations for fun or competition. I have been competing in the sport of agility since 2002, with podium results and championship wins at both regional and national levels. In 2015, I earned a certification in Canine Fitness which helps me ensure that all training and movement is safe and beneficial for the dog.

This 6-week session will focus on teaching the foundation skills for building a great agility team. The course will include games to increase focus, drive, and control. Teams will learn the skills to navigate agility sequences with great connection and understanding. Beginning obstacle skills and handling techniques will be covered as well.

Sundays at 130pm Nova Dogsport. Halifax, NS

Mondays at 8pm Nova Dogsport. Halifax, NS

Tuesdays at 545p Nova Dogsport, Halifax, NS

Saturday mornings. Bridgewater, NS

Fee: 6 weeks $160 incl HST

Dates are flexible. Message me to join up.

Canine Freestyle

Canine Freestyle is a fun and engaging sport that can be enjoyed by any type of dog or handler. Often described as dancing with your dog, canine freestyle builds on the teamwork between dog and handler that is based on tricks and movement, carefully choreographed to music.

Canine Freestyle improves the connection with your dog that leads to a healthier relationship and deeper bond. As well, if you’re looking to improve focus and connection for other sports such as agility, disc or rally, Canine Freestyle is a cross training opportunity that will also improve body awareness, fitness, flexibility, focus, and responsiveness.

This class runs 6 weeks. During that time we’ll explore all of the aspects of freestyle including: heeling and transitions, classic tricks, and choreography. We’ll also work through the signs offered by the Rally Free skills list and use their courses to develop deeper connection and focus in a safe and fun environment.

There are no pre-requisites except a willingness to build your connection with your dog, to keep training light-hearted, and dance to the music!

All levels welcome. 

NEXT SET OF CLASSES: TBA, email me to be notified of the next set of classes. 

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