Competition Foundation Skills

Top Class K-9 Competition Obedience Foundation Work I

This is a fun class intended to teach foundation work for the dog/handler teams wishing to compete in formal obedience, rally or just to do something fun with the dog.  This class helps develop a deep bond between dog and handler.  Many handlers take this class to develop teamwork and go on into many other disciplines.

Areas of concentration will be:

  • Tricks and games to incorporate into work.
  • Teaching work ethic and developing a confident, happy, sound working dog.
  • Adding handler value to the team.
  • Front and hind end awareness and balance and lateral exercises.
  • Obedience position skills.
  • Heeling games, focused heeling, gait development and headset.
  • Beginning Retrieve work
  • Handling skills to develop a cohesive working team.
  • Prerequisite:  Dog must be 3 months or older.  No other prerequisites.

Top Class K-9 Competition Obedience Foundation Work II

This class is intended to build on skills learned in the Obedience Foundation Work I class.  Focus is developing distance in work, chaining skills and behaviors into complete exercises, developing jumping skills, working on heel free.

Areas of concentration will be:

  • Developing distance in tricks and skills.
  • Marking for directed exercises.
  • Augmenting concentration and focus in work.
  • Beginning jump conditioning and jumping foundation.
  • Chaining skills into exercises.
  • Focused heeling
  • Complex retrieve work using more materials
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion on Competition Obedience Foundation Work I class, a functional retrieve, functional Back, functional lateral work, elementary focused heeling on lead and solid Front.

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