So how well did you do last weekend at the dog show or agility trial or obedience trial or, heck, even a fun match??
If your dog sports competitions aren’t quite as successful or fun as you would like perhaps you might like to join the Mental Skills Training For Competitive Canine Handlers seminar at Family Dog Training Center in Kent Wa on April 16 & 17 with Brenda Riemer, Ph.D..
Brenda is not only a sports psychologist, she is also a dog sport competitor with championship and High in Trial canine team mates.
Saturday: What is competition; Why we get ring nerve; Skill training; Ways to reduce stress; Use of imagery; Exercises for all participants
Sunday: the working spot teams will do a complete run thrus with Brenda coaching them. the Auditors will play judges, steward, audience and get to see Brenda’s teachings in action.
All the working spots have been taken for the seminars but there are plenty of auditor (attending without a dog) slots left. Brenda has exercises in the seminars for both those with and without dogs. Saturday & Sunday Auditor $150 / One Day Auditor $85
Family Dog Training Center in Kent WA is hosting Matthew Twitty on November 7 (Happy Heeling) & 8 (Open& Utility) & 9 (Private Lessons). Matthew’s students and seminar participants on the East Coast rave about him. He works with a wide range of folks and dogs teaching the skills to get perfect scores, but presented for regular people and dogs. Lots of problem solving opportunities. Lots of different breeds train with him.
Here’s a link to the online registration—https://familydogonline.dogbizpro.com/Public/Registration/Index.aspx?tab=events As of this writing there are plenty of auditing spots but only ONE Saturday working spot, One Saturday & Sunday working spot and FOUR Sunday working spots. There may also be a few spots left for Monday private lessons:
Here’s a link to the PDF flyer if you would like to pass the information on: http://www.familydogonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/WS_110515.pdf
FULL DISCLOSURE—I am the office lady at Family Dog AND I am going to be at this seminar. Some of you know I NEVER do seminars because I barely process all the information my instructors have been telling me for years! But, as I will discuss in future blog posts, I think I am better able to process additional information about how to train my next performance puppy for competition obedience because I have a better picture of what I am working towards. And by jingo who doesn’t want Happy Heeling!!
Some dets (as the kids say) about Matt: Matt has a newer border collie he just brought out in Open two weeks ago. Three legs in a row with scores above 198. A couple months prior he just brought the dog out in Novice and earned her CD with two HITs. Between those two things he went to a Florida invitational obedience competition and went HIT over 300 other dogs. His dogs are not perfect; he’s been very open about sharing his struggles and creative ways he’s working through his dogs’ problems on his social media.
Matt’s website is somewhat limited as he’s working to get it updated: http://www.lakelandcanineacademy.com/ Lots more info and videos of him and his dogs on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/matthew.twitty1?fref=ts