Prep School for Competition Dogs

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Thinking about competing in a sport with your dog? Are you wondering what skills or behaviors your dog needs to know before you can begin training seriously for the competition ring?

Whether you are adding a new puppy to your family, or are starting fresh with an older dog, the task of building a competition partnership from scratch can be overwhelming! You want to maximize your pup's potential and build a partnership that will last for a lifetime, but where do you start? Time is limited, so how do you decide where to spend it?

For most competitive dog sports there are common foundation skills and concepts a dog should have in order to be successful in the ring. The material in this Session will be relevant to handlers planning a career for new dogs in most competitive sports (agility, obedience, rally, freestyle, flyball, schutzhund, etc.).

Hannah Branigan, who has titled her dogs in conformation, obedience, schutzhund, agility, and rally, will show you how to maximize your pup's potential and build a partnership that will endure. Hannah's own dogs have multiple class wins, AKC, UKC, and CDSP High in Trial awards, and scores that qualify for several Front & Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX).

This Session is about setting priorities and creating a plan. We will discuss confidence-building, socialization, focus and motivation, body awareness, cultivating a variety of reinforcers, using the Premack Principle, and multi-purpose foundation skills useful for all sports.