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Cancelled: 10:00am Performance Puppy Foundation Skills for Agility w/Anne

January 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

10:00am: Performance Puppy Foundation Class
This class is good for young dogs and novice dogs of any age. Minimum age requirement: 5 months old.

We will be focusing on building a foundation for our agility dogs, some of the things we will cover include:
Using toys to build motivation and excitement for the reward (can be food toys as well)
Movement exercises: Restrained recalls, teaching acceleration and how to read deceleration
Basics of turns using cones and jump wings
Enhancing stays and release words, impulse control work
Maintaining focus around distractions
Work with fitpaws equipment and jump bumps
Introduction to jump grids (using jump bumps)
Teaching rear-end awareness
Introduction to certain obstacles: tunnel, table, tire, downside contacts, possible 2 X 2 weaves

Class arrival time: 9:30am. Please arrive on time so we can get everything set up, we will need to end the class at 11:00am each week. Thank you.

Dates for the 5-class session – please note these on your calendar:    January 20, 27  February 3, 10, 17

In the event that I need to cancel a class, the make-up date will be held on February 24th.  Please note that 2/24 will not be a date that I have a class for those that miss classes during the planned session.  Refunds are not issued for missed classes.

Cost per dog per session: $100/GVDC members, $125/non-GVDC members

*GVDC Membership Information: https://www.goletavalleydogclub.org/about/
*All classes take place at Girsh Park in Goleta, behind Costco:  https://www.goletavalleydogclub.org/practices/
*Payment for the class session is due on the first day of the session, checks are made out to “GVDC”
*Dogs showing aggression towards people or other dogs will be asked to leave


Our Class Policies and Protocols have changed due to the COVID-19 situation, Please Read All of the Information Below Carefully.

1) Anne’s Wednesday Agility classes will be limited to 8 working teams per class.
2) One person per enrolled dog, unfortunately no spectators or additional family members allowed at this time.
3) You must bring/wear a mask (& gloves optional) while at the park during set-up of your things and the equipment
4) Masks must be worn during set-up/take down, masks need to be worn during course walk-throughs
5) Crates/Ex-Pens are required, set-ups are required to be 10 feet apart, minimum
6) Please bring hand wipes, sanitizer, and dog poop bags for your use while at the park
7) Please do not attend GVDC classes/events if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19


Prior to starting classes, it is highly recommended that you teach your dog to engage with toys and how to play tug – as we will be doing a lot of this in the classes. Please bring tug toys to class with you each week. If you have a dog that prefers food toys, bring those to class as well. Linda Keating sells lotus ball toys that can be filled with treats and tossed as a reward. If you need an idea for a food toy, please pick up one of these at Home Depot 



For all Agility Classes, please bring with you each week:

Your dog on a flat buckle collar or front-clip harness. Bring a variety of delicious meaty treats for your dog, water and a bowl, a chair for yourself, shade for your dog, clicker, 4 or 6 foot leash (no flexi’s please), and ideally a crate or pen for your dog.  Please bring a toy or two that your dog really enjoys, to use as a reward throughout the class.

For a dog that is not yet motivated by toys or for a pup that needs some cool new ones, please look at the treat pouches lined with bunny fur and fleece and other creations, made by our own Linda Keating.  Linda is often at classes and can be reached via email at 44linda@cox.net , and you may be able to purchase from her at Girsh Park:   http://kibatoys.com/main.sc

Bring a bed, towel or a mat with you to class to use for training each week. An older big towel or beach towel works great, if you want to use a bed then bring along something rectangularly shaped and larger than your dog/puppy. 

If you have a clicker, please bring that to class as well. Clickers can be purchased in class for $3.

Other items to bring: two long-ish toys to use to get your dog to play tug with you, can use rope toys or other longer fabric toys. You can find these kinds of toys on cleanrun.com or through our club member, Linda Keating, who lives in Goleta and is a fantastic dog toy maker. You can message her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.keating.5  or email her at 44linda@cox.net

Please watch this video on teaching dogs to properly play tug: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdTKtAGss6w

Bring several different types of small, meaty treats to use in class. A few examples would be chopped meat rolls like Happy Howies or Red Barn, nitrite/nitrate free hot dogs, cooked chicken, diced ham, turkey meatballs, chopped string cheese, etc.

Cancelled: 10:00am Performance Puppy Foundation Skills for Agility w/Anne


January 27, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Anne Swan


Girsh Park
7050 Phelps Road
Goleta, California 93117 United States
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