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Fun with Focus 1 with Anne
April 3, 2011 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Enrollment is now open, please email Anne Swan with the name of the class(es) you want to attend.
Sunday Class dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 13, 27 **please note, no classes on March 6th or March 20th**
Cost for the 6-class session: $90/GVDC members, $120/non-GVDC members
The cost of the entire session is due at the first class. Please bring your check made out to GVDC.
Location: All classes will take place at the GVDC field at Girsh park
11:30am – 12:30pm: Fun with Focus 1
Dogs of all ages and experience levels can benefit from this type of training and learning to focus around distractions. Does your dog lose attention on you when she/he sees other dogs? People? Kids? Moving objects: balls, bikes, skateboards, small animals, other dogs doing agility? How about in the presence of delicious and great smelling food on a table above their heads, a chair at nose level, food on the ground right in front of them? Simply trying to avoid these types of situations does not teach your dog what you expect from them in the presence of temptation. Training is the way to help your dog learn what the right answer is, and you learn to become the reward for your dog. Remember, you need your dog’s attention in order to teach him anything! We will do fun exercises and games that encourage your dog to pay attention to you, despite what is going on around him/her.
This will be an Introductory class and we will help you teach your dog skills such as attention and focus on you around distractions such as other dogs, tempting food, and exciting situations. This is a great place to start if you are interested in dog sport classes in the future such as Agility or Rally Obedience, but also to train skills in your dog that you can use throughout his/her lifetime.
You will need to bring with you: leash and a collar (or a front-clip harness or Gentle Leader is fine as well), really delicious awesome meaty treats for your dogs, water and a bowl, and a crate or pen for your dog, a chair for yourself, and a clicker.