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Fun with Reliable Recall and Focus w/Dee
April 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Does your dog come to you every time you say their name, in different locations, with
distractions around? Is your goal to have a dog you can take off-leash at the beach or an agility
class and be able to trust that they will come when you call them? This class is designed to help
teach you and your dog the principles for a really reliable recall. Oftentimes our puppies are
good at coming to us and following us around, but this begins to fade as they get older and
more interested in the big wide world. Sometimes dogs are given off-leash privileges before
they are ready, and this can lead to a less-than-reliable or no recall at all around distractions or
fun settings like the beach.
We will work on specific focus exercises and recall work, and you will be given homework
exercises at the end of each class to work on with your dog. Since this will be a cumulative
class, attendance in the first class is required. It is recommended that you do not feed your dog
breakfast prior to coming to class to help with motivation, or possibly no more than half a meal
in the morning on class days. This is especially recommended for dogs that are not particularly
motivated by food. Luckily it is the first class of the day so they won’t have to wait too long to
Fun with Focus:
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? Additional distractions may include moving objects, food, toys and personal
items within the dog’s reach. 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 you will learn how to teach your dog skills such as attention and focus on you around
distractions including other dogs, tempting food, and exciting situations. Homework will be given
at the end of each class, so that you can practice with your dog during the week. 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.
DATES FOR THE 5-CLASS SESSION – PLEASE NOTE THESE ON YOUR CALENDAR:
APRIL 18,25, MAY 2, 23, JUNE 6.
IN THE EVENT THAT A CLASS IS CANCELED, THE MAKE-UP DATE IS JUNE 13.
Cost per dog for the session: $100/GVDC members, $125/non-GVDC
members (please bring cash or a check to the park)
*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
*Dogs showing aggression towards people or other dogs will be asked to leave
This will be an Introductory class, and you will learn how to teach your dog skills such as
attention and focus on you around distractions including other dogs, tempting food, and exciting
situations. Homework will be given at the end of each class, so that you can practice with your
dog during the week. 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.
Please arrive at _ to set up your area.
Covid 19 Protocol
Masks are required.
Bring hand sanitizer and poop bags.
Please keep dogs and people 10′ apart.
Please do not attend class if you are not felling well or exhibiting symptoms
of Covid 19.
For this class you will need a 20-foot training lead (basically a long leash), available at
Lemo’s and other pet stores.
If you have trouble with pulling it would also be advised to have a front-clip harness like an
Easy-Walk, Freedom, or Sense-ation harness as well.
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 regular leash (no flexi’s please), and ideally a crate or
pen for your dog and a mat or dog bed. Please bring a toy or two that your dog really enjoys, to
use as a reward throughout the class.
All GVDC classes & practices are held at Girsh Park in Goleta unless otherwise noted.
Directions to Girsh Park
7050 Phelps Road, Goleta, CA
Get off Hwy 101 in Goleta at Storke Road. Turn toward the ocean. Go past the Home Depot
Center for two streets and turn right onto Phelps Road at the light. Turn into the 3rd parking lot
on the right. Look for our large white equipment trailer parked near the field, GVDC uses that
area referred to as the “multi-use meadow.”