5 pm Parkour for Fitness - Tuesdays starting April 25th!
There's a great saying I've heard from folks who do (human) Parkour: "Be strong to be useful." This class will approach body awareness, proprioception, and intentional movement, focusing on building useful strength via the game of dog parkour. These skills are absolutely vital for competitive sport dogs, but perhaps even more for weekend warriors! In addition to the skills needed for International Dog Parkour Association titling levels, we will focus on our dog's form, alignment, and flexibility. This class will continue for all skill levels and is appropriate for dogs of any age, size, and physical ability, from puppies to creaky old bones.
6:15 pm Sports Foundations - Tuesdays starting April 25th!
This class is appropriate (or can be modified to be appropriate) for any age dog and is designed to build foundation skills that will make complicated sports behaviors much easier to achieve and maintain. This is great for puppies and youngsters, but also a good opportunity to strengthen skills in an older sport dog. Teams will work on engagement, body awareness, building speed, and confidence, switching between obstacle and handler focus, and maintaining calm in exciting environments. Two items of note: Class commitment is for two consecutive six-week sessions--meaning this is intended as a twelve-week class. Additionally, this class is focused on strong foundations, not specific obstacle training; minimal agility equipment will be used. That comes later!
6 pm Conformation Class, Wednesdays starting April 19th!
The class will run for an hour and a half every week. Advanced sign-up is required, but classes may be reserved individually or weekly (contact Andrea directly or through Facebook). While we follow the basic format of "run-throughs," this is a teaching class appropriate for those new to the sport, those looking to problem solve, or those wanting to add a bit of extra polish to their performance. I will give as much or as little instruction and feedback as the student desires. Due to the class length, students are encouraged to bring more than one dog to work with – class fees are based on the time given to each handler, not the number of dogs they have with them. Please be familiar with your breed standard (or bring a printed copy that we can read together) so that you know what elements are key to showing off in the exhibition of your dog.
This is a rewards-based training class where we will focus on teaching you and your dog how to be your best in the show ring and have fun doing it.
Working with and training dogs since 1993 has given Andrea a wealth of hands-on knowledge that she eagerly shares with dog owners. She finished the highly regarded Canine Studies Program (now known as the Northwest School of Canine Studies) as valedictorian giving her a firm grounding in canine education and her real-world experience. This provides the tools to share her enthusiasm and talent in helping people with their dogs and creating life-long, harmonious partnerships.
Andrea's Continuing Education includes Clicker Expo, "Positive Training for Show Dogs," & "Stepping Up Your Game" 2-day workshops with Vicki Ronchette; Kim Moeller's "Dog Aggression Workshop"; "Helping Fearful Dogs" seminar by Nicole Wilde; "Deconstructing The Growl" seminar, presented by Dr. Sophia Yin & Sarah Kalnajs; Dr. Ian Dunbar's "Science Based Training with Feeling" seminars; Veronica Boutelle's "Dog Walker Academy"; Veronica Boutelle's "Dog Pro" seminar; five-week aggression course as SSCS. She has also been a Certification Instructor for Veronica Boutelle's highly regarded dog*TEC Dog Walker Academy and authored "Litter Evaluations: The Planning, the Process, the Picks."
She is currently active in conformation showing, lure coursing, and Canine Nose Work and is a proud member of her local and national breed clubs. She occasionally breeds Basenjis, and her dogs have succeeded in multiple venues.