Awesome Obedience! - Working

Does your dog sit crooked on fronts and finishes?  Have a sloppy sit, sit on one hip or lie down on the sit stay?  Have difficulty trotting, bending on the inside of the figure eight?  Bump you on a left turn?  Have a slow drop, or have forward motion with the drop?  Tick or knock the jump or jump with poor style?  Did you ever consider that these problems might be PHYSICAL?  Learn how to improve your dog’s performance with strengthening and body awareness exercises!

This course will cover:

Super Sits:  tight, straight and strong sits are required for stays, halts, fronts and finishes

Fabulous Fronts:  hind end awareness exercises for reliable, accurate fronts

Fantastic Finishes:  more hind end awareness for consistently straight finishes

Super Stands:  strengthening exercises for a solid stand for exam and signal stand 

Dazzling Drops:  exercises targeting muscles needed for quick drops (recalls and signals) with no creeping

Jazzy Jumping:  hind end strengthening to promote good jumping style that easily clears jumps

How much is the course?

$150.00 for a working spot. $95.00 for an auditing spot.

What does a Working spot include?

A Working Spot includes access to all lecture and video materials, the ability to post questions and videos, answers to all questions and feedback on the videos, and feedback on both written and video assignments. You will have access to videos for a total of four months. You MUST be able to upload videos to Youtube in order to submit video for review!!! Please make sure you have this capability before signing up for a Working Spot.

What does an Auditing spot include?

An auditing spot includes access to all lecture and video materials. You will not be submitting video or homework for feedback. You will not have access to videos, comments, discussions submitted by working participants. You will be able to email questions. You will have access to the videos for a total of four months.

Target Audience:

Anyone training their dog for obedience and rally competition, at any level.

What equipment is needed for this course?

Box with non-slip surface (see description video below). 24 inch fitness disc (see description video below). Treats. Space Needed: Small area with non-slip footing (such as grass, dirt, rubber, carpet).

Video of Box Needed For Course:

Video of Disc Needed for Course:

Optional Equipment for Course:  Video of Perch:

  • Petra! Just wanted to tell you this before I forgot. I hadn't worked on heeling for awhile (because it's a chore and I have to break it down all the time), but on Friday my two friends and I were in the ring working on signals randomly. I couldn't believe how good True's heeling was! He was on my leg, straight, head in the right place the place the whole time! The ONLY thing different is this class-wow! There were a ton of distractions which didn't faze him in the least, and his ability to be in correct heel position was amazing! I never thought that would be a result of these exercises! Thank you SO much for this class!!!

    The content is golden! No one else teaches conditioning specifically for obedience dogs and there is definitely no one out there teaching conditioning with your competition background. That is what I’ve always felt was missing, I’ve wanted to take a conditioning class from someone who not only knows canine conditioning, but has experience with the sport at the highest level. I feel like you really know what it takes physically for a dog to compete in obedience long term. Thrilled that you put this class together. Please teach it or something like it again!

    As an instructor, you come across as really nice and encouraging. That is really important because the material can be difficult to get right. I really liked the fact that you were flexible with students who couldn’t post videos on the set schedule. I also really, really liked your nit pickiness! You have a very nice way of saying, “that is not quite it, try this.” I’ve taken conditioning classes from very nice instructors, but I don’t want only positive feedback-I want to learn the exercises-even if it takes me 6 weeks!!! I felt like you have a very good eye and now I know what we are shooting for and what it should look like. I also felt like you gave us feedback in a timely fashion. Your comments were really good!

    — Kathy Sugitani and True VCD2, BN,RN, TDX, JH, AX, MXJ, XF
  • I feel like Cedar is looking stronger! His dumbell pickups have been nice and tight and his drops fast too. :) yay! Thank you!! Since we've started your program we're not losing those pesky 1/2 points on fronts & finishes! Before, he was usually straight but his posture wasn't always great, causing us to lose 1/2. It seems to be improving!!! And he held up for 4 trials in 2 days. :) I'm very pleased with the results I'm seeing so far - and I know he still has many improvements to come! Thank you :) I'm LOVING this class! I did a sit stay with Cedar last week, and noticed that he had much better sit posture when I got back to him than he used to!

    — Kori Bevis and Cedar OTCH Bustin' Waters Exceeds Expectations OGM UDX7
  • I'm thrilled to report that, thanks to much improved DB pickups, we broke our previous year-long 197.5 ceiling in OB last weekend. This is the best class I have ever taken and I know that, as we practice and progress, things will only get better and better. THANK YOU! … Course is so great. Thanks so much for giving us the time we need to progress our dogs. It's already making a very big difference in many ways for all my dogs.

    — Mary Horne and "Kota" OTCH-C ARCH Rhumbline's Rambling Dakota UDX, OM1, RAE, RL3, RL1X, WC and "Pepper" OTCH-C ARCH Radiance Love That Spice UD, RE JH, RL1X, RL3
  • Hartley's DOR drops have, for a long time been not the best. I always struggled what to do about them because, 9 times out of 10, I could see that he was putting the brakes on immediately but his momentum... he just couldn't stop himself. Yet, I know the steps are points. I really hoped these backwards scoot exercises would help…..Last night in obedience class he did the BEST DROPS he's done in a very long time. Not just one drop, three in a row. My instructor said "wow!". I was thrilled! I am definitely seeing a difference already!! We did agility on Friday and Saturday - 6 runs not a single bar, not that we have a bar problem but with 6 runs any dog can drop a bar. Another story-I know this course isn't focused on agility but I think any sport or activity benefits. I have been working with the same agility instructor since Hartley was a puppy so nothing about him should be notable to her. She does have a sharp eye though, and will often notice changes in a dog (usually bad ones, unfortunately) before their handler does. Last class, she was really impressed by his ability to bend over a jump and wrap tight. It has be his increased strength from all this conditioning work and the back stretches. Thank you!

    — Ann Smorado and Hartley MACH, UD, T2B, XF
  • Hi Petra. I did enjoy the course, and we are still doing the exercises – I think Chase is stronger physically and better able to get his rear tucked under for nice fronts and this has strengthened his awareness of where his rear end needs to be for finishes. So thank you! Again for a great course.

    — Pauline Hosenfeld and OTCH MACH3 Rippling Run Chasing Blue UDX9 OGM VER JH MXG MJG XF T2B3 WC WCX CCA VCX "Chase"
  • I found the course very useful and it was enjoyable too. I had been doing a lot of conditioning work for agility with the FitPaws equipment but I had not thought about conditioning specifically to train obedience exercises. I had a problem with Jack crowding on left turns and our fig 8 could have been smoother. Also Jack would wiggle a bit on the MS. These problems and more have improved greatly since we have been working on your program. I use a couple of the exercises as part of my warm up before trials just to remind Jack what he needs to do and it seems to work!

    Thank you for putting the course together. I would thoroughly recommend it!

    — Gillian Goodacre and Jack CH, MACH3, UD, RN MXG MJB2 XF T2B
  • I really enjoyed the course. It was well-thought out and you did a good job of showing different angles of what we were to work on. The course was laid out logically and each week built on the one before. My dog enjoyed it too - she now gets really excited when I bring out her rubber bowl and platform. I do obedience, field, and dabble in conformation with my dogs. I always thought that my dog just had a dominant side like I am right-handed and that was why she resisted taking some of my signals on blinds in field. Once I started focusing on stretching to get equal results on each side (you always stressed doing more with the troublesome side), my signal work improved too. I notice that she keeps beautiful nice tight sit stays now in obedience. I return after out-of-sights to see her looking perfect. The drop on recalls are also looking really pretty now. So, we're already getting good results and I'm looking forward to part two of the course. Thank you so much for what was clearly a lot of work to put this together!

    — Ann Gudeczauskas (and Suzy)