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Mini Clinic: Ring Entrances - Working

Mini Clinic: Heeling Distractions - Auditor

In this mini clinic we will break distractions down into manageable pieces so our dogs can be successful. You will learn how to teach your dog to successfully deal with judges, barriers (ring gates, walls) and a variety of environmental distractions. I want your dog to think that distraction training is a fun game that they can win!

Fun and Fabulous Fronts and Finishes - Auditor

This course will help you teach fronts and finishes that are accurate, flashy and fun. This courses teaches hind end awareness, core strengthening and how to break the skills into small pieces that are easy for dogs to understand. This results in a confident dog that thinks "front" and "finish" are just fun tricks!

Fun and Fabulous Fronts and Finishes - Working

This course will help you teach fronts and finishes that are accurate, flashy and fun. This courses teaches hind end awareness, core strengthening and how to break the skills into small pieces that are easy for dogs to understand. This results in a confident dog that thinks "front" and "finish" are just fun tricks!

Training to Trial - A Successful Transition - Auditor

How do I get the same performance at a trial that I get in training? That is one of the most common challenges in the sport of competitive obedience. It is something everyone struggles with, from the novice A competitor to the OTCH teams. My dog ONLY does that in the ring.... How often have we said and heard that? The truth is, you CAN get the same dog in training and in the ring! This course will show you how.

Training to Trial - A Successful Transition - Working

How do I get the same performance at a trial that I get in training? That is one of the most common challenges in the sport of competitive obedience. It is something everyone struggles with, from the novice A competitor to the OTCH teams. My dog ONLY does that in the ring.... How often have we said and heard that? The truth is, you CAN get the same dog in training and in the ring! This course will show you how.

Puppy Power - Auditor

Puppy Power - Working

Awesome Obedience! - Auditor

Awesome Obedience! - Working

Canine Conditioning Course Part 2- Auditor

Canine Conditioning Course Part 1 - Auditor

Canine Conditioning Course Part 2 - Working

Canine Conditioning Course Part 1- Working

Mini Clinic: Heeling Distractions - Working Spot

In this mini clinic we will break distractions down into manageable pieces so our dogs can be successful. You will learn how to teach your dog to successfully deal with judges, barriers (ring gates, walls) and a variety of environmental distractions. I want your dog to think that distraction training is a fun game that they can win!

Mini Clinic: Heeling Engagement - Auditor

Engagement is so much more than attention. It is an active exchange of energy, a beautiful connection that brings your heeling to life. How do you get it? Games and tricks! Yes, it's really that simple! In this clinic we will work on setting the foundation for engagement in heel position. Then we will use engagement to drive the first step of heeling and incorporate it into motion.

Mini Clinic: Heeling Engagement - Working

Engagement is so much more than attention. It is an active exchange of energy, a beautiful connection that brings your heeling to life. How do you get it? Games and tricks! Yes, it's really that simple! In this clinic we will work on setting the foundation for engagement in heel position. Then we will use engagement to drive the first step of heeling and incorporate it into motion.

Mini Clinic: Heeling Perfect Position - auditing

Heeling is a complex exercise that I break down into three parts: focal point, engagement and position. The dog must understand exactly where position is and that it’s their responsibility to maintain it for the entire heeling pattern. This clinic will break heeling down so that we can focus on teaching position in a way that is clear to the dog. We will teach it like a trick! Dogs think it’s a fun game which helps to reduce pressure and promotes attitude.

Mini Clinic: Heeling Perfect Position - Working

Heeling is a complex exercise that I break down into three parts: focal point, engagement and position. The dog must understand exactly where position is and that it’s their responsibility to maintain it for the entire heeling pattern. This clinic will break heeling down so that we can focus on teaching position in a way that is clear to the dog. We will teach it like a trick! Dogs think it’s a fun game which helps to reduce pressure and promotes attitude.

Mini Clinic: Confident and Happy Holds - Auditor

In this two-week clinic you will learn how to teach your dog a consistent and reliable "hold" without using force or pressure. Hold is the foundation for all of my retrieves. This method results in dogs that are happy and confident because they truly understand the task. Mouthing, rolling, chomping, chewing, dropping and not releasing the dumbbell are all due to not having a good "Hold".

Mini Clinic: Racy Retrieves - Auditor

This clinic will breaks the retrieve down into components. We will work on creating drive to the dumbbell, ensuring your dog has good commitment to picking it up, creating a tight turn and racing back to us. By breaking it down and teaching each piece your dog will be confident, have a high rate of success and retrieves will be lots of fun. This clinic assumes that your dog has a solid understanding of "Hold".

Mini Clinic: Racy Retrieves - Working

This clinic will breaks the retrieve down into components. We will work on creating drive to the dumbbell, ensuring your dog has good commitment to picking it up, creating a tight turn and racing back to us. By breaking it down and teaching each piece your dog will be confident, have a high rate of success and retrieves will be lots of fun. This clinic assumes that your dog has a solid understanding of "Hold".

Mini Clinic: Confident & Happy Holds - Working

In this two-week clinic you will learn how to teach your dog a consistent and reliable "hold" without using force or pressure. Hold is the foundation for all of my retrieves. This method results in dogs that are happy and confident because they truly understand the task. Mouthing, rolling, chomping, chewing, dropping and not releasing the dumbbell are all due to not having a good "Hold".

More About Petra Ford Academy

Petra graduated from Rutgers School of Health Related Professions 17 years ago with a degree in physical therapy and has experience working with an extremely varied caseload including pediatric through geriatric clients with a vast range of diagnoses.  Her areas of expertise included in-patient rehabilitation, orthopedics and neurology.  Petra attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2007 and is a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.  Petra raced bicycles at the professional level and participated in international events.  She is now an avid runner, competing in half marathons and she practices yoga.  Petra trains and trials her Labrador Retrievers in obedience, agility and field.  Her black Labrador Retriever, Tyler, has the distinction of being the 2008 and 2009 National Obedience Champion and First Runner Up in 2010.  In 2012, Petra and Tyler became the first American team to win the Obedience World Cup (they placed second in 2010).  Petra’s dogs have earned field titles (MH, QAA).  Currently she is competing at the Master’s Level in agility with Zaidan and working towards qualifying for Nationals with her Obedience Trial Champion Zeal.  Zayna, her newest addition, is training for obedience and agility.  Currently, she is the demo dog for the Puppy Power online course.  Petra has written several articles on canine conditioning, canine injury prevention, competing with your dog and more.  She has been published in a number of magazines including Clean Run, Front and Finish, and Whole Dog Journal.