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Dog Sports Sampler

Old Dogs, New Tricks

HUMANS AGE 16+ and DOGS OF ALL AGES*

Try out some dog sports while having fun and learning the foundations of good dog training.  Dog sports provide mental and physical stimulation, build better relationships and have practical value.  They create confidence and trust as you mindfully coach your dog from one challenge to the next, and they enrich both your lives with creativity and variety.

In class you’ll get a taste of parkour, agility, rally, scent games, trick training and barn hunt with safe foundation behaviors suitable for dogs and people of all ages and abilities.  You’ll also learn how to apply those behaviors to everyday life, as just a single simple behavior can teach you ten lessons of training and be used in a handful of different ways.  Along with tips, treat recipes and plenty of examples, you’ll be given information on how to continue with your new interests whether you intend to compete or just play in the living room on a rainy day.  You can even earn your AKC Novice Trick dog title in class!

Mixed breeds, rescues and puppies are welcome.  No previous obedience training required but dogs will sometimes be working within 5-10 feet of each other.  You must be able to control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others. Class size is limited, so you have plenty of time to play and learn.

*Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations.

Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar and a 6-foot leash are required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class.

Location: The “Doghouse” at Community Park (5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley), outdoors and nearby locations

Instructor: Victoria Farrington began training dogs with positive reinforcement in 1995 when she became an early adopter, explorer and explainer of clicker training.  She has volunteered in shelters, done rescue and foster work, and taught classes at large clubs and small facilities.  She wrote for and later became editor of The Clicker Journal, earning the respect of the field’s top professional dog trainers.  Her dogs have earned titles in 10 dog sports and at all stages of life.  She is an AKC Approved Evaluator for the STAR puppy program, all levels of the Canine Good Citizen and Tricks titles. howsofdogs@gmail.com

Min 2/Max 4

Tue | Sep 24 – Oct 29 | 11:30am-1pm | $100*

Sat | Sep 28 – Nov 2 | 11:30am-1pm | $100*

Tue | Nov 12 – Dec 17 | 11:30am-1pm | $100*

Sat | Nov 16 – Dec 21 | 11:30am-1pm | $100*

Additional group sessions may be added by arrangement with the instructor:  9 hours/$100*

*Fee is per dog

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Canine Good Citizen

Charm school for your dog!

Humans 16+; Dogs 6+ months*

Do you wish your dog were more courteous?  Or better behaved in public?  Learn how to teach your dog good manners using the power of positive reinforcement and games you’ll both enjoy.  We’ll work on polite greetings, loose leash walking, being handled, and meeting strangers, with an emphasis on self-control, patience and cooperation.  Prepare your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, learn how to address problem behaviors and teach a few cute tricks along the way.

This class is for dogs who are rude, not for those who are aggressive or fearful.  Dogs will sometimes be working near each other, so you must be able to physically control your dog on leash and get its attention with food.  By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others.

*Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations.

Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar and a 6-foot leash are required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Toys will be used.

Location: “The Doghouse” at Community Park (5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley), outdoors and nearby locations

Instructor: Victoria Farrington took her unruly terrier to a seminar in 1995 and became an early adopter, explorer and explainer of positive reinforcement dog training.  She has volunteered in shelters, done rescue and foster work, and taught classes at large clubs, small facilities and as private lessons.  She wrote for and later became editor of The Clicker Journal, earning the respect of the field’s top professional dog trainers.  Email – howsofdogs@gmail.com

Min 2/Max 4

Tue | Sep 24 – Oct 29 | 10-11am | $100*

Sat | Sep 28 – Nov 2 | 10–11am | $100*

Tue | Nov 12 – Dec 17 | 10-11am | $100*

Sat | Nov 16 – Dec 21 | 10–11am | $100*

*Fee is per dog.

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K9 Nose Work®

HANDLERS AGE 16+; DOGS AGE 4+ MONTHS (OR ALL VACCINATIONS COMPLETED)

This fast–growing dog sport teaches you how to encourage and develop your dog’s amazing natural scenting ability by using its desire to hunt and its love of food, toys, and exercise. This exciting detection style activity is appropriate for dogs of any age, breed, or physical ability and handlers of all ages and abilities. Each dog works separately, one at a time, so this is a class for dogs unsuited for a group setting. Classes are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced dog handler teams. Ongoing sessions are held Sundays OR Wednesdays. Times vary by level.

Location: Varies but generally at the Community Park ‘Dog House’, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley; classes meet in classrooms and outdoors; advanced classes may be held off-site on “field-trips.”

Instructor: Georgia Edwards is a nationally-Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor. A retired cancer physician, she first became interested in canine scent discrimination 25 years ago when her hospital therapy dog was able to identify patients with metastatic breast cancer. k9nosework@whidbey.net

K9 Nosework 1/Beginning Nosework:
will be offered in future quarters

K9 Nosework 2A/Intro to Odor:
Sun | Sep 22 – Nov 10 (except Oct 13 & 20) | 2-3:30pm | $150*
Wed | Sep 25 – Nov 6 (except Oct 23) | 10-11:30am | $150*

K9 Nosework 2B/Continuing Work with Odor:
Sun | Sep 22 – Nov 10 (except Oct 13 & 20) | 4-5:30pm | $150*
Wed | Sep 25 – Nov 6 (except Oct 23) | 4-5:30pm | $150*

K9 Nosework 2B+/Intermediate Nosework:
Sun | Sep 22 – Nov 10 (except Oct 13 & 20) | 12-1:30pm | $150*
Wed | Sep 25 – Nov 6 (except Oct 23) | 12-1:30pm | $150*

K9 Nosework 3/Advanced Nosework:
Sun | Sep 22 – Nov 10 (except Oct 13 & 20) | 10-11:30am | $150*
Wed | Sep 25 – Nov 6 (except Oct 23) | 2-3:30pm | $150*

**Fee is per dog. Additional $10 materials fee ($30 for K9 Nosework 2B), paid directly to instructor provides odor kit containing 4-6 tins of the target odors, rare-earth magnets, gloves. Drop-ins by appointment $25.

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Reading with Rover: Therapy Dogs

Is My Dog a Therapy Dog?

Handlers 12+ (youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian); Dogs 4+ months (must provide evidence of vaccinations)

Reading with Rover is a therapy dog program which started out as a community-based literacy program volunteering in the schools and libraries of the Puget Sound area. They now offer the comfort of our therapy dogs at local hospitals, assisting living homes, rehabilitation facilities and are very popular college stress relievers!  Visit www.readingwithrover.org for more info.

Instructors: LouAnn Hepp la@vistadx.net had a 25 year+ career in the public schools as a teacher, behavior specialist, and trainer. She left her school career to follow her entrepreneur calling, starting a business to help village women and children in SE Asia. She currently co-owns a business focusing on malaria and other tropical diseases. Missing the milieu of public education, she and her therapy dog, Ruby, have been volunteering in schools since 2015. For the past 15 years, instructor Diana Trupiano has been an active member of Reading with Rover children’s literacy charity, where she currently holds the positions of volunteer, event coordinator, team evaluator, team protocol mentor, therapy team evaluator and therapy prep instructor.

Therapy Team Mini Evaluations
This evaluation will determine you and your dog’s readiness to enter the Animal Therapy Team Prep Class (below). Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. No retractable or “flexi” leashes allowed. No aggressive dogs allowed.

Location: M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland

Min 4/Max 10

Sat | Sep 21 | 10am-3pm*| $10**

*Participants will register for a 20-minute time slot and should arrive 5 minutes prior to their start time.

**Fee is per evaluation, per dog-handler team.

Animal Therapy Team Prep 
Reading with Rover

This class will help prepare you and your dog to successfully take the Reading with Rover therapy test (additional fee). Once you have passed the test, you will become a registered therapy team. Our teams volunteer in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice (hospital and hospice visits require additional training).

Dogs must have basic obedience skills. In the class we will practice each test exercise using role play. Teams will receive coaching, as needed, to help pass the test, and to use in future visit situations. No aggressive dogs are allowed in class.

Bring to class: Blanket, treat pouch, treats.

Location: M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland

Min 4/Max 10

Thu | Oct 10 – 24 | 6-9pm | $150 per dog