Contacts 101: How to train incredible stopped contacts from the ground up (Spring 2016)

Instructor: Barbara Currier
Start Date: April 5, 2016
Registration Closed: April 18, 2016 @ 9 pm Eastern

This class will teach you to train and proof fast, reliable, and independent stopped contacts on the dog walk, a-frame and seesaw! This is also a terrific opportunity for anyone wanting to re-train their contacts and build a better foundation!

Category: Motivation, Foundation, Puppy, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving
Level: Puppy, Adult dog, Competition
Class Length: 6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 12 ($195)
Number of Auditing Spots: unlimited ($125)
Number of Observing Spots: unlimited ($95)

Course Description

Contacts 101: How to train incredible stopped contacts from the ground up (Spring 2016) :: Barbara Currier

This class will teach you to train and proof fast, reliable, and independent stopped contacts on the dog walk, a-frame and seesaw! This is also a terrific opportunity for anyone wanting to re-train their contacts and build a better foundation!

Contacts 101 focuses on building an amazing foundation of understanding and passion for the a-frame, dog walk and seesaw! We will use a series of motivational games to teach the layers of understanding, then putting it all together into a fast, independent and reliable “finished product”. This includes a 2o2o on the a-frame and dog walk, and a 2o2o on the teeter for large dogs and a 4-on teeter performance for small dogs.

You will learn to set and maintain criteria, play proofing games, build drive for the behavior and teach body awareness that is important to help the dog drive to position on the contact. The class will also provide opportunity for personalized feedback, trouble-shooting and problem solving. You will be able to watch demo videos of the instructor’s dogs as well as get feedback on your work with your own dog through video and forum discussions.


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Motivation, Foundation, Puppy, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving

Level:

Puppy, Adult dog, competition

Course Length:

6 weeks (information/ classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Progressive training assignments with the dog to be videotaped for feedback.
  • Questions answered and feedback on each assignment from instructor in the class forum.
  • Discussion with other students (working and auditing) in the Class Forum as well as access to the general AU
    forums.
  • Access to Class Chat
  • Access to Faculty Office Hours

Equipment needed:

(working participants only): short elevated plank (approximately 3’ long x 12” wide x 2” high), access to a dog walk, a-frame, seesaw, wobble board, access to stairs

Space needed:

space to access dog walk, a-frame and teeter when needed

Office Hours:

Yes, TBD



Course Participation & Tuition Levels

Type of participation:

  • Working (posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in forum, chat and office) Limit: 12
  • Auditing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours) Limit: unlimited
  • Observing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students in documents, links, forum and chat but do not participate in class forum, chat and office hours other than to read instructor, worker and auditor posts). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

  • Working: $195 USD
  • Auditing: $125 USD
  • Observing: $95 USD