We offer several seminars & workshops every year. Our goal is to offer a variety
of different trainers, each with their own training methods. Please
check back frequently to see the seminars & workshops available.
Scent Work Foundations Workshop: What the Nose Knows
Scent work is a fast growing competitive dog sport that is challenging and rewarding for both the dog and handler. It is an activity that can give confidence to unsure dogs, thoughtfulness to high drive dogs, and is ideally suited to agility dogs recovering from an injury or retired from competition. It is an excellent method of deepening the relationship between you and your dog, as it requires the handler to take a back seat in the game and to listen to and trust their dog.
This is a two-part workshop that will focus on the basics of scent work. The first session will be a 4-hour class on the preparation and storage of scent, introduction to odor, and container searches -- everything you need to know to get started! The second session will occur two weeks later and will focus on trouble shooting and transitioning to more complex hides. This second session is not required. It is being held to help answer any questions that may arise once you try out sniffing at home!
Requirements: Dogs should be under reasonable leash control and have experience with shaping and/or basic obedience commands (sit, down, wait, come). This course is suited to dogs of any age.
Workshop dates (register here):
Saturday, February 9th, 1:00-5:00pm
Saturday, February 23rd, 1:00-3:00pm
LCDA Welcomes Melanie Miller - 2019 WAO & IFCS Team Member
February 16 & 17, 2019
Melanie has been involved in dog agility since 1998, and has developed her own style of handling, melding concepts from great handlers around the world. Her handling is always aimed at giving the dog the earliest possible information, while keeping the handler ahead to show clear, effective cues. She also recognizes that each dog and handler team is unique, and works to find the best possible solution for that team. She believes that each team’s potential is unlimited and she works to give a clear plan for the next most critical steps to help that team reach their full potential.
Melanie has a unique approach to her instruction, combining several key concepts:
- High motivation for all dogs to maximize drive and potential
- High reinforcement for all handlers to keep the game fun
- Focus on delivering information as early as possible to the dog through timely handling and skill proficiency
- A holistic view of all the components required, including a solid mental game, fitness of handler and dog, and keeping all elements in balance.
You can read more about Melanie's accomplishments here.
Sessions being offered:
*All sessions have spots still available!*
Saturday, February 16th 8:30am-12:30pm: Foundation Fun and Games for Puppies (puppies 15 months and under)
Saturday, February 16th 1:30pm-5:30pm: Novice/Advanced Handling (if you are an experienced handler - on your 2nd, 3rd, etc. agility dog - and have a green dog, this is the workshop for you)
Sunday, February 17th 8:30am-12:30pm: Focus on Timing Workshop (open to all levels of teams currently competing, or those getting ready to compete)
Sunday, February 17th 1:30pm-5:30pm: Masters/International Handling with a Focus on Timing! (dog must currently be competing in Masters Standard)
Further details about the sessions, cost, refund policy, and waiver can be found on the registration form.