Agility Mindset classes at Central K-9, Storrs, CT:
- Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15pm, Pup-Gility
For young dogs, and dogs without comprehensive agility foundation training. Emphasis is on relationship building, drive, flatwork, understanding lines and handling skills to build confidence, independence and capability. Contacts, closed weaves or full-height jumps are not used until there is clear understanding of behaviors that support confidence and success and until the dog’s growth and physical maturity (muscles, bones) is sufficient to ensure their health.
- Wednesday, 8:30-10:00pm, Skills and Sequences
Each team is unique, and in this “not a cookie cutter” approach, each team’s needs for obstacle performance and handling is considered and built upon weekly. Teams have the opportunity to work skills into sequences. Dogs may (or may not) be trialing yet, and may be re-training and proofing skills that are already learned. Mindset is always included. Each week in Agility Skills and Sequences is a learning experience that is different and supports each student’s needs.
- Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, Intermediate Competition Agility
For teams competing at various levels. Emphasis is on handling, with obstacle performance work as needed. We discuss paths that are the most effective for each team, and determine handling efforts to get the handler into the correct position, at the correct time, and with information that helps the dog’s success. Students are open-minded and challenge themselves to “see” and think in a way that supports the needs of their dog and builds confidence in themselves as handlers.
- Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm, Masters/International Competition Agility
This class focuses on running courses that provide high level challenges. The challenges are big (yet very do-able), and we work to consider handling that brings skill levels to new levels. This class runs courses that typically are more intense than what is seen in “normal” courses, and gives handlers the opportunity to think about options, timing and focus on handling the line.
Contact Diane for rates, availabilities, and considerations. Prices will include CT service taxes where applicable. Value pricing available for packages.
Individual and/or Small Group Lessons
Held in Middletown, CT, or, by pre-arrangement at local training centers, and includes:
- Personalized agility training.
- New clients receive a complimentary discussion to get to know one another (and your furkid), and discuss your background and expectations.
- 1 hour lesson, minimum, to talk about issues, options, and work on skills, drills and courses for your needs and answer your questions.
- “Homework” for your at-home training.
Whether it’s foundation, polishing skills you already have, or, learning new techniques, online learning can help your agility experience and grow the bond with your pet. Online learning includes:
- A no-cost initial phone/video consult to begin our relationship.
- Written instructions to work on, with demo videos as needed to support.
- A private training page to upload your videos and comments.
- Timely review that includes encouragement for all you did well (it’s key to know what worked so that you can repeat success!) and explanations on effective handling considerations.
- Opportunity for you to ask questions, and get further feedback.
- If necessary, I might ask you to re-try and re-tape sections so that you can feel confident with your learning.
Personalized Coaching – Phone and Video Support
Sometimes, you just need to talk things out, and your friends/training partners may not be the ones to call. Your personal conditioning, mental focus, and handling skills are critical to your success and I am available to assist you so you can bring your best self to the game. Coaching calls are a dialogue driven by your questions and structured to stay focused on ways to increase the probability for your success. Contact me to discuss private phone/video coaching and support programs for short term (event specific) needs, or, for long term goals attainment.
You put your best plan together for competitions, but sometimes, the video says differently. Send me a link (or links) to your runs (either competition or training)for an assessment on your cues, timing, and handling options to consider. The purpose of reviewing a run in this way is for you to gain understanding of your behavior and its impact on your dogs actions.
Seminars, Workshops and Presentations
Once we work together, you are part of the Agility Mindset, and I hope that our relationship is long lasting and beneficial. My goal is to support you, whenever you need it. Clients get my contact info in order to reach me.