NOTE: Address & directions will be emailed after enrollment and a few days before the beginning of class.
Welcome to Agility From the Ground Up, a series of classes beginning with the fundamentals. Or… think of it as a circle of enthusiasts who are committed to learning the many aspects of the sport while helping their dogs excel.
The pressure is off and the fun is on!
All classes and instruction given are based on the science of animal learning. Behaviors are build step-by-step using reinforcement as well as the use of a marker (clicker).
The goal here is to make sure handlers and their dogs are successful in understanding and executing the task at hand before moving forward with more advanced work.
(Mini) Course 1:
Covers learning theory (how dogs learn, including clicker training) reward procedures, good agility practices (safety, handling and focus work) and an introduction to working with simple “equipment”
Will include: Strategies to get your dog “fired” and focused on the training, teaching dogs how to go around, between, over and under different pieces of “equipment” and building confidence around noise.
We hone in teaching our dogs proprioception (how they use their body in space). Dogs will have an opportunity to learn awareness and control of their rear end by learning how to step with precision forward, backward and sideways – all required when engaged in the sport; as well as Starts and Stays.
Courses 4, 5 and 6:
Will cover jumps and tunnels; fine-tune our handling system and communication with the dog by using proper body language as well as contact obstacles.
Dates & Times for Mini-course 1 (AG1): Saturdays – Saturdays June 10th, 17th, 24th, July 1st, 8th and 15th. Class meets from 8 am 9am.
Trainer: Almudena Ortiz Cué M.A. CTC, CPDT, Tellington TTouch™ Cert.
Pre-requisites: Dogs must be 5 months or older to participate and at least one year of age for courses 4, 5 and 6.
First class orientation- no dogs.
Semi-private open to 4 guardians and 4 dogs.
They must be dog and people friendly (no lunging, growling at dogs or people).
Mini-courses build on one another so attendance to prior course is required to enroll on the next one or private session (s) prior to beginning of next course to catch up to the next “level”.
Proof of vaccines or proof up to date titer test.
For new clients, you must complete the form on this page and submit payment below before registering for this class. If you are a current (or have taken a class/private training with Almudena) C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC. client, please complete the form on this page here.
Fee: $160.05. (Santa Fe county tax included).
NOTE: First class is a people only class. NO DOGS please. Directions to site will be provided a few days before class begins. Registration closes 3 days prior to class starting or when class is full. Almudena will contact participants the Wednesday before the first day of the course to confirm class is meeting. A minimum of three participants must be enrolled and have paid by the Wednesday prior to course for class to take place.