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Welcome to Poised for Success!


Providing Online Instruction


in Canine Musical Freestyle


since 2012!


Now offering classes in


Canine Parkour


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Our Philosophy



I firmly believe that the ultimate goal of participation in dog sports, whether for serious competition or just for fun, should be to increase the overall quality of a dog's life and to build a mutual partnership of joy and trust between dog and handler.  Therefore, in all classes offered through Poised for Success, I strive to combine good quality skill building with patience and a sense of humor.  My hope is that every class will help you and your dog come to know and trust one another more deeply, and increase your enjoyment of working together through performance to music.




What's New?





Early Fall  Session Online Classes


Begin on September 3rd


See below for details






Tessa posing on the "platform" we used for the "Trick on a Platform" exercise



Early Fall Classes


September 3 - October 31




Parkour 2 - Building Parkour Skills



You have gotten a start teaching basic Parkour skills to your dog.  Perhaps you have even earned your first titles!  Now it is time to prepare to move beyond the basics and prepare to create submssions for the higher levels!

In this class, we will continue the work that we began in Parkour Skills, Fun, and Titling.  We will focus on Interactions that require more specialized skill, such as backing onto EFs, rebounds, Interactions that involve lateral movement, and "on-a-platform" skills.

Participants will also be encouraged to choose 2 - 3 Advanced exercises to begin training, in preparation for work at Level 4 and Level 5.

Sequencing, which is a skill needed for Premier Titles, and the Grand Champion track, can also be covered, if there is interest.


In addition to training skills, we will also continue to discuss filming strategies, handling skills, and we will troubleshoot any issues that you face with your dog along the way.

As with the Intro class, video critique is provided for students who wish to share their videos.



Canine Musical Freestyle

The Poised for Success Freestyle

Titling Program


Mastering the Melody Division


In this class, all of the skills needed to create a submission for the Melody Division in the Poised for Success Freestyle Titling Program will be covered.

Handling Leg Exercises:


  • Pivot Platform
  • Precision Marking
  • Targets:  Moving, Ground, Two Paw
  • Training with a Barrier
  • Cue Work:  Distance Cues, Natural Body Language Cues, Trained Physical Cues, Supporting Cue Chains, and Verbal Cue Chains
  • Training Prop Moves:  Prop Jump, Jump, Send-Weave Combination, Figure 8 Prop, Prop Pivot, Send to Prop, Two Prop Figure 8, and Distance Circle


Technical Leg Exercises:


  • Heelwork Movement in:  Center, Heel, and Side Positions
  • Outside Curve
  • Synchronized Backing
  • Serpentine
  • Lateral Movement
  • "Rock"
  • Training Tricks and Moves:  Spin, Leg Weaves, Circles, Place-Pony, Paws, Scallop, Two Paws, Twizzles


Artistry Leg Exercises:


  • Sequence
  • Transitions
  • Circle Sequence
  • Moving to Music
  • Doodling
  • Floor Patterns
  • Play/Train to Music
  • Entertainment


For each Exercise, submission criteria will be discussed, and training strategies will be presented.


In addition, critique and feedback on your videos will be provided for those who wish to share them.






  Early Fall Session Information




General Information


Class Dates:  September 3 - October 31


Tuition:  $30.00  ($35.00 for one handler/two dogs!)


Format:  Classes are offered through a Facebook Group format


            Full explanation of the Facebook Group format will be

            provided for anyone who has not used Groups for a class

            before.  The format is actually quite user friendly.



Payment of Tuition


For your convenience, tuition can be paid via PayPal to:


Or, you can email ( for a PayPal invoice


Check drawn upon a US bank can be accepted via mail.  Please indicate, specifically, that you are paying by check.


Sorry, no credit card payments, except through PayPal






To register, please copy and paste the following into an email and send to:


Printable forms and mailing address for check payments available via email




Handler Name:


Name of Dog(s):


Breed of Dog(s):


Handler Address:


Handler Email:




Registration for:


________   Parkour II - Building Parkour Skills


________   PFS Titling - Mastering the Melody Division














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