Welcome to Poised for Success!
Providing Online Instruction
in Canine Musical Freestyle
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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.
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
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
- Lateral Movement
- Training Tricks and Moves: Spin, Leg Weaves, Circles, Place-Pony, Paws, Scallop, Two Paws, Twizzles
Artistry Leg Exercises:
- Circle Sequence
- Moving to Music
- Floor Patterns
- Play/Train to Music
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
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 (email@example.com) 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
Name of Dog(s):
Breed of Dog(s):
________ Parkour II - Building Parkour Skills
________ PFS Titling - Mastering the Melody Division
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