Catalog of Online Classes
The following classes are offered online through Poised for Success.
Currently, classes are scheduled by request. If you would like to take any of the following classes, please contact Kristine at:
When a class is requested, it will be placed on the schedule and run as soon as possible.
Poised for Success Freestyle
Introduction to the Poised for Success Freestyle Program
Poised for Success Freestyle: Mastering the Melody Division
Poised for Success Freestyle: Harmony Division
General Canine Musical Freestyle
Heeling to Music Exercises
This class explores different and fun ways to practice the art of movement to music.
Six different movement configurations will be presented, with which a dog and handler team can build skill, confidence, joy, enthusiasm, movement duration, or any other performance criteria.
Teams may elect to work on precision of movement, enthusiasm while moving as a team, improvement of movement in a particular position, basic heelwork skills, mutual attention, or any personal goal that would benefit the team.
While the main focus of this class is heelwork, some other related skills, such as transitions, will be covered, as well.
This class is appropriate for dog and handler teams of all skill levels. The configurations can be used to introduce heelwork skills, and they can be used to develop more advanced Freestyle performance skills.
Exercises can be practiced in large spaces or smaller spaces, indoors or outdoors, on leash or off leash.
Go the Distance
Building duration and reduction of reinforcers
Poised for Performance
We spend much of our training time with our dogs working on sport skills. And then, when we ask our dogs to perform those behaviors for title submission, motivation wanes, or overstimulation kicks in, or they begin to engage in stress-relieving behaviors, such as sniffing.
The goal of this class is to help our canine partners to become more engaged sport partners through cultivation of an attitude of joy, confidence, focus, and enthusiasm. Although I will focus on the contexts of Canine Musical Freestyle and Canine Parkour, these skills can transfer to other sports (Agility, Rally, etc.), as well.
This class is based largely on the exercises and games of Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed, in addition to other focus and confidence building exercises. We will address skills to build both confidence and self-control.
Does your dog lose focus in the ring? Does your dog "deflate"
when asked to perform in a titling context? Does your dog have difficulty performing full length Freestyle routines without food or toys present? Does your dog have issues with judges, cameras, or the presence of people during performances?
The games and techniques of Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed can help! In this class, a few of the basic Control Unleashed games will be introduced and then we will explore how to apply those games to your individual performance and competition challenges
to improve confidence, focus, and enthusiasm.
The Most Basic Basics of Canine Musical Freestyle
This class will provide a basic introduction to Canine Musical Freestyle.
In this class, I will cover the simplest basics of Musical Freestyle:
Introduction to the most basic and fundamental Freestyle moves
Working with Music
Basic position work
Introduction to Transitions
Titling Venue Options
This is a great "sampler" course for anyone interested in getting into Freestyle, or an excellent starter class for a beginner Freestyle dog with an experienced handler!
Introduction to the Cyber Rally-O Dance Divisions
Are you interested in Canine Musical Freestyle, but unsure about creating routines?
Do you and your dog enjoy heelwork and want to try something new?
Are you looking for a fun challenge?
You may enjoy the Cyber Rally-O Dance Divisions.
In this class, I will introduce the skills needed to complete the CRO Dance Division patterns at the first two levels - Preliminary and
We will train the basic skills needed for each pattern - this part can be done in small spaces.
We will also take our training out on the road to perform the full size patterns.
For titling submission, a 30 X 40 ring space is needed.
We will discuss titling and video submission rules for this venue.
For those who are interested in titling, we will work together to prepare your first video submission.
I will also cover the music requirement, and how to add the music
to your videos on YouTube.
Skills Intensive: Backing, Laterals, and Pivots (Mini-Class)
Introduction to Parkour Skills, Fun, and Titling
Canine Parkour, which is loosely considered to be a form of the sport of Agility, is a somewhat new dog sport. In Canine Parkour, the handler teaches the dog to carry out a series of Interactions, such as: jumping, putting two or four paws on, going under, going between, walking across, going around, backing between or onto, and sending to, or around. One the Interactions are taught, the dog and handler go out into the world and perform them using different objects in the environment. Typically, one Interaction is performed at a time, but there are also opportunities for sequencing.
Canine Parkour is an excellent activity for confidence building, fostering teamwork between dog and handler, and physical fitness for both dog and handler. Parkour is an appropriate activity for a young dog in training, for an older dog with limited mobility, and for dogs of every age and circumstance in between.
In this multi-level class, an introduction to the sport of Canine Parkour wil be provided for teams that are new, and more experienced teams will be encouraged to hone those skills, always with emphasis on greater enjoyment of the Parkour experience for both dog and handler.
For those who are interested in titling, the basics of preparing titling submissions will be discussed for the titling venue of your choice.
Beyond the Basics: Building Parkour Skills
Advanced Parkour Skills
Parkour Sequencing (Mini-Class)
Poised for Parkour
Canine Parkour is unique among dog sports because we ask our dogs to perform trained behaviors in a context where they are more often free to simply "be dogs". Because of this, dogs sometimes struggle to transition to an engaged, focused, and motivated mindset when we want them to perform Parkour Interactions.
In this class, we will explore techniques that you can work on with your dog to build focus, engagment, and enthusiasm that will carry over into different locations, environments, and situations.
We will discuss approaches that you can use with your dog, while creating Parkour entries out and about in the world, that will allow your dog to fully enjoy the adventure and exploration side of Parkour, while offering focus and engagement while performing an Interaction.
This class is designed so that all of the training can be done indoors. Instruction will be given for outdoor transition, but that can be saved for warmer weather.