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DOG POWER 101/SKIJOR 101 BEGINNER TRAINING

In this  class we will take you from inexperienced to knowing the basics of training your dog for skijoring success. Meet up with other skijoring enthusiasts of your same skill level while training your dog for this winters skijoring fun! We provide all needed equipment for you to use for the day and we will have certified dog powered sports trainers on hand to guide you through everything you need to know to get started. Our proven pawsitive training methods give you real results while alleviating stress for your pet during the process. ***  Registration is required. ** Class size is limited to better serve you and your dog. *** Classes fill fast, so register early.

*** On the other end of the spectrum we have our RACING 101 and Competitive DogpoweredSports Racingracing ***

 

Racing 101: Are you interested in trying out a race? If so this is the class for you! Our Racing 101 covers everything that ALL race participants need to know about skijor and dryland racing, including RACE RULES, POLICIES, PROCEDURES, ETIQUETTE, PROTOCOL. Are you really ready ? Is your dog really ready? We also cover identifying, preventing, and managing race time stressors on you and your dog. Class is a power point/lecture  with an extended Q & A. We offer pre-race timing events and offer free admittance to alumni of this course/seminar.

 

Competitive DogPoweredSports; Step Up,Amp Up and, Ramp Up AKA Little Secrets, Big Secrets and Everything you want to know about CHAMPIONSHIP RACING. "If you wanna run with the big dogs, you gotta stop peeing like a puppy "

 

Equipment, commands, etiquette, training tips, and techniques are covered in our power point presentation. Prior to attending any of our clinics, please view ourSKIJOR 101 powerpoint presentation here

SKIJOR 101 in pdf format here

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Our Training "Presentations" are informative classroom/discussion sessions without being a sales based infomercial.

Our Training "Clinics" are dog-friendly and paws-on training sessions. "Dog friendly" means positive training,(also known as +R or positive reinforcement. We do not use aversive training techniques, we don't even use the word no (it is hard for many old schoolers to cross over from the old days of "yank and crank"  but we all know that our dogs should not think their middle or last name is "No", or "dammit", or something worse.

Back to our clinics, this is where the fun is. Sure it's training but we keep it fun for you and the dog (smiles and tail wags).

Our clinics is where we show you how to shape behaviors. It is tough to put our clinic into black and white text or to a power point instruction.

The power point presentation on here is designed to be viewed before our class so we can have less talk time and more training time for you and your dog.

A wealth of information is covered in depth in the members only "forum" on here, which we call REX (Resources and Education for Excellence).

"Cookie cutter or one size fits all training fails 90% of dogs." This quote is from Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Remember our "no dog left behind" training approach. "Our "clinics" are real-world and real-time training and is therefore individualized to what your dog needs. The black and white step 1, step 2, step 3, etc,  changes as we assess that your dog is having trouble here, so we then adapt/adjust/improvise and overcome.

And yes, at our training clinics we have demo gear that you can use so you can feel out the waters before dropping your hard earned cash on equipment.

Our clinic class sizes are purposely limited to ensure a low student to instructor ratio, provide everyone and their dog with quality training, reduce canine stress and confusion, and to therefore maximize learning. Much like training a dog for obedience, agility, hunt test, field tests, flyball, search and rescue and other dog venues, we split the "whole skijoring thing" into small tasks that your dog can readily understand and practice and learn, then later we systematically and incrementally chain and sequence them together.

By "breaking it down" rather than "lumping", we avoid the dogs' "sink or swim" type of stress often encountered with the "instruction by immersion" approach.

There is a small charge for the clinics. Do we make money from clinics ? Not really, we may recover some of our costs (such as insurance which is quite expensive) but certainly do not make money. Do you get your moneys worth at our clinics? Yes, probably before the clinic introduction is over. Will your dog be fully trained a the end of one clinic ? No, but we will have given you tools and techniques to get started training your dog. We will also give you specific information on what to do for your dog until the next session you attend. (and you are welcome and highly encouraged to come back and practice, it's how we all get better).

Our highly successful program is based on proven science and animal behavior just plain works. Could we charge more for our clinics? Sure, we could charge more. There are others that charge much more than we do while providing much less than we do.

But this isn't about making sales or just taking your money. We are "paying it forward" and we want you to work with your dog and see your dog get it.  When you see your dog click (hear, think, execute) and know that you trained that, now that's a "Priceless" feeling.

We have a fantastic success rate and exemplary feedback from students.

Can we bring our quality training class or clinics to your area or club? Sure we can and we have. In order to take our training to your area we will need to cover transportation and overhead costs and some of the logistics need to be handled by a local liaison, but we are more than willing to share our knowledge and resources to responsibly grow the sport.

If you just cant make it to one of clinics, join the club and have access to the members only forum here online.

 

 

 

We all start at different points and have different needs. We teach you to train your dog what YOUR dog needs to work on. No canned cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all approach here. We want you and your dog to be successful without stress and confusion.

 

We use tools and techniques to promote systematic incremental learning while we avoid creating any dependencies.

 

We train dogs for dog powered sports. Meaning we want them to pull on command and be in the Snug Tug Club.

 

Our training is not set up for ski-wyd (Ski-With Your Dog, or skiing while the dog romps with a loose-line, ie not pulling); most anyone can ski-wyd without actually needing any skijor equipment or training.

Our training is also not geared toward Ski-coursing (chasing something) which usually just results in a chase dependent dog, thereby leaving you always needing someone to follow. Do you have someone  willing to commit to being your fake lead dog or chase vehicle for the next 10 years of you dogs life ? , (so much for independence, exploration, freedom, and adventure) And if you are the competitive sort; with chase and follow dependencies what is the best-case race placement ?...2nd place.... and worse case, if you have no one to follow, or they take a different spur trail, you might be out on the trail a long time waiting for a new "rabbit".

The quantity of inquiries we receive regarding chase dependency "guidance has increased significantly in the last 8 or 9 years. We may have to create a Chase dependency specific course (retraining or support/recovery)

This is not to say you can't have fun ski-wyding or ski-coursing, because you can, but our training is geared toward building responsible and successful skijoring, bikejoring, scooterjoring, canicross, and related pulling sports.

 

TEAM=Together Everyone Achieves More: You can come to a class once, twice, or more,(free to members) but we all get better by successfully practicing what we have learned (consistency and repetition, LOTS of successful repetitions). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come on out to practice line-outs, resistance training, gees, haws, on-bys, passing, etc. It is fun to train together and very rewarding to see the dogs progress and "blossom" into real "jor dogs".

 

We are in the process of working on the beginner and intermediate certification tests.

We are also working on new and updated training programs specifically relating to Nutrition/Conditioning/Training, Racing 101 (Policies, Procedures, Rules,Etiquette) Racing 201 and beyond (tricks, tips, and secrets). as well as new Dryland & other "joring" presentations

 

We offer different levels of training:   (AND MORE COMING, as we are always updating old and creating new content)

Beginner or SKIJOR 101 Harness the Power and Focus the Energy

Our beginner classes are for the person who is curious about skijoring and/or is ready to take the first steps in learning to skijor. It is also for those wanting to progress beyond just skiing with your dog or those struggling with chase dependency. We can do the power point presentation followed by an informal Q&A session. But the real training is the hands-on/paws-on Skills Proficiency sessions. The classes may be followed up with personalized one-on-one training.

 

On the other end of the spectrum we have our Racing 101 and

Competitive Championship Racing

Racing 101: Are you interested in trying out a race? If so this is the class for you! Our Racing 101 covers everything that ALL race participants need to know about skijor and dryland racing, including RACE RULES, POLICIES, PROCEDURES, ETIQUETTE, PROTOCOL. Are you really ready ? Is your dog really ready? We also cover identifying, preventing, and managing race time stressors on you and your dog. Class is a power point/lecture  with an extended Q & A. We offer pre-race timing events and offer free admittance to alumni of this course/seminar.

 

Competitive DogPoweredSports; Step Up,Amp Up and, Ramp Up AKA Little Secrets, Big Secrets and Everything you want to know about CHAMPIONSHIP RACING. "If you wanna run with the big dogs, you gotta stop peeing like a puppy "

 

In between the Basic classes and the Championship Competition we have a few other course options.

Intermediate or SKIJOR 202

Our Intermediate classes are for those who have learned the basics of skijoring and are looking to refine their skills and learn problem solving techniques. Skijor 202 begins with a power point presentation followed by a Q&A. We also offer a 202 clinic in which our qualified trainers will help you with your specific training issues, in a group setting and also one-on-one.

Advanced or SKIJOR 303

Our advanced classes are for the well rounded skijorer looking to take their training program to the top level. Covered in this session are advanced training techniques, advanced canine nutrition, cutting edge equipment and advanced racing techniques. Skijor 303 is a powerpoint/lecture series with an extended Q & A period.

 

Equipment, commands, etiquette, training tips, and techniques are covered in our power point presentation. Prior to attending any of our clinics, please view our SKIJOR 101 powerpoint presentation at the top of this page.