HI Deb and Judy,
Two years ago I adopted a 7month old BC female. She had been neglected
and roughly taken care of. She is a soft and sensative girl. Our
agility training was coming along quite well when she got close
to her 2yr old mark, a period I believe many dogs go through a
Phase.. Bree went through a shutdown phase. At the same time she
unfortunately got attacked in her agility class. This was the
start of losing all we had worked for and I now had one very worried
dog. WE attended your seminar as a working team at my club March
of 2006 at the advice of a good friend and instructor Judy Kolva.
You first mentioned that there was a lot of dog in Bree to come
out and then you got to see the shutdown worried dog when someone
dropped the gates right behind her. You suggested we no longer
train in a class enviroment as Bree seems very sensative and worried
about the dogs/handlers around her. You gave us many tips, motivational
sequences and focus tricks to work on.
So.. work with them we did!
Bree went into serious IN Focus training.
We worked with your need for
speed circle 5 days a week. I played the Focus games 5 days a
week. I also used your advice to help Bree overcome her absolute
fear of the teeter. She trains on that 5 days a week. We take
periodical private lessons to expand on our training. You also
taught ME.. how to work with her and help her feel more confident
and secure. We trained this way for 2 months and at your advice
we made our AKC debut in JWW preferred. She took a 1st place with
a clean run. WE trained some more variating your speed circle
and on her second AKC run we again took a 1st place. She has since
ran in Udsaa in all classes except for standard. She Q'd and placed
in all of them. She just completed her AKC JWWWP title. As one
onlooker said, Bree has found her job and loves it.. She is focused,
CONFIDENT! and now increasing her speed!!! She knows the game
now and is ready to play. We still train 5 days a week and now
are working on increasing her jump height to 20". I am using
the same motivational work I started out with 6 months ago to
help her in her transition to a higher jump. So far she hasnt
noticed the change. Also, Bree is just 2 inches short of full
height on the teeter and she is much happier and confident when
she is on it.. I truly believe that to obtain this kind of success
and to overcome any issues you have in your training... You MUST
train consistantly and often. There is no quick fix.. Bree and
I are proof that the In Focus system works!
Thanks so much
Ann and Bree in Pa
Thank you again for a wonderful
seminar, all week long I have been getting the best feedback you
could imagine. From both the people who worked dogs as well as
those who audited. Yes, I would call it very successful indeed!
We did some speed circles
yesterday and boy did it make him very happy indeed! I tried not
to correct and keep going. I have had to do so much of that to
Nell, my crying for control dog that it is very difficult to change
this behavior in me.
Thank you for the slingshot
start and lateral lead out. I found he likes it much more and
is faster and happier at the start line. In fact he was so fast
yesterday I was unable to get in the front cross the instructor
wanted after the second jump (I got in a blind).
I am a better teacher because
of your seminar and for that I am forever thankful!
I am writing so that I can
share something great with you. I attended your seminar at Barb
Levenson's in February and I thought that it was great. It reaffirmed
that what I was doing with my 'Dog that is having too much fun'
was the way to go. I decided that this was a program that our
club members would benefit from also. So, I scheduled a class
session (5 wks) and sent out a flyer. The class was for 8 students
registered. But, I had 15 responses and couldn't turn anyone away.
We had a combination of lecture/questions, and exercises. It was
a clicker only class (This was new for a lot of students.). It
also required bringing a crate to class (also new for folks).
I brought my boxes of kids toys (I had the high drive lab), and
had 5 students each week take a toy home to work with their clicker
skills. They then demonstrated what they achieved the next week.
They had a blast. Everyone accomplished in at least getting their
dog to interact with the toy. They also did the 101 things to
do with a box. The student mixture included:
A high drive bc that had no
relationship with her owner
A fairly high drive Aussie with no relationship with his owner
A very young couple with 2 yorkie/maltese crosses (they crated
their dogs together in the same crate)
A fairly high drive sheltie
A fairly soft bc
A border terrier from the breed ring
A fear aggressive GSD
2 very shy shelties
2 high drive corgi's
A young intact dalmation
A young collie
By the end of the session,
all noticed a difference, all were willing going into their crates
and waiting to be released, the GSD owner could heel his dog thru
a crowd of dogs doing some of the exercises (he called it controlled
chaos) without a reaction, the soft bc did the wait in the herding
ring even while focused on the sheep, the high drive sheltie and
same bc would not leave their owners when being lured by a cookie.
The yorkie/maltese x's learned not to be focused on each other,
but to their respective handlers. The dalmation owner said that
this has made her see training as a fun thing, the collie owner
learned how to use clicker training to her advantage. The corgi
owners were getting their dogs to not pull on lead. The staghound
learned how to enjoy the exercises. The aussie owner started to
see a relationship between her and her dog starting. One of the
shy/worried shelties learned to work with all the noise. The breed
ring border terrier owner had a break thru learning to use the
clicker (she took obed. lessions from an old school trainer).
The best thing that was mentioned
was by the yorkie/maltese owner (his wife couldn't make it to
the last class). He said that before coming to class he would
call his dog and the dog would run off. After only 4 weeks of
class, the dog came back when called. He gave it a biiiiig jackpot!!!!!!
I train at a private facility
and we started offering In Focus as a pre-agility class. There
was so much interest 2 more sections had to be added!!!!!
Sorry to ramble on so much, but I hope you see what your program
is doing for others.
Chris, Stoli and Gryphon
"I want to extend a HUGE
thank you to Deb Jones and Judy Keller. They presented their In
Focus Seminar at my facility this past weekend and it was a tremendous
success. Everyone, beginners as well as advanced handlers got
a lot of work and learned even more. There were answers available
for dogs "not having enough fun" and those "having too much fun"
in agility. Deb and Judy gave everyone new ideas to take home.
Even one auditor with little experience in agility wrote "I attended
an Ian Dunbar seminar in Orlando, Florida at Disneyworld, and
I must tell you I got more from the seminar,... in half a day,
than the 3 days in Orlando." If you're looking for a great seminar
for your students or your club, I suggest you contact them."
"When Courteous Canine,
Inc. booked Deb Jones for a seminar that seminar filled faster
than any other seminar we had ever hosted. The seminar was fun
and informative and every single person attending was pleased
with what they learned. Deb Jones rocks! He knowledge of behavior,
clicker training, agility, and dogs themselves is a valuable resource
to anyone interested in agility, any dog sport, or clicker training."
Courteous Canine, Inc. Dog School
"I just suggested this
seminar to our club member who sets up seminars.. If she doesn't
arrange one, I will travel as needed to get to one. I have a papillon
who doesn't have enough fun in agility. No one else but Deb has
really understood this and I would get hands on experience with
her and Judy.
I love the book and have been through it all at least once and
several sections many times."
Kitty Irland, Lenox, MA
Nick and Simon, Papillons
"I attended this seminar
as a part-time auditor…
Deb and Judy together are a dynamic duo – the enthusiasm
and candidness they showed throughout the weekend was amazing.
Demonstration, explanation, imitation…Sabre (or Spirit)
would demonstrate the exercise, Deb and Judy would explain what
it was that they were doing and why, then it was the teams turn
to work – sometimes everybody was working at the same time
with Judy and Deb watching and helping. There was also an extensive
segment during which each team worked individually with Deb and
Judy providing immediately feedback.
By the end of the seminar it was amazing to see the difference
in both the dogs and the attitudes of the handlers. This seminar
made me realize that while I thought I was being consistent –
I wasn’t. It also helped me to realize that agility isn’t
just working your dog on the equipment or perfecting target exercises
– it is about building a solid, consistant foundation of
basics, while at the same time having a blast. I am definitely
on the way to building a better relationship with my dogs!"
"We are definitely getting
there! Ty has earned both of his open titles and is now in Excellent
for everything. The wild child appeared for our first run of the
week-end. I gave him a 2nd chance on the course and he just wasn't
in control. So we walked off the course. He got the hint and had
beautiful runs the rest of the week-end. The best was on Sunday.
We were getting ready to go into the ring for our excellent standard
run and his best friend Rhi (high drive Aussie) was running in
front of us. Then Chris is practicing Gryphon (high drive, barky
dog at the seminar) right behind us on the practice jump. I thought,
oh we are in deep trouble. But I kept working on him focusing
on me. He pulled into the ring a little, but settled into his
sit very quickly. He had a beautiful run! Dropped a bar when I
moved while he was over the jump, but just ran awesome. Gryphon
was a big hurdle for us! Again, thanks so much for your seminar.
I really feel like it has been just a god send to Ty and me! "
Judy Kolva and Ty
I have been getting such great
feedback about the seminar. What keeps being said is how down
to earth both you and Judy are. How the dogs are of importance
first...not a green ribbon. No one was made to feel out of place
because they had an unusual breed of dog, in fact they went away
with the 'I can do it' attitude. I think it finally hit home to
many that foundation is sooooooo important!!
Chris Danker, Albany Obedience
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