Enrollment Begins: July 1, 2020 and Ends: July 15, 2020

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Targeting Improves Muscle Engagement

Saves Time Completing Your Workouts

Learn the Targeting Skills that will Decrease the Amount of Time Needed for Fitness!

Do you have a dog that dives on props as you put them on the floor or a dog that is overly focused on your hands?
A lot of my clients think this is endearing as their dog is so excited to get on equipment and super food motivated but in reality it shows a lack of solid communication between handler and dog. This takes precious time away from what ever task you are training.
Putting each target behavior on cue (verbal or hand signal) will make your training sessions more efficient and will "give more specific information to your dog" to create a better line of communication.

Why take this class?

🌀 Targeting improves communication between dog and handler
🌀 Targeting is a useful way to teach behaviors and tricks
🌀 Targeting is useful to obtain specific position for fitness exercises
🌀 Learn about shaping behaviors and timing of the click (refine your shaping skills)

Who should participate?

EVERYONE! Beginner to advanced dogs that don’t already have the targeting skills on cue.
There will be discussion threads to ask questions and post video for review.  Everyone is a participant. Each class is broken into sections with one or more lessons within each section. You can submit up to 3 minutes of video per section for instructional review.
The course will begin right after you enroll and is open for video submission, questions, review and comments for 1 yr. This class is always open so some students will be ahead of you and some will be behind you.

Curriculum:

Nose Touch
Sustained Nose Touch
Chin "Rest"
Target Stick
Floor Targets
Front and Rear Feet Targeting
Individual Rear Foot Lifts
Individual Front Foot Lifts
Side Feet Targeting - Foundation
Side Feet Targeting or Ipsilateral Stands
All Feet Targeting

What level are the exercises? 

This course will have the foundation targeting skills, but even those who have been doing fitness for a while may benefit from revisiting and refining their targeting skills. There are no actual exercises included in this class.
Suggested Pre-requisite a basic understanding of clicker training is helpful, but not required.
Possible Equipment – substitution will be recommended if you don’t have equipment used in the videos. There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.
🌀 Clicker
🌀 Target Stick
🌀 Floor Targets
🌀 Mat
🌀 Feed Pan
🌀 Frisbee
🌀 Cone
Training Methods - A variety of training methods can be used to obtain the proper movement or position - shaping, luring, targeting, and It's Yer Choice. These methods will be discussed in the video tutorials, in the forum and through video review.

Disclaimer: Some information in this class may overlap or appear in other classes due to the foundation needed for many behaviors, tricks and fitness exercises. In addition, there are overlapping skills needed for many different performance activities so you may see exercises that are the same but packaged up differently toward a slightly different goal.

Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KPA CTP

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner

Bobbie owns and operates Pawsitive Performance which offers dog training, fitness training and trick training around the globe. She was part of the TEAM that contributed knowledge and experience to help design the FitPAWS Master Trainer Program (CCFT II) and is a course "Instructor". for the program. Bobbie completed the University of Tennessee Certified Canine Fitness Trainer program to earn a "CCFT" certification and also completed the certification program for Canine Fitness through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. In addition, Bobbie is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy.

Bobbie has 5 awesome dogs that train a variety of skills for agility, fitness training, herding, trick training, tugging and dock diving. Bobbie enjoys the training process and strives to comuinicate in the best way she can to help her dogs and clients dogs understand the task at hand. She starts every training sessions with this question "how can I set the dog up for success and give the dog the best information to successfully complete the behavior".

This course is not open for enrollment at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the class start and finish?

Class starts immediately after you enroll and is open for video submission, questions, review and comments for 1 yr. allowing you plenty of time to work through the material, take and edit video and formulate your questions as well as allow the instructor time to review and give feedback. This class is always open so some students will be ahead of you and some will be behind you.


How long do I have access to the class?

For one year from the start of class. The school reserves the right to modify, update or remove this class at any time.


What is your refund policy for current classes?

There are no refunds on this class.


What if I am unhappy with the class?

We make every effort to offer valuable information at an affordable rate. We suggest you read the class description carefully before making your purchase to determine if the class is right for you. Because there are many levels of trainers, there will be material that is review for some and new to others. For those that are review, it will give you an opportunity to look at what you have trained and refine the behaviors as needed. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact admin at [email protected]


Can instructors diagnose or treat injury?

No - instructors and assistant instructors cannot diagnose or treat injury. They can design fitness plans for healthy dogs or dogs that have a written release from veterinary care and/or veterinary rehabilitation care.