Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle: Class Description

CPDT CEU’s – Pending

Are you a dog trainer that is looking for something new to offer your clients? Are you a dog owner that would like to participate in a fun dog sport and love to spend time with your dog? If so, then this is just the class for you.

Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle will teach you the ins and outs of this wonderful dog sport. You will learn how and what tricks/behaviors to teach your dogs, learning games that make training FUN, how to develop new tricks, choreography ideas, music, putting mini-routines together, training tips, and so much more. This class has been divided up into 4-four week sessions. Take one session or take all four. Receive a FREE copy of “Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle” ebook with the purchase of the 16-week class (all 4 sessions).You can sign up at any time as this is a go at your own pace type class. You will have 4 weeks to complete each session of the class.

Session 1
Week 1: Positive Interrupter, Capturing your dogs attention, Capturing your dogs attention around distractions, Shaping using platforms or other objects, train luring, Using luring to train behaviors, and fading the lure.

Week 2: Building a bank of reinforcers, find what is valuable to your dog, play without toys or food, Build food as a reinforcer if the dog is toy motivated, Build a toy as a reinforcer if the dog is food motivated, learn an easy way to be unpredictable.

Week 3: Shaping training game, staying with distractions, front paw targeting and hind paw targeting.

Week 4: Train Back up, Back up at a distance, Crawling, and wide circles for fun.

Session 2
Week 5: Heel work positions, default settle, side changes, and direction changes.

Week 6: Hand targeting, sustained hand targeting, moving your dog with your hand, train tricks using hand targeting, using target sticks to train behaviors and what can be used as a target stick?.

Week 7: Stationary poses, Release cues, Sit Pretty, and Bow

Week 8: Picking Music, finding the 8 count, working with a 32 count phrase, find your pace to music, find your dogs pace to music, and learn how to use ring space with the Canine Freestyle Pattern/Shape Game.

Session 3
Week 9: 101 things to do with an Object, What can you do? Game, and rear end awareness on a book or platform.

Week 10: Design new tricks by combining two tricks together, creative tricks (dog rolls over as you jump over the dog, limp with the hind leg, and more), and work on creating your own combinations of putting two tricks together.

Week 11: Mirroring, Connecting, Contrasting, and practicing different ways to move with your dog.

Week 12: List Tricks/behaviors, Record keeping, Goal Setting, and Using the Premack Principle to ween off reinforcement.

Session 4
Week 13: Creating Mini-Routines, Back-Chaining, and Back-Chaining your mini- routine.

Week 14: Using Props, tricks to train with props, and creating new tricks with props.

Week 15: Take a basic trick and give it your own style (jazz it up), practice a variety of leg weaves, work on moving dogs in a variety of way to create a new trick or something that is unique to your dog, and work on mini-routines.

Week 16: Work on Routines & Performances

Each Session: Working Spots: $60 / Auditing Spots: $40

All 4 Sessions: Working Spots $220 / Auditing Spots $140

Examples of class work:

Kathy & Zephyr: Canine Freestyle Session 1, working on shaping and combining behaviors…

Kathy & Elsa: Be unpredictable with rewards exercise.

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2 thoughts on “Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle: Class Description

  1. Diane Powers

    Can these sessions be downloaded and viewed anytime? I do not live closes to anywhere that teaches canine freestyle and I love it!! Would it be okey if I just audited the sessions? My dog has done agility for 3 years and I have taught her different tricks that I saw watching some freestyle videos on you tube but never have taken formal classes…just have lots of fun with it but truly love it and would like to learn the correct moves and ways of teaching her.


    1. Pamela Johnson Post author

      Hi Diane,
      My online classes are go at your pace. They are password protected and the password changes every few months. If you sign up for the courses and are not finished when I change the passwords, just email me and I will give you the new password. The first session is pretty basic as I go over different ways to get behaviors (targeting, luring, shaping, capturing) and how to use clicker training… Each lesson teaches you how to train a behavior as well as how to train using each method.

      It is fine if you audit the sessions. 🙂

      Please let me know if you have any further questions. 🙂
      Have a great day!


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