Mats Matter!

Mats Matter!

Workshop Details Working Spots: Limited to 6 dogs and handlers Dates (2 weeks): Thurs. 3/16 and 3/23/17, 7:45-8:25pm Length:  Two 40min. sessions Cost: $55 Prereqs: No prong, choke or electronic collars permitted. Non-reactive dogs, and graduates of Reactive Rover: Foundations class, are welcome to register. Mats Matter! Did you know that relaxing on the mat (or bed) is one of the most useful behaviors you can teach your dog? This is one of the reasons why we teach it to so many of our clients! Join us for this two week workshop to teach (or strengthen) your dog’s ability to relax on a mat. Week 1 We will work on teaching your dog that the best place in the room is their mat!  From there we will look at building and strengthening relaxed behavior on the mat. Once your dog loves their mat, you can use it to build comfort and confidence in a variety of settings. Week 2 Now we’ll take your dog’s relaxation skills to the next level!  In this class we will focus on the Three Ds (Distance, Duration and Difficulty) of training in relation to your dog’s mat behavior. You’ll be amazed at the progress you and your dog can make in this two week workshop! This workshop is open to non-reactive dogs, and is reactive dog friendly. Dogs who have graduated from Reactive Rover: Foundations, or haver permission of instructor, are welcome to attend. **If you don’t feel your dog is ready to attend this workshop please contact us about auditing options.** (Registration link) About the Instructor Sara McLoudrey is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KSA) and has been teaching people...
Muzzle Magic: Muzzle Training Taken to the Next Level!

Muzzle Magic: Muzzle Training Taken to the Next Level!

Workshop Details Working Spots: Limited to 6 dogs and handlers Date: Thurs. 2/23/17, 5:30-6:20pm Length:  50min. Cost: $35 Prereqs: Dogs need to be comfortable wearing a basket muzzle for short periods of time. Muzzle Magic: Muzzle Training Taken to the Next Level! Do want your dog wearing their muzzle to be the best time ever? Are you looking for new ways to make a game out of your dog wearing their muzzle? Or maybe you have hit a road block in your muzzle training and need some help? Then Muzzle Magic workshop is for you and your dog. In this one hour workshop we will work on taking your dog’s muzzle training to the next level of comfort and FUN. We will work on advanced skills like eating food off the floor, drinking, training and playing games – all while wearing a muzzle. This is workshop is for dogs who have already started their muzzle training and are comfortable wearing their muzzle buckled for a short time. This workshop is reactive dog friendly. **If you don’t feel your dog is ready to attend this workshop please contact us about auditing options.** (Registration link) About the Instructor Sara McLoudrey is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has been teaching people and their dogs for over 15 years. She has a special love for shy and nervous dogs, and enjoys helping clients with reactive dogs through their treatment. She became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in 2012, soon after she was introduced to the sport. Since then she has enjoyed teaching a variety of K9 Nose Work group classes, workshops and seminars....
Nosework Leash Handling Workshop

Nosework Leash Handling Workshop

Workshop Details Working Spots: Limited to 8 dogs and handlers Auditing Spots: Limited to 10 people Length:  2.5hrs Cost: Working Teams $60 Auditors $30 Prereqs: Dogs need to be working on odor to participate, and be able to be confined in crate or car. Nosework Leash Handling Workshop Are you and your nose work partner always tripping each other up? It’s much more fun to dance together as a team instead of colliding. Come to this 2.5 hour workshop to practice a variety of leash handling skills. This workshop is suitable for teams of all levels, as long as your dog is working on odor. Working spots are limited to 8 for optimal learning from all teams. Dogs must be comfortable being crated inside or confined in the car while other dogs are working. When: Saturday December 10, 2016 from 10am-12:30pm Where: Synergy Behavior Solutions, 2127 NW York St., Portland, OR. Fee: Working Team: $60 | Auditor (no dog): $30 (Registration link) About the Instructor Sara McLoudrey became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in 2012, soon after she was introduced to the sport. Since then she has enjoyed teaching a variety of K9 Nose Work group classes, workshops and seminars. Sara currently competes with her American Water Spaniel, Rizzo in NACSW trials. Rizzo has earned her NW3, NW3-I, NW3-C, NW3-E, NW3-C, L1-C, L1-I, L1-E and L2-V titles. Team Rizzo consistently places in individual elements and the overall trials, earning 3rd place overall for her NW2 and 2nd place overall for her NW3. She also titled her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Dara for her NW1. Dara came out of her obedience career retirement, and loved...
Massage for Dog Owners

Massage for Dog Owners

Workshop Details Working Spots: Limited to 8 dogs Length:  1.5hrs Cost: $45 per dog Massage for Dog Owners Massage is a wonderful way to bond with your dog. In addition to being soothing, massage can have many health benefits. At this workshop you’ll learn different techniques for relaxing your dog, and different ways that massage can benefit your dog physically. This workshop is suitable for dogs of all ages. It is also reactive dog friendly, with a few visually-protected reactive dog spots available. When: Sunday November 13, 2016 from 2:00-3:30pm Where: Synergy Behavior Solutions, 2127 NW York St., Portland, OR. Fee: $45 per dog (includes handouts and gift bag) To Register: Contact Rubi at rubi@healnw.com or 503-380-4487 About the Instructor Rubi Sullivan is the founder and owner of Heal Animal Massage. She started her practice in 2006 and has been a busy bee ever since. Creating open communication between veterinarian, dog walker, trainer and herself she weaves her sessions to fit the needs of each particular patient. Rubi is trained in many facets of Animal Massage Therapy, including; Swedish massage techniques, manual lymphatic drainage, scar tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point work, hospice care and manual ligament therapy. She is an instructor with the Northwest School of Animal Massage, and also teaches short introduction classes for dog owners in the Portland Metro area....

Reactive Rover 3a: Open Air

RR3: Open Air Attendees: Limited to 6 dogs Length: 4 weekly sessions Time: 1 hour per class Tuition: $180 Prereqs: RR: Skill Building or by Invitation You’ve practiced your training skills in the Foundations and Skill Building classes, now it’s time for a challenge! Our one-of-a-kind Reactive Rover: Open Air class will give you a chance to practice your dog’s training in an outdoor group class setting. We help provide safe opportunities for you and your dog to explore different neighborhoods and parks around Portland, with a supportive group of like-minded students. Your dog may also practice closer-distance skills, potentially on-leash greetings, depending on your dog’s skill levels and readiness. Our professional trainers lead the walks, run training exercises, give you feedback on your training, while also keeping an eye out for dogs in the environment. The locations change each of the four weeks to keep things interesting and fun for you and your...