Explorer Summer Series

Ken's 98th Birthday

We celebrated Ken's 98th birthday twice at the quarters - once on June 26th and again on June 29th. See the pictures from the first party and the second party.

 

The Explorer Summer Series

Looking for some fun activities to do with your dog this summer?

  • Classes will start on June 9th and run through August 11th. You can take all of the classes or pick and choose.
  • Classes start at 10:00am.
  • Classes are held at Canine Training Association - 6826 Distribution Drive, Beltsville, Maryland 20705
  • Please bring yummy treats, 6-foot leash, and water for your dog.

 

See descriptions below for additional items needed for each class. $80 for all 8 classes, $50 for four classes, otherwise $20 for a class.

 

For additional information, cost and to register for classes please contact Theresa Zuzworsky by email at tzuzworsky1@gmail.com. Advanced registration is preferred before each class, but day of class registration will be accepted if space is available.

 

June 9 - Canine Fitness and Canine Massage– Cheryl White and Robin Byrd

 

Come and learn the basics of Canine Fitness. Why canine fitness is important? You and your dog will learn warm up, fitness and cool down exercises. Robin Byrd, Veterinary Nurse from Veterinary Holistic Care will discuss and demonstrate canine massage.

 

June 16 - COMMUNICLICK: – Barb Zeiger

 

What is Clicker Training & What makes the use of a clicker so powerful? What am I communicating to my dog? How do I create a clicker savvy dog?

 

For those who have never used a clicker, we’ll introduce you & your dog to the joy of clicker training & opening those lines of communication between you and your canine training partner.

 

For those who already use a clicker as part of their training program, we will discuss ‘Timing’. Why it’s so critical & ways you can improve your own mechanical skills.

 

Bring your dog & let’s get clicking!

 

June 30 - AN INTRODUCTION TO CANINE MUSICAL FREESTYLE – Pam Kelley

 

  • What is canine musical freestyle?

  • Is it really a sport? Do you need a special breed of dog?

    Do you need to be a dancer to participate? How do you do it? Do dogs really like it? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

    ** Come join the fun and learn a short freestyle combination. *Handouts provided
    **Dog and handler must have basic obedience skills

 

July 7 - The Nose Knows – Marlene Schlichtig

 

All dogs have noses and know how to use them very well right from birth. What are they smelling? What are they tracking? What are they hunting? We can’t see anything! Come experience the art of SCENTING in a dog’s life. This class will introduce you to various ways of controlling what your dog is scenting and why.

 

In this class the dog will be introduced to scents on the ground (tracking), search items that might be used in Nose Work or Scent Work, and the wonderful sport of Barn Hunt (minus the rats). We will be using various scent items (such as treats), so your dog will get immediate rewards for finding the related target.

 

If you are currently using Clickers, you are most welcomed to continue with specific instruction. Resources for continuing education will be provided.

 

July 21 - Introduction to Agility for Fun and Confidence Building! – Marlene Schlichtig

 

Agility – The state or quality of being agile; nimbleness; briskness
Fun – A source of enjoyment or pleasure; amusing diversion; noisy activity.
Confidence – Feeling of assurance or certainty, especially concerning oneself; self-assured

 

This class is an introduction to some of the equipment, while learning how to navigate with safety in mind. Understand how the simplicity of safe obstacles can be fun and exciting to the dogs.
Why does my dog shy away from this piece of equipment?
My dog does not work away from me!

 

What is the appropriate age to start Agility?
Plan for a fun class!
If you are currently using Clickers, you are most welcome to continue with specific instruction. Resources for continuing education will be provided.

 

July 28 - Platforms & Other Training Aids – Barb Zeiger

 

Platform training is a relatively new type of training where a dog learns to position himself on a small platform as a home base to which he will quickly and eagerly return.

 

August 4th - Tricks with Your Dog – The Basics – Cheryl White

 

You and your dog will learn the foundations of how to train tricks at the Novice and Intermediate level. Teaching your dog tricks will help increase the dog’s confidence and strengthen the bond you have with your dog.

 

August 11 – So You and Your Dog want to be a Therapy Dog Team – Cheryl White

 

Introduction of the CGC exercises in preparation to take CGC test. This is a precursor to most therapy dog certification programs. You will also be introduced to various exercises on therapy dog certification tests. Discussion of various therapy dog organizations and how to get involved.

 

For additional information, cost and to register for classes please contact Theresa Zuzworsky by email at tzuzworsky1@gmail.com. Advanced registration is preferred before each class, but day of class registration will be accepted if space is available.