Due to Covid-19 we have moved a number of our classes to online learning. This is a brilliant way to stay in touch, continue to train, learn and help stay & feel connected.

Our classrooms are run through private Facebook groups using "units" to help make the course easy to follow, user friendly and easy to find information quickly.

You have to opportunity to sit down in the comfort of your home and watch instructional videos from both Geraldine & Katie as they take you through the steps you need. The benefit of this is you can watch and re-watch the video as many times as you need.  You get to observe as Katie & Geraldine train their own dogs and even see failures and how they overcome them. 

Then it's your turn- You can video your training, upload it and receive one on one feedback tailored to you and your dog. 

We do our best to make sure feedback is given within 12-24hrs of uploading, however from Friday 5pm & over the weekend is (Family time) you can post videos & we will hop back on Monday to review. If over the weekend you just have a question tag us in and we will do our best to help.

         ROUND #3 DATES:

         We have opened up our online classrooms below to a round 3 intake. For those who might like to join in any 3 of the below online classes from Verbal cues, Foundation to Flatwork. You can choose from Working spot Or Audit (details below). We will add you to the existing groups so you will have access to all the units however, You would just start from Lesson 1 in the unit and work at your own pace.

Round 3 Dates:

commence Friday 24th July 2020

Feedback ends 5pm 18th September 2020

Access to group ends December 2020 

To book please email Katie@topdogbuilders.com.au

Online Classrooms

Round 3 Dates:

Starts Friday 24th July 2020

Feedback finish 5pm 18th September 2020

Access to group ends December 2020 


Round #2 dates

Start 29th May 2020
Feedback Finish date 24th July 
Access to the group till October 2020

Round #1 Dates:

Tuesday 21st April 

Tuesday 5th May

Tuesday 19th May

Tuesday 2nd June

Extended by 2 weeks

Feedback ends 30th June 2020

Verbal Cues

to book email katie@topdogbuilders.com.au

Min age approx 13mths

 

Date: 

Please see each round dates at the top of the page

Verbal Cues is one of our classes we typically would run at Awesome Paws in a 4 week class, so we have moved it online to an 8 week class. 

Many handling systems use some form of verbal cue some more so than others & this is a growing trend now, one thing you can be sure everyone uses verbals, the cue tunnel or Aframe for instance, is a verbal cue, it tells the dog to take the obstacle. We dive deeper using more verbals to help cue the path for our dog. This gives them clarity and understanding where the course will go and how they will need to navigate the obstacle to make sure they are on the right path/course.

In this classroom, we will explain why we teach verbal cues?

Where we use them?

Most important - How we teach them!

Mainly using 1 jump we will work on teaching you and your dog our main verbal cues. Following Susan Garrett Handling 360 verbal system we will be taking you through the main verbals we use. 

What they are and where you use them?

Things to think about like the tone, alternative cues if one sounds like your dog's name. 

Breaking things down into easy to follow and easy to teach steps.

This is a fun way to teach our dogs, it helps them build confidence & works on your mechanics so you can learn together.

What you need:
1-2 cones or similar (Rubbish bin e.g. -something to wrap) 

2 wing jumps (3 is ideal but you can get away with 2) 
Tunnel for lesson 4 but if you don't have access to one that is fine

Crate

toys

 

Your dog should be familiar & confident with taking a Wing jump 

This will be run from a private Facebook group, you will receive feedback from both Katie & Geraldine. 

There will be up to 4 videos per lesson

with 4 lessons in total
Each lesson will have multiple videos and supporting written explanations.

  

For working spots 1 dog per drill and a maximum of 5 min of video per week. 

Working: $130.00 per dog- with a working spot, you have access to the videos, ask questions, & can upload videos for feedback.
 

Audit: $80.00, you will have access to all videos & can ask questions but will not be able to post videos for personalised feedback.

Foundation 

to book email katie@topdogbuilders.com.au

Min Age approx. 3mths

Date: 

Please see each round dates at the top of the page

Foundation is the basis for any brilliant agility dog,  training is a bit like a balancing act from ground speed,  control of our dogs, great body awareness & the list goes on. But the most important thing is to have is a good connection with our teammate as agility is all about having fun together as a team.

Using predominantly shaping to train during these classes you learn not only foundation skills to create an awesome agility dog but also life skills, relationship building all while just having fun with your pup in a positive group.

You don't need a lot of space for these exercises and most can be done inside. 

 

This will be run from a private Facebook group, you will receive feedback from both Katie & Geraldine. 

There will be up to 4 videos per lesson

with 4 lessons in total

Working: $130.00 per dog- with a working spot, you have access to the videos, ask questions, & can upload videos for feedback.
 

Audit: $80.00, you will have access to all videos & can ask questions but will not be able to post videos for personalised feedback.

Advanced Flatwork

to book email katie@topdogbuilders.com.au

Min Age Approx. 10mths

Date: 

Please see each round dates at the top of the page

Advanced Flatwork is like takin foundation to the next level, its foundation on steroids. We work on impulse control, cone work, advance focus forward, blind cross & front cross flatwork. 

 

Adding a wing jump to our training and we start to add some basic cues, shaping them and creating a brilliant understanding so when it comes to the more advanced stuff our dogs are equipped with amazing solid skills that will last them a lifetime. 

Most of these exercises can be done inside in a small area. Some will require a little more space.

This will be run from a private Facebook group, you will receive feedback from both Katie & Geraldine. 

There will be up to 4 videos per lesson

with 4 lessons in total

Cost:

Working: $130.00 per dog- with a working spot, you have access to the videos, ask questions, & can upload videos for feedback.
 

Audit: $80.00, you will have access to all videos & can ask questions but will not be able to post videos for personalised feedback.