Jumping 4 WeeK Intensive - For Agility & safety 

Jump skills mechanics and associated strength training for core strength and proprioception

This is a class for those who are interested in teaching their dog a safe and effective jump style. The class is appropriate for those in foundation agility, pre-competition, and competition dogs. The goal of this class is to give dogs the foundation skills for getting over the bars safely and effectively through proper mechanics (one jump work), athleticism (exercises), and choosing appropriate take off points (grids). These three elements work together to give dogs confidence and capacity to perform jumps well, leave the bars up, and lessen the chance of long term injury.

 Because dogs are usually enthusiastic and natural jumpers, the performance training for bars is often left to default. This often results in over-jumping, early take-offs, and bar-dropping. Inappropriate jumping style may get the dogs over the bars, but they are often straining their psoas muscles and putting extra wear and tear on their bodies. The newer, more technical courses and difficult approaches compound the difficulty of the jumping effort, resulting in more strain on the back and knees. This course will give you the tools to teach your dog a safer, more effective jump performance to ensure success and longevity in their agility career. NOTE: This is not a handling class. Performance skills for jumping only will be covered.

 This module includes:

  • jump mechanics over one jump
  • techniques for teaching safe and proper movement over bars during wraps, backsides, and slicing
  • techniques for teaching safe and appropriate movement for collection and extension
  • jump grids to support learning
  • exercises specific to jump skills, strength, and body awareness
  • individual video analysis and breakdown at each stage of jump foundation

Four Weeks : Starting October 3rd – Tuesdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm and 8pm to 9pm

NOTE: CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 4 to allow for intensive instruction and video analysis. Register asap to guarantee your spot.

$95 tax included ($25 deposit required at registration)

 LOCATION: Nova Dog Sport, 31 Weavers Lake Drive, Harrietsfield, NS

To Register: Email gharley @ gmail.com

Canine Freestyle

Canine Freestyle is a fun and engaging sport that can be enjoyed by any type of dog or handler. Often described as dancing with your dog, canine freestyle builds on the teamwork between dog and handler that is based on tricks and movement, carefully choreographed to music.

Canine Freestyle improves the connection with your dog that leads to a healthier relationship and deeper bond. As well, if you’re looking to improve focus and connection for other sports such as agility, disc or rally, Canine Freestyle is a cross training opportunity that will also improve body awareness, fitness, flexibility, focus, and responsiveness.

This class runs 6 weeks. During that time we’ll explore all of the aspects of freestyle including: heeling and transitions, classic tricks, and choreography. We’ll also work through the signs offered by the Rally Free skills list and use their courses to develop deeper connection and focus in a safe and fun environment.

There are no pre-requisites except a willingness to build your connection with your dog, to keep training light-hearted, and dance to the music!

All levels welcome. Classes take place at Nova Dog Sport. Fee for 6 weeks is $130. Deposit will be required to hold a spot.