My Super Puppy class is designed with future agility stars in mind, but is a valuable addition to any training regimen for any dog, young or old.
This class will focus on strengthening the relationship between you and your dog through clicker tricks and foundation skills. A desire to train your dog using positive reinforcement is a must, and the ability to think outside the box is a step in the right direction. Join us as we shape the young minds of tomorrow’s agility rockstars, one bit of body awareness at a time.
The tricks we will introduce will get the dog thinking, increasing proprioception, and strengthening their desire to work for you. You will get an outline of what to work on and why we are focusing on those skills every 2 weeks. Class will officially run for 12 weeks, with a potential 2 week “catch up” break added in for those that might need a little extra time.
You can ask questions when you are stumped, and videos you submit will help me give you ideas on how to improve or progress past a point where you might get stuck. Your videos don’t have to be fancy or even edited (though cutting out the bits where you’re off camera or getting more treats don’t need to be included unless you think they’re relevant in some way). I prefer of course to be able to hear when the clicks are happening, and anything you are saying to the dog (which in shaping should of course be minimal at first, besides giving praise) so videos without music overlay are preferred. If you have a YouTube account you can post these videos as unlisted so that only your fellow students and I can see your work, and then dazzle your subscribers with your finished product! You can also upload videos directly to the Facebook group and they will be viewable only by me and your classmates.
This class has a limited number of openings and is being offered at $195 for workers, and $125 for active auditors (discussion but video). Workers will be able to send in an unlimited amount of video for review and assessment, and auditors will be able to join in group discussions as well as watch all of the videos that are submitted. This will be a Facebook-based class, so access to Facebook is a requirement.
Working spots in the Super Puppy 2 are also now available to anyone who participated in any of the previous offerings of Super Puppy class (working or auditing spot)! Auditing spots are open to everyone, but realize that this class expands on a lot of the behaviours we start in Super Puppy 1, so it is highly recommended to at least audit Super Puppy 1 before auditing Super Puppy 2.
*Thief & Samantha
I had recently moved back to the DFW area and got a puppy. Thief is my 3rd agility dog and when I found myself trying to decide where to train with her, I thought about Emily. We started Super Puppy classes when Thief was around 4 months old, we did Super Puppy 1 & 2, as well as the online course during a break in classes. What a blast and opportunity for me to grow on my agility journey it was!!! Focus was on building a solid relationship, a confident dog who loves to learn and for us to be having fun. Yep, all of that happened and more! We thrived, both of us! I learned how to work with the dog in front of me, she learned that playing with me was most excellent and we learned so many skills that gave us a fantastic foundation that we continue to build on in our weekly classes at EmDogs. My Super Puppy amazes me with her abilities every time we play, I am so impressed with all we have learned. We are a team, and I know we would not be where we are today if it were not for Emily and her Super Puppy classes!!!
*Tristan & Tamerie
Tristan was my first puppy to ever go through Super Puppy with Emily. Previously, I started puppies in a traditional “puppy manners and socialization class” with very little emphasis put on future agility training. Those skills were reserved for the beginner’s agility classes where the attendees in that class were of all ages and had various beginner skills geared toward agility. Super Puppy changed all that. Puppies are introduced to activities and skills that not only build them socially but also introduce them to body awareness, drive, speed and focus. Body awareness has never been made a priority in any puppy or beginner class I have ever taken. Super Puppy taught Tristan that he has four feet and that he can use those feet independently or they can work together. It taught him that he can control his body by finding balance, that he can control his speed and he can adjust his angles by focusing on his feet, rear, shoulders and head. All things that I really gave not much consideration too before taking the Super Puppy class. I see a clear difference between Tristan and my other dog who did not go through Super Puppy. Tristan is more confident and conscience of his body and where he is in space. He is thoughtful as to where his feet are and where he places them. He is very focus forward and drives between obstacles because I believe he is more confident in the use of his space and body. Super Puppy gave him these skills and taught me that these skills are the foundation to building a successful and happy relationship with my agility dogs.
*2015 IFCS World Team Member Francine & Courtney Keys
My Cardigan Welsh corgi, Franny, is the first puppy I’ve trained for agility, and I could not have done it without Emily’s Super Puppy class. The emphasis on impulse control and clicker training/shaping gave Franny the very best foundation and I am truly grateful to Emily for all her help! Emily also gave us many helpful suggestions for specific focus issues we were having. Franny has been amazingly successful at everything she tries, and I have no doubt everything we worked on in Super Puppy class contributed to that. Even better, Franny’s solid foundation work has given ME the confidence and joy I need to truly enjoy stepping up to the line with her for every run, and I can’t thank Emily enough for that!
*Trillian and Lynnea
I was very fortunate that Emily was offering Super Puppy class when I got my Border Collie puppy Trillian. I was looking for fresh new ideas for my third agility dog, and this class was exactly what I needed!
For Trillian, I knew I wanted to learn how to channel her incredible speed and energy into learning, and we accomplished it in this class. Emily has such talent for keeping enthusiasm and drive high, while still having the dogs think and practice impulse control. When Trillian hit the agility ring for the first time, she was more than ready to take it all on and her success as a young dog has been astounding!
~ 2014 Top Ten in USDAA Standard, Gamblers, and Jumpers (at 2 to 3 years old)
~ USDAA Lifetime Achievement Award Silver & ADCH Silver (at 3 years old)