A Weekend with Trainer Julie Flanery

Julie Flanery Julie Flanery, CPDT-KA, is the owner of Wonder Dogs Training and Creative Canine LLC. She has been working professionally with dogs and their owners for almost 25 years, focusing on forming strong relationships through clear communication and positive reinforcement strategies. 

She has placed Obedience, Freestyle, Rally, Rally-FrEe, Agility, Trick Dog and Parkour titles on her dogs and has earned Championships in Freestyle, Heelwork-to-Music and a Grand Championship MCL in Rally-FrEe. She has achieved both High Technical Merit and High Artistic Merit in both Freestyle and Heelwork to Music several times over, including three prestigious Attila Challenge awards. In 2012 she developed the sport of Rally-FrEe, enjoyed by dog sport enthusiasts all over the world. 

Julie has been an invited workshop and seminar presenter nationally and internationally, on a variety topics and is a highly sought-after instructor at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. She currently trains and competes with her Tibetan Terrier.


Join us for an exciting opportunity to work with Julie on four different training topics!  

Dates: December 8 & 9, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: The San Francisco SPCA's Multi-Purpose Room, 243 Alabama Street

CEUs: Approved for IAABC CEUs - please see Registration pages for details


Day 1 - Saturday, December 8, 2018

Morning Session, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm:

“Say What!?!” The Hows and Whys of Teaching Clean Verbal Cues 

Do you struggle with getting your dog to understand verbal cues? Are you frustrated when your dog looks as if he’s never heard your cue before? Creating meaningful cues is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied processes in training. Learn the "hows" of this handler skill and why it is so important in order to help your dog be successful and responsive in performance and the real world!


12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch break (vegetarian box lunches provided for full-day attendees)


Afternoon Sesssion, 1:30 - 4:00 pm:

Imitation and Mimicry – You Can Do It! 

You’ve heard of it! You know you want to do it! You can! And so can your dog!  Teaching dogs the concept of mimicry – copying another animal's actions – has come to the attention of many dog trainers through the work of Claudia Fugazza and Ken Ramirez.  In this course you’ll explore the cognitive abilities of your dog and how they view your behavior in relation to their own.  You’ll learn a step-by-step protocol to teach your dog to mimic your behavior and then transfer that understanding in the teaching of new, unknown behaviors.  In teaching your dog to imitate and mimic the behaviors you’ll achieve a unique way to connect and relate to your dog.


Day 2 - Sunday, December 9, 2018

Morning Session, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm:

Smart Dogs, Clever Trainers: Shape the Environment, Shape the dog

Struggle with shaping? Learn how to use structured shaping and environmental management to convey criteria quickly, raise your rate of reward and isolate behavior. Geared for handlers that feel they just can’t seem to get the hang of free shaping, or dogs that frustrate easily or tend to throw behaviors thoughtlessly. This session will break it all down and offer ideas for using props and structuring your training environment for greater understanding, stronger behaviors and more effective and efficient training sessions.


12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch break (vegetarian box lunches provided for full-day attendees)


Afternoon Session, 1:30 - 4:00 pm:

Rally-FrEe and Musical Freestyle

Rally-FrEe is a unique sport combining trick behaviors of Canine Musical Freestyle with the format of Rally-Obedience. It emphasizes the precise execution of fundamental freestyle and obedience skills while encouraging creative and novel behaviors on a Rally-Obedience style course.  Musical Freestyle is fast becoming a mainstream canine performance sport that showcases the creativity and training skills of a dog-and-handler team in an entertaining performance choreographed to music.

Both Sports promote the use of positive-reinforcement training methods that strengthen teamwork and foster a reciprocal learning process between dog and handler. Do you enjoy music and teaching your dog tricks and novel behaviors? Do you strive for precision in obedience skills? Do you want to strengthen the working relationship between you and your dog? Are you looking for an enjoyable and supportive competitor experience? Then come check out these fun sports!



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