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2009 Agility Camp

July 11-12

Sugar Bush Farm, Stephentown NY

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, 2009

Location: Sugar Bush Farm, 760 East Road, Stephentown NY

Open to: all dogs currently competing or getting ready to compete (must be comfortable on all equipment)

 There a no working openings left, but you can still get an auditing spot!

 

Local hotel information:

        Berkshire Mountain House, Wyomanack St, 150 Berkshire Way, Stephentown NY, 800-497-0176; Bed and Breakfast.  www.berkshirebb.com

        Berkshire Spur Hotel, Route 22, Canaan, NY (518) 781-4432

        Best Value Inn, 576 Columbia Tpke., East Greenbush.  (518) 477-9352; www.bestvalueinn.com

        Chatham Travel Lodge, 598 Route 295, Chatham  (518) 392-4066  www.chathamtravellodge.com

        Comfort Inn, 1055 South St, Pittsfield, MA; 413-443-4714; $25 pet fee

        Cozy Corner Motel 284 Sand Springs Rd. & US 7, Williamstown, MA (413) 458-8006; www.cozycornermotel.com

        Crowne Plaza Hotel, Route 7 & West St on Park Sq, Pittsfield, MA; 800-749-4789; $25 pet fee; www.crowneplaza.com

        The Hancock Inn, Route 43, Hancock, MA (413) 738-5873. Bed and Breakfast.  Mention AgileDogs for discount; www.thehancockinn.com

        Howard Johnson Express Inn, Lenox, 462 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox MA; 413-442-4000

        The Inn at Shaker Mill, 40 Cherry Lane, Canaan NY 12029  (518) 794-9345; Bed and Breakfast; www.shakermillfarminn.com;

        Jericho Valley Inn, 2541 Hancock Rd, Williamstown, MA, (413) 458-9511; pets allowed in cottages only; www.jerichovalleyinn.com

        Knights Inn Lenox, 474 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox, MA  (413) 443-4468; small pets allowed addíl fee

        Pleasant Valley Motel, 42 Stockbridge Rd (Route 102), West Stockbridge, MA; 413-232-8511

        Rodeway Inn Castleton; 1666 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush (518) 477-2606

        Shaker Meadows Bed & Breakfast, 14209 Rte. 22, Canaan, NY 518-794-9385; Pets allowed only in suites (sleeps 4, in 2 separate rooms) and farmhouse; www.shakermeadows.com

        Travelodge Gt Barrington, 400 Stockbridge Rd, Gt Barrington, MA; 413-528-2340

        The Villager Motel, 953 Simonds Rd, Williamstown MA; 877-986-6835; www.williamstownvillager.com

 

Instructors (bios now available):
Julie Daniels
Mary Jo Lavin
Ray Wheeler
Sue Sternberg

Here's a preliminary list of topics to be covered in camp

  • Julie Daniels:

    • Body Language Speed Drills

    • Find the Line

    • One Jump Exercises (set up with each student in command of a single jump; a series of exercises geared to helping dogs use their quads and helping handlers teach their dogs to jump in rotation and land moving in parallel)

    • Positional Cues in Motion (clicker training session; the aim is learning to steer while in motion, like the "get in and get parallel" serpentine move using the open-shoulder cue (Julie's take on this is that most people talk to the nose when they need to be taking control of the butt)

  • Mary Jo Lavin:

    • Agility Geometry (finding lines, arcs, 270s, 180s, pinwheels, serpentines - basically everything handling!)

    • Handling Options for Motivation and Focus

    • Agility Skills Inventory (list of agility skills and obedience-for-agility skills that are useful for agility.  It gets into record keeping as a training tool)

    • Start Line Issues

  • Sue Sternberg:

    • Body Language Explained (body language and what behaviors to look for that spell trouble, both dog-human problems as well as dog-dog problems)

    • Dog-Dog Issues in Agility

    • Frustration in Dogs (dog who stress, dogs who run off, dogs who bite their owners, dogs who are destined to bite their owners, etc.)

    • How Anyone Can Spot and Diffuse Potential Problems at Trials (how the leash runner, ring crew, gate steward, timer etc can help spot problem dogs and what little extras they can do to prevent an incident)

  • Ray Wheeler:

    • Acceleration and Deceleration

    • Running NADAC Style

    • Foundation Work

    • Jump and Tunnel Sends

    • Snooker Strategies, and Gambler/Jackpot Openings

 

Here's the Preliminary Camp Schedule:

AgileDogs 2009 Agility Camp
SCHEDULE
Saturday July 11
Time Slot Building Upper Ring Lower "Pond Side" Ring Lower "Barn Side" Ring
7:45a-8:00a Welcome to Camp!      
  Sue Sternberg Julie Daniels Mary Jo Lavin Ray Wheeler
8:00a-9:40a Body Language Explained Body Language Speed Drills Agility Geometry Acceleration & Deceleration
  Group A Group D Group C Group B
10:00a-11:40a Body Language Explained Body Language Speed Drills Agility Geometry Acceleration & Deceleration
  Group B Group A Group D Group C
11:50a-12:20 Sue Sternberg     Ray Wheeler
  Elective:     Elective:
  Frustration in Dogs     Foundation Work
12:20-12:50p LUNCH
12:50p-1:20p   Julie Daniels Mary Jo Lavin  
    Elective: Elective:  
    One Jump Exercises Start Line Issues  
1:30p-3:10p Body Language Explained Body Language Speed Drills Agility Geometry Acceleration & Deceleration
  Group C Group B Group A Group D
3:30p-5:10p Body Language Explained Body Language Speed Drills Agility Geometry Acceleration & Deceleration
  Group D Group C Group B Group A
Sunday, July 12
Time Slot Building Upper Ring Lower "Pond Side" Ring Lower "Barn Side" Ring
  Sue Sternberg Julie Daniels Mary Jo Lavin Ray Wheeler
8:00a-9:40a Dog-Dog Issues in Agility Find the Line Handling Options for Motivation & Focus Running NADAC Style
  Group C Group B Group A Group D
10:00a-11:40a Dog-Dog Issues in Agility Find the Line Handling Options for Motivation & Focus Running NADAC Style
  Group D Group C Group B Group A
11:50a-12:20     Mary Jo Lavin Ray Wheeler
      Elective: Elective:
      Agility Skills Inventory Jump/Tunnel Sends
12:20-12:50p lunch
12:50p-1:20p Sue Sternberg Julie Daniels    
  Elective: How Anyone can Spot and Diffuse Potential Problems at trials Elective: Positional Cues in Motion    
     
1:30p-3:10p Dog-Dog Issues in Agility Find the Line Handling Options for Motivation & Focus Running NADAC Style
  Group A Group D Group C Group B
3:30p-5:10p Dog-Dog Issues in Agility Find the Line Handling Options for Motivation & Focus Running NADAC Style
  Group B Group A Group D Group C
Group A: novice handler/dog
Group B: speed/control work
Group C: focus/stress work
Group D: experienced handler/dog

 

 

Camping available on site!

Download registration form - Adobe - Word

 

 

Whatís this agility camp thing all about?  Itís a perfect opportunity to give you and your dog exposure to new and wonderful instructors, and over the course of 2 days to learn many new things and become a better team in the process.

Who can attend? Any dog currently competing at any level, in any venue, or ready to compete can attend.

Can I just attend one day? Unfortunately, no; because of the rotating instructor format and material to be covered, you must attend both days for the full camp experience.

Whatís the cost?  The cost is $350 for two days of camp.  A deposit of $100 (non-refundable) is required to guarantee a spot, and should be sent in with your registration.  The balance of $250 is due by June 1st, 2009.

Can I audit?  Yes!  Audit fees are $80 a day or $150 for both days.  All levels of experience are welcome to audit.

Whatís the schedule? Working groups will be set up based on experience level and problem/focus areas.  Max number of 12 handlers/dogs per group.  Each group will stay together for the course of the weekend, rotating from instructor to instructor for working sessions each day.  There will be breaks between working sessions, as well as a lunch break.

Can I work a second dog? You may only work one dog at a time.  However, if you want to substitute a second dog working at a similar or higher level to your first dog, please contact me so I can approve the substitution.  You may bring as many additional dogs to camp as you wish to that you are not working in camp.

Are cancellations allowed? For cancellations more than one month prior to the start date of the camp, all but the $100 deposit will be refunded if the spot can be filled.  For cancellations less than one month prior to the start of camp, no fees will be refunded.  Bitches in season and aggressive dogs are not allowed on the grounds.  If you plan to attend with an intact bitch, you should plan ahead and arrange to have an alternate dog of similar skill level available to work.  No refunds for bitches in season.