July Classes and Workshops

NEW workshops added:
Friday 7:00-9:00 pm – Focus & Distractions – July 14th

Friday 6:45-7:45 pm – Got Recall? – July 21st
Friday 8:00-9:00 pm – Tricks – July 21st
Friday 7:00-9:00 pm – K9 Fitness, Balance and Body Awareness – July 28th
Friday 7:00-9:00 pm – Fancy Moves for Agility – August 4th
Also, upcoming 6-week classes:
Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm – Head Start Puppy class starting July 18th
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm – Loose Leash Games class starting July 20th
Thursdays 6:45-7:45 pm – Foundations for Agility class starting July 20th
Saturdays 2:30-3:30 pm – Basic Obedience starting July 22nd
Saturdays 4:00-5:00 pm – Beyond Basic Obedience starting July 22nd
Saturdays 5:00-6:00 pm – Level 3 Obedience starting July 22nd
Sundays 3:30-4:30 pm – Agility: Beginning Obstacles starting July 30th
On-going classes:
Tuesday 7:15-8:15 pm: Conformation Practice and Sundays 8:00-9:30 am: Conformation Training & Handling no class July 9th
Saturdays mornings: Obedience & Rally Competition training
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (varied times): Agility for Competition (and Fun): Pre-Novice thru Masters Agility Skills & Sequences
To enroll any of the classes below, you can SIGN-UP on-line or contact us at 305.251.5867 or email InfoPawsMiami@gmail.com.
Read on for descriptions of these classes:
Descriptions are below.  To enroll in any of these classes or workshops, you can sign-up and pay on-line or contact us at 305.251.5867 or email InfoPawsMiami@gmail.com.  Also if you have a request for another class or one of these classes at a different time, please let us know.
FOCUS & DISTRACTIONSJuly 14th, Friday 7:00-9:00 pm, Cost is $45 for the workshop
Distractions are an unavoidable element of a performance dog’s career – in fact, not even your couch potato can avoid them! Dealing with distractions and learning to work through them, is what takes training to a whole new level and what will “cement” your training and help your dog generalize your cues. Come and learn the 3 D’s of Distractions and how to apply them to your training. Focus should be about staying connected with your dog and working effectively as a team. It is not only about teaching your dog eye contact, but about a mutual awareness and enjoyment of teamwork with your partner. It requires that both members of the team are aware and connected with each other so they are ready to engage at any given time, and that your dog learns to redirect away from distractions so he can focus back to you. And YES at times, it should be about eye contact. In this workshop we’ll work on relationship building exercises, eye contact exercises, and also some interesting challenges to put your teamwork to the test. Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA
Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA.
Got Recall? – July 21st: Friday 6:45-7:45 pm Cost is $25 for a single workshop or $45 for both Tricks & Got Recall?
If you want your dog to respond when you call every time and under any situation you must first build up their desire to come to you. In this workshop we will use PREMACK’s Principle (If you do what I want, you will get what you want) in many games and exercises to teach your dog to WANT to come to you. Learn how to use your dog’s natural tendencies to your recall’s advantage! This Workshop is open to dogs of all levels and ages. Limited to 8 Working Teams. Please bring lots of tiny treats that your dog can easily swallow.Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA.
Tricks – July 21st: Friday 8:00-9:00 pm Cost is $25 for a single workshop or $45 for both Tricks & Got Recall?

 Trick training is a great way to teach your dog “how” to learn; gives you the chance to improve your timing & decision making; builds confidence in the under-confident dog; and channels the energy of over-exuberant dogs into positive behaviors that will delight you & impress your friends.

We will be teaching some simple tricks to the dogs.  You’ll get to start working on these in class but will have some homework to perfect them.  We’ll be using clicker training, shaping, marking, capturing and luring.  Not all dogs will do the same tricks in class but you’ll get to go home with an idea of how to work on them.  Some tricks we could work on: Shake, Wave, Sit up, Weave Through Legs, Jump Into Arms, Stand on Hind Legs, Cross legs, Shame, Roll over, Bang, Spin, Walk Back, etc.  Each person might work something different.  Tricks are a great way to teach your dog how to LEARN!  You can never go wrong with tricks so there’s no pressure to them – all the better for you both to enjoy!!!  Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA

K9 Fitness (Balance and Body Awareness) – July 28th: Friday 7:00-9:00 pm Cost is $45 for the workshop
Balance and body awareness are key elements for the canine performance athlete.  They also offer valuable lessons for the dog that is insecure with its surroundings and unsure about unfamiliar things.  Whether you have a dog that needs to learn where its rear end starts for agility training or heel work, have a nervous dog that you’d like to help be braver, or simply want to stimulate your dog by playing with unfamiliar equipment, there’s something in this class for you! We will be playing with stools, ladders, balance disks, balance beams, blocks, and anything else we can think of!  This is a good introduction to capturing and shaping behaviors and play with unfamiliar objects while building good body awareness, balance skill & core strength.  Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA
Fancy Moves for Agility: August 4thFriday 7:00-9:00 pm Cost is $45 for the workshop
Reverse Wrap? Reverse Spin? Jaako Turn? Forced Front Cross?

All those new moves have your head spinning?

This workshop will introduce some of the new moves you’ve been seeing on course and wanting to try them out yourselves.  This workshop is best suited for handlers wanting to train their dog for Premier or Master Challenge type courses. You do not need to be in Excellent or Masters to be eligible.  If you aren’t sure whether this workshop is right for you, just ask.  Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA
Upcoming 6-week classes


HEAD START PUPPY CLASS: Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm. Starting July 18th. Six-week course, $125    Help your pup develop into a calm, capable adult through training in self-control, drive-building, basic obedience and exposure to new sounds, surfaces, objects, people and dogs.  First class is an orientation for the humans (no  dogs).  Next 5 classes are for humans & dogs.  Household members are welcome as well. This is not your typical puppy class! It’s packed with content and activity to get your puppy started right.  Class includes self-control exercises, calm handling, basic Obedience (Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Come, Leave It, Walking On Lead and developing Attention) as well as an introduction to a few agility obstacles and other objects.  The Orientation prepares you for the training that will begin at home & continue in class starting week 2 & is your opportunity to ask questions about problem issues like jumping, barking, chewing & housebreaking.

Instructor: Tracy Hanna
FOUNDATIONS for AGILITY: Thursday 6:45-7:45 pm starting July 20th, ending August 31 (no class Aug 10). Six-week course, $125. This is the pre-requisite class for BEGINNING OBSTACLES. FOUNDATIONS for AGILITY covers groundwork exercises for agility, such as fast downs, recalls, side changes, targeting, self-control exercises, parallel movement at speed and more. It also includes an introduction to jumping foundation work and weave pole training. Instructor: Tracy Hanna

OBEDIENCE CLASSES: Saturdays starting July 22nd, Six-week course, $125.  

Whether you just want your dog to be a great companion or hope to start him on the road to competitive dog sports, you’ll need the Basics & more. Encourage your friends and neighbors to train their dogs.  It makes for a nice canine community as well as enriching the lives of both human & canine.
BASIC OBEDIENCE (includes Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Come, Walk on lead, Leave it & Take it Nicely) Whether you are just getting started or need to solidify these basic skills, a group class can help teach your dog to be responsive to your cues in any setting. Saturdays, 2:30-3:30 pm 
BEYOND BASIC (includes practicing above skills adding duration, distractions & distance, plus Heeling, Fronts, Finishes and introduction to off-leash work) Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
LEVEL 3 OBEDIENCE (includes preparation for Obedience & Rally competition. Instructor approval required) Saturdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm 
Instructor: Trish Swinney
AGILITY: Beginning Obstacles: Sunday 3:30-4:30 pm starting July 30th (no class on August 13). Six-week course, $125. This is class is only open to Foundations for Agility graduates.  Call or email for more info.

Foundation for Agility graduates may enroll in these six week courses focused on introducing each obstacle in a manner that safely builds confidence & fluency.  Each obstacle will be introduced and performance skills will be built with an emphasis on speed, attitude and accuracy.

Instructor: Andrea Atkinson
Also, these classes are On-going:

Most Saturdays: Utility Practice (8:00 – 9:00 am) Open Competition Prep (9:30-10:30 am); Novice Obedience Competition Prep (10:30-11:30 am); Rally Coursework (11:30 am-12:30 pm) $15 for one class or two with one dog for $25 (discount not available for Utility). Reservations required – online sign-ups are enabled or email to reserve your spot.  Instructor: Jackie Kurzban

Tuesdays: CONFORMATION PRACTICE: 7:15 – 8:15 pm, $10 pay as you go.  No reservations required, but call or email if attending for your first time. Practice gaiting, stacking and showing off your dog’s best traits as your dog gets accustomed to the conformation environment.  George loves to work with new handlers and dogs to teach them how to show well & with joy!  He is very good at bringing out the best in dogs & handlers. Instructor:  George Griffin

Sundays:  CONFORMATION HANDLING: 8:00 – 9:30 am, $20 pay as you go.  Reservations required – email for more info. No class July 9th Learn ring procedure, handling tips and how to emphasize your dog’s best traits as your dog gets accustomed to the conformation environment.  George will offer more one-on-one time is this small group class which is perfect for new handlers or new dogs.  Learn how to gait, stack and show your dog with panache!  Instructor:  George Griffin


To enroll in any of these classes or workshops, you can sign-up and pay on-line or contact us at 305.251.5867 or email InfoPawsMiami@gmail.com.  Spaces in all classes are limited, so don’t delay as some classes will fill quickly.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Tracy Hanna
Paws in Motion
8935 SW 129 Street, Miami 33176

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