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Puppy & Obedience classes starting this week

We still have space in these six week classes starting this week:
Tuesday 7:15 pm: HEAD START PUPPY CLASS Starting March 3rd
Saturday 2:00 pm: BASIC OBEDIENCE Starting March 7th
Saturday 5:00 pm: LEVEL 3: ADVANCED OBEDIENCE Starting March 7th
Descriptions are below.  To enroll in any of these classes or workshops, you can sign-up on-line or contact us at 305.251.5867 or email InfoPawsMiami@gmail.com.
 HEAD START PUPPY CLASS: Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm. Starting March 3rd. Six-week course, $125 – FOUR SPOTS LEFT
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 (March 3rd) is an orientation for the humans (no dogs).  Next 5 classes are for humans & dogs.  Household members are welcome as well. Not your typical puppy class! It’s packed with content and activity to get your puppy started right.  Class includes 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: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA.
 SUPER DOG: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm. Starting March 3rd. Six-week course, $125 – FILLED
Open to all dogs (adults & puppies) that have completed a Basic or Puppy class.  This class will work on Focus & Engagement, Tricks, Noise & Motion Challenges, Play/Retrieve Skills, and Proofing of Basic Behaviors.   This is a great all-around training class for the up & coming youngsters as well as those adult dogs needing to refresh their skills.
 OBEDIENCE CLASSES: Saturdays starting March 7th, 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)  Saturdays, 2:00-3:00 pm – FOUR SPOTS LEFT
BEYOND BASIC (includes practicing above skills with additional challenge, plus Heeling, Fronts, Finishes and introduction to off-leash work) Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm – TWO SPOTS LEFT
LEVEL 3 (includes preparation for Obedience & Rally competition. Instructor approval required) Saturdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm – THREE SPOTS LEFT
Instructor: Trish Swinney
To enroll in any of these classes or workshops, you can sign-up 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


Dog Training Workshops this weekend & future weekends (September/October 2012)

We’ve got some great one-day workhops planned for the next few weeks.  Everyone had a great time at our Friday with Fido workshops last Friday and we’ve gotten requests for more.  So here’s what’s on tap for the next few weeks:

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS with Sheyla Gutierrez (except as noted all workshops are $20 each or 2 on the same night for $35.)  Many of these workshops are appropriate for dogs that have been through a Puppy class or Basic Obedience class. If you are not sure if your dog is ready, just ask!

Here’s the list of days & times, more info on all of them is below:
FRIDAY, Sep. 21 at 6:00 pm:   Got RECALL?
FRIDAY, Sep. 21 at 7:15 pm:    WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK: Games and Exercises for Working Through DISTRACTIONS
FRIDAY, Sep. 21 at 8:30 pm:    TRAINING GAMES
SATURDAY, Sep. 22nd at 5:30 pm:   Polishing up your Obedience for Competition
SATURDAY, Sep. 22nd at 7:45 pm: TREIBALL
SUNDAY, Sep. 23rd at 4:30 pm  Hounds about Town
FRIDAY, Oct. 5th at 6:30 pm:   “It All Begins at the Startline” – Elements of a Good Startline Stay
FRIDAY, Oct. 5th at 7:45 pm: Where’s My Tail?
All workshops except Hounds About Town will be held at Paws in Motion’s indoor, air-conditioned warehouse at 8935 SW 129 Street, Miami, FL 33176

FRIDAY, September 21 at 6:00 pm:  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 6-8 Working Teams.  Please bring lots of tiny treats that your dog can easily swallow.

FRIDAY, September 21 at 7:15 pm:   WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK: Games and Exercises for Working Through DISTRACTIONS

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. Put this new knowledge to the test by challenging your dog in some fun games and exercises.

 FRIDAY, September 21 at 8:30 pm:   TRAINING GAMES
Has your training gotten stale?  Do you find obedience boring and find it hard to motivate yourself to work with your dog?  Do you enjoy having a good time with your dog?  If so, come & join us for some fun Training Games.  Ever play Tic-Tac-Toe with your dog?  It can be done! You’ll find yourself laughing and having a good time & yet your dog will be learning valuable skills.  Any dog that has been through a puppy or Basic class will be able to participate.
 SATURDAY, September 22nd at 5:30 pm:  Polishing up your Obedience for Competition
Competitive Obedience is a game of points.  One of the biggest areas where points can be lost is in heeling, but there’s also Fronts, Finishes, Stays, Retrieving, etc.  This workshop will definitely address heeling: attention, footwork, pivots & more but there will also be time to work on fronts, finishes, proofing of stays, retrieving, etc.  Not all dogs may need to work on the same things, but you can request an area to work on as the time allows.  This will be an hour to an hour & a half workshop and will cost $30.  For dogs that have been through a Level 3 Obedience class or are preparing to compete.
SATURDAY, September 22nd at 7:45 pm:  TREIBALL
          –  Treibball, an exciting new dog sport that is very popular in Europe, combines agility, herding, and problem-solving in an energetic ball chase that dogs love! Treiball teaches teamwork, impulse control, attention to hand and verbal signals, and much more! It also provides a good outlet for those energetic dogs and a way to keep fit for all dogs!  Check out this YouTube video of a 10 year old dog doing some of the beginning steps of Treiball. This will be an hour to an hour & a half workshop and will cost $30.
SUNDAY, September 23rd at 4:30 pm:  HOUNDS ABOUT TOWN
NEW TIME!  4:30-5:30 pm; practice your dog’s good manners in the real world. Cost $25 per session, typically held twice a month.  A great class for CU graduates & others just wishing to train & meet other dog lovers.  Email us to be added to the notification list for the next class dates.
FRIDAY, October 5th at 6:30 pm:  “It All Begins at the Startline” – Elements of a Good Startline Stay
          – The sport of dog agility has become a fast and intense game, where milliseconds make a huge differrence. Having a dog that responds to your direction is essential and as we all know, the race starts long before your dog crosses the startline.  Your dog must be focused and ready to go, wait until released to give you that valuable lead-out advantage, and explode out of his startline position at maximum speed, ready to chase after you and perform the course.  Having a startline behavior and routine that reinforces your control and is appropriate for your team can make a big difference. This workshop will cover exercises to work on impulse control and to train a solid startline stay, as well as developing a routine that will enhance your performance. When to lead out, and when you’re better off just starting with your dog? Proofing stays and improving the response to your release cue as well as focusing forward on the obstacle vs. handler focus.
FRIDAY, October 5th at 7:45 pm: Where’s My Tail?
          -Think Pilates for Pooches:  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 also a good introduction to capturing and shaping behaviors and play with unfamiliar objects. Come join us for a fun evening of body awareness play with your dog!
Call 305.251.5867 or email Tracy or the instructor (TrishJackie, or Sheyla) to enroll in any of the above classes as space is limited.  You can also sign-up on-line for any of the Workshops by clicking this Workshop link.  Select the workshop you are interested in by clicking on the tabs along the bottom.  Many of these classes are quite popular, so don’t delay!

Spaces will only be held if payment is received prior to class start dates.  Refunds for cancellations less than 1 week prior to class start date are only available if your space can be filled off a waiting list. 

Paws in Motion Adventures 4/3/12

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We had a very busy Adventure day!  Starting with the customary play sessions in which we successfully introduced Higgins the Standard Poodle off leash and off muzzle, even with a few of the small dogs around!  Joining us for the first time was Mixed Breed Millie’s sister: Maya the German Shepherd!  It was again a full day with 10 Explorers to join in our adventure.  We had Cooper the Golden, Millie the mix, Maya the German Shepherd, Flash the Mini Schnauzer, Tippy the Mix, Sabine the Border Collie Mix, Higgins the Poodle, Satya the Bulldog, Bruno the Boxer and Sinbad the Cavalier.

After a fun and energizing morning play session, the first group of Explorers headed out for the morning field trip.  The morning group consisted of Higgins, Cooper, Flash, Tippy, Sabine, Satya and Sinbad.  This group visited Fuch’s Park in the City of South Miami.  The plan was to expose them to lots of real world distractions, and test our group stays that were worked on last week.  The morning group was split in two teams: the Large dogs and the Little dogs.  Each Team worked stays as a group, and also had practice walking together on leash in a larger group.  Though the park was pretty silent, there were a few visitors, a lady with an umbrella and another with a stroller, to provide some mild distractions.  There were also birds, and ducks floating in the pond, not to mention traffic noise from nearby US 1.  The dogs performed above and beyond, staying in position calmly and walking nicely on leash in a group.  Even the younger dogs in the Little dog group did well with the distractions!

Back at Paws in Motion, we switched the Large Dog group for Millie, Maya and Bruno and headed out to Sunset Drive & Red Road.  There we walked along the stores and practiced loose leash walking in a different, yet just as distracting, environment.  The dogs posed for pictures by water fountains, walked across streets, waited calmly at pedestrian crossings and were exposed to many strangers.  The first group: Millie, Maya and Simbad, got to go into the mall and see some of the stores.  The second group: Bruno, Satya and Flash, visited The Dog from Ipanema store were they got lots of kisses and attention, and of course did some shopping!  Both outings were a success and showed how much our Explorers have learned and how well they are working.  It was great exposure, specially for the younger dogs in the pack.

To finish off the day, we worked on toy drive, retrieving, bringing the toy to hand and releasing it, as well as taking and holding different objects.  Each dog worked individually with one of our trainers, some started off with simple hand touches, others did more advanced exercises.  All worked at their own level, using clicker training and treats.  By the end of the day, many had successfully tugged on a toy, or retrieved it from a few steps away.  A great beginning to what could become a wonderful game with their owners!!!!

Therapy Dog skills

We had five Therapy Dog hopefuls attend our Therapy Dog Skills class.  The dogs ranged in age from 1.5 – 8 years and size from 12-75#.  But they all had one thing in common: great potential as a Therapy Dog- those dogs that visit hospitals, nursing homes & other facilities to brighten the day of a patient or resident.  All the dogs aced our Greeting & Handling exercises, and got practice in staying calm & focused while interacting with other people & dogs.  In subsequent weeks we will be adding more distractions & simulating scenarios Therapy Dogs would likely encounter while on visits.  We finished up with exercises from AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test since the CGC test is a good starting point for Therapy Dogs. 

Here’s Liz returning to her beautiful black Lab, Tag after the  supervised separation exercise during which Tag hung out with instructor Sheyla.