Training Classes at Fun Fur Paws

About the Training Program…

At Synergy Dog Sports, we used training methods based on scientific learning principals to teach you how to successfully motivate your dog and capture desired behaviors. By learning to motivate your dog in a variety of ways, you walk away from class knowing your dog trusts you, wants to work with you, and is having a lot of fun playing these games with you!

We strive to create teams that want to compete in a variety of dog sports, and enthusiasm and joy is our #1 priority. Curriculums are set-up to allow each team to learn and grow at their own pace. Homework and additional lessons are tailor-made to meet each teams’ individual needs. Our classes are small, giving the maximum amount of time for lectures, discussion, demos, and training time!

Our goal is to give you not only the skills needed to be kick-butt at a variety of Dog Sports, but also have a stronger relationship with your dog. So that anywhere you go – a family vacation, a walk in the park, or an international agility event, you and your dog trust each other and love working together!

 

Classes are held at
Fun Fur Paws
22352 Stargate Pl
Mount Vernon, WA

AK0A4869

Our mission is to share the most innovative techniques for dog training, agility, and obedience in a variety of high quality ways. We believe all dogs and their humans are individuals and their learning styles are honored as such. Our energy goes to helping the dog sports community grow and shift the culture towards motivation-based training methods for both the human and the dog. Our training program provides opportunities for instructors to grow their expertise and build their own path for teaching.

At Synergy Dog Sports our training has been shaped by our experiences. Our experiences have lead us to what we believe in today, and our experiences today will shape our practices for tomorrow. Our training methods are based on science, but we view working with animals as an art. We are inspired by OneMind Dogs, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and Mind to Win. At Synergy Dog Sports, we want to give trainers the tools to give their dogs a better life. We try to meet each team where they are and work with them within their own time and financial limits. Our class structure gives people the ability to focus on one or multiple classes at once.

We do not tolerate harsh or unfair behavior towards any dog or human. If you are experiencing a problem you aren’t sure how to solve, please come to us so we can help! Training should be fun and rewarding. We are here to help you work through any struggles!

We have four training levels at Synergy Dog Sports. Within those four levels, we also have three categories of training classes: Essential Skills, Agility Handling, and Agility Obstacle Training.

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In just 4 years, our training program has grown from 1 instructor with 30 students, to 6 instructors with more than 150 students. Here’s why:

  • Motivation-based training that makes sense to dogs
  • OneMind Dogs handling instruction
  • Top notch facility in a great location
  • Supportive and ongoing coaching
  • Small group classes to maximize individual training
  • A growing community of like-minded dog trainers
  • Instructors that continue to learn and improve their teaching skills as well as bring new content to their classes

With 6 instructors on our team, we now offer over 30 classes each week, with more to come later in 2018.

Our program begins with Essential Skills 1; a class all about building a solid working (and stronger personal) relationship with your dog. Our training philosophies are highlighted in this class, so that no matter which instructor you are with, you know how to take care of your dog in a group class setting.

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At the completion of ES1, you have a variety of options:

  • Essential Skills 2
  • Agility Handling 1
  • Agility Obstacles 1

Feel free to take either path, or multiple paths, depending on what’s available on our schedule and in your own schedule!

Already have some training on your dog? You might prefer to  schedule an evaluation to determine class placement.

In addition to our group classes, Synergy presents many seminars throughout the year with our own instructors and out-of-town guests!

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Class Schedules


Our Classes:

Essential Skills I – 8 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $250

Who teaches this class? Megan, Diana, Susan, Hali

Goal/Objective of this class: introduce key training philosophies and skills needed for training within our program. This class is appropriate for any team new to training regardless of interest in sports.

Prerequisite: None. Dogs 8 weeks and older are welcome.

Essential Skills II – 8 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $250

Who teaches this class? Megan, Diana, Susan, Hali

Goal/Objective of this class: continue skills taught in ES1 as well as introduce more advanced training skills that are important to obstacle training in agility.

Prerequisite: Completion of Essential Skills I; 16 weeks and older.

Essential Skills III – Conflict Free Toy Play – 6 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $165

Who teaches this class? Megan

Goal/Objective of this class: give handlers a way to use toys in a non-aversive way and to create reinforcement strategies with toys for use in agility training.

Prerequisite: Completion of Essential Skills I & Essential Skills II; 6 months and older

This is not a required class, but strongly recommended if you are having toy troubles, avoid using toys in training, or have found that you do not have conflict free toy play.


Agility Handling I – Foundations Part 1 – 6 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $190

Who teaches this class? Megan, Mike, Hali, Melissa

Goal/Objective of this class: handlers will be introduced to OneMind Dogs theories and training methods and learn about the seven handling elements and how the dog’s naturally respond to these cues.

Prerequisite: Completion of Essential Skills I; 16 weeks and older.

This class is required of all students not familiar with OneMind Dogs methods and techniques, regardless of skill level or competition level. New dogs with experienced OneMind Dogs handlers are also required to take this class.

Agility Handling II – Foundations Part 2 – 6 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $190
Who teaches this class? Megan, Mike

Goal/Objective of this class: this class builds on the skills introduced in AgH1 to ensure a balance of obstacle and handler focus and building small sequences of obstacles together.

Prerequisite: Completion of Agility Handling 1; 5 months and older.

This class is required of all students not familiar with OneMind Dogs methods and techniques, regardless of skill level or competition level. New dogs with experienced OneMind Dogs handlers are also required to take this class.

Agility Handling III – A) Technique Training and B) Ready to Compete

A) Technique Training – 12 weeks – 5 dogs maximum – Cost is $375

These classes will consist of human dog training, basic training, virtual dog training, and short sequence training. In most cases, only jumps and tunnels will be used.

  • Technique Training will be broken into four, 12-week sessions.
    • AgH301 Techniques 1: Megan, Mike, Melissa
      • Front Cross, False Turn, Backside Send, Blind Cross, Lateral Push, Rear Cross, Reverse Spin, Whiskey Cross
    • AgH302 Techniques 2: Megan, Mike
      • Jaakko Turn, American Turn, Tunnel Brake, Forced Front Cross, Japanese, Reverse Wrap, Running on the Dog’s Line, Lap Turn, Tandem Turn
    • AgH303 Techniques 3: Megan, Mike
      • Double Lap Turn, German Turn, Human Arrow, Turning Back from Tunnel, Hungarian Cross, V-Set, Reverse V-set
    • AgH304 Techniques 4: Megan, Mike
      • Twist, Helicopter, Flip, Grab to Weaves, Flick, Layering, Backlap

Prerequisite: Completion of Agility Handling 2; 7 months and older.

Techniques 1 should be taken first. Techniques 2-4 can be taken out of order, though, if you are new to OneMind Dogs, taking them in order is highly recommended.

B) Are We Ready to Compete? – 4 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $125

Who teaches this class? Megan

Goal/Objective of this class: students can use these 4 weeks to learn about entering a competition and assessing their skills on complete courses at the Novice and Open levels.

Prerequisite: Completion of Technique Training 1, Technique Application (1 session), Agility Obstacles 3.

This is not a required class, but extremely recommended to teams new to agility competition or teams unsure if they are ready to compete or not. Dogs should be 15 months old.

Agility Handling IV – A) Competition Coursework, B) Technique Application, and C) Challenge Coursework

A) Competition Coursework – 4 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $125

Who teaches this class? Megan

Goal/Objective of this class: give students a chance to practice full courses based on actual AKC (& USDAA) level courses and receive feedback and help with training plans, mental training, and goal setting.Levels include: 1. Novice/Open(Starters/Advanced), 2. Excellent/Masters(Masters), 3. Premier(Masters Challenge)

Prerequisite: Completion of Agility Obstacles 3 and Completion of (any) Technique Training, and/or Are We Ready to Compete w/recommendation that your team is ready for more competition coursework.

B) Technique Application – 4 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $125

Who teaches this class? Megan, Mike, Melissa

These classes will use longer coursework highlighting where specific techniques can be used and fine tuning those techniques at speed in a variety of sequences. In most cases, only jumps and tunnels will be used.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least Technique Training session.

C) Challenge Coursework – 4 weeks – 4 dogs maximum – Cost is $165

Who teaches this class? Megan, Mike

Goal/Objective of this class: give students who seek an extra challenge in their coursework skills a chance to run international level courses and course challenges not commonly seen in North American competitions.

Prerequisite: Completion of all Technique Training classes Obstacles 4 and approved application. Note there are fewer dogs allowed in this class.


Agility Obstacles I: Getting End Behavior – 8 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $250

Who teaches this class? Megan, Diana, Susan, Hali

Goal/Objective of this class: teach dogs an end behavior for all three contact obstacles, name, and proof those behaviors before moving on to actual obstacle training.

  • 4on for teeter
  • 2o2o for dogwalk
  • Running aframe box work
  • channel weave pole training

Prerequisite: Completion of Essential Skills 1. 16 weeks and older.

Agility Obstacles II: Obstacle Performance  – 8 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $250

Who teaches this class? Megan, Diana, Susan, Hali

Goal/Objective of this class: take the named behavior for all three contact obstacles and back-chain those behaviors on the teeter, dogwalk, and a-frame. Continue weave pole training.

Prerequisite: Completion of Agility Obstacles I. 6 months and older.

Agility Obstacles III: Obstacle Sequencing & Proofing – 8 weeks – 6 dogs maximum – Cost is $250

Who teaches this class? Megan, Diana, Susan, Hali

Goal/Objective of this class: sequence those obstacles in longer chains learning about different ways of rewarding those obstacles and transferring reinforcement to other obstacles. Continue weave pole training.

Prerequisite: Completion of Essential Skills 2, Agility Obstacles 2 and Agility Handling 2. 8 months and older.

Agility Obstacles IV – A) Problem Solving, B) Advanced Skills

A) Problem Solving: Contacts and Weaves – 4 weeks – 6 Dogs maximum – cost is $125

Who teaches this class? Megan, Diana, Susan, Hali

Goal/Objective of this class: This class is appropriate for students that are experiencing problems in competition with any of their contacts or weave poles. Instructors will observe the problem, provide feedback, and help students with a systematic training plan to clean up any issues you may be having.

Prerequisite of these classes: completion of Agility Obstacles 3/instructor approval

B) Advanced Skills: contacts and weaves – 4 weeks – 6 Dogs maximum – cost is $125

Who teaches this class? Megan, Diana, Susan, Hali

Goal/Objective of this class: contact/tunnel and weave/tunnel discrimination and improving independence on all obstacles.

Prerequisite of these classes: completion of Agility Obstacles 3/instructor approval


Drop-in Agility Classes – A) self-guided agility practice B) OneMind Dogs Challenge Club

  1. A) Self-Guided Agility Practice – $25/class – when available

This class is open to students that have completed the first 8 weeks of AgO3 and AgH2. This will be open to 4 dogs per hour when ring time is available and an instructor is present to supervise self-guided practice. Instruction is not included in this “class”.

  1. B) OneMind Dogs Challenge Club – $30/class – when available

This will be an instructor or student guided class. You can read about the Challenge Club Here

If you are interested in guiding a challenge club for a week/month, please let me know!

The challenge club will be open to any student wishing to participate so long as the challenge is suitable for your team. Recommended level: Completion of AgO3 and some technique training.

Obedience, Rally, & Fenzi Team Classes – 6 week sessions – cost is $165/session

Who teaches this class? Diana

Contact Diana: dianahoyem@gmail.com for more information on our Obedience Program!


These classes have been designed to encourage the best path of progress for students no matter what kind of time they have to commit to their classes. Whether you are taking 1 class or 6 per session, each team will be able to work on what they need to progress as a team.

 

For a new team to Synergy Dog Sports, a reasonable classpath (taking 1 class per week) would be:

Essential Skills I (8 weeks)

Obstacles I  (8 weeks)

Essential Skills II (8 weeks)

Obstacles II (8 weeks)

Handling 1 (6 weeks)

Handling 2 (6 weeks)

Obstacles 3 (8 weeks)

Techniques 1 (12 weeks)

Technique Application (4 weeks)

 

From here, the classes you take next are flexible and could vary.

 

For someone able to take two classes a week (with one dog) at times, it might look like this:

Essential Skills I (8 weeks)

Obstacles 1 (8 weeks) and Handling 1 (6 weeks)

Essential Skills 2 (8 weeks)

Obstacles 2 (8 weeks) and Handling 2 (6 weeks)

Obstacles 3 (8 weeks) and Techniques 1 (12 weeks)

Technique Application (4 weeks)

From here, the classes you take are flexible and could vary.

 

With 6 instructors, the schedules can sometimes be difficult to sync up, but we are working hard to find the best rotating schedule to keep students moving as much as possible.

 


Objectives for classes that teams may attempt to skip when enrolling at Synergy Dog Sports are here.

Our Policies can be found here.