OneMind Dogs Seminars
by OneMind Dogs Assistant Coach Megan Foster
When: April 15, April 29, May 20, and June 3 – come to one or come to all four!
Where: Fun Fur Paws – 22352 Stargate Pl, Mt. Vernon WA
What: Foundation training, technique training, and coursework
Who: Appropriate for all teams that are interested in learning about OneMind Dogs methods and improving their communication on agility course with their dog
Save the dates! Registration opens March 15th!
Seminar 1: April 15, 2017 Overview of OneMind Dogs and Foundation Training
Seminar 2: April 29, 2017 Technique Seminar: Basic
Seminar 3: May 20, 2017 Technique Seminar : Advanced
Seminar 4: June 3, 2017 Technique Application Seminar
Seminar Descriptions: All seminars will run 9AM – 5PM
- Seminar 1: Overview of OneMind Dogs and Foundation Training
- This seminar will begin with a lecture/discussion about the method behind OneMind Dogs, the 7 handling elements, and how there came to be 30 different handling techniques. After a quick break, teams will hit the dirt learning important foundation skills to build a balance of Handler Focus and Obstacle Focus.
- A good relationship & recall are required for this seminar. More than 1 dog may be working at the same time.
- Seminar 2: Technique Seminar – Basic Techniques
- This seminar will break down 6 Basic Handling Techniques and show each team the training process for the handler. 1-2 jumps and a tunnel will be used. Each team will learn how to handle a “Human Dog”, reward on the correct line, and process any troubleshooting that may occur.
- A good relationship & recall is required for this seminar. More than 1 dog may be working at the same time. Attendance in Seminar 1 or instructor approval is required.
- Seminar 3: Technique Seminar – Advanced Techniques
- This seminar will break down 6 Advanced Handling Techniques and show each team the training process for both the handler and the dog. 1-2 Jumps and a tunnel will be used. Each team will learn how to handle a “Human Dog”, reward on the correct line, and process any troubleshooting that may occur.
- A good relationship & recall is required for this seminar. More than 1 dog may be working at the same time. Attendance in Seminar 2 or instructor approval is required.
- Seminar 4: Technique Application Seminar – Short Sequences
- This seminar will use the all of the techniques used in Seminars 2 & 3 and apply them on sequences. Handlers will learn how to recognize the correct line and appropriate use of the technique with more speed and longer coursework.
- A good relationship & recall is required for this seminar. Attendance in Seminar 2 & 3 or instructor approval is required.
Working spots are limited. Priority of those spots will be split 50/50 between those new to OneMind Dogs and those experienced OneMind Dogs handlers. Thank you for your understanding.
Seminar Costs: If for any reason there are less than 6 dogs registered, the class time will be shortened.
- Working Spots: Limited to 10 spots per seminar
- 1 day: $200
- 2 days: $380
- 3 days: $540
- 4 days: $680
- Auditing Spots: Unlimited spots available
- 1 day: $75
- 2 days: $140
- 3 days: $195
- 4 days: $240
- Once your application is approved, you spot will be reserved for 5 days only. A deposit of $100/day will confirm you working spot. Full payment is due 14 days before the seminar starts.
- Auditing spots must be paid in full 14 days before the seminar begins
Your registration will not be considered complete until we receive the printed registration form and Waiver with your deposit. Cancelling more than 2 weeks out forfeits your deposit unless your spot can be filled. Full balance is due 14 days before the seminar begins. Cancelling within 14 days forfeits ½ of registration fees unless your spot can be filled. Canceling one week or less prior to the seminar forfeits seminar fees unless your spot can be filled. We will make every effort to maintain a waitlist so that cancellations are filled but we make no promises to that end.
No aggression by any dog towards humans or dogs will be tolerated at these seminars.
Please do not apply if you cannot guarantee your dog’s good behavior. Any dog showing aggression during the seminars will not be allowed to continue to participate in the exercises. Please do not bring extra family dogs with you if you cannot also guarantee their good behavior around the rings and on the equipment, even after hours. No refunds will be given if your dog is not allowed to participate.
Megan is not available for private lessons during or after the seminars.
Working More Than One Dog
It is not recommended that you work more than one dog in these seminars; many of the skills build on each other. Please talk with Megan if you feel you should be able to swap dogs during the seminar.
Auditors may observe & ask questions and walk all of the courses/drills.
Non Agility Partner/Support person
A spouse or partner that does not guide you in your agility career, or teach, train and/or compete in agility and will be with you at the seminar to hang out or videotape you in your sessions still needs to fill out an auditor form and a Waiver, but there is no charge for observing.
Video and Audio Taping
You are welcome to videotape your dog’s runs or your friend’s runs during seminar exercises. However, you may not video or audio tape entire lectures, workshops, or training sessions. If a video is posted online of you working your dog the sound must be turned off when the instructor is addressing you. No instruction or comments by the instructor may be posted online.
Practicing on Equipment
Before the first class of the day starts, during lunch, and after the last class ends, everyone is welcome to practice on the equipment with the following stipulations:
*No earlier than 8:30 AM and no later than 5:30 PM*
- You may not move any equipment. The courses will already be set up for the sessions and must be left as they were found
- During the evening and/or lunch, instructors may occasionally close a ring to work their dogs. You are welcome to observe, but please respect their time with their dogs.
Cars and Parking
- Respect all speed limit and parking signs
You may crate your working dog in a stall, outside of the ring, or (if they are quiet) inside of the ring near your chair.
Picking Up After Your Dog
Please, please, clean up your poop and any you happen to see, even if it is not your own! Good students do not care, they pick up any and all poop so that we all look good and get to come back again next year! There are garbage cans and posts with clean-up bags located around the facility for your convenience.
Dogs Off Leash
- In and around the training areas, dogs must be on leash for their safety and the safety of others when not working.
- Not all dogs like to be bothered and they’ll fight with strange dogs that approach them. As the owner of an off-leash dog, YOU are responsible for any conflict that arises.
- There are designated off-leash areas at Fun Fur Paws. If you are not in one of these areas or working in a training area, your dog must be on leash.
Bitches in Season
Dogs in season are allowed to work at the seminars, but must wear britches at all times during the seminar working session.
Working Spot Priority
Please consider each registration an “application”. My goal behind these seminars is to give equal chance to Synergy Students and Non-Students, while also keeping the working level of the seminars even. I strongly encourage auditing if you do not earn a working spot. Applications will be processed first come-first serve. Applications received before March 15th, will be processed last on March 15th.
Seminar 1: Foundation – Priority will be given to puppies/young dogs that have little to no obstacle training
*If you are new to OneMind Dogs, it is strongly recommended that you audit this seminar. *
Seminar 2: Basic Techniques – Priority will be given to those too advanced for Seminar 1/Auditors of Seminar 1
Seminar 3: Advanced Techniques – Priority will be given to those that attended Seminar 2 Basic Techniques
*If you are new to OneMind Dogs, Seminar 2 is a requirement for working in Seminar 3*
Seminar 4: Technique Application – Priority will be given to those that attended Seminar 2 & 3.
Please contact Megan Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about these policies.
Online Application is available at: OneMind Dog Seminar Series with Megan Foster
Applications open on March 15th. Applications received before March 15th will be processed last on March 15th.
Please submit your application and wait at least 48 hours for registration approval and an invoice to be e-mailed to you. Receipt of deposit/payment will confirm your spot in the seminar.