Last Friday, Nicole (one of my best friends, longest standing clients, and my training-assistant-by-proxy) and I hit the road for Farmington, New York, on our way to give two Treibball clinics at BoomTowne Canine Campus. Upon arrival, we met up with my friends Ada Simms (my host and BoomTowne’s director of training) and client/friend/current Karen Pryor Academy student Paula Lightfoote for a curriculum debriefing, set up, and inflated our balls and peanuts for the workshop.
I had so much fun on Saturday. The first group was for dogs with basic manners, the second group was dogs with more advanced skills. Many of the attendees had no previous clicker training experience, so both dogs and handlers developed new skills. Here is a fun video Ada put together of some attendants working through the exercises:
The handlers, dogs, and auditors were fantastic! Everyone was so welcoming, friendly, and enthusiastic, it made teaching a blast for me. Many of the auditors were unable to get working spots because they filled so quickly, but luckily we are already searching for a date for follow up seminars which will allow these people more participation opportunities.
Are you interested in participating in Treibball with your dog? Local residents may take classes at my facility. We have a pre-novice Treibball class (pre-requisite: foundation class and suitable demonstration of go to mat, loose leash walking, sit, down, targeting, and recall), as well as a Treibball foundations class for students who have graduated the Pre-Novice Class. Please fill out our contact form if you are interested in “giving Treibball a try” with your favorite dog! Herding breed not required – dogs of all breeds who are friendly with other dogs and people are welcome to participate.