Dog Workshops & Events

The Behavior and Training Department is proud to offer fun, innovative and thought-provoking seminars, workshops and events, presenting and testing the latest ideas in the world of animal behavior and training.

We offer seminars with some of the top trainers and behaviorists in the profession, at which both dog professionals and the companion dog owning public alike can learn more about the unique human-canine bond.

Our staff instructors provide workshops on a wide variety of topics including Tricks, Crate Training, Training with Clickers, Agility Skills, Recalls and Leash Walking Behaviors. If there is a workshop topic you are interested in that we don’t currently offer, please contact Behavior & Training or call 415.506.6280.

We promote and organize a wide variety of dog sport events including: Nosework Odor Recognition Trials, Agility Fun Matches, Rally Obedience Fun Matches and Flyball Tournaments, to name just a few.

901 - Workshop: Canine Fun and Games!

Soon the weather will turn cold and your frisky canine companion needs to work off some energy. What to do? Come join us to learn fun games to exercise those canine bodies & minds and keep you both dry! Did you know that mental work/games can exhaust your dog more quickly and thoroughly than a walk outdoors? Pre-requisite FD1 or SD1 and dog friendly dogs only. Pre-registration and payment of the $50 fee are required to reserve a spot in this one and a half hour workshop.

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3/1/2017 10:30 AM 10 10 View Details Register

901 - Workshop: Dr. McConnell - Education of Will

Please join us at the Marin Humane Society for an afternoon with Dr. Patricia McConnell to talk about her new book The Education of Will. The “Will” in the title of Patricia’s new memoir has two meanings. First, it refers to her Border Collie, Willie, who came as a “troubled, spark of a dog,” who was loving and attentive, but also consumed by fear. However, the word “will” also refers to will power, which, as the book shows, is not enough to help a panicked dog, much less a dog owner overwhelmed with her own fears.

Join Patricia McConnell in this compelling talk, which will cover recent scientific discoveries about the emotional lives of dogs, including whether they can love us as much as we love them, if they can be traumatized (and suffer from PTSD?), and how to treat them if they do. Patricia will also touch on her very personal story about how her beloved Willie first set her back, but eventually led to healing from the traumas in her own past that she had tried to "will" away for decades.

Join Patricia and other dog lovers for this inspiring exploration of the bond between people and dogs, as Patricia details her personal journey with Willie to turn a life of fear into one of confidence and compassion. $50

This is lecture only - please leave your dogs at home. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more Information see: http://www.patriciamcconnell.com

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3/5/2017 2:00 PM 115 0 View Details Sold Out

901 - Workshop: Scenting for Fun - Corte Madera

* PLEASE NOTE * To REGISTER or to inquire about this workshop (including AVAILABILITY) at the Corte Madera Community Center, please go to www.cmparksandrec.org or call 415/927-5072. Emphasis on fun! This introductory workshop will give your dog the opportunity to work at something he "nose" how to do naturally, as well as help build his confidence and his relationship with you. Your dog must be comfortable in a crate, as all dogs must be crated when they aren't working. Pre-registration and payment of the $65 fee are required to reserve a spot in this workshop. Limited to 8 working teams.

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3/18/2017 9:45 AM See Above See Above View Details N/A

908 - Boundless Junior Agility Camp, Aug 4-6

Boundless Junior Agility Camp Please visit BJACamp.weebly.com for registration application, complete details, and prerequisites. You MUST submit the application before paying a deposit. Payment of deposit does not guarantee a spot in camp. Email bjac.juniors@gmail.com with any questions.

$100 deposit for working spot (30 max), $60 to audit one day (15 max), $150 to audit all three days (15 max).

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8/4/2017 9:00 AM 30 30 View Details Register
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909 - Tracy Sklenar 1 - Friday, May 5

How To Get Connection and Be On Time: Connection and timing are the keys to success in agility!
Learn how to connect with your dog on course as well as learn your dog’s timing needs to build speed & motivation or to control the lines of a fast dog. This clinic is open to all levels of dogs (15 months and older) that can do jump and tunnel sequences with focus; experienced teams are encouraged to attend!

$190 for a working spot (10 max), $60 to audit (30 max). If working spots are full, contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumaneSociety.org to be put on the wait list.

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5/5/2017 9:00 AM 10 0 View Details Sold Out
5/5/2017 9:00 AM 30 30 View Details Register

909 - Tracy Sklenar 2 - Saturday, May 6

Extreme Commitment: Take your dog’s commitment skills to the next level!
Learn the games to teach your dog the amazing commitment to jumps and tunnels that will make handling seem easy! Commitment is the key to any handling method! These games will teach your dog to commit to lines, turns, jumps and tunnels up close and at a distance, in extension and in collection with the easiest of cues. Get rid of refusals, get to amazing position on course and build terrific teamwork with extreme commitment! This clinic is open to all levels of dogs (12 months and older) that can do jump and tunnel sequences with focus; experienced teams are encouraged to attend!

$190 for a working spot (10 max), $60 to audit (30 max). If working spots are full, contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumaneSociety.org to be put on the wait list.

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5/6/2017 9:00 AM 10 0 View Details Sold Out
5/6/2017 9:00 AM 30 30 View Details Register

909 - Tracy Sklenar 3 - Sunday, May 7

The New Normal: International Techniques for Local Courses
“International” handling techniques have are so common on local courses that they are the ‘new normal’! We can use these techniques as part of our normal handling tool box to master courses every weekend – at the local, regional, national and international level! We will explore when and why to use these 'fancy' techniques, as well as when to stick with the "meat and potato" handling. This clinic is open to dogs who are running at the advanced/open level.

$190 for a working spot (10 max), $60 to audit (30 max). If working spots are full, contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumaneSociety.org to be put on the wait list.

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5/7/2017 9:00 AM 10 0 View Details Sold Out
5/7/2017 9:00 AM 30 30 View Details Register

909 - Tracy Sklenar 4 - Monday, May 8

Maximize Your Mini: Maximize your handling with your mini dog!
Learn to bring out the best in your small dog on course with new and exciting challenges for 2017! Finally, a class specifically for small (and medium) dogs in agility! Handling small dogs is NOT the same as handling large dogs! Are you slowing your small (or medium) dog down with your handling choices? Do you want to build more speed and drive on lines? Are you struggling to keep up with the tiny blur? This class explores the specific needs of small dog teams, in terms of:

Building Connection
Developing Confidence and Speed
Timing
Choosing the Best Line
Choosing the Fastest, Clearest Handling Tools
Building Commitment
And more!
Join us to explore the differences while strengthening each team! This clinic is open to dogs who are running at the advanced/masters level.

$190 for a working spot (10 max), $60 to audit (30 max). If working spots are full, contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumaneSociety.org to be put on the wait list.

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5/8/2017 9:00 AM 10 0 View Details Sold Out
5/8/2017 9:00 AM 30 30 View Details Register

Behavior & Training

 

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Phone 415.883.4621

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