Seminars and Competitions at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs

Barn Hunt Comes To Cloud Nine

Rats. We have rats. And with rats comes the fun, fast growing, dog-loving sport of Barn Hunt.

Cathy Hoese, our new resident barn hunt expert and judge in the sport, has soared through the various levels of competition with Louie, her rat-obsessed Border Terrier. She has been teaching classes and conducting workshops for the last few years, and she is now offering classes, workshops, practices and trials at Cloud Nine in Minnetonka. 

To learn more about the sport of barn hunt, the rules and regulations, and how to register with your dog with the Barn Hunt Association (required if you want to compete someday), go to

Check the Activities section on our Class Schedule & Registration page for details about upcoming practice times, workshops and trials. See you soon for some happy hunting!

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Loretta Mueller Seminar

Agility guru Loretta Mueller will be back at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs March 10, 11 and 12, 2017.

To register for the seminar, request a form by email. 

From Training to Trialing

Friday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $35/handler.

Stress can cause all kinds of problems in the agility ring. It can be the reason your dog shuts down, runs around like a maniac, lacks focus, or anything in between. This presentation will help you identify and alleviate ring stress in your dog – or prevent it from happening all together.

Small Dogs Only

Saturday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $85/working spot; $35/auditing spot.

Small dogs can run agility courses just as efficiently, speedily, and successfully as the big dogs do. In this session, Loretta will make sure you have the skills and know the best handling and motivating choices for getting the most out of your small agility teammate. For teams working at the novice level and up; dogs should already know how to perform each obstacle.

Get Ahead, Stay Ahead

Saturday, March 11 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. $85/working spot; $35/auditing spot.

You will spend the afternoon having Loretta help you learn and practice handling strategies that will allow you to minimize YOUR yardage so you can handle your dog through an agility course in a more efficient, relaxed and confident manner. For teams working at any level of agility; dogs must know all equipment, and an understanding of the concept of “send” is highly recommended.

Distance, Commitment, and the Technical Stuff

Sunday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. $170/working spot; $60/auditing spot.

Sunday with Loretta will be a day spent addressing topics people have requested to include: running long lines that lead to technical sequences, commitment to obstacles and lines from a distance, and directing your dog when you can’t be close to your dog for whatever reason (fast dog, slow handler). This session is for advanced teams working at the master/elite levels of agility.

There are 10 working spots per session and unlimited auditing spots on Saturday and Sunday.

Private Lessons

Loretta will offer a few of private lessons on Friday afternoon before the 7:00 pm presentation. Her fee is $110/hour. Please email if you would like to make that arrangement.


National Dog Agility League

The National Dog Agility League offers a new, unique, once-a-month opportunity for agility enthusiasts to try their hand at level-appropriate competition in a way that’s fun, low pressure, and inexpensive.

There are three NDAL levels, and they are based mainly on the size of the venue. The one that fits Cloud Nine’s New Hope location best is the intermediate/masters level.

Each month there is a different course that can be either standard or games, and handlers are sent the course map in advance. At the trial, handlers walk the course first and may have one or two practice runs, with treats and/or toys if they so desire, before running the course “for real”.

Currently the following titles can be earned through the NDAL: Top Dog Beginner (TDB), Top Dog Intermediate (TDI), and Top Dog Superior (TDS). A minimum of one point is earned just for running a course without being eliminated, and more points are awarded based on the placement earned and the number of dogs that compete and achieve a qualifying score. Details about scoring and titles as well as examples of both standard and games courses can be found at

Dogs must be registered with the Top Dog Agility Players organization in order to participate in the NDAL monthly trials. The initial registration fee is $10, and the cost per to participate each month is $5/dog.

The trials take place on Fridays from 5-7:30pm and schedule for the first halrf of 2017 is as follows:

Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 3, April 21, May 19, June 23

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Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs Offers TDAA Serial Agility Trials

The serial agility trial is a new style of event offered through TDAA where exhibitors can enter one night or several nights throughout the year to compete and qualify for Qs toward TDAA titles or just have fun with your pint-sized pal. Trials in the first half of 2017 are scheduled at 7:00 pm as follows:

Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 17, May 5, June 9


The premium list for the serial trial is now available. We encourage advanced registration (download form) because it’s less work for our trial secretary, but same-day entries will be accepted as well.

TDAA Full-Weekend Agility Trial

Cloud Nine’s spring TDAA trial will be held on August 1 & 2, 2017, at our New Hope location. There will be three standard runs and two games offered each day on courses designed by judge Sadie Libal. The trial will start at 9:00am (doors open at 8:00am) each day. Though same-day registrations will be accepted, advanced registrations are most appreciated. Saturday’s runs will include Rodeo, Standard Round 1, Standard Round 2, Two by Two and Standard Round 3. Sunday’s runs will include Standard Round 4, Run ’til You Drop, Standard Round 5, Standard Round 6, and Tunnel jacks.

Here is the link to the premium:

Dogs must be registered with TDAA in order to participate, and that can be done in advance or at the trial. 

On Friday, March 31, there will be a chance to practice on the teacup equipment. Please email Dennis Vogel ( to RSVP for the practice opportunity. Cost is $5/dog. 



TDAA Reminders

The rule about jump heights was not adopted by the TDAA, so jump heights will be as before – based on measurements, body type exemptions and veteran status.

The new rule about contact performance for the Beginner level was adopted, so the four paw safety rule will no longer be in effect for Beginner courses and all dogs at that level will have three attempts to complete a contact obstacle.

Upcoming Seminars Elsewhere


Run Throughs

We do not have any obedience or agility run throughs scheduled at this time. 

Fun Matches

We do not have any obedience or agility fun matches schedule at this time. 

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