The new year held a lot of promise; it started out with a bang with lots of great dog stuff to do – classes, seminars, performance events. So much fun at the beginning of 2020! And now – well – not so much with everything on hold for who knows how long? What are you supposed to do with your puppy or dog, who is no doubt begging you to keep up with his training and socializing?
Please know we feel your pain. And even though we are not conducting business as usual during the quarantine hiatus, we are working hard to find ways to stay connected with you and to help you stay connected with your dogs. To that end, here are some of the things we are working on:
We are making videos of the exercises from our Obedience Level 1 and Level 2 classes to include with homework notes so people can see what/how to practice. Just because we can’t meet all in the same place doesn’t mean you can’t keep working open your dog’s good manners!
We are getting closer to offering virtual obedience lessons. When we are ready to give it a try (hopefully this week), your class will receive instruction on when and how to join an online session.
We are able to do virtual/video training consultations, so if you need to set that up let us know via an email to email@example.com.
Something instructor Ali Kuschel has begun is the Cloud Nine Training Challenge. We are posting the daily challenges on our FB page with an instruction video and an invitation for you to share your progress at #Cloud9trainingchallenge.
For those of you who are chomping at the bit to get some agility or obedience training done with your dogs, we are making our training rings available for you to rent, one person at a time, until we resume our regular schedule of classes and activities. The available times are Mon., Tues., Wed. from 2-7pm and Thurs. and Sat. from 10am-2pm. The cost is $25 fo 30 min or $50 for 60 minutes. You will need to clean up your stuff and be out of the building 5 minutes before your time ends so we can clean and wipe down jump bars and door handles, etc. More information will be provided when you reserve a time slot, so please include your name and email address when you sign up.
Click on this link to reserve a time: https://docs.google.com/…/126W-qn55o051fcAocCCpYEzWnmU…/edit
And, finally, there’s no time like the present to try some tracking! It’s a great activity for dogs of ANY age who like to sniff. Outdoors. Fresh air. Plenty of space for social distancing. Perfect! If you have been wanting to get started with tracking or see if your dog has tracking potential, we will offer a FREE get-started lesson next Sunday at 11am (yes, we are kind of assuming you don’t have any pressing plans and might want to get out and do something with your dog that you can afford) at Mississippi West Regional Park in Ramsey (Anoka County). Just send and email RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we hear from you we will provide you with more details.