Announcing: long distance classes!
New LoLaBuLand project for 2011: long-distance classes!!! You can either participate or audit, all through this website, all on a special wish from those who live too far to come to classes. We'll do both puppy and handling classes, the plan is as follows:
For handling class:
I send a course map of a course we did in my handling class and then give you two weeks to set it, run it and send a video. Then we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different choices, I will also publish a video of my dogs on that course. After a week or two of discussion, I send another course and then you again have two weeks to set it and post a video. We'll do 4 courses, so the class will be about 3 months long.
For puppy class:
I write you a "to do" list, you ask if something is not clear, you start with your dog, tape it and send it, I comment, give suggestions on how to proceed etc. You get a new list every two weeks, taking old tricks further, checking the progress and starting with new stuff. We'll go through 6 "to do" lists, so this class will be 3 months long.
What do you think? Let me know how many of you would be interested in this. Those who want to participate in handling class need to have an access to equipment to set a course somewhere and a camcorder to tape it. To participate in puppy class, all you need is a dog (not even necessary a puppy!) and a camcorder. Those who want to audit don't need anything other than paying auditing fee and by this, you get an access to all the videos and comments and you're welcome to ask questions and participate in the discussion. The plan is to start end of February, but you're welcome to post your wishes and preferences.
Oh, and yes, we're getting fancier, that's the new look of our training DVDs:
What a wondeful idea! I would be interested in both handling class for my 5 year old, and puppy class for my 1 year old! This is most exactly what we would need right now! 🙂
Lovisa, Chilaili and Tazza 😀
Great! It’s always fun with schapendoes on board! 🙂
I’d love to do this with two dogs! Would I have to send separate videos for each one? Is there a limit on how many people can take it?
Sure, you can do with two, you can send their runs in the same video then, of course. For now, we have enough spots for everybody as there won’t be any waiting on your run 🙂 and more participants can help to better discussion, more questions and more problems to solve and many problems to solve is always good 🙂 But if it gets too big for me to be able to review and comment everything, then I will close the entries.
Sounds great!! I would also really love a class on socialising a young puppy.
O.k., thanks for an idea, I will do some thinking in that direction too 🙂 I’m getting requests for more&more different classes though, seems like running contacts class is the next most popular one, I will think in that direction too 🙂
Yay -- what an awesome idea
I would be very interested either, in an agility class.
Hope you will propose that and that I can aford it !
Great idea !
I am interestedin both courses.
I’ve signed up here now, looking forward to distance agility training 🙂
Jenni & Bobby
This does sound great. I am interested in the puppy class.
Great Idea…I would audit puppy class and hope you repeat this. I plan to get a puppy in the fall/winter. Your work is always helpful and FUN.
What a great idea!!! I would absolutely love a running contacts class! I’d also be interested in the puppy class. I have a 14 month old rescue I’ve had since July. He’s done a bit of agility and a little obedience but it’s all minimal. Do you have any details about what you’d be doing in either class (rc too if you decide to do it)? I’m not sure if I can afford them though. What is the pricing (I’m in the US)?
Hannah & Sage