Disc training workshop for dogs on Oct. 2Written by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Dog owners whose Fido has mastered the “sit” and “stay” commands may want to catch the latest offering from Toledo Dog Training in Holland.
The canine training center is bringing renowned Frisbee training experts Scott and Deanna Jones from Grand Blanc, Mich. to the area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 for a disc training workshop.
“We’re always looking to find different things for our students to do after they’ve been through classes and they’re doing really well,” said Tonya Wilhelm, owner of Toledo Dog Training, a 2,400 square-foot training facility started in 2006. “They’re always looking for different outlets, and I’ve always been interested in Frisbee. I just never knew how to get started with it myself.”
After meeting the Joneses at a disc competition earlier this year, Wilhelm decided to bring their knowledge to local dog owners.
Both novices and serious competition-minded dog owners are welcome, she said.
“Because it’s a beginner workshop, they’re going to be teaching us how to throw a Frisbee, how to get the dog to catch the Frisbee and get excited about it, they’re going to talk about safety (the jumping and landing pre- and post-catch can be hard on the bodies of dogs younger than 18 months of age),” Wilhelm said. “If you want to do competition, it’s going to be what you need to know to get started anyway.”
Scott Jones said that while the training is open to “any dog you can think of that likes to retrieve, run and chase,” the breeds he most often sees in the sport are Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Labrador, German Shepherd and Jack Russell Terriers.
The Joneses have several dogs, two of which are disc catchers. Their black lab, Bolareo, has had the most success, taking home multiple awards at competitions, including 2009′s UFO World All-Star throw and catch event. Between them, the Joneses have 15 years’ experience in dog training. Scott is a certified freestyle judge for the International Disc Dog Handlers Association and the U.S. Disc Dog Nationals.
Scott labeled the workshop as a fun way to bond with one’s dog. “You get a good foundation started to start playing Frisbee with your dog, improved recall, proper throwing skills and an understanding of competitions,” he said.
“It is very suited to all levels of dog owners,” Jones said. “The handler just needs to have the basic commands (“sit,” “stay,” “come”) down with their dog. Disc doggin’ (playing Frisbee with a dog) is great exercise for you and the dog,” Jones said. “It gets both of you out of the house to have some fun.”
The workshop is $45 per dog/handler and is limited to 20 dogs. Participants will be accepted until the class is full or three days prior to the session. Up to five non-participating people can also sign up at a cost of $25.
Toledo Dog Training is located at 6128C Merger Drive in Holland. To pre-register or for more information, call (419) 699-7785, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.toledodogtraining.com.
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