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Crazy Good! Self Control Games for the Wild Child

May 8

11:00 am PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: IAABC, KPA


This presentation is about how to use high-energy training and high-energy reinforcers. I’ve had well-trained Good dogs who could not rise to their potential without adding some Crazy. And I’ve had well-trained Crazy dogs who could not rise to their potential without adding some Good. What about your dog? In this presentation we’ll focus on dogs who already love to play in the crazy zone.

Structure plays a big part in effective training, and structuring your sessions becomes even more important when we want to train Crazy. These lessons will help you remain clear and clean with the structure of your training. We will know what we are doing and why.

If you are thinking, “Finally, I get to let my dog be crazy while we train!” well, yes and no to that thought! We’ll study what keeps your dog in their pre-frontal cortex and how to teach them to get back there when we let the limbic system take over. We will not be afraid of arousal. We’ll look at how important high arousal is when we want the utmost from speed and power tasks which are already trained to the muscle memory stage. We will use and enjoy and respect and work with arousal in different ways. And there will be structure and clean mechanics all over the place.

Curious? Do you have or aspire to have a Crazy Good dog? This might be just the talk you need to see!


Presented By:

Julie Daniels

Julie Daniels (she/her) won her first award for writing in the fourth grade and she was training dogs long before that. She learned to walk by holding on to the family’s German shepherd. She currently owns two border collies and also gets to live and work with an Australian koolie and a staffy mix. She takes dogs in for family style board and train and also enjoys teaching classes for reactive and overly aroused dogs.

Julie lives in Deerfield, New Hampshire, where she operates Kool Kids Agility. For 28 years she ran dog training camps at her world-renowned White Mountain Agility in northern New Hampshire. Some of the theme camps she developed there were: Wild Child, Speed-Em-Up, Novice Genius, Jumping Genius, and the WMA Instructor Certification Course, which honed the skills of hundreds of teachers and thousands of dogs worldwide.

Agility competition was Julie’s personal passion for many years, and she has competed all over the world. She has won at the highest levels with many different dogs including two rottweilers, a springer spaniel, a cairn terrier, two corgis, and five border collies. She is the only person to make USDAA Grand Prix finals with a rottie or a springer and she did it twice with each dog. She is also a two-time national agility champion and a two-time international champion. She was the expert voice of Cynosport agility for many years, doing livestream video commentary at international events all around the world.

Julie is the author of four agility books and three DVDs. She currently teaches online full-time for FDSA. Her most popular classes include Baby Genius, Empowerment, Cookie Jar Games, Magic Mats, and our favorite, Crazy Good, which is the subject of her presentation at The Lemonade Conference.