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Joy of Heeling – Coloring Outside the Lines

May 25

4:00 pm PT


“Joy of Heeling” – Sounds like an oxymoron. On the one hand you have an emotion and expression of enjoyment and on the other you have the physically and mentally demanding requirement of precision and accuracy. And yet we know it’s attainable. We see it in those electrifying teams that inspire us, that motivate us and give us the picture, the vision of what heeling could be. That vision often includes words like precision and accuracy. Does it go beyond that to include enthusiasm, energy, lift, spark and joy? These are the attributes that make heelwork beautiful to behold, exciting to train and yes! Fun for both dog and handler! By building animation, energy and enthusiasm as a separate piece from precision, we can increase the rate of reward for each, creating value and joy in our heelwork training and performance. This session will focus on games and exercises that bring joy to your heelwork training and performance.

Presented By:

Julie Flanery, BS, CPDT-KA

Julie Flanery, BS, CPDT-KA, is the owner of Creative Canine, LLC, and Rally Freestyle Elements. She has been working professionally with dogs and their owners for almost 25 years, focusing on forming strong relationships through clear communication and positive reinforcement strategies.

In 1997 she began competing in canine performance sports and has since placed many titles on her dogs in a variety of sports including Obedience, Rally, Freestyle, Rally-FrEe, Agility, and Parkour. She has earned Championships in Freestyle, Heelwork to music and a Grand Championship MCL in Rally-FrEe. Her high achievement awards include both High Technical Merit and High Artistic Merit in both Freestyle and Heelwork to Music several times over, including three prestigious Attila Challenge awards. She has also earned several Top HAT awards for high scoring Heelwork, Attention and Teamwork.

In 2001 Julie was named “Trainer of the Year” by the World Canine Freestyle Organization and became a competition freestyle judge in 2003. In 2012 she developed the sport of Rally-FrEe. Originally designed to increase the precision and accuracy in the sport of freestyle, it is now enjoyed by dog sport enthusiasts all over the world, freestylers and non-freestylers alike.

Since 2014, Julie has been an instructor for the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and travels regularly to present workshops and seminars on a variety of training topics, both in the US and internationally. Julie currently trains and competes with her Tibetan Terrier, Kashi.