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Tricks With a Purpose

May 24

6:00 pm PT


Tricks aren’t just for fun anymore! Through trick training, we can teach our dogs important concepts that will not only benefit future sport behaviors but will also help our dogs be happy and healthy! In this lecture, we will discuss how to train four different tricks including “Hike it!”, sit pretty, wall handstand and “Thing in a Thing”. These behaviors will have mental and physical benefits for your dog as well help you learn more about your dog during the training process. We will break these tricks down and utilize free-shaping as well as luring.

Presented By:

Sara Brueske

Sara Brueske has been training dogs since she was a young child, and has experienced a large variety of breeds and sports during that time. After graduating as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2011, she jumped into the professional dog training world. She began teaching group classes and private lessons at On the Run Canine Center in Minnesota. At the time she was also competing in agility, disc dog as well as fostering for local rescues.

In 2014, Sara was hired by Purina as a dog trainer to perform dog sport shows at Purina Farms in Grey Summit, Missouri. Her number of dogs quickly grew to fill the need of the job. Currently she has thirteen dogs of varying breeds and origins including a boston terrier mix, a papillion, several Australian koolies and Belgian Malinois. Sara and her dogs work to convince people to do more with their dogs, teach about responsible pet ownership and to get involved in the dog sport community.

After six years working as a full-time performer, Sara now teaches on the topic of dog sports full time. While disc dog and tricks are some of her specialities, she also is passionate about creating clear communication between handlers and their dogs as well as teaching how to build a solid foundation for any sport. Sara believes in positive reinforcement not only for dogs, but for their handlers as well. Her biggest joy in training is watching a handler and dog become partners and grow as a team.

Currently, Sara trains in the sports of disc dog, agility, IGP, mondioring, scentwork and dock diving as well as being a trick dog enthusiast. She actively competes in agility, mondioring, dock diving and is planning on trialing in scentwork soon.