I have been teaching weekly classes, private lessons and workshops at QC Dog Center for the last several years. Prior to that I taught at Muscatine Agility Club.
I got involved in agility with my first Border Collie (Tess) in 2002 and have been active in the sport of agility since then. I started Believe.Run Agility in 2015 after retiring from John Deere.
I teach multiple skill level teams on Wednesdays at QCDC. Currently I offer 5 classes each Weds beginning at 3:00 pm. Private lessons are available on weekdays at $75/hr. Weekend workshops are offered when the building is not in use for other training or trials.
I have worked with multiple high level trainers across the US and Canada. While my main focus is in AKC, I also participate in USDAA and a little UKI.
Positive reinforcement, connection, cues and commitment (yes, building distance) are my goals in teaching. It’s all about training the dog so my handling doesn’t have to be perfect.
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About Jennifer Gibson
Jennifer has been training and competing in dog sports for eight years. She has competed in rally, nose work, agility, and dock diving with her Border Collies and Miniature Schnauzers. She also trains her Border Collies in herding and hopes to compete in herding trails in the near future. Jennifer loves working with different breeds and adapting to the individual dog to bring out their best.
Jennifer teaches two levels of agility foundation classes on Thursday evenings at QCDC. The classes introduce the dogs to the agility obstacles (jumps, tunnels, weaves, teeter, A-frame, dog walk), cover basic handling maneuvers, and build the dog’s engagement with their handler and desire to play the game of agility!
The goal is to introduce dogs and handlers to the game of agility in a way that is fun and rewarding for both members of the team. For the dog, the focus is on building their comprehension, confidence, and speed through a progressive curriculum. For the human part of the team, the classes covers concepts like marker training, training mechanics, rate of reinforcement, placement of reward, the many ways to communicate information to your dog, and the importance of creating a flow of properly timed information. The main objective of the class is to teach YOU how to effectively train your dog the necessary skills & desire to successfully play the game of agility.
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