Seminars & Workshops

Join fellow agility enthusiasts as you progress your team's handling and obstacle skills in our supportive, fun, and challenging workshops!  We offer a range of workshops from Agility Trial Prep Mini two hour sessions to half day intensive skill building groups.

Working with instructor Katrin Andberg Hawkins, CBCC-KA, CDBC, you'll gain insight into your agility teamwork through the lens of a certified behavior professional and agility nationals winner.  With emphasis on helping agility teams build solid foundations for high level performance, you'll gain feedback for increasing clarity, communication, focus and reliability in your relationship with your agility dog in and out of the ring.

General Participant Requirements for Workshops

Workshops are suitable for teams working at an off-leash level in a group class type setting. Dogs should be comfortable being quietly crated when waiting their turn. Most workshops assume, at minimum, prior introduction to agility through instruction at Maplewood Dog or elsewhere. Read workshop descriptions for details on expected skills for that event. Exercises can be adjusted for puppies and growing dogs. Questions about workshop suitability for your team? Contact us and ask, we're here to help!

2019 Workshops

All workshops are held outdoors on grass and are weather dependent, unless otherwise noted. Agility equipment is NADAC specification including black rubber slat-less contact obstacles.

Additional Workshops may be scheduled at participant request.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi sitting up next to her agility ribbon

Agility Trial Prep Mini Workshops

Practice your competition ring ready skills for the trial weekend!  Each Trial Prep Mini workshop will offer opportunities to gain feedback and practice on various sequences from actual competition courses.

Prerequisite:  Competing or Preparing to Compete
Cost: $40 per team ($20 per junior handler team)
Max Enrollment: 6 teams per workshop

2019 dates:
Friday, April 12 from 5-7 pm
Friday, April 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm
Friday, May 31 from 5:30-7:30 pm
Friday, June 21 from 6-8 pm
*Further summer and fall dates TBD based on interest

Black and white dog jumping through an agility tire

Crosses & Distance Skills

Struggling with your cross cues, path and timing?  Increase your proficiency with rear crosses and lead change cues at a distance, and distance obstacle commitment to give you the freedom to move more efficiently for executing front and blind crosses.

Prerequisites: Working participants have existing understanding of basic mechanics of crosses
Cost: $75 per working team ($40 per junior handler team)
Max Enrollment: 8 working teams per workshop

2019 dates:
Sunday, May 19 at 8:30 am (3-4 hour duration)
*Further summer and fall dates TBD based on interest

Flat Coated Retriever going over a teeter

Contacts, Weaves & Distance Skills

For many dogs, their ability to weave or hit the contact zone is dependent on where the handler is and what the handler is doing.  When it comes to Chances, Gamblers, and other distance classes, this can really impact Q rate.  In this workshop, we'll cover how to train independent obstacle performance from the beginning as well as figure out your dog's current understanding of contacts and weaves then work to increase your dog's understanding of independent obstacle performance. Workshop is suitable for dogs learning weaves and contacts as well as experienced teams.

Prerequisites: Able to sequence 3-4 obstacles, has had at minimum some introduction to contact obstacles
Cost: $75 per working team ($40 per junior handler team)
Max Enrollment: 8 working teams per workshop

2019 dates:
Saturday, June 29 at 3 pm (3-4 hour duration)
Sunday July 28 at 8:30am (3-4 hour duration)

*Further summer and fall dates TBD based on interest

Corgi running down the dogwalk

Discrimination & Distance Skills

Does seeing a tunnel next to a dog walk on course make you quake?  Improve your discrimination skills and confidence with exercises to help handlers and dogs understand cue timing, clarity of signals, footwork, path and how to recognize discriminations on course, all while gradually increasing your ability to consistently cue your dog to the out vs in obstacles from a distance.

Prerequisites: Able to sequence 2-4 obstacles and be proficient with jumps, hoops, tunnels, dog walk and a-frame
Cost: $75 per working team ($40 per junior handler team)
Max Enrollment: 8 working teams per workshop

2019 dates:
Sunday, June 30 at 8:30 am (3-4 hour duration)
*Further summer and fall dates TBD based on interest

Cardigan Welsh Corgi leaping over an agility jump

Distance & More!

Work on your team's distance skills with jump, weave & contact sequences.  Practice handling your dog to the most efficient course path without having to be right there.  Exercises to build obstacle commitment, handling clarity, sends, and distance skills.

Prerequisites: Able to sequence 4-8 obstacles, and dog is proficient with all equipment.  Young dogs accepted with bars on ground or low jumps.
Cost: $75 per working team ($40 per junior handler team)
Max Enrollment: 8 working teams per workshop

2019 dates:
Saturday September 14 at 8:30am (Sun Sept 15 as rain date)
*Further summer and fall dates TBD based on interest

Corgi puppy racing through an agility tunnel

Go! & Distance Skills

Dogs prefer to move in curved lines, yet in agility we often ask them to run in straight lines.  In this workshop, we'll be building value for a Go! run in a straight line cue away from you and parallel to you.  We will be working on confidence with sending, driving off of start lines, and committing to the Go handling line.

Prerequisites: Dogs should have at minimum a basic introduction to hoops, jumps and tunnels, and some type of distance target (ex: mark bucket, toy, target plate)
Cost: $75 per working team ($40 per junior handler team)
Max Enrollment: 8 working teams per workshop

2019 dates:
To be determined

A Few Examples of Equipment Set-Ups for Past Workshops

Yard set up with agility obstacles
Yard set up with different agility obstacles and cones
Jumps, tunnels, and a-frame set up for a seminar

Mini Australian Shepherd barking"I have participated in two of Katrin’s very successful agility seminars.  They both emphasized handling techniques and distance work.  She is an excellent teacher with lots of canine knowledge and agility skills and works equally well with experienced and in-experienced handlers and dogs.  She offers feedback in a thoughtful, constructive and supportive manner.  The seminars were fun, well organized and left me eager to practice and apply what I learned. I am looking forward to the next one!" - Jerry C., Westwood, MA