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Agility Seminars with Brenda Kelly

Brenda came to the sport of dog agility from a life time of athletic pursuits including 35+ years competing and training in the equestrian disciplines of show jumping and dressage as well as being a black belt martial artist and instructor. She possesses a B.S. from Georgetown University and has spent much of her professional career directing a national solution engineering team focusing on learning development, coaching and problem solving. Brenda loves the mental and physical challenges that agility presents. She believes strongly in a training process that is positive and full of enthusiasm and fun for both dog and handler. With her passion for dog training, she stresses the importance of developing the dogs’ skills so that they have a clear understanding of how to perform their job with high confidence and competence. Brenda takes the time to assess and train the specific dog and handler team in front of her. She focuses on choosing achievable handling strategies that are effective for that team, providing the earliest possible information and best lines for the dog. Achieving a balance between dog training and handling skill is critical to long term consistency and success. She is committed to helping each team reach their greatest potential! She is open to working with multiple methodologies and has acquired insights and experiences from a wide variety of talented resources that include Stuart Mah, Jenny Damm, Anastasia Egorova, Silvia Trkman, Dawn Weaver, H360, Shape Up Agility, OMD and others. Brenda is a 7-time world team member having competed in 3 international venues (European Germany 2015 – with Luna; IFCS World Agility Championships 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and World Agility Open 2019 and 2020 -- with Deja Vu). Achieving a variety of top 10 international placings, she and Deja Vu brought home a silver medal from the World Agility Open in 2019. She has also enjoyed success medaling and topping the podium many times at regional and national events that include USDAA
Cynosports, AKC Nationals and the UKI US Open.

Pricing and Registration

Each workshop: $140 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

$35 per audit spot, per workshop

Soft closing date: March 1st

Hard closing date: March 12th

Payment, Deposit and Refund Information

  • A deposit of 50% of the seminar is required to hold your spot. 

  • Full payment for the seminar is due by the hard closing date of the seminar. 

  • A cancellation fee of $10 will be applied if cancelling between the soft closing date and the hard closing date. 

  • A full refund will be given any time before the soft closing date.

  • NO REFUNDS will be given after the hard closing date. 

  • Refunds are completely up to the discretion of the seminar host - in certain cases of illness, death, acts of God, etc. full or partial refunds may be given on the day of the seminar in form of account credit, cash, PayPal, etc.  

  • Spots may be sold/given to friends if a participant cannot come and the payment will be the responsibility of the original participant.

Masters Handling
Friday, March 18th
3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

**working spots full**  - audit spots available
**Dinner is included and we will be taking about a 30 minute break!** 

Teams will use coursework broken down into segments with specific skill challenges. We will work each segment then put it together. Handlers will focus on line analysis, connection and choosing appropriate handling strategy. 

**we will be using jumps and tunnels only**

International Handling 
Saturday, March 19th

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
WORKING SPOTS FULL - audit spots available

In this seminar we will focus on putting together common skills needed for the AKC premier class as well as UKI and USDAA agility. Coursework will focus on wraps, backsides, threadles, and more! We will learn how to properly execute these specific skills within a course, how to find the best line for the dogs and what the best handling choice is for each team.

**dogs should have a foundation for these skills already and are able to put them together on course. We will not be focusing on foundation - this seminar will focus on perfecting these skills on course - we will only be using jumps and tunnels**

Lines and Techniques
Saturday, March 19th
1:45 pm - 5:45 pm

WORKING SPOTS FULL - audit spots available

Choosing the best strategy for you and your dog! We will go over how to decide when, where, why and how to turn your dog on course. We are seeing in agility a lot of options for the dog's path in recent course design. Handlers will learn how to assess the dog’s ideal line, the variables that impact the shape of that line and what to
do about it! 

**This seminar is great for any level dog who is sequencing jumps and tunnels proficiently. Dogs must be able to have a good understanding of sequencing and coursework - sequences will consist of masters level AKC type skills**

Novice/Open Level Handling
Sunday, March 20th

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
WORKING SPOTS FULL - audit spots available

This seminar will focus on sequences and skills often seen in the novice/open level of agility.  Teams will be able to improve their handling and learn how to better handle their dog on course. Reveal your dog's full potential and see what they are capable of!

**we will be using jumps and tunnels only**