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Agility Seminars
with Rachel Downs
October 1 - 3, 2021​​

Rachel Downs was introduced to the world of dog sports early in life. Raised by a family heavily involved in conformation, obedience, and agility, Rachel began competing as a young child. By her teenage years she was teaching dog training with her local training club. While conformation and obedience were her introductions to the training world, agility soon became Rachel’s grand passion.

As a young adult, Rachel trained dogs semi-professionally for both sport and to address behavioral issues. It was during this time that she started to seek out and study the science of positive reinforcement based training, motivated by her studies in college. In 2010 she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, having focused heavily on the study of behavior modification and learning theory. Over the next decade, Rachel was married, moved with her military husband across the country and back again, and had two children. Throughout, she continued to train and compete in agility, as well as instruct.

In 2015, while living in San Diego, California Rachel started her own agility training school, Strategic Dog Sports. At the completion of her husband's military career in 2016, Rachel moved back to Texas and took a full time job at What A Great Dog in Richardson, Tx. to teach agility professionally. Her love for science and her consideration for the feelings of the dogs she works with has continued to motivate Rachel to seek out new and progressive training methods to apply to her agility training. It is this zeal for learning that Rachel attributes to her success with a wide variety of breeds she has personally trained, including Beagles, Belgian Sheepdogs, Catahoula Leopard Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, and Belgian Malinios, as well as her ability to help students  and their dogs with issues from behavioral to elite performance.

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Friday, October 1st, 2021

Puppy Foundations for the agility dog
3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
**dinner included - 30 min short break for dinner**
**2 working spots available - $140
**4 audit spots available - $55

*6 months or younger* 
Join us for a super fun evening of puppy foundations! This seminar will concentrate on vital reinforcement mechanisms, body awareness, and games to build a strong foundation for the future competitive sport dog. Puppies should be up to date on their shots before attending, and have basic skills such as name response and value for reinforcement (such as food or toys). 

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

The In-Between Skills!
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
**working spots full - email for waitlist**

**3 audit spots available - $50

6 months +
Join us for a super fun morning of training for the dogs who are past the puppy foundations, but not quite to the “adult” dog skills! This seminar will concentrate on specific games and drills appropriate for dogs who are in their teenage years.  

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Criss Cross Applesauce!
1:30 - 5:00 pm
**working spots full - email for waitlist!*

**3 audit spots available - $50

A year or older - dogs must be able to do basic sequences and have concepts of jumps and tunnels
Join us for a super fun afternoon of focusing on all things crosses! We will go over blind, rear and front crosses.  When and where we should put these and how to properly execute them in a timely manner. This is the main way we get around ANY agility course - this seminar will be of value for any competitor in any venue of agility! 

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

International Drills
9 am - 12:30 pm
**working spots full - email for waitlist**
**4 audit spots available - $50

A year or older - dogs should be proficient with the concepts of jumps and tunnels, and have a working knowledge of international-style maneuvers such as backsides.
Join us for a super fun morning of focusing on international skills and drills! See how to break down specific handling maneuvers and execution of common challenges you may see in this type of agility.  If you hope to compete in UKI, USDAA or AKC Premier class, this seminar is for you! 

We know seminars can be costly. That's why we offer the option to pay half now as a deposit, and pay the rest later! You will receive this option upon registration.