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Topic: When Things Go Wrong In the Competition Obedience Ring

We hope everything will run smoothly at the trial. But the reality is that things rarely do. There are a myriad of challenges that can happen both outside and in the ring. Successfully managing these challenges can be the key to saving a run. In this webinar we will explore strategies for warming up in tight spaces, navigating the path to the ring, handling delays, and entering the ring smoothly. Learn how to support your dog when mistakes occur in the ring, how to best utilize fix n gos and more. Stay calm and collected under pressure by arming yourself with effective strategies for when things don’t go as planned. Preparation creates confidence which transfers to our dogs.

REPLAYS Will  be Available for 5 days from Feb. 15 to 19, 2024

You can still sign up and get access to the Replays!!!!

PriceDumbbell Club Members (FREE) |  Non-Members: $10 CDN

Petra Ford with one of her Labrador RetrieversAbout Petra

In  2007, after an extensive career in physiotherapy for humans, Petra attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and became a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Prior to this, she raced bicycles professionally and participated in international events. Currently, she is an avid runner, practices yoga, and meditates daily.

Petra is deeply involved in training and trialing her Labrador Retrievers in obedience, agility, and field competitions. Her black Labrador Retriever, Tyler, achieved the distinction of being the 2008 and 2009 National Obedience Champion and First Runner Up in 2010. In 2012, Petra and Tyler made history as the first American team to win the Obedience World Cup (they placed second in 2010). Additionally, Petra’s dogs have earned field titles (MH, QAA).

While Petra previously competed in Masters with Zaidan, who is now retired, she is currently competing in obedience with Zeal. Zeal has achieved remarkable success, winning multiple Regional Qualifiers, the 2018 Obedience Classic, and earning 10 Perfect 200 scores. Following in his father’s pawsteps, Zeal is the 2020 National Obedience Champion. Zayna, another of Petra’s dogs, won the Novice Division at the 2019 Obedience Classic, placed second (to Zeal) at her first Regional, and recently finished her OTCH. Zesty, the newest addition to the family, is known for his playful nature, love for dressing up, and learning new tricks. He is also becoming quite the social media star and is training for competition obedience.

Beyond her active involvement with dogs, Petra has authored several articles on canine conditioning, injury prevention, and competing with dogs. Her work has been published in magazines such as Clean Run, Front and Finish, and Whole Dog Journal.


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