Lisa Bonker
Agility and Conditioning
 Seminars
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LISA BONKER SEMINAR TOPIC LIST
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DRIVING AT A DISTANCE SEMINAR: During this seminar we will work on sequences to teach and refine directionals while incorporating more distance into the exercises.  We will push you to be more clear, crisp, consistent and calm in your handling. We will focus on when, where and how to cue your dog properly using body language, verbal cues and motion.   Emphasis will be on understanding the importance of drawing the dog’s path to direct your dog through sequences/courses. Teams at all levels are welcome but dogs must be able to perform tunnels, jumps, hoops and contacts. Sequences/Courses will be presented in a way that will push each team according to their level of training. More advanced teams will be pushed to gain more distance and more novice teams will work on gaining distance skills. 

 NADAC HANDLING AND SKILLS SEMINAR We will work on common NADAC sequences while incorporating speed and distance.   We will work on directionals, discriminations and drawing the path using your body language, verbal cues and motion.

 DISCRIMINATIONS WORKSHOP During this workshop we will cover how to perform obstacle discriminations using verbal, body language and motion cues.  This workshop will help you gain the understanding and skills needed to perform obstacle discriminations confidently.  Exercises will include Aframe/tunnel discriminations as well as other discriminations. Teams at all levels are welcome but dogs must be able to perform tunnels, jumps, hoops and contacts.

 DISTANCE WORKSHOP During this workshop we will cover how to build and increase distance skills. Focus will be on how to teach your dog to move ahead of you as well as work laterally away from you. This workshop will help your team gain the understanding and confidence needed to enhance and increase your distance skills. We will work on sequences to teach directionals while incorporating more distance into the exercises.  We will push you to be more clear, crisp, consistent and calm in your handling. We will focus on when, where and how to cue your dog properly using body language, verbal cues and motion. Teams at all levels are welcome but dogs must be able to perform tunnels, jumps, hoops and contacts. Sequences/Courses will be presented in a way that will push each team for distance according to their level of training. More advanced teams will be pushed to gain more distance and more novice teams will work on gaining distance skills. 

FOUNDATION FOR DISTANCE: This seminar will focus on the foundation skills necessary to be successful working away from your dog. Whether it is 10 feet or 100 feet, strong foundation skills are imperative for good distance control. Topics: Directionals (GO, HERE, SWITCH, OUT, IN), discriminations and other foundation skills as well understanding the importance of being crisp, clear, calm and consistent with your handling. All levels of teams are welcome - beginner teams that need to learn these skills and more advanced teams that need a "tune-up" or would like to push for more distance. My goal for this class is to teach my favorite foundation exercises needed to move on to more advanced exercises.  

INDEPENDENT OBSTACLE PERFORMANCE AT A DISTANCE: During this workshop, we will focus on teaching independent obstacle performance.  This involves creating and maintaining criteria while handler is lateral, behind or sending ahead of the obstacle. 

ADVANCED DISTANCE SKILLS:  Are you ready for more distance challenges? This workshop will push the distance with challenging and fun sequences. Do you want to try bonus lines? During the workshop, we will really push the distance! We will examine different handling techniques needed to work farther from your dog. During this seminar we will work on sequences to refine directionals while incorporating more distance into the exercises.  We will push you to be more clear, crisp, consistent and calm in your handling. We will focus on when, where and how to cue your dog properly using body language, verbal cues and motion and push for more distance. Teams must be competing at least at the Novice level to attend this seminar and have attended a Lisa Bonker seminar. My goal for this seminar is to work with people that have attended a seminar with me already so we can really push for more distance.

CHANCES: In this workshop, multiple Chances courses will be set. Time will be spent on discussing and working various handling strategies for each team. The workshop will also focus on pushing for more distance with obstacles and independent obstacle performance. Skills covered will include how to get your dog to work ahead and laterally away from you. Dogs at all levels are welcome but must be able to perform all agility obstacles.

CUEING YOUR DOG: When do you cue your dog and what cue do you use? This workshop will discuss when, where and how to cue your dog.  It will teach you to be clear, crisp, consistent and calm in your handling while drawing your dogs path. The workshop will cover body language, verbal cues and motion. This workshop will use mostly tunnels and hoops to practice how and when to cue your dog.

FOUNDATION SKILLS: This workshop will cover learning and refining agility foundation skills.. We will focus on when, where and how to cue your dog properly using body language, verbal cues and motion.   Emphasis will be on understanding the importance of drawing the dog’s path to direct your dog through short and fun sequences. We will work on directional skills, such as go, here, switch, as well as learning and increasing distance skills. Also, we will work warm-ups, startlines, and my favorite foundation exercises! All levels of teams are welcome…beginner teams that need to learn these skills and more advanced teams that want a “tune-up” or would like to push for more distance. My goal for this class is to teach my favorite foundation exercises needed to move on to more advanced exercises.  

JUMPERS SEQUENCES: This workshop will cover various sequences seen on NADAC Jumpers courses. Emphasis will be placed on working serpentines, pinwheels, 180s and going through boxes. The workshop will focus on walking different sequences and understanding different handling options for these sequences, understanding where your dog’s path needs to be through a sequence, and what you need to do to ensure your dog is on that path. All dogs that are performing sequences with jumps are welcome.

 PUPPY TRAINING: This workshop will discuss what fun things that you can do with your puppy without agility equipment.   There are so many fun exercises/tricks to teach puppies that teach them to think and become happy confident partners.   Exercises will also help puppies learn body language, cues as well as balance and coordination.

 SERPENTINES VS 180s: During this workshop we will teach you to recognize the difference between serpentines and 180.  These two sequences require different handling and cues.    
BOXES: Do you have a hard time when there are boxes in a course?  Do you often send your dog off course when there is a box?   During this workshop we will go over the proper handling and cues to successfully perform boxwork. 

BARREL TRAINING: This workshop will cover how to train barrels and various sequences seen on NADAC courses. The workshop will focus on walking different sequences and understanding different handling options for these sequences, understanding where your dog’s path needs to be through a sequence, and what you need to do to ensure your dog is on that path.

GO GO GO: As I travel all over the continent doing seminars, one skill I find is consistently lacking is “GO – GO STRAIGHT !!. Many dogs cannot do 2 (3 or more) jumps or hoops in a row in a straight line without curling in, spinning or barking. If you have a dog that has a hard time continually moving forward and/doing the last obstacle, this workshop is for YOU!!

 CONTACTS:   Training and Maintaining Contacts During this workshop, we will go over how to train and maintain contacts.  Emphasis is placed on the back feet not the front feet. This method creates fast SAFE contact performances.  We will work on proofing contacts as well.  

 STARTLINE STAYS AND LEADOUT: Learn how to train and maintain a connected, confident fun startline.  Not all dogs require a leadout, but all runs should start when the handler releases the dog.  If you let your dog break its stay or start the run, it is difficult to have a connected run.    During this workshop your will learn how to train a connected confident startline with a fast happy release!  We will also work on proofing the startline.  In addition, we work on different leadout positions that will create efficient and SAFE path for your dog.  

NADAC CHAMPS PREPERATION: Do you have a group of students going to champs? We will set prior champs courses! We will analyze the different challenges in the courses and work on sequences we tend to see at NADAC champs. 

CANINE CONDITIONING WORKSHOPS
CANINE CONDITIONING: Canine Conditioning is very important for all dogs. From puppy to senior, from couch potato to the canine athlete, there are fun exercises to help improve your dogs overall well being. These exercises improve body awareness, balance, flexibility, mobility, and muscular strength. If you have a canine athlete that competes in agility, conformation, obedience, flyball, herding, etc, a fitness plan can improve performance and help prevent injury. Besides the incredible physical benefits, doing these exercises will provide mental stimulation, strengthen the bond with your dog, increase dog’s confidence and create more focus. Plus it is really fun to do!!

Are you interested in creating a fitness program for your dog but you don’t know where to start? Have you seen pictures and videos of dogs doing cool stuff on fitness equipment but you have no idea how to teach it? Do you have some equipment and do not know how to progress with the exercises? 

Canine Conditioning is very important for all dogs. From puppy to senior, from couch potato to the canine athlete, there are fun exercises to help improve your dogs overall well-being. These exercises improve body awareness, balance, flexibility, mobility, and muscular strength. If you have a canine athlete that competes in agility, conformation, obedience, flyball, herding, etc, a fitness plan can improve performance and help prevent injury. Besides the incredible physical benefits, doing these exercises will provide mental stimulation, strengthen the bond with your dog, increase dog’s confidence and create more focus. Plus it is really fun to do!!

CANINE FITNESS FOUNDATION 

During this hands-on workshop we focus on teaching dogs to use their bodies to increase balance and general fitness. Dogs will learn fitness exercises on the flat and then on balance equipment. You will get time to practice them so you understand how to perform the exercises properly. We will go over a proper warm-up and cool down routine. We will also teach proper and safe body placement for exercises with and without equipment. You will learn the ‘basic’ fitness exercises on the ground and then perform some of these moves on fitness equipment (fitbones, pods, balance disc, benches) 

ADVANCED CANINE FITNESS FUN 
During this workshop, we will focus on teaching more advanced exercises using various pieces of fitness equipment. We will focus on good form and technique while progressing the exercises. Dogs must have experience with fitness equipment (attended the foundation fitness workshop or have taken classes/seminars)

ILIOPSOAS and SHOULDER INJURY PREVENTION
We are seeing more and more psoas and shoulder injuries in sporting dogs. This workshop will target these areas with exercises that will help warm-up, strengthen and stretch these muscles groups. The exercises are intended to help reduce the risk of injury by increasing balance, stability, flexibility, strength and body awareness.  

FITBONES
Fitbones are my favorite pieces of fitness equipment. They are very versatile and can work muscles in different ways. This workshop will focus on teaching exercises using fitbones. We will primarily use fitbones but will pair it with other fitness equipment. Fitbones are great for increasing body awareness and balance and also for strengthening and stretching.  

CONDITIONING FOR JUMPING
Conditioning is very important for agility dogs! Your dog needs great core strength as well as front and hind limb strength to jump properly. The exercises taught during this workshop will target the muscle groups used when jumping!

CONDITIONING FOR PUPPIES AND SENIOR DOGS
During this workshop, we will focus on teaching exercises geared toward the young whose joints and muscles are still growing as well as for the aging dog. Performing conditioning with puppies is beneficial as long as proper form and technique is obtained. Older dogs benefit greatly from conditioning and can really enhance their life. We will go over what to do, what not to do and how long to perform exercises with pups and older dogs.  

CONDITIONING FOR BARRELS 
In order to condition our dogs for optimal and safe barrel performances, we need to work the whole body- front, core and hind limbs with strength, flexibility and balance exercises.   In this class, we will go over exercises geared toward conditioning dogs for optimal barrel performances.We will go over exercises that can strengthen the front, hind-end and core muscles and increase flexibility and balance with emphasis on proper form, technique and reward placement.  It will also increase your bond/relationship with your dog. 




Perks of attending a Lisa Bonker seminar include access to my dog training group and website. I literally have hundreds of training videos ranging from puppy training, distance, contacts, serpentines, 180s, jumping, motivation, discriminations, barrels, startline, conditioning and others. My seminar lecture and philosophy of training videos are available. I also have tons of notes, sequences, and other dog related information. I also have a bonker seminar facebook page where we discuss training, post videos etc.  
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