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Learning to read my new pup & link to tracking test photo album!

Over on the Training Micah blog, I just posted an article about our track today! If you are interested in WHAT we look for when we follow our tracking dogs, you may find this interesting. I chose some stills from the video of her track and put together slideshows of the things I pay attention to when I follow my dogs – and things I am trying to learn about Micah, since each dog is an individual. Micah just turned 7 months old today!

Last weekend I judged a big tracking test in Thunder Bay (you can view the photo album of the test HERE). I was daydreaming all weekend about the day I have Micah in UTDX. I have been working on her tracking, exposing her to all surfaces and ages, and decided that for her birthday I would try a 3 hour old UTDX track. She did a fantastic job! It is very exciting to start a new dog and I am especially feeling blessed with this new puppy. To view the entire post and learn more about how we learn to read our dogs, click HERE!

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Celebrating 5 years! Of what, exactly?

What makes Spiritdance Motivation Coaching & Tracking different? Why is working with a Professional Coach a unique experience?  After five years, let’s explore these questions and talk about how coaching is different from instruction, advice, technical expertise and mentoring and why coaching leads to comments like this:

“Your seminars are so different!”
“I always feel like I know what I am doing after a lesson.”
“I feel so motivated after a coaching session!”

Read more… on the Spiritdance Life Coaching Website

New entry on Training Micah – with checklists and training tips!

Training Micah is the blog I started to keep track of my puppy Micah’s tracking progress. Here is a link to the latest training post! You’ll find video, checklists, descriptions about how I am training her, maps and ideas. This will give you an idea about Spiritdance Training, and I hope you find it useful and motivating! Micah is almost 6 months old. My training goal has been to expose her to all surfaces, obstacles, articles and conditions she will experience for years to come as we are partners on this exciting new journey.

Ready, set, track! Beginner’s Tracking Online Classes start August 23!

You CAN learn how to track online and aim for your first tracking title! Register now!

Not everyone has access to a tracking instructor. Now, you can learn how to track right from the beginning through CKC focused online tracking lessons! Maybe you have a friend who is always asking about tracking. Please let them know they can learn about it through these introductory lessons.

No more worrying about fields either! In these classes, learn how to start tracking in urban greenspaces close to home! You and your canine partner will be a stronger team through great exercises that are easy to learn. Through the magic of technology, view handouts, presentations, photos and video. Head out to practice your lessons, then gather with your class every two weeks to learn next steps and ask questions!

These online classes are a first in Canada and have been very successful and popular.

You’ll learn:

  • How to get started!
  • Scent theory and proper handling
  • What you need to do to pass a TD (Tracking Dog) test
  • Tips for success!

The webinar is LIVE, so you can ask more questions, with personal answers and tips to help YOU in return. Expect loads of great tips and start a great new journey with your dog!

Who should take part? These lessons are aimed at BEGINNERS who have never tracked before!

What you need to participate: Computer and wifi with audio so you can speak and listen (you may need a low-cost headset to plug in)

What is an online course like? You would be surprised to see how quickly you get used to the online environment. We can all hear each other, and we are all looking at the same screen including photos, slide shows, videos and even a white board where we can all draw our ideas!

Handouts are available for download afterwards.

Your coach has been tracking since 1990 and teaching since 1995. I have many titles on three breeds, 3 Tracking Champions and happy, successful students.

As a trained and Professional Coach, my goal is to offer comfortable, stress free learning to help individuals become the best they can be!  Using my years of coaching and training experience, I want to help you come up with a plan for success, with real goals for effective training.

Online training is a perfect choice for people who want to invest a few hours into their training and take away tools to improve their approach instantly!

Tracking is a wonderful, non-competitive sport that all dogs, large or small, mixed breed and purebred can enjoy at any age.

Have fun, make new friends and share ideas with trackers across Canada!

Course curriculum: 2017 Beginners Online Lessons

To register: Fill in this online form and send payment as described. $200 for 6 lessons. That’s $33 per lesson, delivered in 3 sessions – all in the comfort of home!

Course description: Beginners Tracking Online Lessons

PICTURED above: A young Tracking Champion Caden von der KleinenWiese studies a tracking video to pick up some tips!

Puppy Training!

I am having so much fun teaching Micah foundations for her tracking career! It has been so inspiring, that I thought I would design a Start your Puppy Tracking Webinar that incorporates my puppy tracking ideas! I also trained Ben, who I bred, from the time he could carry a tiny glove around! He is now a Tracking Champion. Ben and Micah are the first of my tracking dogs to be trained completely with my own Spiritdance Tracking methods. Here is a link to the latest blog post over on the Training Micah blog! Of course, we have fun, as Ben passes on the joy of articles to his 4,5 month old apprentice!

More Webinars and 1:1 Coaching coming soon!

I just love the online training environment! When we are all together online, it is like being together in a class! We all look at the same screen (we don’t see each other); we can talk to each other, chat and share links, use a whiteboard, look at a presentation, view videos and get handouts! It is surprising how comfortable it is! Plus you can meet trackers from across Canada and build your network and share ideas!

Spiritdance online students have been doing very well in their tracking tests and preparation. One of the benefits you’ll notice right away is the difference it makes to work with a trained, professional coach. If you’ve never really had a coach, you’ll experience the difference when you take part. This is not cookie-cutter training. Your needs and individual goals are important!

If you are looking for ideas, don’t have access to in-person instruction, or if you are striving for excellence and would like performance coaching – why not try a webinar? No commitment to classes – learn some tips in one morning, then head out to practice!

Some new webinars have been added for Fall and Winter 2017!
  • Beginners Lessons
  • Getting Started in Urban Tracking
  • Starting your Puppy
  • Winter Tracking!

Details are here!

 

If you like the webinars and online lessons, you may like to try 1:1 Individual Coaching too. Offered in 3-session “chunks” we take things one goal and one topic at a time. No long-term commitments. Personal coaching will begin in mid-October. Only 4 people per month are accepted for two sessions per month (every two weeks). Watch for future coaching announcements!

Catching Up: New Tracking Champion Ben!

I am a bit behind in announcing that Ben is my third CKC Tracking Champion, passing his UTDX in May.  Why does this matter to you? I bring my experiences – pass and fail, and training efforts – to my coaching and training. I am actively training all the time, including starting a new puppy this summer! I keep it real. This is a wonderful lifestyle and sport, and I love to share my passion with others, to help them enjoy it and achieve success.

Ben is now Tracking Champion Spiritdance Blackthorn Ben. He is pictured above posing at Hillcrest Park in my hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario where he passed his UTDX in May under judge Marie P Babin.

Jet ribbons
TCH Alta-Pete Jet. First Border Collie in Canada to earn this title.

Ben is the son of my TCH Alta-Pete Jet who was my first TCH in 2012. My second TCH was my GSD Caden von der KleinenWiese who passed his TDX and UTDX in 2015 (back to back no less, on the same day!).*

Ben passed his TD, UTD and TDX all in a row 2015 and 2016 with passes each time – Marie P Babin and Dawn Sanderson. He made it through a half-UTDX (is that like a half-marathon?) in fall 2016. I was so pleased with his performance for that first half, and found out what I had to work on, to fill the holes in our bucket. In May 2017, Ben passed UTDX the following spring under Marie P Babin.

He will go on to try for the new Master TCH as he’s only 5 (well, he will be 6 on July 21!)

*I have had a hard time publishing that I lost Caden to spine cancer last fall, very suddenly. He was only 8 years old. He can never be replaced, a great boy with a great heart, a great partner and friend. He taught me so much and I will always be grateful I had him in my life for what feels like too short a time. 

Caden ribbons
TCH Caden von der KleinWiese. My partner and friend. 2008-2016. A wonderful teacher, Caden was larger than life. A great dog with a great heart.

Cool new stuff coming this fall!

It must be the time of year! I have been receiving webinar and coaching requests from Newfoundland to BC! WOW! I am so excited about this. I will be putting together some new packages that I know people will love – after the trial first year – and thanks to everyone who took part in the first year sessions and all of your wonderful feedback.

Coaching will begin this fall. There will be more short webinars starting this fall on specific subjects this year, for small groups. I will also offer small group coaching and will continue with 1:1 for people who prefer individual goal setting and plans.

I’m going to be offering training booklets online as well, including a special blog and channel that follow’s Micah’s tracking training from the start (or, how Micah trains me!) Micah – or Gem von Wendelin, is 4 months old and already doing very well learning tracking foundations! She is pictured above, doing a great 400 meter long track two nights ago. I am very excited about her training, using my Spiritdance methods! 

Information and registration will all be posted here – using a new method. Lots of cool new stuff coming. Keep an eye on this website for announcements!