Zanee Summer Camp 2021
Zanee Agility Camp 1: August 27, 28, 29
Zanee Agility Camp 2: August 31, Sept 1, 2
Photos from 2019 Camp!
2021 Zanee Summer Camp
This camp will focus on INDEPENDENT SKILLS to get YOU moving down the line ahead of your dog. Our four instructors will help you and your dog master independence obstacle performance and strengthen your teamwork through skill-building and coursework sessions! Camp is open to all level of dogs!
2021 Camp Information
LOCATION: All workshops will be held outdoors on grass at Argus Ranch, 35612 212th Way SE, Auburn, WA 98092. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will move inside to the competition arena.
COST FOR CAMP: $600; does not include lodging. A $300 deposit is due with early registration for prior Summer Camp attendees. After registering for camp and getting a confirmed spot (in the random draw or pre registration) you will have one week to pay your deposit. If your deposit is not paid, the spot may be given to someone else.
LODGING: Brutus Hall, RV parking and camping are available for an additional charge. To book your RV or camping reservation, go to https://www.argusranch.com/book-a-room. Brutus Hall will be open for reservations on June 1st and we will be sending more information to those who are interested in staying on site. We are encouraging everyone to share rooms. You can see a full description of each room on the website. All of the rooms have at least 2 beds (various sizes). Some rooms have private baths. All rooms have shared baths, kitchen and living space.There are also several hotels close by in Auburn!
FOOD: We will offer coffee and breakfast snacks in the morning, and lunch and snacks in the afternoon. Dinner will be on your own, except for the second day at camp, when we will have a BBQ and a presentation. We will provide both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. If you have other dietary restrictions, you may need to supplement what is offered. The closest available restaurants/grocery stores are about a 10-minute drive.
SATURDAY NIGHT BBQ AND LECTURE:
We’re having a BBQ and lecture Saturday night! We are still confirming our instructor for the Saturday night BBQ. Updates will come shortly!
Full refunds will be issued for those who pull 30 days or more from the event if a substitute is found.
A 50% partial refund will be issued for those who pull 30 days prior to the event if a substitute is found.
No refunds will be given to those who pull 2 weeks before the event.
No refunds will be issued if no substitute is found.
There is not a lot of shade. Please be prepared to bring shade tents and shade cloths for yourself and your dogs. We will have a few canopies set up for everyone to use. If you have the ability to share your canopy, that would be great!
Day 1 and 2 will consist of group rotations through each of the instructors and Day 3 will have specific electives to choose from. Each group will have 2 working sessions and 1 break session per day. Day 3 participants will be given elective choices, hopefully it will work out that everyone will get their first choices, but just to be on the safe side, you will be asked to indicate a first choice and second choice for the sessions.
Day 1 and Day 2
9:00am - 11:30am Session
12:30pm - 3:00pm Session
3:15pm - 5:45pm Session
Day 2 Evening
9:00am - 11:30am elective
12:30pm - 3:00pm elective
3:15pm - 5:45pm elective
9:00am Transitioning to Trials - games to help the dogs get engaged outside the ring, stay engaged on the way to the line, and also start line work
1:30. Engagement - Challenge you and your dog’s connection on course. Providing off course opportunities, challenging lines and situations that test your skills as a team, you will learn how to stay engaged throughout the course.
3:45. Winning Lines - Determine the most efficient way to navigate through any course. And find the best lines for you and your dog!
9:00am: That’s a fine line - It’s all about the line… in fact, LINES rule the game of agility! You will learn how to identify all the lines, also referred to as the dogs path and the handler path, in both shorter and longer sequences and know how to best use them to your team’s advantage. We will also discuss and learn how to avoid off-course potentials/traps based on the understanding of lines. If you dream about accuracy, consistency and speed in your game, this is where you learn how to accomplish that.
1:30pm: Exercise your options - Options are good for the handler...not for the dog! Throughout an agility course, whether in training or in trialing, we constantly look for the best handling options for our team. We look for a variety of handling options that are efficient, fast, direct and ultimately gives the dog the very best information and allows you to stay assertive and ahead of your dog.
3:45pm: You get what you cue - Precision in Handling/communication! - Ultimately, how the dog responds on course is a direct reflection of what we cue. Dogs are very good in giving us immediate feedback on our handling, whether it’s good or bad. Creating consistency in your handling system, will build clarity, confidence and trust for both you and your dog.
9:00am: Verbal discrimination - Break discriminations down so that both you and your dog understand them from anywhere! We will focus on cuing the obstacle and leaving so you can get anywhere on course!
1:30pm: Young dog skills - Work through short sequences focusing on forward sends, obstacle commitment, and side changes. We will maximize the handler's steps while learning how to set clear lines for the dogs.
3:45pm: Send and Go - How far can you send?? We will focus on training and building understanding of commitment to obstacles so you can get ahead. This workshop is appropriate for dogs novice to masters level and want to improve your commitment and understanding
9:00am: Building Confidence for Motivation and Speed -This elective is designed to address the most common reasons your dog might struggle with their confidence level in agility. In this session, we will play games, do exercises, and teach you and your dog skills that will help you both shine in agility! We will focus on finding and clarifying what your dog finds motivating in training, and making sure that your training is clear and consistent. You will learn how to respond to errors in training or on course to prevent shut-downs and keep motivation up. You will learn how to build skills and routines so that your dog will still feel motivated and confident to play agility even when rewards are no longer present. Most importantly, we will work to develop a joyful training partnership built on mutual trust. All of this work will help your dog's love of agility grow and culminate in a dog who is confident and motivated to run agility with you for the sake of playing the game.
1:30pm: It's a Game, So Let's Play! - This elective is designed for those handlers and dogs who struggle with toy play, non-toy play, or a good old game of chase with their handler and/or dogs that have a difficult time taking toys as reinforcement in training or on course. I am of the firm belief that dogs are always choosing what is reinforcing, but I also believe play can and does reduce stress, help our anxious dogs feel a bit less anxious, and as studies have shown, play and enrichment helps develop larger brains than those who are living a more serious life. Which basically computes to our dogs will learn more quickly when play is involved. So break out your squeaky balls, pull out the fleece, double knot your running shoes and let's get to playing.
3:45pm: Solid Startlines and Confident Lead-Outs! -Does your startline routine have you constantly repeating your wait cue while you walk backward and have your hand pointing at your dog? Do you simply find ways to start with your dog even though it will put you in a less than ideal position to handle the rest of the course? Maybe your dog, in a different role, has a difficult time leaving the start line, or maybe you have a difficult time knowing how to start your run. In this elective class, we will work not only on creating a solid stay and release but will also run some popular and tricky openings to decide how to best set ourselves up to run the rest of the course in confidence.
Are you ready for camp?!
Argus Ranch Dog Sports & Training Center (argusranch.com), and Zanee Agility (zaneeagility.com)
Jordan Biggs is the proud new owner of Argus Ranch and hails from the Pacific Northwest.
Jordan is combining her skills as a trainer and handler to become a force to be reckoned with in the agility ring! She began 2018 with a bang by representing the USA with her 3-year old Border Collie, Kirbee, at the IFCS World Agility Championships in Italy. She also won her way onto the USA European Open Team by winning round one and went to the Netherlands in July, 2019.
She shares her home with Border Collies, Kirbee, Riskee, their love-child Pancake, and the newest addition Maybee, and her 1 year old Powder Puff Chinese Crested Iffee!
Agility University ( agility-u.com), and Agility MasterClass (agilitymasterclass.com)
Tracy Sklenar has been training dogs and competing in dog agility for almost 20 years and is perhaps the only handler in the world who has won medals in international Finals as a coach for 2 different countries AND as a handler with her own dog in both team and individual events.
She is on the faculty of Agility University and Agility MasterClass and also travels extensively to teach seminars and compete. Her “Feet Forward” approach to handling and emphasis on connection and reinforcement have helped handlers excel at every level and with every type of dog!
Currently, she shares her life with 6 dogs: 3 BC/terrier mixes (13 year old Export, 10 year old Matrix, and puppy Hot Sauce), a BC/Croatian mix (5 year old Voodoo) and two Papillons (6 year old Crusher and 4 year old Macho Nacho). In the ring, their runs are noted for focus, accuracy, consistency and speed!
Oregon School For Clever Dogs (cleverdogsagility.com)
Tammy has been training dogs for more than 30 years and found her love for agility in 1999 with her Australian Shepherd, Blaze. She has been teaching since 2002 and opened her own training program in 2006 when she founded the Oregon School for Clever Dogs.
Tammy's training focuses on creating a happy working relationship with her dogs and loves sharing this philosophy with others. The love of play and cooperation shines through in the engagement Tammy's dogs show on course.
Tammy has two Border Collies, Hi-Fi and Freddy Mercury, and a Mudi named Cake.
Pace Agility (desireesnelleman.com)
Desiree is no stranger to the field of teaching and coaching. It is her passion and what she has done all her life. She has her Teaching and Coaching Credentials from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, and she also holds a degree from San Diego State University in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine.
She is formerly the Master Agility Instructor at It’s A Dog’s World Training and Agility Center (IADW) in Sumner, Washington. She is currently an instructor at Argus Ranch in Auburn, WA. She gives seminars around the US and abroad and offers remote coaching as part of her own dog training business, Pace Agility.