As an instructor, competitor and dog owner, I feel it is imperative to continue to learn ways to improve our lives and the lives of our companions. Whether it is education in behavior, nutrition, health care or training you can never learn too much! Applying this knowledge not only enriches our own canine family but the family of our clients as well.
This past weekend I had the privilege to attend a Rally FrEe seminar presented by Julie Flanery herself at her own wonderful 12,000 square foot facility!! Julie said she is only able to give this seminar every few years (like 5-6!) due to her super busy schedule. I’m so glad I was able to attend!
I’ve been interested in this sport for many years. There are many reason why I feel Rally FrEe is a valuable sport but for me the most valuable aspect is how it can increase your relationship with your canine companion. All the training (and the rules of the organization also) keeps the dogs mental and physical well being at the forefront of importance. Julie Flanery is a very thoughtful and precise trainer and she showed us many of her training tips and tricks to help get behavior in a way that makes it easy and fun for the dog.
There are many benefits of Rally FrEe (RF). Everything about RF is based on positive training and a positive atmosphere in all aspects of the sport. Julie has created many ways to assist those interested in training that make it fun and clear. The training, for me, is a means to many things; a better behaved dog, a new sport to compete in, provides tools (trained behaviors) to use in other aspects of living with your dog and most importantly: a BETTER RELATIONSHIP with your dog while you are both having fun with training!
I’m looking forward to delving more into this sport and sharing it with others!