Preparing Your Puppy for Performance: 

Focus, Fitness, Connection, Cues and Rules

Do you have a new puppy? 

 Do you have a puppy and not sure what to safely do with your pup?

Do you want to learn some fun bonding exercises to do with your pup? 

Do you want to learn great foundation exercises to teach your pup your cues?

Join Lisa with her rescue puppy Emmy and her nephew Luke with his rescue pup Zoomy as they learn rules, connection and cues exercises as well as foundation  agility and fitness exercises. Also included in this course is The Prepared Puppy Class with Inspire as the star! So you will see how I have trained Inspire, Emulate and Zoomy !!

This class is jammed packed with great lessons on:

Lots of Training and Puppy Lectures

Connection Exercises


Targeting (Toys and Bucket)

Cone Work

Teaching Your Pup to Understand Your Cues

Teach Your Pup to Drive Forward

Foundation Start-Lines

Foundation Contact Training

Puppy Fitness -Body Awareness, Surface Training, Body Targeting and What to do and not to do!!!

OVER 50 VIDEOS than include step by step progression of teaching the pups these exercises!


Start Date  SELF PACED COURSE:  As soon as you sign up, you have access to all the lessons.  This way, you can pick and choose which exercises to work on.

There are over 50 training videos in this class!

BONUS COURSE: Included in this course is the Prepared Puppy Class with Inspire as the star!! He is 4 years old now but you can watch the foundation exercises I did with him that helped mold him into the superstar agility dog that he is now!

This is not a 6 or 8 week course. It is a class to show you things to work on with your pup for months and months from learning to put the leash on to going through the first hoop!

End Date:   Students have access to this class till the end of 2022

Working Students can submit video until end of 2022

Working Students can submit up a total of 30 minutes of video for detailed instructor feedback.   This gives you the chance to pick the lessons that you want more detailed feedback on. 

Auditors can ask questions and comment 

NEW for 2021 - VIDEO REVIEW!! I record my screen and do a voiceover as I watch your homework videos! I can do slow motion, draw lines and more! 

It is very exciting to get a new pup!! Sometimes we want to jump right into training the puppy in agility. But we have to be very careful of puppies growing bodies and minds.  The key to preparing your puppy for performance is having a strong connection and a solid training foundation. 
Bonding and connecting are the most important things to do with your pup. In this class we will go over connection games to do with your pup to keep your pup in the Connection Zone with you. Additionally, we will work on teaching your pups your cues. We will use toys, targets and cones to work the groundwork exercises that will teach your pup to follow your body language, learn your verbal cues and understand motion that helps give them the confidence and understanding of your cues before ever seeing any agility equipment. We will also start working distance right from the start so that you are your pup get comfortable working away from each other. Teaching groundwork exercises will help your puppy learn to follow your body language, learn your verbal cues and understand motion. It also helps to teach distance skills.

Teaching groundwork exercises will help your puppy learn to follow your body language, learn your verbal cues and understand motion. It also helps to teach distance skills.

Lisa (and sometimes Luke) shows you the step by step process with multiple videos at different times to show you the actual learning process of each pup.    

We do not want to put our pups in a box and wait for them to be grown before we start training them.   We also do not want to train our puppies like our adult dogs.   We need be knowledge about our pups growing bodies and perform mental and physical exercises geared towards our puppies growing bodies and minds. 

What is different about puppies?

Puppies are growing and developing both mentally and physically so need to be very careful of what exercises we do with pups.  Bones, growth plates, muscles, ligaments and tendons can grow at different times as do different parts of the body.   This makes puppies vulnerable to injury that can be caused by too much exercise or the wrong kind of exercise.

This class is great for all puppies from 8 weeks old to a year old (or older).   

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Working Spot


Auditing Spot

Example Video Review


Lisa is the owner of In The Zone, LLC.  She is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, a member of Bobbie Lyon’s K9 Fit Team and Certified Pet Massage Practitioner.  Lisa is one of the most accomplished handlers in NADAC. Her consistent, clear positive approach to dog training is evidence with her continual success with multiple dogs! She has been doing agility for over 20 years. She offers agility, conditioning and massage seminars across the continent.   Additionally, Lisa puts on about 12 NADAC trials a year.   To learn more about Lisa go to: Lisa has come home from the NADAC Championships with 10 trophies with 5 different dogs. She has finished in Overall Top 3 at NADAC Champs 22 times with 9 different dogs including her Brittany and Aussie. She has earned some coveted distance awards. JP7 earned the Purple Distance Cup Award~less than 10 dogs in the WORLD have this award. Tandem earned the Silver Versatility Distance Cup Award-less than 10 dogs in the WORLD have this award. Tandem, JP7 and Revolution earned the coveted Purple MODSQUAD award--Master of Distance and Speed which requires high level distance handling and speed. Less than 25 dogs in the world have this award and Lisa has three of them.  JP7 and Tandem earned the Silver Distance Cup Award.  Nine of her dogs have over 200 NATCHES, over 45 Speed Stars.  Eight of her dogs have almost 200 Bonus Runs (requires big distance skills). Her dogs are consistently in the Top 10 every year and in most categories in the NADAC Hall of Fame.