In The Zone Puppy Program: The Prepared Puppy~Creating Confidence, Connection and Teaching Cues & Distance

Puppy Training

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In The Zone Puppy Program

Preparing your Puppy for Performance:

Creating Confidence, Connection

and Teaching Cues & Distance

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. So what can we safely train our pup in their first year of life?

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.

This class is jammed packed with great lessons on:

  • Connection Exercises
  • Shadow-Handling
  • Groundwork Exercises
  • Targeting (Toys and Bucket)
  • Teaching Your Pup to Understand Your Cues
  • Teach Your Pup your Turn Cues
  • Teach Your Pup to Drive Forward
  • Distance Foundation Training
  • Start-Lines

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.

In this class I will be performing these exercises with my puppy Inspire! You will see the actual learning process of how I train my pup. I will also use my advanced dogs for some exercises to show you that even very advanced dogs still need a refresher on these exercises. I have never had a dog understand my cues and body language as a pup/young dog as Inspire does and I attribute this to the new groundwork exercises that I have done! He has amazing distance already. I am so excited about our agility journey and would love to share some of the great exercises I did with him as he grew from a pup to a dog that just started to compete with great success!!

This class is great for puppies as well as older dogs that need to learn these skills and more advanced teams that want a “tune-up”.

Equipment: elevated foot target ( I use feed bucket), toys and cones.

You will have access to this class a year after enrollment, giving you plenty of time to train, video and get feedback on your videos.

Working Spot: $150 This fee includes video analysis and feedback of your homework assignments.

Auditors: Can view all material and ask questions. No video submittal. If you audit and would like me to look at a video of a specific exercise, the fee is $20 per lesson.

This class is a prerequisite for Preparing your Puppy for Performance: Starting Equipment-Hoops, Tunnels and Contact Training

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Your Instructor

Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP
Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP

Lisa is a Certified Pet Massage Practitioner, FITPAWS Master Trainer, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and a member of Bobbie Lyon’s K9 Fit Team. She gives agility, conditioning and massage seminars across the continent.

She 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! 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 21 times with 9 different dogs including her Brittany and Aussie. Nine of her dogs have over 150 NATCHES, over 35 Speed Stars. Eight of her dogs have 140 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. In September 2018, Tandem earned the coveted Purple MODSQUAD award--Master of Distance and Speed which requires high level distance handling and speed. He is the 15thdog in the world to earn this award. JP7 achieved his Silver MODSQUAD in Dec 2018. Revolution only need one more bonus to achieve this award also. At the 2018 NADAC Championships, Tandem was the NADAC World Large Vet Dog Champion and NADAC Large Vet Dog Champion. JP7 was NADAC World Starter Stakes Reserve Champion and NADAC Reserve Champion Starter Stakes (high level distance class) and Distance Bonus Cup Champion. Revolution brought home 1stPlace Team Trophy. Here is a link to 2018 Champs Highlights Video: the 2017 NADAC Championships, Revolution was Reserve Champion, JP7 achieved 4 sashes in Starter Stakes, and Tandem and Synergy also made it to finals. Amazingly, in 2018 and 2017, her four dogs earned 26 NATCHES and 10 Speed Stars each year! Talk about being consistent at a high levelJIn 2015, Tandem won the highest number of Bonus Points Trophy in Starter Stakes. From 2008-20011, Moxie and Lisa won their class at champs! In 2007, Expedite won the Skilled Veteran Class and in 2006 Haley (Brittany) won Double Digit Class. To view a complete list of accomplishments, videos of runs and photos please visit To view some bonus’ runs

Lisa is a consummate learner. She continues to take classes and attend seminars whenever possible. She continues to evaluate her training and adjusts accordingly. She puts on many seminars across the continent and in doing so, meets lots of different teams with different issues. This has taught her to be open minded, to think on her feet and outside the box! She loves to be challenged and to help people succeed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
For one year from the start of class. The school reserves the right to modify, update or remove this class at any time.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
You will receive a refund if you request your cancellation at least 1 day before the class begins. There are no refunds after class has started.