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Participate in the Workshop

 

This workshop includes nine hours of total instruction over a three-day progression. Each day of the workshop is slightly different than the day before, depending on the comfortability and progress of you and your dog.

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After each daily session, we urge all participants to take what they learned each day as homework and practice before the following day begins. We want you to get the most out of the three days as possible. The more effort you put in, the more questions you may have and the more answer and success you will find. 

Just like a student learning something new in school, no dog is expected to "get it" right away. We're all about progress and small wins—and they'll need help from their teacher.
 
  

$450   |   3 days of instruction  |   9am-12pm 

 

Curriculum

The method we'll apply throughout this workshop is founded on the way dogs inherently understand the world around them and communicate with each other. You'll discover quickly that, while you are handling your dog, you will also be learning alongside him or her.

Throughout our time together, handlers will be strongly encouraged to exhibit patience, maintain calm energy, and manage realistic expectations for progress with your canine companion.

All exercises covered during the workshop are on-leash and will progressively increase in difficulty as comfort and trust is seen in both the handler and in the dog.

Ideally, we will move your dog through each exercise with a nose band ( also known as a 'figure 8') which we'll provide for all students at the start of the workshop. If a particular dog or handler is not comfortable with a nose band, we will begin with a simple "slip lead" until comfort and trust is gained.

The use of a nose band is ideal as it allows for better control and "feel" of your dog. This will help garner ease and clarify communication through the exercises; however, its use not necessary for success in our method. 
 

Capacity

To offer our students the best experience, this workshop is capped at 10 handlers with one dog allowed per handler. We ask that the handler and dog remain the same throughout the whole weekend.

This workshop is not open to "red zone" dogs at this time.


Schedule

Each day of the workshop, we will begin at 9:00am and end at 12:00pm. 

 

Location

Workshops takes place on our Dog Ranch in Scappoose; about a 30 minute drive from downtown Portland, Oregon.


Cost

The cost of this workshop is $450 total. The fee will be collected upon your registration.
 

Spectators

We welcome the public to audit our workshop, and for participants to invite family or friends. Auditors may attend at $25 per human. RSVP to spectate here.
 

Cancellation

Your workshop reservation will be finalized once your $100 deposit is paid. This deposit is non-refundable. The remaining cost of the workshop is due two weeks prior to the workshop start date.

If you wish to cancel your reservation and receive a refund of your payment, you must notify us via email at adventures@ortails.com two weeks prior to the start date of your workshop. Please include your full name and workshop dates in the email.

Cancellation requests with less than two weeks of notice before the workshop start date will not be refunded. Please email us if there are special circumstances such as a medical emergency.