Fall Treibball Schedule: group classes, private and semi-private lessons

Contact Char: dogsontheball@gmail.com

Fall Treibball classes at Love on a Leash in Harrisonburg, VA will be held twice a month as follows:

  • September 7th & 21st, Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • October 6th, Sunday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Oct. 19th, Saturday, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • November 2nd & 16th, Saturdays 10:00-11:00 AM

Fees and requirements:

Dogs must have completed basic obedience training consisting of or equivalent to: CGC, or sports foundation training, or other equivalent training. Must be reliable enough to work off leash around other dogs.

New students:  For new students these classes are offered as a prepaid 5-week block session for $75.00. Discount for Love on a Leash members, $60.00. Making up missed classes: Please note that the 5 week fee is non-refundable. There are 6 classes scheduled to allow for one makeup if you miss a class. If you don’t need a make up class by week 6, you may elect to attend the 6th class as a pay per class.

Returning students who have already completed 2 x 5 week introductory sessions (10 weeks): Pay per class is $15.00.  Discount for Love on a Leash members, $12.00.

Private and Semi-privates: lessons are being offered at Turner Farms, just north of Harrisonburg on Rt. 11. Fully fenced and secure 50′ x 100′ outdoor  training area. Indoor 60′ x 40′ also available.

  • Fees: Private lessons are $30.00/hr. Semi-private is $15.00/hr.
  • Semi-privates: When you schedule a semi-private lesson please remember that it depends on two participants. If one person cancels last minute or is a no-show, the remaining person can opt for a 1/2 hour private for $15.00, or upgrade to an hour private for $30.00.

The Treibball journey in progress…

These are exciting times in the field of dog training, dog sports, communication and technology. When agility was in it’s infancy, so was the Internet. As the Internet has grown, we have all been witness to the explosion of information and communication. It is no coincidence that dog training and sports have exploded along with it!

Haley pushing

When Treibball first came on the scene it was via youtube in about 2009-10. Since then the entire world is now able to view the sport in it’s infancy and literally watch it grow. Everytime I search youtube for treibball, I find something new. An inspiration for a new training idea or a game, training techniques, equipment, etc. You name it, it’s there somewhere! I have been captivated by the creativity and pure joy by which this sport is executed. And it grows.

In late 2012, the first virtual World Treibball League was implemented by trainer/instructor Nancy Tanner of Bozeman, Montana. This has been a wonderful outlet for those of us that are engaged, creating, and growing with the sport. All by VIDEO, the league allows us to share and engage from across the globe. Those of us participating are forming this unique bond and share comments, ideas, and opinions about what we are doing in the league. We watch each other’s videos from far away places, we watch each other struggle and grow. We support each other on this journey, and we all love our dogs no matter what they do.

We are all a part of something bigger than ourselves, and even bigger than the league itself at this point. We are part of the ever growing trend in creativity and humanity in dog sports-and it is all about us working together with our dogs to mutually enrich our lives and make us better human beings. Just to know the pure joy of  learning, playing, communicating and creating, as equal and willing partners with our dogs. There are no ribbons, titles or accolades that can be more rewarding than that!

Summer Treibball classes continue, all levels welcome

Next 5 week session runs Wed. July 10 through Aug. 14 (no class Aug 7th) at Love on a Leash in Harrisonburg VA. Students will learn to apply marker/reward, shaping, and targeting skills as they apply to treibball.  Any breed or mix can play this sport. Prerequisites are basic obedience, sports foundation class or equivalent. Dogs must be reliable to work off leash. At this time we have beginner to intermediate students in the class. All are welcome, and you will get personal attention working at your own level. Come join the fun! Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00. Details and class descriptions.

Fees: $75.00/5 weeks. Love on a Leash members, $60.00/5weeks

For registration and more info email Char: dogsontheball@gmail.com

Words and music that never go out of style!

I’m a sucker for American classic pop music, and I use this Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen song as my training mantra. You really should click on the link here and listen to the Paul McCartney version of this great song: Accentuate the Positive (youtube, Paul McCartney version!).  It is a great tune to keep in your head along with the lyrics, and the lyrics go like this:

“You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch onto the affirmative and don’t mess with Mr. in-between. Spread joy up to the maximum…no-oo, don’t mess with Mr. In-between!”

So apply this to your training (and pretty sound advice for living too!)-

  • accentuate the positive…” = Always acknowledge and reinforce desired behavior. i.e. look for what your dog is doing right and let them know it!
  • “eliminate the negative…” = Extinguish unwanted behavior by ignoring it (and reinforcing an alternate desired behavior).
  • “latch onto the affirmative…” =  Always be in positive mode. Our dogs should never be confused or stressed by our mood when training! If you can’t train happy, then stop and wait until you can.
  • “and don’t mess with Mr. in-between, no…!” = Don’t be wishy-washy. Know your criteria and keep it crystal clear, and be consistent.
  • “Spread joy up to the maximum…” = this should define our training and relationship with our dogs!

Happy training! Char