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“By attending “C.H.A.C.O Dog Training & Behavior Consulting LLC” classes we learned a lot and so did our standard poodle Dash. Almudena has a first-class facility with a large field for classes, within a larger securely fenced area that readily adapts to the wide range of activities she incorporates in her teaching. She is a personable and caring individual as well as a very knowledgeable professional totally committed to helping owners and their dogs.
The classes are usually small, 4 owners with their dogs, which allows some one-on-one time with Almudena when needed, and the classes are nonthreatening and fun for the dog. With her extensive knowledge, she is able to address any special problems encountered. For example, our dog had spent the first nine months of his life in a kennel being mostly ignored. Almudena really helped socialize Dash and he’s become a confident, happy dog, who likes to play and he enjoys the company of other dogs and people.” – Robb & Kate Palmer, Tesuque, NM
From participants of the Developing the Confident Dog class.
“Thanks so much for the excellent recall class that Roxie and I attended. I really enjoyed it. You teach important concepts in interesting ways, and your class is a very different experience than other classes I have taken over the years. It was very helpful and thought provoking.” – Patty Sciarrotta & Roxie
Class is held outside with more than 6ft. between participants. Masks may be required.
Registration is now closed.
Welcome to Agility From the Ground Up,
a series of classes beginning with the fundamentals. Or… think of it as a circle of enthusiasts who are committed to learning the many aspects of the sport while helping their dogs excel.
The pressure is off and the fun is on!
All classes and instruction given are based on the science of animal learning. Behaviors are build step-by-step using reinforcement as well as the use of a marker (clicker).
The goal here is to make sure handlers and their dogs are successful in understanding and executing the task at hand before moving forward with more advanced work.
Course 1: (AG1): Saturdays at 10 am-11 am. September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd and October 10th.
At C.H.A.C.O.’s training hub in Tesuque. Directions will be sent after registration & payment.
Covers learning theory (how dogs learn, including clicker training) reward procedures, good agility practices (safety, handling, and focus work) introduction to working with “equipment.”
Will include: Strategies to get your dog “fired” and focused on the training, teaching dogs how to go around, between, over and under different pieces of “equipment” and building confidence around noise.
We hone in teaching our dogs’ proprioception (how they use their body in space). Dogs will have an opportunity to learn awareness and control of their rear end by learning how to step with precision forward, backward, and sideways – all required when engaged in the sport; as well as Starts and Stays.
Courses 4, 5, and 6:
Will cover jumps and tunnels; fine-tune our handling system and communication with the dog by using proper body language as well as contact obstacles.
Trainer: Almudena Ortiz Cué M.A. CTC, CPDT, Tellington TTouch™ Cert.
Pre-requisites: Dogs must be 5 months or older to participate and at least one year of age for courses 4, 5 and 6.
First-class orientation- no dogs.
Semi-private open to 4 guardians and 4 dogs.
They must be dog and people friendly (no lunging, growling at dogs or people).
Mini-courses build on one another so attendance to the prior course is required to enroll on the next one or private session (s) prior to the beginning of next course to catch up to the next “level”.
Proof of vaccines or proof up to date titer test.
For new clients, you must complete the form on this page and submit the payment below before registering for this class. If you are a current (or have taken a class/private training with Almudena) C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC. client, please complete the form on this page here.
Fee: $235.67 (Santa Fe county tax included).
NOTE: First class is a people only class. NO DOGS, please. Directions to the site will be provided a few days before class begins. Registration closes 3 days prior to class starting or when class is full. Almudena will contact participants the Wednesday before the first day of the course to confirm the class is meeting. A minimum of three participants must be enrolled and have paid by the Wednesday prior to the course for the class to take place.