Bella Vista Training Center is holding two days of Distance Skills workshops with national agility competitor Paula Goss.
On Saturday, May 6, 2023, Paula will teach “Distance Right From the Start!” for Puppies and young dogs-Flatwork, Jumps, and Tunnels from 8 a.m. to Noon and Perfecting Distance Cues for Open/Masters Levels teams from 1pm-5pm.
On Sunday, May 7, 2023, Paula will teach “Using Distance to Improve Confidence & Drive.”
There is a limit of eight working teams per session.
Cost is $110 per working session; $45 per session to audit. Take one and audit one for $135.
If there is a specific distance challenge you would like addressed, please send it to Paula by Jan. 23.
The ability to do all contact equipment at full competition height is required for the sessions. The Open/Master sessions are for dog/handler teams with distance skills that wish to improve upon their performance.
These seminars will be held indoors on in-filled turf in Bella Vista’s heated Arena.
Paula has been involved in competitive agility for over 30 years. She started competing in the early 1990’s, and she has been teaching agility since 2000. Her students have handled a wide variety of dogs representing various breeds, sizes, and ages. Many of her students have gone on to win and/or place at the National levels of AKC, NADAC, and USDAA as well as at their breed specialties. She specializes in using purposeful distance for success in the distance classes, but also as a handling advantage to get handlers up ahead of their dogs and to speed them up.
Paula has had great success with her own dogs. Her Labrador Retriever, Emily, led her to the sport of agility; since then, she has been owned by seven border collies: Tory, Split, Trae, Tessie, Cade, Kellan, and the newest addition to the family, Jace. Paula’s dogs have achieved TOP 10 yearly placements in NADAC over the years; multiple NATCH’s and V-NATCH’s; numerous Speedstar Awards; and have cumulatively won the NADAC Championships 12 times. In addition, Trae earned his MODSQUAD Award for his distance work.
Paula’s distance skills has always been her favorite skillset to teach, but Jace, the newest guy, has been a different journey which has given Paula a whole new set of experiences/skills to share with others – taking a dog with very low drive and not much focus or work ethic; and turning him into quite a nice agility dog who is gaining more confidence, speed, and distance every week has been her past year’s focus with him.