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November 5, 2017

Connection Course Cards – Bundle – ALL 3 Sets LAMINATED


Say NO to boring drills! Created by Suzanne Clothier to add fun to boring classes, Connection Course Cards are suitable for any age or training level. Mix & match the cards to create Connection Courses that build teamwork, connection and skill for handler and dog. Build simple courses or complex, challenging ones.

Contains all three CONNECTION COURSE sets.

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Say NO to boring drills! Spark up your training, and create fun courses that challenge and build the dog-human relationship with CONNECTION COURSE CARDS. For creative trainers only!*

*If you are seeking step-by-step specific games, these cards are NOT for you.There are NO step-by-step instructions for using these cards. Connection Course Cards require your imagination and training & instructing skills — and then the possibilities are endless. Our RCT TRAINING GAMES offer 24 specific games which can be played at 5 different levels in a mixed skill group setting.

Created by Suzanne Clothier to add fun to boring classes, Connection Course Cards are suitable for any age or training level. Full color, with cheerful designs that will have you smiling, printable on 8.5 x 11″ or A4. These cards are similar to Rally cards, but a lot more fun!

Do you practice by yourself? Ever run out of ideas or find yourself doing boring drills with your dog? Connection Course Cards to the rescue! Grab a few cards, set up a course, and challenge yourself and your dog while having fun.

By challenge, we mean work on the quality of connection. How long can it be maintained? What interrupts the connection? Why is the leash tight? When are extra signals necessary? What pulls your dog out of connection? If you just want to march along practicing a drill of behaviors without focusing on quality, these cards are not for you. If you are a trainer who understands that connection is the foundation for everything, if you’re interested in setting the bar higher, and asking your students (or yourself) “What’s the best you can do?” these cards are a great tool.

Increase the difficulty by adding more cards, or increasing the distance between them. Handlers learn that even going a short distance in high quality connection is hard – but it’s what makes for great performance. If you have connection, you have the dog. Then you simply need to practice and polish those skills under greater complexity and for longer periods.

Smart instructors will love what Connection Course Cards can do for their groups and classes. Train without boring drills! Your students will love the fresh, creative approach to building skills. Run entire Connection Course classes with endless variations – ideal for a drop-in class.

Mix & match the cards to create Connection Courses that build teamwork, connection and skill for handler and dog. Countless variations are possible. Build simple courses or complex, challenging ones.

BENEFITS of Connection Course Cards

  • ORGANIZES HANDLER INTENT Clear intent organizes the handler’s signals and movement. Handlers learn to use their body language, gestures, voice and intention to create clarity for the dog.
  • PRACTICE WITH A PURPOSE Connection Courses create purposeful practice through a series of specific goals. Experiential learning allows the handler and dog to experiment and learn how to find their best solution.
  • AUTHENTIC BEHAVIOR The cards provide the motivation for authentic behavior. To achieve the goal, handlers automatically organize themselves in a way that is comfortable and natural for them and their dog. For example, when “walking on ice” a handler changes their posture, gait, balance, breathing and more. Dogs respond enthusiastically to authentic behavior.

Connection Course Cards make it easy to add fun and creativity to your training sessions.

Note: These cards are ready to use, with heavy duty lamination. They will stand up to serious use for years to come. BUT they are heavy!! International customers may find the cost of shipping prohibitive, so the digital download version will be perfect, though you have to laminate themselves yourself.

This laminated set contains all three CONNECTION COURSE sets.

FOUNDATION SET  The Foundation Set focuses on transitions – starts, stops, turns, changes of pace and changes of direction. The transitions in a Connection Course help the handler & dog learn to stay connected during interruptions. 30 cards, plus Tips on Using & Training with Connection Course Cards. Includes :

  • Don’t Miss Train
  • Sad Shuffle
  • Tie Shoe
  • Hurry!
  • About Turn
  • Loopyville
  • Ice
  • Ice Melted
  • Silly Walk
  • Slow
  • Slow Motion
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Surprise Us!
  • Normal (2)
  • Go Back
  • Silly Walk
  • Left (2)
  • Decision Point
  • Tiny Steps
  • Slow Motion
  • Loopyville
  • Zig-Zag
  • Chair Sit
  • Ouch!
  • It’s a Miracle!
  • Right (2)

SET TWO focuses on greater skills and splitting attention. These cards are an excellent addition to the Foundation Set or they may be used on a stand-alone basis. More challenges, including splitting handler attention. 18 cards, plus Tips on Using & Training with Connection Course Cards. Includes :

  • Match Socks
  • Take big steps
  • Stack cups
  • Walk Like A Crab
  • Sort Coins
  • Raining
  • Sun’s Out
  • Circle Dog
  • Pour A Cup
  • Sort by Card Color
  • Ask for Behavior
  • Dance Around
  • 5 Red Things
  • Figure 8
  • Normal
  • Balance Books
  • Decision Point
  • Slow Motion

SET THREE focuses on teamwork to accomplish more demanding tasks for the handler. The handler is challenged to remain engaged with the dog even when the task requires cognitive effort. An excellent addition to the Foundation Set and Set #2. 15 cards, plus Tips on Using & Training with Connection Course Cards. Includes:

  • Add It Up!
  • Solve Puzzle
  • 5 Things Name
  • Walk Backwards
  • Hello!
  • Something Green
  • Rain Dance
  • Build A Treat Trail
  • Check My Paws
  • My Dog’s Name
  • Alphabetize
  • Sort by Word
  • Hoop to Hoop
  • Halt at X
  • Containers
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