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Welcome to Poised for Success!


Providing Online Instruction


in Canine Musical Freestyle


since 2012!


Now offering classes in


Canine Parkour


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Our Philosophy



I firmly believe that the ultimate goal of participation in dog sports, whether for serious competition or just for fun, should be to increase the overall quality of a dog's life and to build a mutual partnership of joy and trust between dog and handler.  Therefore, in all classes offered through Poised for Success, I strive to combine good quality skill building with patience and a sense of humor.  My hope is that every class will help you and your dog come to know and trust one another more deeply, and increase your enjoyment of working together through performance to music.




What's New?





Early  Spring  Session Online Classes


Begin on Tuesday, March 5th


See below for details






Tessa posing on the "platform" we used for the "Trick on a Platform" exercise





Early Spring Classes


March 5, 2019 through April 30, 2019




Canine Parkour:  Experienced Teams


Parkour Coaching and

Handlers Choice Skills


This class is for teams who have either taken "Introduction to Parkour Skills, Fun, and Titling", or who have earned at least one Canine Parkour Title.


In this class, participants may choose to work on any and all Parkour skills!  Topics may include: 


   - Regular Interactions that were not covered in Intro class

     (Or, that were covered, but you are still working on!)

   - Advanced Interactions

   - Building enthusiasm/focus

   - Tips for performance in different locations

   - Working toward higher level titles

   - You pretty much name it!!


Students are welcome to share video for feedback throughout the class!





Canine Parkour:  Beginner Teams


Introduction to Parkour

Skills, Fun, and Titling



Canine Parkour, which is loosely considered to be a form of the sport of Agility, is a somewhat new dog sport.  In Canine Parkour, the handler teaches the dog to carry out a series of Interactions, such as:  jumping, putting two or four paws on, going under, going between, walking across, going around, backing between or onto, and sending to, or around.  One the Interactions are taught, the dog and handler go out into the world and perform them using different objects in the environment.  Typically, one Interaction is performed at a time, but there are also opportunities for sequencing.

Canine Parkour is an excellent activity for confidence building, fostering teamwork between dog and handler, and physical fitness for both dog and handler.  Parkour is an appropriate activity for a young dog in training, for an older dog with limited mobility, and for dogs of every age and circumstance in between.



In this multi-level class, an introduction to the sport of Canine Parkour wil be provided for teams that are new, and more experienced teams will be encouraged to hone those skills, always with emphasis on greater enjoyment of the Parkour experience for both dog and handler.



For those who are interested in titling, the basics of preparing titling submissions will be discussed for the titling venue of your choice.


Enjoy the following video for more information!






Canine Musical Freestyle:  All Levels


Heeling to Music Exercises



This class explores different and fun ways to practice the art of movement to music.


Six different movement configurations will be presented, with which a dog and handler team can build skill, confidence, joy, enthusiasm, movement duration, or any other performance criteria.


Teams may elect to work on precision of movement, enthusiasm while moving as a team, improvement of movement in a particular position, basic heelwork skills, mutual attention, or any personal goal that would benefit the team.


While the main focus of this class is heelwork, some other related skills, such as transitions, will be covered, as well.


This class is appropriate for dog and handler teams of all skill levels.  The configurations can be used to introduce heelwork skills, and they can be used to develop more advanced Freestyle performance skills.


Exercises can be practiced in large spaces or smaller spaces, indoors or outdoors, on leash or off leash.











  Early Spring Session Information




General Information


Class Dates:  March 5, 2019 - April 30, 2019


Tuition:  $30.00  ($35.00 for one handler/two dogs!)


Format:  Classes are offered through a Facebook Group format


            Full explanation of the Facebook Group format will be

            provided for anyone who has not used Groups for a class

            before.  The format is actually quite user friendly.



Payment of Tuition


For your convenience, tuition can be paid via PayPal to:


Or, you can email ( for a PayPal invoice


Check drawn upon a US bank can be accepted via mail.  Please indicate, specifically, that you are paying by check.


Sorry, no credit card payments, except through PayPal






To register, please copy and paste the following into an email and send to:


Printable forms and mailing address for check payments available via email




Handler Name:


Name of Dog(s):


Breed of Dog(s):


Handler Address:


Handler Email:




Registration for:


________   Parkour Coaching and Handler's Choice


________   Introduction to Parkour Skills, Fun, and Titling


________   Heeling to Music Exercises














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