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EDIT to clarify: We will not be able to offer all of these levels. We would like to know what levels are most in-demand from people who would come. We will then book the classes and open registration.

We are planning nose work classes for Thursdays in Summerland starting early November. We want to hear from you what level(s) you'd be interested in if you are likely to attend indoor, small group classes. Please let us know in the comments:

1) Introduction (brand new dogs)
2) Beginner (started on odour in boxes)
3) Intermediate (finding 2+ hides, starting interiors)
4) Advanced (finding 3+ hides, comfortable with interiors and some elevation)
5) Expert (4+ hides, generally tougher searches)
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Hello SODAA Members,

We trust you are well and starting to get out a bit with the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions. Your SODAA Executive has been working on ways to start up again as we, like you, want to get back to work and play with our dogs. We have been given permission to rent the Summerland Centre and we are also working on some outdoor classes.
Of course in starting up we are cognizant of all the protocols required to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 so be assured SODAA will put all measures required in place when classes start again.

Stay tuned for more info coming soon on our re-start.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out and ask. Also any ideas you have for classes will also be appreciated.

See everyone soon!!

Regards,

SODAA Executive
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**FEATURED TRICK: Paw Targeting**
Teaching your dog to paw at an object, or your hand, is the foundation of many more advanced tricks. Choosing a card from a deck, tapping a bell, and shake a paw all require paw targeting.

Here is just one method of teaching your dog to paw target: www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9tOdmJLVl0

Do you have other methods that have worked for you? Share below! Post videos or pictures of your training progress, bloopers, and/or successes in the comments.

Background on feature tricks: With so many of us spending more time at home and unable to attend dog training classes or events, we want to help keep your motivation up. Join us every couple of days for a Featured Trick where you can learn how to teach your dog something new, troubleshoot with others, or simply show off your amazing dogs!
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**FEATURED TRICK: Back Up**
With so many of us spending more time at home and unable to attend dog training classes or events, we want to help keep your motivation up. Join us every couple of days for a Featured Trick where you can learn how to teach your dog something new, troubleshoot with others, or simply show off your amazing dogs!

Post videos or pictures of your training progress, bloopers, and/or successes in the comments.

Today's Feature Trick: Back Up! Back Up is useful for around the house in tight spaces, when guests arrive, dog hind end awareness and conditioning, and more! Back Up 5' is considered an advanced trick by Do More With Your Dog! or it can count as two tricks toward a novice title.

Here's an example of how to teach it [training starts at 1:40]: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBAz0kqeJYg

Who has dogs with amazing back up skills? Or is this a new one for you? Let us know!
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have made the decision to postpone our March-April nose work classes and April 24-26 seminar with Mary Ann Warren due to the health recommendations and increasing venue restrictions related to COVID-19. An email has just been sent out to all registrants. Seminar registrants will receive a full refund. Class registrants can choose a refund or credit toward the rescheduled dates once those are announced. We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience but hope you'll understand our decision.

Please keep an eye on this page and our Facebook group for some fun dog training ideas and challenges you can do from home. This is a difficult time but at least we can help you keep your dog entertained 😬

Wishing you all the best,
The SODAA Executive
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SAVE THE DATE: June 20th - new date for our C-WAGS trial scent detection trial. We are keeping an eye on the developments re: COVID-19 but our Beginner and Advanced nose work classes, plus the April 24-26 Scent Detection Seminar with Mary Ann Warren, are still expected to continue as they are open to a very limited number of handlers.

April 24-26 seminar still has some room for working spots at the Advanced level: forms.gle/QA6KvtrBeH5cmCRe9

The June 20th trial premium will be available soon. Offering:
• 4 x each of levels 1-3
• 2 x level 4
• 4 x Ranger level 1.
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