Wednesday
Jul022014

DDS' JULY MEMBER SCHEDULE

To view DDS' July Member Schedule in Microsoft Excel, please click HERE  

To view in .pdf format, click HERE.

For new members who are not on our regular membership mailing list, please check the schedule on-line from time-to-time during the month of July to see if any additional hours have been added.  Occasionally when we learn that a class has been cancelled that we didn't know about at the time we go to press with the month's schedule, we try to extend or add new member hours during the cancellation time.

Wednesday
Jul022014

INTRO TO TREIBBALL, INTERMEDIATE TREIBBALL, INTRO TO CLICKER TRAINING

FOUR NEW CLASSES START AT DDS NEXT WEEK - TREIBBALL AND CLICKER TRAINING, taught by Dianna Stearns of Waggin's West Dog Training

 

TREIBBALL:  Treibball in the US has fondly been referred to as “urban herding.” This sport is not only great for those dogs with natural herding instincts, but for all dogs who need a recreational outlet or are simply retired from other rigorous and physically demanding forms of dog sport. It's a low-impact sport (for dogs AND handlers) where canines are taught to herd up large inflated balls and push them to their handler, on into a goal. The sport was first popularized in Europe a number of years ago, and was only introduced to the US three years ago by three courageous, motivated and inspired women from the Denver area. The American Treibball Association was founded and is located right here in Metro Denver.

CLICKER TRAINING:  Come learn how to click with your dog!  Clicker training is a great way to communicate clearly with your dog, or genuinely bond with a dog that's new to you.  This 6 week class will focus on using only positive reinforcement, dog-friendly techniques and fun games to teach your dog basic cues; like coming when called, walking nicely on a leash, staying in place when you ask and going to a specific place to calm himself.

Weds. July 9th

INTRO TO TREIBBALL, 10-10:45 am.  8 weeks, $225 (includes required beginner equipment)

INTERMEDIATE TREIBBALL, 11-11:45 am.  6 weeks, $175

Thurs. July 10th

INTRO TO TREIBBALL, 7:15-8:00 pm.  8 weeks, $225 (includes required beginner equipment)

INTRO TO CLICKER TRAINING, 8:15-9:00 pm.  6 weeks, $175

Questions or sign-up:  Dianna Stearns dstearns@wagginswest.com or 303-718-7705

 

 

Monday
Jun022014

DDS' June Member Schedule

To view DDS' June Member Schedule in Microsoft Excel, please click HERE.  To view it in .pdf format, click HERE.

For new members who are not on our regular membership mailing list, please check the schedule on-line from time-to-time during the month of June to see if any additional hours have been added.  Occasionally when we learn that a class has been cancelled that we didn't know about at the time we go to press with the month's schedule, we may extend or add new member hours during the cancellation time.

Saturday
May312014

FRANCOISE MAXWELL'S NEW MASTER AND OPEN/ADVANCED AGILITY CLASS TO START JUNE 6!

Improve teamwork, practice your ideal position on course, improve your dog's obstacle commitment! Work on visualizing your run and learn how to warm up and cool dog your dog for competition.

Plus, with AKC's new emphasis on longer courses, you'll have an opportunity to practice on full-size courses in the large competition ring at DDS.

Francoise Maxwell's new Master and Open/Advanced Agility Class will cover these topics and more, beginning next Friday, June 6th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM.  Click here to view the flyer containing specifics, or contact Francoise directly by email at francoisem@mindspring.com or calling 303-903-7734.

Thursday
May292014

NEWS update - DDS to re-open on Saturday

Finally have some news – great news – on the status of things at DDS!!!!

DDS will re-open on Saturday morning.

We are hosting the Cairn Terrier Fun Day from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday; but the Competition Ring is open from 7:00 – 4:00 for Members.  As previously scheduled, the Training Ring hours on Saturday will be limited from 7:00 – 9:30 AM and 2:30 – 4:00 PM due to the Fun Day.

Sunday DDS Cleaning Day will still be held, followed by a free Fun Match to anyone who lends a hand.  We really need more help with the cleaning initiative, so anyone who can lend some time and a bit of elbow grease on Sunday, is greatly appreciated.  Please sign up with Sarah so we can plan for how much food for the cookout following cleaning, as well as info needed to create a running order for the fun match immediately following outdoor activities.  If you can’t find or pull up the match form, just shoot an email to Sarah at:  staylor@denverdogsports.com and she’ll put you down on the list.  Everyone will benefit from a sparkling clean DDS!  The work will not be hard, probably even fun, since most work will be outside to clean and hose down the equipment.  Brats, burgers, veggie alternatives are provided to folks who help clean; participants are only asked to bring a side dish to share.

The good news about Sunday’s cleaning effort is that all the heavy lifting inside DDS to lay down now clean matting will be done by our restoration company tomorrow.  So no hard labor for any of you.

We apologize for inconveniences to all during the past week of downtime!!  It’s been a pretty hard and disappointing situation for Sarah, Doris Maly and myself to contend with, both at the time of the disaster and throughout the entire past week!  Sarah and Doris (who unfortunately “happened” to be there at the time of the hail storm and downpour) were the ones who carried all equipment and jam it into the nose work room to clear the floor so all 18,000 or so square feet of very heavy and now water-logged matting could be removed to start the drying out process.  So please, give both Doris and Sarah a round of applause and a hearty thanks!

Because of the unbelievably quick response from neighboring business Restoration Logistics (our neighbors directly south of us on Forest St.), we suffered no damage to the matting.  Literally everything that’s been on hold during this past week has been a personal devastation for me to see my dream training center completely shut down, especially since we couldn't make public announcements on timeframe for re-opening; for good reason it was difficult for roofers and restoration company to give us specific time frame commitments. 

Any questions/concerns, please let shoot Sarah an email.  YAY!!  We’re up and running again.  Leaving the past behind us and looking to the future.