Flying Paws Agility Club

Returning to present another great seminar
Karen Lechner: Cueing for the Q


How do top competitors make runs look so effortless?
Learn the cues and tips to help YOU
achieve those results

Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September, 23rd, 9 am to 5 pm

Agility veteran Karen Lechner (Pawz4Success) loves teaching her students to be fair, clear, and consistent in training. The result is her students create confident dogs and handler teams that love the sport, performing with speed and accuracy!  With Karen’s instruction you will learn the techniques needed to be a successful handler.

Working spots limited to 10 per day; Auditing spots unlimited

Day One:  Novice/Open/Level 1-3
Day Two:  Masters/Excellent/Level 4-5C
Cost:  $160 Per day working spot – Auditing spot $45 Per Day
To Register, Email:
Location: Flying Paws Agility Club, 6695 N Bottom Road, Bloomington, IN 47404

DAY ONE:  The morning session will consist of interpreting and understanding a course map, planning your turns and executing your plan.  Emphasis will be placed on when and how to accurately cue your dog clearly and timely in order for them to navigate smoothly through the course.  The afternoon session combines newly learned handling skills and techniques into more complex sequences.  Emphasis will be placed on timing, proper cueing, body language, motion, and drawing your dog’s path. Analysis will be provided giving the best possible handler choices for each team member.  Prerequisites:  Dog must be at least one year old, competent on all obstacles with sequencing experience.

DAY TWO:  Take it up a notch. The morning  session will emphasize advanced handling cues and techniques, setting the path for early commitment, enabling handler to get downstream sooner to cue the next obstacle.  Each team will learn what works best for them through a variety of handling sequences and analysis.  The afternoon session will focus on discrimination. Gain a better understanding of a variety of techniques including; verbal cues, path setting, motion and body language.  Emphasis will be placed on providing information timely and effectively to guide your dog to the correct obstacle choice.  Prerequisites:  Dog must be at least fifteen months old, proficient on all obstacles with full sequencing experience.

About Karen
It all began for Karen in 1996. It was at that time that she purchased her first Labrador retriever, Cody. She had started agility “just for fun”.  After a few years she proudly became the sixth person in the country to earn a Master Agility Championship (MACH).

Since then, Karen has earned many placements and titles in both agility and obedience with several of her dogs; earning both obedience championships (OTCH) as well as agility championships (MACH).  Karen currently competes in both obedience and agility with her two labs Pepsi and her newest addition Tag, who is truly giving Karen a run for her money!

MACH SHR Rhumbline’s High Grade MXG MJS JH “Grady”
In 2011 Karen and Grady qualified to try out for and attended the AKC World Team tryouts in Minnesota, where they had some beautiful runs!  In an arena full of border collies, Grady stood out, being the only Labrador to try out in the large dog division.

OTCH MACH3 SHR Rhumbline’s Pepsi With A Twist UDX11 OGM MXG MJG XF “Pepsi”
In 2012 Karen’s other Labrador, Pepsi, became the first female black lab in the United States to earn both her Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) and Master Agility Championship (MACH).  Karen and Pepsi have had the honor of being invited and attended three National Obedience Championship (NOC) events around the country.

Rhumbline’s Catch Me If U Can CD GN MXB MXJ XF WC “Tag”
Tag is currently Karen‘s youngest teammate; only two years old he already has a list of accomplishments to his name.  In addition, he has qualified and competed in the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Agility event and he is currently close to completing his MACH.

Event Hosted by:
Flying Paws Agility Club
6695 N Bottom Road, Bloomington, IN 47404
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8 thoughts on “Flying Paws Agility Club

    • HI, Tansy and I plan to attend the agility class for beginners on March 29th at 6:30 PM. Will bring class fee of $90.00 for six week class. If anything else needed please advise! We are looking forwarded to this class. Thank you, Shirley Lindemann

  1. Hi! We are very much active, though don’t have classes in the winter. Many of our members spend this time focussing on trial skills or other pursuits. But we will bring out the equipment to the field most likely in March and also probably start off with a try-it day before launching into classes. Keep an eye on this web site (you can subscribe to new posts) or on our Facebook page. We’ll announce it in plenty of time for you to sign up! If you have other questions, contact our direct email: Thanks for your interest!!

  2. This just looks like a lot of fun. My husband and I are retired and will be picking up our 10 week old poodle puppy the end of March. How old do you suggest the prospective dog be when first being introduced to agility training? I’m not at all sure we would be interested in competition, but the training looks fun.

    • We generally suggest a puppy be about 10 months old or so before starting Agility Foundations, which does not involve jumping. We don’t recommend jumping until after the dog is 12 months old and a vet has given you the go-ahead to do some jumping. In the meantime, Applied Canine Behavior here in Bloomington has puppy classes that might be just perfect for you! Check them out!

  3. Hi… wanted to see what was needed to sign up for basic class. Times and location of upcoming classes.

    Thank you

    ruth and George

    • Hello! We have an Agility Foundations class starting tonight at 7:15 pm! Feel free to just come out, as there are spots available! You can head on over to our Forms page to print out the class form if you want to get a head start!!

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