Two Time World Champion Silvia Trkman returns to California for 4 days of high speed agility with a European flavour, running contacts, tight turns and tricks training, November 30th - December 3rd, 2009.
UPDATE 6/22/2009 ALL WORKING SPOTS ARE FULL WITH WAITING LISTS, AUDITING STILL AVAILABLE FOR MOST SESSIONS. ALL CONFIRMATIONS AND REFUNDS WILL BE SENT OUT BY 6/27/2009
Silvia Trkman is from Slovenia. She has been on the Slovenian FCI World Agility Team since 1997. She is a NINE time National Champion and a TWO time World Champion, placing first in an unprecedented 9 runs at the FCI World Championships. She has competed at the international level with a Samoyed, two Pyrenean Shepherds and a Border Collie.
***High demand for Silvia's foundation workshops in Hollister mean that we are now repeating them in Granite Bay. The Novice jumps and tunnels session will still be held in the evening of 12/2 with 8 working spots***
Silvia is almost as well known for the relationship she builds with her dogs and for their incredible repertoire of tricks and obedience skills as she is for her phenomenal success in agility. Silvia has pioneered a method for training a true running A-frame and dogwalk contact, which has been successful for dogs of all sizes. She also has unique methods for teaching her dogs to turn tightly over jumps. She places an emphasis on speed throughout her training. Silvia’s training philosophy is fully described and illustrated in numerous articles, photos and videos freely available on her website (http://www.silvia.trkman.net/).
“By now, I teach my dogs everything they need to know via tricks: tricks train them to think, to use their body and mind. Tricks teach them that there is no difference between working and playing and gives them the right attitude. Teaching tricks teaches them that they’re the smartest dogs in the world, that there are no mistakes and no failure, that trying things is good. Tricks give them confidence in their thinking abilities and moves that they can or cannot do. Tricks build a bond between me and them and create a deeper understanding for them how I think and for me how they think. Tricks make them feel important, smart, confident, needed and bonded with me“