Online Workshops

MDSA offers monthly free on-line workshops for our members.  A variety of subjects are covered including canine freestyle training and performance related topics. 

Your MDSA membership gives you access to a full year of on-line workshops!  The ever popular "Music Match" workshop is included.
In addition, MDSA members can view the instructions and discussions of previous workshops.

Scroll down to see a list of upcoming and completed workshop topics.

Click below to join or renew your membership.

2017 workshop schedule

 

month            topic                                                            presenter

January              "Let's Talk"                                                            Kim Beckberger

February             "Transitions"                                                          Julie Flanery

March                  Crufts                                                         

April                   "Polishing the Move" with problem solving                Ilona Wright 

May                     segmented choreo                                                Mitzi Tinaglia

June                   "Music Match"                                                                    

July                     segmented choreo                                                Angie Hagedeon

August                "Positions" with problem solving                              Ilona Wright

September           segmented choreo                                                 Mitzi Tinaglia

October               "Canine Conditioning"                                             Petra Ford

November           "How to Construct and Choreograph a Routine
                         That Can Be Successfully Performed Every Time"       Ray Underwood

December            segmented choreo                                                 Karen Hunter       


2016 workshop schedule

month

January

February

March

April

May

June

July 

August

September

October

November

December

topic

"What IS Up/Down with the HANDS?

Creative Heeling-Finding the Sweet Spot in Movement  

Let's Go to Crufts!

Dog Dressage 1

Backchaining

The Music Match

Dog Dressage 2

Problem Solving

Choreography Segmented Routine to Music

Tricks for Treats

TTouch

Around the World Group Routine

presenter

Mitzi Tinaglia

Nancy Tanner

 

Ann Priddy

Jenn Michaelis

 

Ann Priddy

Ilona Wright

Mitzi Tinaglia

Karen Hunter

Teri Rolph

Kim Beckberger


2014 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

MONTH

January

February

 March

April

May

June

July 

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Benefits of Cross Training for Freestyle

Force to Finesse:  Creating Team

Let's Go to Crufts!

Magic of the Match

Magic of the Match - Follow up

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Freestyle 

Choreography

Paw Work

Doggy Yoga

Pawsitions

Props

MDSA Winter Holiday Project - Freestyle Alphabet

PRESENTER

Karen Johnson

Nancy Tanner

Bridgette Pirtle

MDSA

Karen Hunter

Ann Priddy

Mitzi Tinaglia

Ilona Wright

Allison Culver

Mitzi Tinaglia

Emily Pyle

Angie Hagedorn


2013 WORKSHOPS

MONTH

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Lure vs. Reward

Choreography

Performance Guidelines

New Website

Breaking Down a Routine

Magic of the Match

MotM II - Casting the Spell

Platform Training

Training freestyle on your own

Clicker Training

MDSA Winter Holiday Project

Strike a Pose

PRESENTER

Carolyn Pfrank

Mitzi Tinaglia

MDSA Executive Board

MDSA Executive Board

Barbara Walls

MDSA Executive Board

Karen Hunter

Ilona Wright

Ann Priddy

Cindy Ludwig, Canine Connection LLC

Angie Hagedorn

MP Jackson


2012 WORKSHOPS

MONTH

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Brace Training

Musicality

Re-Innovation

MDSA Performance Guidelines Update & New Titling Divisions

Magic of the Match

Freestyle for Senior Dogs

Aim High

Heeling & Focus

Using the Ring Space

Executive Board questions to members 

All things backing up

Flow & Transitions

PRESENTER

Judi Wilson

Emily Pyle

Karen Johnson

MP Jackson

Carolyn Pfrank

Judy Gamet

Marie Logue

Ilona Wright

Barbara Walls

Carolyn Pfrank

Ilona Wright

MP Jackson


2011 WORKSHOPS

MONTH

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Heel Up

The Mental Advantage

Magic of the Match

Video Event Quiz

Performance Proofing Protocol and Clickers

Freestyle and Pet Therapy

New MDSA Performance Guidelines

Heel Position, Focus and Attention

Innovation in the Freestyle Ring

The ABC's and 1-2-3's of Choreography

Fading Food

Musicality - What is THAT?

PRESENTER

Pam Martin

Judy Gamet

Carolyn Scott and the MDSA EB

MP Jackson & Jo Monfort

Donna Hill

Amy Podojil

Carolyn Pfrank

Ilona Wright

Karen Johnson

Ann Priddy

Judy Gamet

Emily Pyle


2010 WORKSHOPS

MONTH

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Herbs and Canine Health

Tips Toward a Happy Dog & a Successful Routine

Magic of the Match

Choreograpy

Attunement

How to Showcase your Dog

Lure vs. Reward

Hosting a Live Event

Magic of the Match

Music Editing

Working a Routine with a Veteran Dog

New Year's Resolution to Do a Routine

PRESENTER

Linda Lyon

Ilona Wright

Carolyn Scott

Carolyn Scott

Margot Lasher

Judy Gamet

Carolyn Pfrank

Barbara Walls

Carolyn Scott

MP Jackson

Ilona Wright

Karen Johnson


2009 WORKSHOPS

MONTH

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Member Introductions

Building a Routine

Magic of the Match

Follow-Up to Magic of the Match

No Topic

No Topic

Leash Handling for the Sport of Freestyle

Clicker Training with Melissa 

Share Fair - discussion of freestyle routines and PG revisions

So You Think You Can Choreograph - with Dogs???

Attention & Motivation Games

Sharing of Special Freestyle Experiences & 2010 Goals

PRESENTER

MDSA Executive Board

Karen Johnson

Carolyn Scott

MDSA Executive Board

 

 

Judy Gamet

Melissa Alexander

MDSA Executive Board

Ann Priddy

Nancy Tanner

Carolyn Scott


2008 WORKSHOPS

MONTH

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Clicker 101

From Discovery to Celebrating the Unique Qualities of Each Individual Dog

Transitions

Share Fair - Discussions of Freestyle Routines

Q&A About MDSA Events with a Fun Quiz

No Topic

Teamwork:  Attention & Focus, Synchronization, Visual Bond

Continuation of July Topic

By Design - Using Creative Heeling to Explore the Design Elements of a Routine

Keep it Interesting - How to Keep your Training Interesting

Choreography & Flow

No Topic

PRESENTER

Judy Seils

MDSA Executive Board

Karen Johnson

MDSA Executive Board

MDSA Executive Board

 

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Carol Ballou

Nancy Tanner

Judy Gamet


2007 WORKSHOPS

MONTH

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Videotaping for Film Festival Events

Continuation of January Topic

No Topic

"What's Driving Your Dog?"

No Topic

"Heeling - the Melody of Freestyle"

How Resilient is Your Dog?

Share Fair - Review of Film Festival Routines

Presentation  & Showmanship

Filming Your Routine & Ring Nerves

From Heeling to WOW

No Topic

PRESENTER

Jo Monfort & Sharlene Rochen

 

 

Carolyn Scott

 

Ann Priddy

Jo Gaebel, Jan Weiner & Susan Klavon

MDSA Executive Board

Pam Martin & Emily Pyle

MDSA Executive Board  & Susan Klavon

Carol Ballou & CJS

 


2006 WORKSHOPS


MONTH

January

February

March


April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

TOPIC

Choreography Exercise

Choosing Music

How to Use the Performance Space to Showcase Your Choreography

Choreographing a Routine

No Topic

Teaching Behaviors

Adventures in Cross-Training

Luring 101

Share Fair - Sharing Film Festive Routines

Continuation of September Topic

Fun Freestyle Exercises

Performance Guidelines Review

PRESENTER

Carolyn Scott

Carolyn Scott

Ann Priddy


Ann Priddy

 

Pam Martin

MDSA Executive Board

Susanna Pathak

Carolyn Scott

 

Richard Curtis

Susanna Pathak


2005 WORKSHOPS


MONTH

October

November

December

TOPIC

Clicker Training

Q&A on MDSA Film Festival & PG Review

Continuation of November Topic

PRESENTER

Melissa Alexander

Ann Priddy