I just wanted to give an update. I have been busy pursuing my latest and ongoing interests such as: butterfly gardening, Old-time fiddling and flying R.C. sailplanes. Hobbies keep me sane so I can put my best foot forward when I teach Canine Circus School. Curiosity is life!
Also I’ve also been coaching some really talented trainers and decoys in French Ringsport. That’s a dog training sport that I learned how to do back in 1995 and got pretty good at. I don’t compete anymore, but it’s always an honor to pass on the knowledge I have accumulated on the subject.
As usual our private lessons have been a real blessing, getting to know people and their dogs is very grounding and when it has been a few generations of dogs we become like family. Anyway that’s me, now for you.
If you came here looking to sign up for Canine Circus School click here, but also watch the video below to get a sense of what the class is like. Remember, we have four levels and oftentimes the dogs you see in the videos are more advanced. Don’t let that scare you, in our Circus 1 class we start from the beginning.
Watch a video of Canine Circus School
Watch a video filmed over many private lessons.
Here is a video I put together from clips of Borte, Phil and Heather over a few years of private lessons. This is a fraction of the stuff we have done, of course we started with the basics and moved up to more complicated things. Along the way we worked through all the normal behavior issues that come along with raising a dog in a big city. If you are interested in private lessons send us an email.
When Heather and Phil first got Borte, her breeder referred them to Canine Circus School for private lessons. Why? Because a long time ago that same breeder took a chance on me.
She sold me a Malinois puppy when I was 20 and when I saw her again years later, that pup was French and Mondioring 3 (which are difficult titles to earn.) The breeder was Cheryl Carlson of Cher Car Shepherds. I was proud to see that connection come full circle. I remember Cheryl telling me as I sat in her office in Lansing, Michigan after I got my first instruction as a French Ring decoy. “Ya know Francis, when you’re 40 years old and you have been training dogs for 20 years it will all pay off.” It turns out that Cheryl was right and I’ve been fortunate to work with great people and their dogs in the Bay Area and beyond.
Watch a video of me training my dog.
If you would like to see me training my dog, watch the video below. It’s a demonstration of my dog (Schwartz) always bringing the biggest coin back first. So he is discriminating visually by size. You can see that I change the order of the coins to see if he is running a pattern or actually thinking about it.
This was just a weird thing I was curious to try. I had never seen it done before, although I have done many scent discriminations and perhaps inadvertently trained a visual discrimination, but I have never set out to do it. Again curiosity is life! Anyway I hope to see you in a class or around the town.