Competitive Sports Training

Fusion Pet Retreat’s training center has a wide range of class offerings to fit many dogs’ needs. Each class is lead by an experienced instructor, dedicated to personal growth and continuing education in the field. We focus on a positive and progressive approach to dog training and behavior.

All classes are hosted in the comfort of a climate-controlled 11,000 sq. ft. indoor facility.

Upcoming Agility Training Classes

Building Blocks of Agility I

Length: 8 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $175

In this class you and your dog will build confidence and develop the strong foundation skills of agility. Your dog will learn rear-end awareness, targeting and basic performance with all pieces of agility equipment.

Upcoming Sessions:

Coming soon! Email Elizabeth@FusionPetRetreat.com to be added  to the waitlist.

Building Blocks of Agility II

Length: 8 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $175

This class will continue to build the teamwork between you and your dog in the sport of agility. You will continue to work on skills from Building Blocks of Agility I as well as adding short sequences to your toolbox.

 

Building Blocks of Agility III

Length: 8 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $175

This class will be taking the skills you have learned in both Building Blocks 1 & 2 and taking them to the next level. We will start to now apply our flat work and individual obstacle skills into course work.

Novice Handling Class

Length: 8 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $145-160

In this class teams will work on basic handling sequences and will receive continued instruction on all equipment to build confidence and knowledge in preparation for novice level competition.

Class Sessions:

Wednesdays @ 6:15pm with Kelsey

Wednesdays @ 7:30pm with Kelsey

Advanced Handling Class

Length: 8 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $145-160

In this class you will continue to build you and your dog’s coursework skills as a team. Students will work on handling sequences with increasing difficulty in preparation for open/advanced level competition and beyond.

Class Sessions:

Tuesdays @ 1pm with Darci

Tuesdays @ 8:30pm with Lisa

Wednesdays @ 3:00pm with Elizabeth

Thursdays @ 2:15pm with Beth

Thursdays @ 6:15pm with Brooke

Masters Handling Class

Length: 8 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $145-160

In this class teams will tackle coursework geared towards the masters level of competition. Students will work on fine-tuning techniques, adding more advanced skills to their handling toolbox, and will be challenged with more demanding courses.

Class Sessions:

Tuesdays @ 2:15pm with Darci

Tuesdays @ 7:30pm with Leanne

Wednesdays @ 10:30am with Dawn

Wednesdays @ 12pm with Dawn

Wednesdays @ 4:30pm with Elizabeth

Thursdays @ 3:45 with Beth

Agility Dog Training Dog 5

International Handling Class

Length: 8 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $175

This class will focus on analyzing and executing full length courses involving skills that teams might see in the following classes or events: Premier, Masters Challenge Biathlon, Masters Series, National-level events, and/or tryouts for international teams.  Expect to be pushed out of your comfort zone!

Class Sessions:

Tuesdays @ 6pm with Leanne

Channels Weave Class

Length: 4 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $80

This six week class will teach the Channel Weave Pole method +/- the use of guide wires.

Requirements: All dogs must be OVER 12 months of age. Must have completed Building Blocks 1 & 2 or equivalent classes (must be approved by instructor).

Upcoming Classes:

Tuesdays @ 4pm with Britt

 

Agility Dog Training Dog 5

Skills, Drills and Short Sequences!

Length: 6 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $120

This six week class focuses on training drills and short, difficult sequences to challenge you and build your skills. You will step out of your comfort zone and be challenged to learn new possibilities and techniques. Skills include contact proofing, layering, distance work, timing, etc. you will learn to understand agility from your dog’s perspective.

 

Start Handling: Small Sequences Class

Length: 4 – 1 hour lesson
Cost: $80

This 4-week class is for dogs and handlers just starting to sequence. Concepts such as side changes (front crosses, rear courses, blind cross), obstacle commitment, distance work and how to walk courses will be covered utilizing a variety of sequences less then 10 obstacles in length. Only jumps and tunnels will be used and dogs do not need to be jumping full height.

Agility Dog Training Dog 5

Choose Your Own Adventure: Personalized Skills Class

Length: 4 – 1 hour lessons + Online Instruction
Cost: $120

This class allows you to choose a single skill you want to ​further advance over the course block. Each week you will receive one-on-one time with the coach. Skill progress will be evaluated, a customized home training plan suggested for between classes, and in-class time to practice. In addition to biweekly class instruction, there will be three 20 minute ring rentals included in the class price.  Also included, support and instruction via the class FB group page during the weeks class does not meet.

Drop In Handling Class

Length: 1 – 1 hour lesson
Cost: $22.50

Want some extra practice? This class is perfect for you! This class will be a one day Drop-In agility class. The class will have nested courses appropriate for all levels from Novice to Masters. The class will be taught by one of Fusion’s qualified instructors. Each student will have individual instruction given to them during their turn.

Classes:

Every other Tuesday @ 11:30am with Dawn 

Upcoming Nosework Classes

The Nose Knows - Level 1

Length: 6 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $140

Inspired by working detection dogs, Nosework is a fun sport that builds confidence and focus in dogs. Dogs initially learn to hunt for food in boxes to begin to build drive for hunting. As they puzzle, they will learn to problem-solve. Nosework is a sport for all dogs—old, young, reactive, shy.

The Show Nose On - Level 2

Length: 6 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $140

This is second level in the Nosework progression. At this level, the dog will begin searching for odors. Inspired by working detection dogs, Nosework is a fun sport that builds confidence and focus in dogs. As they puzzle, they will learn to problem-solve. Nosework is a sport for all dogs—old, young, reactive, shy.

Continuing On - Level 3

Length: 6 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $140

This level continues on all skills learned in previous classes. Dogs should be on odor at this stage. Inspired by working detection dogs, Nosework is a fun sport that builds confidence and focus in dogs. Nosework is a sport for all dogs—old, young, reactive, shy.

Other Competitive Sports Training Classes

Conformation Run-Thrus

Length: 1 Run-Thru
Cost: $9

Practice your handling skills and get another eye on you before upcoming show. Dogs over 4 months and up-to-date on vaccinations welcome; handlers should have some prior knowledge of Conformation skills.

Classes:

Every Monday at 2:00pm with Becky or Gretchen

Rally Obedience Run Thrus

Length: 1 Run-Thru
Cost: $15

Each week, all levels of Rally Courses will be set up. You can bring your dog and practice your skills. Dogs should already know Rally Obedience to come to these Run-thrus.

Classes:

Every Monday at 12:45 with Lori

Puppy Sport Class

Length: 6 – 1 hour lessons
Cost: $140

This 6-week class (45 minute class) focuses on teaching your dog the fundamental skills needed for dog sports. An emphasis will be placed on getting your dog ready for agility, but other sports are also welcome.

Our Competitive Sports Training Team

Fusion’s passionate team of professionals are trained by a certified behaviorist and take continuing education seriously.

Elizabeth White

General Manager &
Agility Instructor

I have been competing in dog agility since I was 11 years old. I have had the opportunity to train many different dogs. Currently I train with my two border collies. When teaching, I try to bring my knowledge and experiences to provide an individualized approach for each dog.

Britt Bookwalter

Assistant Training Director & Agility Instructor

I love working with our “special needs” dogs that don’t know how to play, teaching them to open up and learn appropriate play so they can make friends. In my freetime, I compete in agility with my dogs.

Becky Koeger

Conformation Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Beth Hostetter

Agility Instructor

As a Certified OneMind Dogs Instructor, I love using and teaching the OneMind Dogs method to help my students better understand their dogs. It is a joy to see these teams come together and grow. Clear communication, that is natural to the dog, increases both speed and confidence, while allowing the handler to work calmer and at greater distance.  My classes focus on the handler understanding their dog, team building, and growing confidence in dogs and handlers alike.

Brooke Knotek Benjamin

Agility Instructor

I love seeing the “light-bulb” moment when teaching a new dog and handler team a new skill. Outside of dog training I work as a certified veterinary technician (CVT) and as a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP).

Danielle Wagner

Agility Instructor

I have been training and showing dogs since I was three. Agility is my first passion, which has grown over the years. During this time, I have trained several breeds, providing me with a diverse skill set that enables me to train my dogs to the highest level possible. It is my passion to help people with their dogs, by helping them to build a connection, a working relationship, and skills to help them achieve their goals. Watching the partnership succeed is one of the best things about teaching.

Darci Wagner

Agility Instructor

I have been training and competing with my dogs my whole life.  I grew up showing in conformation and obedience but my true love is Agility. Over the years I have owned many different breeds from small to tall which gives a great perspective for when it comes to teaching agility classes and I definitely think there is not a one size fits all approach to teaching agility.

Dawn Plekkenpol

Agility Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Gretchen Olson

Conformation Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Kelsey Germscheid

Agility Instructor

I’ve been around the agility world since being a junior handler, and have also trained in Obedience and Scentwork. I love using training to teach a better relationship between dogs and their people, and my favorite thing is seeing that relationship bloom while our dogs learn new skills. When not teaching or training my own Sheltie, Renly, I love to do anything outdoors whether that be hiking, camping, skiing; along with practicing photography on the side.

Leanne Wortman

Agility Instructor

I have been active in the sport of agility since 2007.  Learning new things and striving to be a better trainer and handler for my dogs is a major part of what I love about the sport.  I have been fortunate enough to train with some amazing instructors from near and far, as well as compete locally, regionally, and nationally.  I enjoy helping teams add skills to their toolbox and learning from both my human and canine students.

Lisa Hennen

Agility Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Lori McKusick

Rally Obedience Instructor

I’ve been training dogs for 14 years. After trying many dog sports, my favorites are Agility and Rally because she enjoys the mental challenge of memorizing courses. I will provide challenging practice courses each week at all AKC Rally levels.

Shari Vespestad

Agility Instructor

I started agility in 2004 with my first Shetland Sheepdog. Two years later added another. Since then, two more. I actively compete with my two shelties, Minit and Riesling in USDAA, AKC and CPE. We have traveled all over the country to local, regional and national events. I am also a judge for CPE which I really love.

Sue Kliewer

NOsework Instructor

I train service dogs and work with clients with physical disabilities thru my work with Helping Paws in Hopkins.  I started doing Nosework with my own pet dogs in 2011-2012 and haven’t stopped training and competing since then.  I love watching the personalities of individual dogs grow in confidence as they grow in their Nosework skills.  I also like to do water rescue training and draftwork with my Newfoundlands.

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