Training Seminar NEW DATE/LOCATION with Ellie Beals and David Skinner


Join NYOC Dog Training for a new training seminar presented by the facilitation team
of Ellie Beals and David Skinner.

Principles of Effective Training –   Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: St. John’s Anglican Church, 1087 Lillian Street, North York

(Just south of Steeles Avenue on the east side of Lillian). (Link to Google Map)

Numbers: Participants will be limited to 12 dog/handler teams.  Observers will be limited to 20.  While observers won’t be working their dogs, their full participation in discussions is encouraged.

Costs: $135 for participants – dogs to be crated, $60 for observers.

Further information: Corie Bonnaffon  416 518-3905 or

Online Registration via Eventbee

Registration via Mail – please download the registration form, fill it out and send it along with your cheque (payable to North York Obedience Club ) to Corie Bonnaffon, 87 Woodward Ave, Thornhill, ON L3T1E8.

Principles of Effective Training

As most of us become involved in obedience training and competition, we find instructors and mentors who introduce us to a range of different techniques we can use to teach our dogs the exercises they must master to compete in each of the obedience classes.  But what most of us don’t pick up in the process are the PRINCIPLES that should drive every technique, regardless of which one you’re working on.  Once you understand and apply these principles, you and your dog will enjoy training more and acquire mastery faster.  You’ll get more out of your investment in training.

The objective of this workshop is to help you get the most out of the time and money you put into training.  We’ll introduce you to the principles that should drive your training and work with you on how to apply them to a range of exercises at each level.

Key points include:

  • How to plan your training by identifying the specific aspects of each exercise you want to focus on.
  • How to provide effective praise and corrections, the critical relationship between them, and the  importance of  timing in delivering both
  • How to make training fun and varied for both you and your dog
  • How to include a focus on both drive/attitude, and precision
  • How to start training with puppies, so that they learn to learn and establish a strong obedience foundation.

Our Approach 

The workshop will be participatory and fun for observers as well as those with working spots.  It will feature interactive discussion and large group exercises in the morning, followed by “privates” or very small group sessions in the afternoon.  There will be a maximum of 12 working spots, but up to twenty spots for observers. Participants in the Effective Training Workshop will need to identify which exercise they want to focus on in the afternoon session at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

The ideas and techniques introduced in these workshops won’t conflict with or replace whatever technical methods you and your instructors/coaches utilize.  Instead, they should be seen as important add-ins and enhancements.

The Facilitation Team

Ellie Beals and David Skinner are a husband-wife team of obedience competitors and coaches. Both have been featured in Canada’s Obedience Top Ten teams numerous times, and in 2014, Ellie and her GMOTCh partner Fracas (120+ HITs, winner of the 2012 HIT of HITS)   were the number one ranked obedience team in Canada, and David and his  GMOTCh partner Gyro (also a multi-HIT team, and winner of the Open Class in the last HIT of HITS) were the second-ranked team.

David (a former sports executive with a sports psychology background) and Ellie (a consultant with an education background) live and train together, and coach a small group of students.  Professionally, both design and deliver training programs that reflect their belief that fun furthers learning.  So they bring to these workshops not only their skills as dog trainers, but also an ability to translate those skills into an exciting, interactive learning experience, consistent with the principles of sport psychology and effective adult learning.

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