Julie Flanery, CPDT-KA has been working professionally with dogs and their handlers since 1993. She focuses on the needs of the dog and helping people form a strong relationship, through clear communication, and positive reinforcement. She has placed Obedience, Freestyle, Rally-Obedience, Rally-FrEe and Agility titles on her dogs. She began competing in Musical Freestyle in 1999 and was the first to both title and earn a Heelwork to Music Championship on the West coast.  She has since placed many freestyle titles on her dogs, earning both High Technical Merit and High Artistic Merit in both Musical Freestyle and Heelwork to Music. In 2001 she was named "Trainer of the Year" by the World Canine Freestyle Organization and has been a competition freestyle judge since 2003.

In 2012, Julie developed the sport of Rally-FrEe to help freestylers increase the quality and precision of their performances. It has since  become a stand-alone sport enjoyed by dog sport enthusiasts all over the world. Julie has been a workshop and seminar presenter both nationally and internationally. She currently trains and competes with her Tibetan Terrier in both Musical Freestyle and Rally-FrEe.

Julie's Current and Upcoming Courses

Contact Information

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Student Testimonials

RA500 - Intro to Rally Free & Freestyle

Julie is wonderful. She supports the class who submitted videos extremely well. As a person who did not submit videos I was able to watch and learn. It was interesting thtat she was talking about developing an eye to see what was wrong and how to fix it. I feel like that applied to me.

This class was amazing and Julie certainly gives absolutely stellar videos and feedback. Her eye for detail is amazing and I will absolutely continue learning with her whenever her classes are offered! 

Julie Flanery is an outstanding training instructor who teaches Rally FrEe in very organized, detailed lectures with clear and concise videos and gives encouraging and precise feedback to the participants. Can't wait to take her next class. I'm moving up to Gold! Ellen S. 

It was wonderful to have the person who developed this sport be the instructor. It is obvious from her approach and feedback that she is a teacher, not only someone who is active in the sport. 

Julie was really, really wonderful. Many of the students struggled (Freestyle is HARD) and she very patiently suggested improvements and cheered when things improved. She is a really fabulous instructor and a wonderful addition to FDSA.

RA510 - Intermediate Rally Free & Freestyle 

I can't say enough good things about the course I took this session, on Rally Free Intermediate skills (RA 510). The instructor, Julie Flannery, is simply excellent. Her explanations are clear and easy to follow, her videos illustrate very well how to go about the training, and her suggestions to the gold students were also helpful to me as a bronze level auditor. Her use of various training aids, such as training gates, made it much easier for my dogs to learn the exercises. They progressed surprisingly rapidly, including on behaviors I had struggled with in the past. I look forward to Julie's next offering. Kathryn K.

Julie is a really good instructor. She analyzes skill development and communicates it well. I felt she individualized my instruction and also did a good job of using others in the class to show things that pertained to my development. The videos were very helpful in adding the visual piece to information.

If you have any interest in freestyle, or feel maxed out in rally and want to try rally free, Julie's courses are a great bargain. Jam packed with foundation behaviors and the techniques most likely to succeed with your dog, and presented by an instructor who is the very soul of patience with her students. Five stars! JudithS

Julie Flanery is an AWESOME instructor and trainer. She gives excellent, thorough explanations of behaviors and transitional moves and supports those lectures with videos which make learning easy even with difficult concepts. She's very encouraging and is very good at giving constructive criticism to assist the handler in teaching their dog. I can hardly wait for her next class. Ellen C.

Rally FrEe with Julie Flanery is a carefully presented, well thought out program to inspire, encourage and support teams in this newest of dog sports. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get involved in this exciting sport. Gail B

RA550 - Transitions and Flow 

Julie Flanery's class on Transitions and Flow - Creating Effective Sequences for Musical Freestyle Routines was excellent! She gives lectures supplemented by her videos which are clear, interesting and easy to follow. The feedback she gives to Gold members is very, very helpful. She clearly pays attention to every detail in the videos and questions submitted to her and she responds quickly and with thoughtful comments and suggestions for improvement while always being encouraging. She is an AWESOME instructor as well as an excellent trainer. Ellen S.            

 Excellent course with Julie. Working on Freestyle transitions and flow was a great help to me. Videos are excellent. And, I also liked the homework sections. Jan C.          

 Awesome course, Julie is such a helpful & experienced instructor and I really learned a lot in all three of Julie's classes. It has been great to have an opportunity to do courses about Freestyle & Rally FrEe Melita R          

 Julie is a rare and talented trainer who can help people too--such a delight to have a creative and supportive teacher help me work on my skills! Cynthia M.                

Julie Flanery presents a wealth of material both in the lectures and also in the class forums. If you take a class with Julie, be sure to take part in reading the comments in the forums even if you are not a Gold member. You will find yourself laughing and learning along with others--Julie's classes are GREAT!