How do you get behaviors that are super solid and ring ready? How do you know when your dog is ready to show or match? Fluency training provides the dog and handler with information on how reliable your performance skills are. What is fluency training? It’s training that gets your dog ready for the unexpected, the new distraction and the different training venue. By introducing your dog to distractions in a very positive way, you can build the durability and reliability to your behaviors. The best part? You and your canine partner can have fun doing it!!
Self Study - Obedience
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This class is going to break down criteria and break down exercises to demonstrate the importance of criteria. Once a handler begins to understand WHY criteria is so important, they begin to understand the true use of operant conditioning and controlling where reinforcement is given. The important stress in this class will be educating the trainer to define, identify and keep criteria in their training. This leads to happy dogs and happy trainers!
4 WEEK COURSE
Tracks: obedience, foundation, remedial, novice, open, utility
Have lovely behavior chains, but once you go on the road your dog doesn’t pay attention to your or your reinforcement? Getting your dog confident and comfortable enough to work is a key part of training. Whether your dog is fearful, over exuberantly friendly or just tends to want to sniff the ground rather than play with you, this course will get the two of you on the same track to get training in new places.
Self Study Now Available!
Ready to get your Novice and Open skills ring ready? Do you want to make sure that you have a training plan for open, even if you are still training Novice? This is the class for you! We think in terms of skill sets and the skill sets that you need for Novice and Open are covered in this class. Heeling, SFE, recalls, retrieves, and stay work are all covered. Let’s get ready for Novice and Open!
Utility is not futility! If you are looking for ideas and help training open or utility skills, we have ideas for you. Making smart use of your reinforcement, to get the behaviors you want, is essential as you add more skill sets to your training. Putting those behaviors together to build a performance is a big part of training, especially as you head towards Utility.
6 WEEK COURSE
Are you ready for some inventive fluency/proofing ideas? Do you want to work with other trainers that also are taking their training to the next level? Then this is the class for you! Every week a new training challenge! This is a fluency class for obedience, so we take the show on the road every other week, and each week secret ingredients are revealed, and must be used to pass that week’s challenge. Each week we will rotate from a familiar environment to a new environment. Each week you will be given 3 items I want included in that week’s training session.
4 Week Course
Love training your dog? Does everything look great until you get to a match or show? Wondering how to get from “here”, your training building, to “there”, a polished ring performance? Here is the class, well a series of classes actually, to help you! In this, the first of a series of classes, we will take a look at the first four foundations to your performance, engagement when you want to train, getting your dog to love going in the ring, heeling and stay behaviors.
Not for show but for real! Real life recalls are one of the most important skills your dog can have, and one of the most challenging to teach, why? Because there is real life all around you, and you can’t always plan for the unexpected, or can you? What is the biggest failure most trainers make when teaching this? How can you set you and your dog up for success in training? We will break down the recall step by step, first teaching the behavior, then teaching the dog to love their recall, even coming off of tough environmental distractions.
4 WEEK COURSE
One of the hardest things for dog owners to do is properly socialize their dogs! It’s a careful balance between exposing your dog to the things that they will encounter in daily life and as a performance dog, and making sure to not overwhelm them. This class is designed to cover all aspects of socialization ranging from the needs of those not planning to do dog sports to people who want to compete in multiple venues. This course is not aimed at a specific sport, but rather provides an outline that can be customized for all participants. In this class we focus on how to introduce dogs to people and environments without magnetizing them and teaching them how to work in distracting areas.
Instructor: Trisha Rettig
4 Week Course
Okay, here it is, the class for the serious trainer that wants really great ring performance. There is to be no crying, no whining, no weak knees allowed! You may want to have chocolate, wine and a good sense of humor and humility available to take this class. If you want 5 minutes of great ring performance, with a happy, eager to work dog, then here is your class! If you want 10 minutes, that is fine as well. Your dog will tell you exactly where you are in your training, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Every week we will work on getting better and better reliability on the behaviors we want to take into the ring.
The lecture material in this course is the same as the October 2015 material.
4 Week Course
It seems so simple, right? Say “sit” and the dog sits, or did the dog actually sit because you said sit, or because you leaned toward it? Understanding that a cue is the first signal that reinforcement is available starts to clarify how important it is when you decide what the cue is, when to introduce the cue and how to gain stimulus control with your cue.
4 Week Course
If ever there was one obedience exercise with a million different ways to train it, this would be the one! Take a look around at a match and see all the different ways handlers are trying to influence their dogs to run away from them at full speed (toward a wall or gate, no less!), but then still stop on a dime when cued to sit. When they are precise, they are beautiful, when they are messy; it causes stress to the handler and dog. Here is a proven method that will give you beautiful go outs that are OTCH pretty. Fast runs, quick stops and the skills to keep them sharp for the performance career of your dog.