Power Performance



If you’re ready to really get your dog’s performance looking sharp, this class is for you, whatever your sport of choice. I’ll show you techniques for getting the behavior you want and honing it to perfection.

This course is self study. All lecture material is already available.

Class Description

Power Performance

If you’re ready to really get your dog’s performance looking sharp, this class is for you, whatever your sport of choice. I’ll show you techniques for getting the behavior you want and honing it to perfection. We’ll learn new ways to look at criteria setting, reinforcement strategies, and proofing to build behavior momentum, then add chains and sequences and duration to build your performance power.

Week 1

  • Lecture 1: What is a Power Performance? Why do some trainers have that and others struggle? What does struggle mean?
  • Lecture 2: Criteria is King! Understanding what criteria means to your training. Why it’s important and how to set clear criteria that you and your dog can understand.
  • Training Session 1: Identifying a behavior in your training that needs you to either set criteria, or clarify the criteria you currently have.
  • Lecture 3: Break it down, break it down, break it down! Lumping not allowed!

Week 2:

  • Lecture 1: Reinforcement, building the behavior you want. What is reinforcement, when to give it and when to withhold it. Importance of reinforcement and intelligent use of it to get the strong behavior you want.
  • Lecture 2: Secondary reinforcement, what is it and how can we use this to our benefit?
  • Training session 1: Assessing your reinforcement use, having a plan for what reinforcement to use and when.
  • Training session 2: Secondary reinforcement, working it into your training program.
  • Lecture 3: Withholding reinforcement, valuable information to your animal! Why aborts are important in your training

Week 3:

  • Lecture 1: Timing, it’s everything. How to improve your timing. Practicing improving your timing. Why “mechanical skills” (Bob Bailey), matter!!
  • Training session 1: Building your skill as a trainer without a dog!
  • Training session 2: Adding a dog!
  • Lecture 2: Use of video in training and not being afraid to actually “see” the training. Assessing your personal strengths and weaknesses, both are important to know!

Week 4:

  • Lecture 1: Building strong behaviors, the ultimate power goal! Why is this so hard? What are the common mistakes that most trainers make? How can you avoid the pitfalls?
  • Lecture 2: When to start proofing a behavior. When to avoid proofing. How much failure is too much? How much fluency do you need?
  • Training session 1: Momentum first! Choosing a behavior that is newer or needs more momentum, building it up to a strong beavhior.
  • Training session 2: Fluency next! Choosing a behavior that has good momentum, and starting to add fluency to it. Making a training plan that increases the fluency, and making sure not to lose your nice behavior!
  • Lecture 3: Here, here is where the Bob Bailey’s “timing, criteria and rate of reinforcement” all come together. Not the easiest for some trainers, but gets better the more experience you have. “Looking” at your behaviors through new eyes!

Week 5:

  • Lecture 1: Putting together behaviors, sequences and chains. When and why? Do you need fluency to chain and sequence? Can you build fluency as you chain/sequence?
  • Lecture 2: What if my sequence or chain starts to fall apart? Making sure all parts stay equally strong as you train. Training is NEVER A DONE DEAL.
  • Training session 1: Let’s look at what you have! What behaviors are you putting together? How can you work the transitions from one behavior to the next?
  • Training session 2: Working in a chain or sequence, when to proof/build fluency. How can timing of the training affect your performance? How rewards help you and how they can stop you.
  • Lecture 3: Baby intervals.

Week 6:

  • Lecture 1: Putting a Power Performance together, how?
  • Lecture 2: Ten power performance principles and using them in your training.
  • Training session 1: Let’s look at your strongest behaviors in a new training place. What is your “think/plan/do”, Bob Bailey.
  • Training session 2: The fun of training, new plans for the future! Each dog is different, each handler is different. Making training plans that make sense to you. Planning and executing and assessment.
  • Lecture 3: Your Power Performance, own it!


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