Instructor: Sarah Stremming
This class is all about dogs that are over-stressed, over-aroused, over-adrenalized, and just plain over the top. Help your dog give his true performance in the ring by helping him be in a healthy state of arousal at trials. Learn how to ask your dog if he is ready to work, and how to respond when he says no, in order to help him be the best he can be. We will address everything that comes with problems of arousal: handler-biting, broken start lines and contacts, lack of focus, knocked bars, barking, and more.
Registration will begin at 9:00am PST.
Next session starts: February 1, 2017Registration starts: January 22, 2017Registration ends: February 15, 2017
Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 15 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level spot you can sign up any time during the registration period.
Worked Up! Curriculum
optimal arousal states for work
examining your training
Concept: information gathering
Assignment: Arousal Testing
Concept: the SEEKING system
Assignment: Arousal Soothing
Backing up the chain, utilizing the SEEKING system
Assignment: training start button behaviors
Concept: recognizing what work creates what emotional state
Assignment: inserting the start button, adding work
Concept: dialing it back down; what happens when you overdo it
Assignment: increasing the arousal of the work
Concept: Deciding to be the handler your dog needs
Assignment: bringing it all together and long-term planning
Prerequisites and Equipment
There are no hard prerequisites but a good understanding of dog training basics and marker signals is recommended. This is an advanced class simply because it is very conceptual and requires good observation skills as well as the ability to respond to your dog depending on the information he gives you, i.e. if the dog does A you can do C, but if he fails C you might need to try B, and if neither C nor B are working, you may need to back all the way to Z. This class primarily utilizes food, so if your dog is not what you would consider food motivated, it may not be appropriate.
Some equipment pertaining to the sport your dog exhibits his “worked up” behaviors in will be helpful. Other than that, just a leash, treats, and a clicker if you use one.