Our goal with this course is to help you take your shaping skills to the next level!
If you have a basic understanding of how to shape simple behaviors and you'd like to make shaping more useful in your training, then this course is for you.
We will work on shaping speed and enthusiasm along with precision and accuracy.
We want to help you see the places in your training where shaping would be an advantage and then help you apply it properly. While people often use shaping for tricks, they rarely take advantage of it for their performance and sport training.
This is a GREAT small space and bad weather activity!
Next session starts: April 1, 2017Registration starts: March 22, 2017Registration ends: April 15, 2017
Registration will begin at 10:30AM PST.
Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level spot you can sign up any time during the registration period.
*Tentative, subject to revision
Beyond the Basics: Advanced Shaping Skills
Why shaping? Why NOT shaping?
Making operant dogs
Week 1: Basic concepts
Active vs. calm markers
Active vs. stationary behaviors
Setting up a successful session
Props vs. body movement
Week 2: Targeting
Touch this with that!
Week 3: Retrieves
Pick up all the things!
Week 4: Precision & topography (heeling & positions)
Do it exactly like this!
Week 5: Duration (stationary work)
Do nothing for longer!
Week 6: Trainer’s Choice & Instructor’s Challenge
Prerequisites and Equipment
Those in Gold spots should have some basic experience shaping behaviors, along with food motivated dogs.
You may need to obtain some props, but those are typically things you already have around the house.