Instructor: Hannah Branigan
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Registration will begin at 12:00 Noon Pacific Time.
Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Silver: 25 students, Bronze: unlimited.
Gold Level includes access to all course materials and the ability to post questions and videos to the course forums. Students will receive instructor feedback on written and video assignments.
Silver Level includes access to all course materials and the ability to participate in the discussion forum. Students may ask GENERAL questions about course materials and may submit two, one-minute videos for instructor feedback. Any questions specific to your dog MUST be accompanied by a video.
Bronze Level includes access to all course materials and the ability to read all questions and answers posted in the class forums. Students will not post questions or submit written or video assignments.
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This class is a follow-up to Devil in the Details (you might call it Devil in the Details, part DEUX!).
In this class, we will take the precise movements we built in the previous class, and using the tools (platforms, targeting, etc) from that class, put the behaviors on cue, fade the props, add distance, and build confidence and enthusiasm into the performance.
After applying the principles and exercises in this class, your dog will be prepared to change positions (sit/down/stand) on a verbal and/or hand signal at full competition distance (25-50 ft). These skills are applicable for both the Utility signals exercise and the Open command discrimination exercise. (It won't hurt your drop on recall or directed jumping sit, either!)
Tentative syllabus! Subject to change based on the needs of the teams enrolled and instructor's judgment.
- Which behavior, which cue, which exercise?
- Training with clean loops
- Sit-to-down and Down-to-sit
- Logistics of getting offered behavior in a clean loop
- Fading props, platforms, and targets
- Stimulus Control concepts
- Red light/Green light - Adding a cue and training for stimulus control without frustration
- Handling errors
- Discrimination between cues (or signals)
- Reinforcement games - Preparing for variable reinforcement
- Adding distractions
- Adding distance
- Are we ready?
- Systematic increments
All silver and gold participants must have taken Devil in the Details and completed those exercises prior to this class.
Bronze participants have no prerequisites but should know that the exercises in this class build directly off the Devil in the Details class exercises, so prior knowledge is assumed.
Skill Building 1 and 2 are highly recommended, but not required.
All targets and platforms used in Devil in the Details will be used in this class as well.
1.3 TRAINING WITH CLEAN LOOPS
Training with “clean loops” is the secret to efficient training, consistent behaviors, and confident dogs. It’s the key to quick cue acquisition and painless, frustration-free stimulus control. In this class, we are going to focus a lot of our effort into building clean loops for the behaviors that we are interested in, because it’s going to make getting those behaviors on cue SO EASY it will feel like cheating.
- Dog performs all elements smoothly
- Human performs all elements smoothly
- All behaviors are performed without hesitation
- No unwanted behaviors in the loop