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FE435: Behavior Chain Games; Reducing Reinforcement the Easy Way

Instructor: Sara Brueske

Course Details

Behavior chains are everywhere in dog training, from a 21 obstacle agility course to a heeling pattern in obedience or even training your dog to get you a nice cold adult beverage from the fridge. We tend to think of these patterns of known behaviors as a finished product, however, they can be a useful tool in reducing reinforcement as well as improving confidence and enthusiasm for each involved piece. This course will explain how to build, maintain and use behavior chains for any sport.

Gold students should have a minimum of 6 known behaviors including at least one behavior that involves sending away from the handler (go to place, wrap around an object, etc). These behaviors do not need to be advanced, simple actions such as a hand touch or sit will be sufficient.