Instructor: Julie Symons
If you like to think of training as a game, then this is the class for you! If you have a busy schedule and are always on the go and finding your obedience training taking a back seat - come play and see how it's possible to fit in little pockets of obedience game training into your day!
This is not a skills class but designed to present many short, fun, and fast paced games for all levels of competition obedience training. If you are looking for a foundation obedience skills class, check out OB111: Team Sports Foundation: Level 1 and 2, being offered this term.
This course will cover games for retrieves, go-outs, pivots, setups, recalls, signals, impulse control and more! Time to throw out the predictability and build a love for the game of obedience! Some games will be "tried and true" and we'll also see what you can come up with too! We’ll lose the formality and build enthusiasm by mixing things up and keeping everybody on their toes and paws! By adding “game training” and less predictability, we build relationship and transfer reinforcement to the act of playing!
With enjoyment comes speed and snappy responses! We will work on building speed going away and coming back - a really pretty picture to see in the ring! The faster your dog wants to come back the quicker their response/retrieve will be. First we build energy and attitude for the game, and then precision is developed over time. We will work on never showing disappointment and learn to think about what could unintentionally squash momentum or speed. The idea is to not jeopardize speed and enjoyment for accuracy.
By approaching sessions in this manner, you will find it's easier to work on reducing your classic reward schedule. The games and movement refocus both trainer and dog to enjoy the activities and not so much the giving or taking of treats! Dogs may start to prefer engagement or toys over treats with these fast paced games. Your sessions will end with your dog wanting more!!