Course Outline & Modules
In order to make it happen, you have to first define "it". You create a map for yourself, figuring out where you are starting from and identifying your strengths and verbalizing your goals. This is transforming in and of itself. Very few of us get this structured when left to our own devices and a good map is always a good start!
Module 1: Let The Learning Begin
Here is where we all get on the same page. We discuss the Art and Science of Learning Theory, stress in training and its role, cue systems, the 4 Quadrants and when & how to apply them, and the art of successive approximations. We talk about my Hind Brain/Front Brain paradigm and how to apply it to your training.
This is where we learn when to use the different Training Zones and the value of body handling and how it increases trust between the two of you. Included are introductions of many of my Foundation Protocol exercises. You learn about Emotional Anchors - the philosophy and how to use this so that your dog wants to include you in his decision making process.
Module 2: Concentration & Impulse Control
This is the lesson in which we delve into serious Impulse Control and Delegating Responsibility tasks. This work is at the heart of good training. Learn about what tempts your dog and how to teach your dog to ignore the environment: What could be more powerful? It is so often the dogs distractibility that sabotages our own training efforts.
I want you to understand the philosophy of Impulse Control so it becomes a way of life for your dog and he chooses See, Think , Then Do instead of See, Then Do, which leaves you out of the loop! We discuss more body handling and how to make it humane and keep it fun for the dog. After all, a dog tells you how much he trusts you by how much and in what circumstances he allows you to substitute your agenda for his own.
I teach you how to have your dog be calm, cool and collected during Greeting Ceremonies.
Module 3: I'm Down With That
We cover the Zen Down, Recall work, and Loose Leash Walking. "Don't Keep Your Dog Guessing" - by using Stand By and End Working cue systems, and using distraction & challenges to strengthen behaviour, is another topic we cover in this lesson plan. A really stable Down is one of my go to behaviours for so many situations: Around the house when guests come in or when I am carrying in groceries. In public, the applications are limitless! I'll show you how to use the Down exercise to take your dog out of "drive" and "neutral."
Module 4: It's About Delegation
Understanding the Shaping Process and how to use targets effectively: Shaping is an extraordinary way to teach people how to read intention behaviour in their dog, how to improve their timing and how to develop approximations on the fly. It increases the confidence of timid or fearful dogs in myriad ways. And, if done properly (although I see that seldom enough), it helps bold, pushy dogs learn restraint and hyper-active dogs learn how to slow down and think. You'll learn how to use targeting to control your dog at the door, so when someone visits it is no longer some sort of bizarre free-for-all competition (your dogs against you) to determine who gets to interact with the person at the door. In each module we cover a Learning Theory topic; in this module we discuss reinforcement schedules and how to engineer and manipulate them.
Module 5: Challenges & New Beginnings
We cover challenges for all the exercises we worked on and how to strengthen behaviours. Wouldn't it be great if, as the environment got more and more chaotic, your dog's attentiveness to you increased? Sound like a dream? It's not. It is a process of using environmental cues working for you instead of against you.
Why don't you get what you want? You find out in my discussion of "When It Goes To Hell In A Handbasket - Technical Reasons for Screwups" which gives you tools on how to avoid screwups or USE them to your own advantage.
But wait....There's More!
- Each module has a welcome video or audio and a Study Guide with detailed worksheets, to guide you through the training process.
- There are over 40 videos detailing all of the exercises in the Study Guide. These are not 5 minute videos - many of them are 20 to 30 minutes long, showing all different breeds of dogs and levels of handlers working.
- There are 18 audio files in the modules themselves, plus the audio files of ALL the Coaching Calls.