Cues, signals, stimulus, prompts are an integral part of our teaching, training and living with dogs. Understanding how the cues are part of the environment and represent opportunities for reward brings an entire new world to the building of behaviours.
Giving a cue and responding to a cue is a conversation where questions are asked and answered. We give cues and the dog can answer, dog will also give us cues and we need to listen. Being able to have a conversation is a skill we can learn, develop and ensure all parties are enjoying the process without any stress or anxieties.
The course will look at
- Teaching and practising Cue Seeking.
- Thoughtful development and application of cues that can lead to an ease of stimulus transfer (generalisation).
- Using teaching cues during the learning process that graduate to life, or performance, cues.
Changing cues is a concept that dogs grasp with ease when taught with clarity and understanding. We shall teach dogs to be able to say “I do not remember that word”, and never feel the pressure to fill the silence with something. Learning to discriminate between what is relevant and what is not, making decisions about what to respond to can help your dog when the environment is calling them to respond in many different ways.
Advanced cues can be used to build complex behaviours, function as markers, change the way a behaviour is carried out (slower, faster, longer) and be used at the conceptual level.
It would be useful for both you and your learner to be familiar with clean food delivery and the use of a marker. Your learner can be of any age and developing lifeskills, preparing for performance, for rehabilitation, for husbandry or simply for the pleasure of interaction and shared quality time. Clean, thoughtful training naturally develops learner confidence, a perpetual joy in learning and strong sense of achievement for both participants.
This is an 6 lesson course in a taught, classroom-forum format. Each lesson will examine specific topics in detail, allowing for extensive questioning, discussion, review and feedback of videos.
You will need to be able to video your own training and edit and upload to share with the forums if you require feedback.
2019: Wednesdays: Sep 18, Oct2, 16, 30, Nov 27, Dec 11. The course closes Feb 11. The Classroom forum and lesson opens at 1800 (GMT/UTC) on these dates, and then access is available throughout the course. You do not have to attend the Classrooms at these times to participate. Details of the course forum and log-in page will be sent out on Sep 16 for pre-course familiarisation. By enrolling on this course you agree to the Terms and Conditions. Course FAQs
Refunds – There are no options for refunds once the course has started, but under certain circumstances you may be able to be transferred to another course.
There is an additional discount for Members of Learning About Dogs: Seekers (10%), Setters (20%). Please contact us for the Member’s discount code.