Our training often centres around the key elements of reinforcement and providing the rewards suitable for the dog, for the behaviour and for the future.
To ensure our rewards are complimentary and do not put the dog into conflict we need a library of opportunities that not only maintain and strengthen the behaviour but build desire, the right type of anticipation and enquiry from the dog.
This needs imaginations and creativity. It needs a long term plan, it needs to be thoughtful and sometimes unexpected.
We can deliver in different patterns, where the distance, speed and pace of the delivery changes the anticipation of the dog. We can deliver remotely separating ourselves from being food dispensers. We can deliver with social activities, with play, with predatory engagement.
All these types of delivery benefit from practise, a clear understanding of the details involved, and application appropriate to the behaviour, the environment and the future.
We shall look at the finer points of table service, shopping (at Waitrose of course), chasers, catchers and wine merchants.
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: Jun 12, 29, Jul 10, 24, Aug 7, 21. The course closes Oct 3. 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 Jun 10 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.
Early Bird Discount
There is a discount (£248.40, instead of £270) for enrolment before Apr 12th, use the coupon “wormcatcher”.
There is an additional discount for Members of Learning About Dogs: Seekers (10%), Setters (20%). Please contact us for the Member’s discount code.