for learning, for exploring
Chains and sequences weekend
for teaching patterns, and sequencing complex and compound behaviours that consist of components much like a wide range of different (lego) bricks that we can use to build amazing complex behaviours.
16 & 17 Mar 2019
held at Forest Oak Farm
Chains or compound behaviours are around us all the time, where one behaviour leads to another or more than one behaviour occurs at the same time, such as carrying an article and returning to you.
To compose these complex behaviour we need to understand how to teach the individual components and skills, attach unique cues and reinforcers and then compile the sequence. Our training often involves reverse engineering complex behaviours chains to maintain the required fluency. We may need to explode these chains into the smallest parts to enable our learners to gain the skills. We need to be sure the component behaviours are strong, robust, finished before the construction process. We are pulling together an orchestra, and each musician needs to be individually competent and able to work together.
Dogs are extremely good at learning patterns and we can build an amazing array of complex behaviours.
Practising chains is an individual art and an understandning of how to conduct this behaviour orchestra is essential to learn how to keep the entire process strong and fresh.
Participating with your dog
Participants for this weekend should be Training Geeks – happy to think and talk about training even when they are not training. Dogs suitable for participating should have experience of shaping and building behaviours with markers and frequent, high level reinforcement, and be comfortable working in room with other dogs. The workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Learning by Watching
You may attend as a spectator and your dog may attend if it is comfortable resting in the car during the workshop. You are likely to learn just as much as participants without the anxieties of participating. Use the coupon code “watch” at the checkout for a 45% spectator discount.
Terms and conditions
Workshops are held at training different venues around the country. Please check individual events for details.
Details for Forest Oak Farm.
We usually start at 9.30, please do not arrive before 9am, and finish by 5pm. We have a short break mid-morning and mid-afternoon, with lunch for 45 minutes.
What to bring
Please bring food for training. We recommend chopped sandwich meats, home made treats, cooked chicken pieces, sausage, but not packet treats. Your dog may be eating large quantities so please select appropriate foods.
If you are bringing non-participating dogs they should be familiar with resting all day.
You may arrange to video your own training. At no time can you video, or record, anyone else training or teaching.
We do not provide lunch, but tea and coffee will be free flowing.
We stop for about 45 minutes midday, with a break mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Lunch can be ordered on arrival at workshops held at Forest Oak Farm.
You can still attend as a spectator, and maintain the option to transfer your place to the next similar event.
Please do not bring bitches in season.
Refunds can only be given if notification is more than:
3 months before: 100%; 28 days before: 75%
Where possible we will try to transfer you onto a similar course. Refunds and transfers administration fee is £5.
Please contact us for BACS Payment by Bank Transfer (IBAN) and Internet Banking
Booking your place
Choose your workshop selection and go to the check out to complete the order. You can participate with your own dog or book a place as a spectator.
We accept credit and debit cards and PayPAL.
The confirmation of the transaction is sent via email and indicates that we have received your booking and that you agree to the Terms and Conditions
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel a course, workshop or seminar if numbers are insufficient. The only reason we have ever needed to postpone and event is due to extreme weather. In the case of a change of price, we will always contact you first to ensure that the price is acceptable.
Workshops reminders will be sent 7 days prior to the event.