Foundations Skills for Handlers and Dogs
Purpose: To learn skills and basic concepts needed to lay a solid training foundation.
Course Information: This course guides you through the steps to prepare yourself to be an effective trainer. In training, we are developing habits in both the dog and handler. In being conscious of each behavior, both of the dog and the handler, and how the two interact, we can create and develop habits of training and handling that are ultimately the most efficient.
Each of us falls back on certain default behaviors in dog handling, especially when stressed. These habits may or may not be useful in effective training. By becoming aware of each interaction that occurs between dog and handler, and consciously monitoring what we are doing, we become better able to respond appropriately.
Training, ultimately, is not just about giving cues and doing exercises. The basic format of your training, in many ways, predicts its’ success. Change is difficult for people. Changing the ways you interact with your dog can be challenging. Training creates change, and develops new habits. Training dogs actually is about training people. Dogs respond to what their handler is saying. Training works when the handler is communicating clearly to his/her dog.
By following the steps outlined in this course, doing the homework, and participating in the activities, you will develop effective training habits and clear communication with your dog.
Equipment Required: a tie-up, leashes, collars and clicker. Other equipment needed is a dog treat holder of some sort such as a belt pouch or fanny pack. For additional information on required equipment please contact the Instructor by clicking HERE
What you can expect to learn in this course:
- To understand training concepts.
- To define and recognize behaviors.
- To format an effective training session.
- To use a training journal to document training sessions.
- To recognize the important relationship between a dog’s behavior and your response to that behavior.
- To fully realize that training is actually a conversation between dog and handler, and be able to “listen” to your dog’s part of the conversation.
- To understand the importance of discontinuing behaviors which are counter-productive to your desired goal.
- To correctly hold a leash and participate with your dog in loose-leash walking.
- To use a tie-up.
Instructor: Myra Fourwinds
Course Length: 8 one hour sessions
Course Fee –
Payment Plan available-$110 per month for two months. Available ONLY for the “For Credit” option.
For Credit- You will have access to this course for 6 months from the date of registration. Extra time must be purchased.
For Audit- You will have access to this course for 2 months from the date of registration.
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