Foundation Skills - 3 Part Series

In this 3 part series, both you and your dog learn! Your dog learns how to learn while he acquires base skills he will need for life as a service dog. You learn both the practical skills and theory you will need to train your own service dog to be a reliable partner. Both of you learn how to generalize this knowledge to other skills and be able to figure out how to put together these to create other behaviors.  Every person who is training a service dog, owner-trained or professional should have this foundation knowledge and develop these skills to create a willing service dog partner. Suitable for puppy to adult dogs. This is a FUN class for you both!

 

 

 

Foundation Skills - Level 1 (12 weeks of age+)

Class Goals:
 Your dog learns to eagerly work with you, the beginnings of impulse control, default eye contact, nose targeting and its other applications, potty on cue, handling skills, targeting and learns that there is value for staying near you without a leash.  

100 video clips to view! You will take away the 4 stages of learning new behaviors, key elements in teaching behaviors, mechanical skills needed, using distractions to your benefit, different ways a dog learns, biology of dogs as it affects learning, adding cues and achieving control over behaviors, and how to help a dog learn behaviors in different environments quickly. Problem solving for dogs is also included for many behaviors. Try out a FREE training log template. It might be the only one you need to record your sessions and keep you on track! Join class discussions to apply the skills to your own dog!

 
Foundation Skills - Level 2

Class Goals: Your dog learns to do a chin target, go around objects, lay on a mat at a distance, place front paws on a platform, pivot on her front feet, stand still and take and tug. Also several more handling skills for real life. We start introducing a few skills to real life.

More than 80 video clips including a few complete training sessions will help you  learn about cues, prompts, 3 ways to add distance and duration, and develop your shaping skills. You will also learn different kinds of cues you can use, test which ones your dog actually understands, and how to start building fluency for known behaviors focussing on how to change the speed of a behavior and how to get a faster response to a cue.  Learn several easy ways to speed up and slow down behaviors and ideas to adapt reinforcement delivery for people with disabilities. Try your hand at creating your own behavior training plan and carry it out. Have some fun with experimenting!

Prerequisite: Foundation Skills - Level 1

 
Foundation Skills - Level 3 

Class Goals: Your dog will learn how to give you default and cued attention, how to wait on cue, build onto impulse control and learn the common positions for a service dog. He will also learn to generalize several behaviors to a high degree, and how to switch sides.

How the handler will learn how to deal with unwanted behaviors, why cues fail, how to achieve stimulus control over behaviors, improve speed and latency of behaviors, phase out food and toy reinforcers and how to use real life reinforcers are demonstrated in more than 80 videos. How to use behavior chains and patterning are helpful things to know as is impulse control. You'll learn how to generalize behaviors to obtain reliable performance. Lastly, you'll learn how to maintain trained behaviors so they don't get forgotten when being used regularly.

Prerequisite: Foundation Skills - Level 2

 

 

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