Class Overview

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Basic Introduction to the Course

Learning Lecture:
Your dog will learn to associtate the click with food or fun. The click will then become a signal that means "Yep, That's what I wanted and you will get your reward in just a moment.

Introducing the Clicker:
Pair the clicker with a food treat 10-20 times per day, outside of your obedience excersices.

Obedience Excercises:
  Attention
  Control (Sit, Stand)
  Controlled Walking
  Recall

Behavior Lecture

Your dog will learn at its own pace, be patient.

Last Week's Homework

Q & A from last week

Learning Lecture
Shaping - Rewarding for small bits of behavior you want.
Targeting - Teaching your dog to "touch" or follow a target to help with shaping.
Raising Criteria - Asking for more before your dog gets a click.
No Reward Marker (NRM) - A signal that tells your dog, "Nope, that's not what I wanted."

Adding Cues:
Training with NRM

Obedience Excercises:
  Attention
  Control (Sit, Stand)
  Controlled Walking
  Recall

Behavior Lecture
The Alpha Concept

Q &A Homework

Last Week's Homework

Q & A from last week

Learning Lecture

Continuous and Variable Schedule Reinforcements - How to keep your dog working

Jackpots
Generalization

Obedience Excercises:
  Attention
  Control (Sit, Stand)
  Stay
  Keep Going Signal
  Controlled Walking
  Left Turn
  Recall

Behavior Lecture

Every dog has the potential to bite.

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Last Week's Homework

Q & A from last week

Learning Lecture:
Chaining Behaviors - Adding behaviors together to make one BIG behavior
Back Chaining - Teaching the last behavior in a chain first. Discuss tricks and back chaining.

Obedience Excercises:
  Removing the food lure
  Attention
  Control (Sit, Stand, Down)
  Controlled Walking
  Left Turn, Right Turn
  Recall with a Sit in front
  Stay with distractions

Behavior Lecture:
Bite Inhibition

Q &A Homework

Last Week's Homework

Q & A from last week

Learning Lecture:

Extinction - Ignoring a behavior until it goes Away
Counter Conditioning - Teaching a behavior that will not allow an undesired behavior to occor.

+R, -R, +P, -P - You'll have to read the handout to find out what these mean!

Punishment can be fun!

Obedience Excercises:
  Attention
  Control (sit, stand, down)
  Controlled Walking
  Pace Changes
  Recall and Finish
  Stay (add cue)

Behavior Lecture:
Toys and Games

Last Week's Homework

Q & A from last week

Obedience Excercises:
  Tricks
  Attention
  Control (sit, stand, down)
  Controlled Walking
  About Turn
  Recall and Finish
  Long Stay

Behavior Lecture: Canine Communications and Body Language

Q &A Homework

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