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  Title Out of the Lab and into the Field: Performance Dogs in the Real World

Bob Bailey & Parvene Farhoody (with Randy Hare)

  Date(s) April 30th and May 1st, 2016

The Coventry School for Dogs and Their People
Columbia, MD 21046

  Fee $375 (Early bird $325 before March 15, 2016)
  CEUs 24 CEUs from CCPDT and 20 CEUs from IAABC
  Host Organization Behavior Matters, Inc. & The Coventry School for Dogs and Their People
  Contact Person Pam Jacques
  Contact Email

  Description of Seminar/Conference

Objectives: It is Bob and Parvene’s opinion that what is most needed today is a chance for trainers to develop the skills of applying behavioral technology. These seminars are designed to help the trainer learn practical application of behavior theory. The goal is for the trainer to listen and observe during the Seminar and then go home and try to incorporate the new information into their work.

Bob likes to say that anyone can get behavior from an animal eventually. But getting reliable, strong behavior, effectively and efficiently takes an understanding of behavioral technology. Bob and Parvene have decided to try something different: This seminar is specifically designed for a particular audience; trainers with some experience getting behavior but who strive to be better. These are trainers ready to challenge what they already know and change their own behavior to get even better behavior from the animals with which they work.

This is a “how to” seminar; it presupposes the audience already has some training experience. It will not provide easy cookie cutter recipe answers, but will provide detailed information about how to use teaching mechanisms to train behaviors to a higher standard of excellence. As Bob would say: training is simple, but it’s not easy. You have to provide patience, skill, and the discipline to follow the systematic steps necessary to get there. It requires humility and the ability to be open to try new things. Bob and Parvene will provide the tools on how to get there, the rest is up to you.

This will be a serious, intensive, seminar. Bob and Parvene will cover a great deal of material. This includes observing training teams work their already skilled dogs on new behaviors in order to demonstrate the principles being discussed.

We all know that “advanced training” is nothing more than the excellent application of behavior principles. This seminar will cover the latest in applied behavior analysis including: response strength, resistance to extinction, persistence of behavior in context shifts, response cost, behavioral economics, matching law, stimulus control, stimulus/response generalization and more. Bob and Parvene go far beyond “good enough” behavior to consistent excellence.

TOPICS INCLUDE:                                                                 
 Motivation & Selecting Reinforcers                          
 Fluency vs. Proficiency
 Errorless Learning                                                    
 Distraction and Persistence   
 Accuracy and Speed                                                 
 Recognizing Stress   
 Stimulus Control                                                     
 Selecting a Performance Dog
 Generalization                                                                     
 Stories from the field and video
 Steps in Systematic Training - when to shift criterion   

Over the two days, 2 dog/hander teams will work on stage while being coached by Bob and Parvene. This will provide a way to demonstrate the direct application of behavioral principles to training.
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Randy Hare will be joining Bob and Parvene to share his vast experience with working dogs. Randy has been challenging police/protection/detection trainers to be better, kinder and more effective for the past 25 years. By applying a sound understanding of behavior principles, Randy developed specially designed boxes to increase motivation and efficiency in scent detection training. Randy will discuss his work on Saturday afternoon and then take the stage on Saturday evening to demonstrate and discuss his dynamic and extremely effective system, which covers every aspect of the scent detection task: from foundation skills to working in highly distracting environments. This is a rare opportunity to watch, learn and ask questions of this generous teacher.


The Coventry School for Dogs and Their People
7165 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046
Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM Dinner Break
Saturday Evening: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Randy Hare demonstration
Sunday 9:00AM – 5:30PM


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