This seminar will show you how to create an internally-reinforced, self-motivated dog that is under reliable verbal control when off-leash, at a distance, and distracted, and without the continued need of any training aid.
- Quantification of behavior to objectively and accurately track progress
- Non-aversive punishments to inhibit and eliminate undesirable behavior
- Simple, quick and easy techniques that don’t require consistency or timing
- The power of verbal feedback
- Understanding antecedents to increase speed and effectiveness of training
- Reducing food rewards and using more powerful behavior rewards
- The best reinforcement schedule for training
- Mega secondary reinforcers for accelerated classical conditioning
It took three quarters of a century for dog trainers to embrace science-based training techniques, and initially it was a very welcome change, but now many trainers have actually gone too far. These days there are too many trainers that are trying to emulate the training techniques that have been used in research laboratories. But pet dogs are not captive laboratory subjects and dog owners are not consistent computing machines with perfect timing.
In this seminar Dr. Dunbar will explain how to take the lessons learned from the research on learning theory and apply them to the world of dog training without ignoring our assets as human trainers or the limitations of training a pet dog in the real world. Our voice, our ability to assess quality, our social nature can all be used to make training incredibly effective, and incredibly enjoyable, for both us and our dogs.