Title: HANDLER: Reliability & Games Workshop
When: 05/11/2014 at 09:30 to 05/11/2014 at 17:30
Where: Piedmont Kennel Club
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Dr. Dunbar’s Fun & Games Workshops have brought back some sparkle, some excitement, and some razzle-dazzle to pet dog training. The workshops are just so much fun for dogs and handlers and they are especially exciting and informative for observers, who can sit back and watch the dogs develop off-leash reliability and speed of response. Games are extremely enjoyable for dogs, owners and observers alike and they generally bring out extraordinary performances and accelerate training by motivating dogs and owners to perform even better. Games often bring out best performances. Dogs are highly motivated because their owners are highly motivated, excited and animated. The prospect of playing games motivates owners to practice. For some owners, heeling and sit-stay homework is not very exciting, but many will stay up to the wee hours to practice for Doggy Dancing or Musical Chairs. All games are designed to improve the quality of the relationship between dogs and their people and each individual exercise or game is specifically designed to fine-tune essential ingredients of your dog’s training repertoire. For example, with a trick as simple as Biscuit Balance, you end up with rock-solid Sit-Stays. In addition, playing games is an enjoyable and non-threatening way to objectively quantify performance and fine-tune all basic obedience skills, including attention, position changes, stays, following, heeling, and precision work. For example, there will be only one fastest recall and only one longest sit stay. However, regardless of comparative rank of performance (compared with other competitors), the most worthwhile reason to play games is to establish a personal best, to set personal goals and above all, to strive to progressively better your best with each training session.
Sponsor: James & Kenneth Publishers
Speaker(s): Dr. Ian Dunbar PhD BvetMed MRCVS