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Dr. Dunbar's Off-Leash Reliability & Games Workshops have brought back some sparkle, some excitement, and some razzle-dazzle to pet dog training, all while helping owners achieve huge improvements in reliability with their dogs. Training your dog while off-leash in an exciting and distracting environment makes it much more likely that they will follow your instructions in other distracting situations as well.

Games are extremely enjoyable for dogs and they often bring out the best performances. Dogs are highly motivated because their owners are highly motivated, excited and animated.

All of Dr. Dunbar's 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. 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.

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.

Turning training into games and quantifying responses with a stopwatch or tape measure, enables pet dog trainers to remind owners to celebrate with the dog each time they surpass a personal best. Nothing motivates owners more than when they see that they are improving, even with baby steps, and nothing advertises that you're a great pet dog trainer than the dog's progressive improvement.

Games make it easy and fun to quantify behavior and training, and quantifying your dog's responses allows you to prove whether or not your training methods are working, exactly how well they are working and when you surpass a personal best performance.

Course curriculum

    1. Description

    2. Reliability & Games Day 1 Notes

    3. Video 1.1 This is How we Train

    4. Video 1.2 Classical Conditioning & Lure Reward Intro

    5. Video 1.3 Lure Reward Practice

    6. Video 1.4 All or None Reward Training

    7. Video 1.5 Let the Games Begin!

    8. Video 1.6 Doggie Dash

    9. Video 1.7 Sit Means Sit-Stay

    10. Video 1.8 Reliability by the Numbers

    11. Video 1.9 Proofing Exercises

    12. Video 1.10 Distance Positions and Dancing with your Dog

    13. Video 1.11 Lights, Camera, Practice!

    14. Video 1.12 Musical Chairs

    1. Reliability & Games Day 2 Notes

    2. Video 2.1 Concentric Circles

    3. Video 2.2 Keep Your dog Close/Proximity

    4. Video 2.3 Slow Recall Race

    5. Video 2.4 Training In Traffic Game

    6. Video 2.5 Lure, Reward Training

    7. Video 2.6 Rolling, Creeping and Backing Up

    8. Video 2.7 Focus and Persistence

    9. Video 2.8 Virtual Reality Games

    10. Video 2.9 Slow Recall Race

    11. Video 2.10 Distance Catch

    12. Video 2.11 Musical Chairs

    13. Video 2.12 Street Slalom Snake

About this course

  • $200.00
  • 27 lessons
  • 11.5 hours of video content

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