This is the latest in Leerburg's series of training videos done with Michael Ellis.
It's a training video that follows Michael's curriculum for his course on Motivation and Play at his school for dog trainers in California: michaelellisschool.com
The work in this DVD (or video on demand) teaches trainers of all breeds (large and small) and trainers from every dog sport (agility, obedience, and protection sports) the advanced concepts of how to motivate their dogs.
The goal of this training is to teach dog trainers how to turn a reward into an event for their dog. When trainers can learn these skills they are going to be able to manipulate the motivation and drive of their dogs.
The chapters for this training video are:
-Learning Moving Skills Without a Dog
-Rewards Are An "Interactive"
-Techniques for Increasing Motivation
-Borrowing Techniques From the World of Protection Sports - Not All biting is Protection
-How to Manage Your Dog's Genetics
In our chapter on Learning Moving Skills Without a Dog, Michael introduces trainers to movement skills they can learn without their dog to help develop and increase a dog's motivation and drive. In this chapter trainers will learn:
-Weight shift/balance drills
-How to use your legs and not your back
-Tug/toy presentation without a dog
-Food handling without a dog - how to hold and deliver
-Why straight line targeting - the problem with hooking
-Getting bit is bad for the handler and dogs motivation
-Misses - How and Why?
In the chapter titled Rewards Are an "Interactive Event" trainers will learn:
-Movement is reinforcing during a reward
-Contrasts between a "reward event" vs. "normal behavior"
-The differences between "hunger drive" and movement-based "prey rewards"
-Variable duration of the "reward event" and its effect on post-reinforcement pause/attention
-Using auditory stimulators to stimulate motivation
-Chasing and searching are better than having
-Tugging, Chasing, and Eating
In the chapter for Techniques for Increasing Motivation Michael covers:
-Using restraint and frustration to build motivation
-Learning to balance and use HUNGER and a tool
-How "social isolation" can be a tool to increase motivation
-Patterning arousal levels/classical conditioning
-What activities intensify through rehearsal, which don't
-Restricting and channeling your dogs' energy use
-Appropriate toys and treats
-Violating your dog's expectations. Using food and toys in the same training session.
-Balancing possession without creating conflict
In the chapter, Borrowing Techniques From the World of Protection Sports, we explain the following:
-Using back pressure to build motivation
-Building the "STRIKE" as a factor of motivation
-Revisiting the Auditory Stimulator
-Letting the dog "WIN"
The chapter on How to Manage Your Dog's Genetics will cover:
-"PLAYERS" vs. "FIGHTERS"
-Spatial awareness and sensitivity
-Possessiveness - the pros and cons, learning to initiate
-Internal vs. External dogs and how to motivate each
In the chapter, Establishing Rules, we cover:
-When to add rules without causing confict
-How strict should you be?
-The balance between motivation and rules
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