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Teaching Engagement Skills - Engagement is the Foundation for ALL DOG TRAINING -- Leerburg Online University - New Course! - Only $39! - Date: Ongoing Course - Duration: 2 Weeks - Access Time: 4 Weeks - Cost: $39.00

Teaching Engagement Skills - Engagement is the Foundation for ALL DOG TRAINING

Teaching Engagement Skills -
Engagement is the Foundation for ALL DOG TRAINING

When a dog is engaged with his handler it wants to be with the handler and it wants what the handler has. The picture of an engaged dog is a happy dog that is willing to do what the handler asks because it either wants the high value food reward or the high value toy reward that the handler has to offer.

This two week self study course is dedicated entirely to teaching students what engagement is and how to get it with their dog!

The course will teach students why ENGAGEMENT is the foundation for all dog training. They will learn why engagement should be the foundation for every pet dog training program. Those students who want to get involved with any dog sport will learn why engagement needs to be the motor that drives their training program.

In this course Forrest will teach you how to promote it, how to maintain it, and how to make it work for you as you move forward in your training relationship with your dog.

Packed with rich information, this class will prepare students with both the why's and how's of making and maintaining engagement a central attitude, mental state, and defining feature of your training program.

Leerburg Online University -- Leerburg's Relationship Games - Register Now! - Course Begins June 2nd, 2014 - 8 Weeks - $250 - 20 Person Limit - 50 videos & growing with each student video submission
Leerburg Online University - Basic Dog Obedience Course - 6 Weeks - $99 - Includes over 150 videos - Click to watch the course overview video!

Student Comment on the Basic Dog Obedience Course

After taking this course, I have a better understanding of what "balanced" training means. I have a two year old female GSD that I have done a little training with but I never used food for motivation. Sure I have a great pet but I want to do more with her than just train her to sit, down, etc.

I have been a fan of the Leerburg site for several years but really just read about what other people were doing with their dogs, not thinking about what I could do with my own dog. I have 7-8 or so videos but I still didn't understand how to put it all together. Now, after finishing this first course, i have a better understanding of how to put all the pieces together to form a "trick". (for lack of a better word) I now understand the value of using food to motivate a dog/puppy to engage with me.

It seems to me that engagement is the most important thing a trainer needs to begin training. I like using the marker training with my dog. i still need to perfect my timing but I am getting better. The balanced training fits "my philosophy" for training dogs. I agree with training through distractions and using a reasonable/fair correction if needed. I don't think you can have real relationship with your dog if you are using a fear based training method. But on the other side of the training spectrum, I don't think the majority of dogs can be trained using only positive reinforcement. The key here is to find what works with each individual dog. The training should be about making the dog successful, not making things easy for the trainer at the expense of the dog.

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket

My dog, Bandit, is 1.) a super strong chewer and 2.) too smart for the Kong.

Bandit was stumped and fascinated the first time he played with The Pickle. He know the drill with the Kong - throw it, bounce it, treats come out. He tried playing with The Pickle the same way and was shocked when the treats didn't come out. I supervised him, seeing how he was problem solving to get the treats out. I used semi-soft Zuke's training treats for the first try. I don't know who was more excited, me or Bandit, when he figured how to get the treats out!!!! He is currently panting and very proud of his accomplishment.

I'm going to try treats with different textures and different challenge levels. AWESOME TOY!! LONG LIVE THE PICKLE!!!

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers
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