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For a limited time only, 20 webinar recordings will be made available for purchase to celebrate our four year webinar anniversary!


Featuring Instuctors:
Dante Camacho, Deborah Jones, Denise Fenzi, Diane Martin, Erin Lynes, Heather Lawson, Jennifer Summerfield, Julie Daniels, Julie Flanery, Megan Foster, Nicole Wiebusch, Petra Ford, Sara Brueske, Sarah Stremming, Sharon Carroll, Stacy Barnett

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Dante Camacho- Training the Dog You Have and Adjusting Accordingly - January 7, 2021

Guest Bio: Dante Camacho

We all know dogs are individuals but it's not uncommon to see them being placed in positions of having to adapt to training styles that are not necessarily most suitable for them.

Training protocols are usually just general guidelines that must be adapted to the dog you have, failing to do so may result in frustration for both dog and handler.

After coaching, training and performing for years with a variety of different breeds in multiple dog sports, it's become clear to me that different dogs need different approaches, understanding that will not only speed up the process but also make it much more enjoyable.

In this webinar I will not only show how to adjust the way you train so you can get the best out of your dog in your training sessions at home or club, but also to be ready to face the competition floor.

We will consider multiple factors like dog's age, breed, learning history, learning style, reinforcement preferences, sociability and more.

Be ready for a learning journey about what makes your dog go: "That was so much fun! I want more!"

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Deb Jones, PhD - Zen Games for Building Control AND Motivation - January 21, 2021

The concept of zen in dog training is an interesting and innovative approach. By zen we mean the ability to wait calmly and patiently for things we want, and to respond with appropriate and desired levels of control around desirable distractions. This is a big thing to ask of our dogs! In addition, we want to achieve all this in the most positive and pleasant manner possible.

Helping our dogs learn to become more zen is a huge advantage in training as well as in day to day life. A zen dog will think first and then respond as opposed to automatic reaction. In addition, we are instilling the idea of waiting for our cues to tell him what to do next, and when there is no cue, just wait a bit longer. That’s a HARD thing for some dogs!

It’s easy to see the advantages to zen work for dogs who get high and respond with thoughtless action, but zen work can also help the dog who is too thoughtful and cautious. It can loosen up a dog who is overly inhibited as well as encourage reasonable inhibition in a dog who doesn’t have enough. This arousal state balancing is a huge advantage for all dogs and we can get it with zen work.

Join Deb Jones for an introduction to the zen concept and for specific Zen Games that you can start using with your dog right away. The games can be easily customized to help your dog develop more control OR more motivation with just a few simple tweaks. The Zen Games presented in this webinar will include marker discrimination, treat tosses to encourage movement or stillness, as well as zen bowl and floor zen variations.

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Deb Jones, PhD - Stop Sniffing! - March 4, 2021

Sniffing is good! Just ask your dog! It only becomes an issue when you really want your dog to do something else instead. So why is your dog sniffing when you want to train or when you are at a trial? That’s an excellent question! And as with so much in dog training the answer is not always clear. Sometimes sniffing is just exploring interesting smells. Other times however, sniffing is a displacement activity to avoid perceived pressure and uncertainty. Because sniffing is self-soothing it’s a good way for dogs to calm themselves and engage in something low key and enjoyable. Sniffing definitely has its place in your dog’s life. The focus of this webinar will be to address undesired sniffing in training and trial contexts. Why is it happening and what can we do about it? Join Deb to learn a variety of approaches and techniques to handle this very common issue.

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Denise Fenzi - Calming Games for High Arousal - July 29, 2021

You love your dog's enthusiasm for the reinforcer but you don't love the frantic ball of fur energy that comes out in its presence. You love your dog's drive for work but sometimes you wish she took a day off once in a while. You love to train your dog at home but when you go out, it's as if the whole world is a trigger for high arousal.

Sound familiar?

Easily aroused dogs are awesome dogs with fantastic working capacity but sometimes we wish they could self-regulate better. Self regulation is necessary to live peacefully in our world, and if you have goals for competition, they are essential in order to perform with a clear head. Plus, it's kinder to the dog. Who wants to exist in a state of overarousal all the time?"

So what can you do? You can learn to provide appropriate outlets for that energy, and give your dog the tools they need to relax (or escalate) their arousal as appropriate. Here's where Calming Games for High Arousal come in! We hope you'll join Denise Fenzi for this webinar to find out about the skills and games you can play with your dog to raise and lower arousal. An essential skill for both life and sports!

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Denise Fenzi - Acclimation and Engagement 2.0: From Training to Competition - April 1, 2021

Do you feel like you’re working hard to make training exciting while your dog gives nothing back? Do you fight to keep your dog’s attention when you’re not holding a cookie or dangling a toy? Have you been told that you need to be “more exciting”?

If this sounds familiar, then your team needs Engagement training; a process that transfers responsibility for the start of work from the human to the dog. Now, instead of talking your dog into working with you, your dog will talk you into working with him; no visible food or toys required! The solution to a distracted dog is NOT to be more exciting; it’s to change the power dynamic to one where the dog understands that work is a privilege! Once you have worked with a fully engaged dog, you’ll never go back to bribing or cajoling again.

While this webinar will be similar to Denise's prior Engagement webinar (and the class she taught by the same name), she will introduce additional steps and concepts that will be useful for dogs that need more structure along with a plan for the advanced steps of Engagement. The goal is to create a trial ready canine partner who will not explore the competition space before being asked to work there.

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Diane Martin - Foundation Training for Competition Style Heelwork - June 10, 2021

Guest Bio: Diane Martin

Competition heelwork is an art to teach well - a combination of getting the right energy, precision and balance. Di Martin’s hour-long webinar is about the all-important foundations of heelwork. It is designed to be an introductory session so no previous experience will be required.

Passionate about competitive obedience, Di will take you through her early basic training step by step laying out the building blocks for developing the solid competition heelwork that has taken her own dogs to the very top of their game.

Di’s unique heelwork foundations ensure happy, enthusiastic dogs that perform precise moves and exercises with attitude and flair.

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Erin Lynes - Shed Happens: An Introduction to Shed Antler Hunting Training - July 15, 2021

Shed antler hunting is the super popular activity of having your dog sniff for antlers that are shed annually by wild animals such as moose, deer, elk, and caribou!

This webinar will provide an overview of what foundation skills your dog needs to have before they get started in shed antler hunting. I'll also show you how to introduce your dog to retrieving shed antlers. We'll discuss the components of antler hunting and how it differs from sporting nosework, how to begin introducing your dog to the search, some intermediate level searching development patterns, as well as a bit of practical information on where to even look for antlers that have been shed in the wild!

This webinar will be focused on the practical activity of searching for antlers shed by ungulate species in the wild. We will not cover shed antler hunting competition specifics, though the early stages of training are the same for both.

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Heather Lawson - The Power of Platforms - August 6, 2020

The Power of Platforms: The What, When, Where & How of Using Platforms to Seriously Speed Up Your Training

Platforms are taking our training by storm. Why? Well, platforms are a terrific way to convey position and precision without having to intervene and constantly adjust or correct your dog's position while they're learning. The precise positioning that platforms can offer us allows us to convey concepts of movement or stationary behaviours that would often take much more time if we didn't use them. Platforms allow us to build precision right from the beginning simply by their size and shape.

If you're struggling to convey a particular concept of body positioning, distance work, stays or even want to introduce some energy and FUN games into your training then you'll definitely want to learn how to use platforms effectively. We'll discuss which platform to use when along with the various sizes and when to use which type of platform.

There are a Zillion uses for platforms. Come learn how they can put some ZING into your training session!

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Jennifer Summerfield, DVM - Getting to Know You: Understanding Dog-Dog Greetings - June 17, 2021

For most of us, it makes intuitive sense that when people greet each other in social settings, there’s a lot going on in those first few moments! Handshakes (or other traditional greeting rituals, which can vary in different cultures), eye contact, and the words we use to address each other are all important components of human greeting behavior.
Dogs are highly social animals with a rich repertoire of communication signals at their disposal, so it shouldn’t surprise us to learn that they have their own forms of species-specific ritualized greeting behavior. And just like in human society, dog-dog greetings can go well, or poorly… and can lead to anything from a polite passing “hello” or a successful round of play, to an explosion of barking and lunging, or even an all-out fight.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the anatomy of a “normal” dog-dog greeting interaction, as well as common variations you might see depending on breed and general personality. We’ll also talk about how these interactions can go wrong – due to poor social skills, fear/anxiety issues, or previous negative experiences. Video examples will be used to help illustrate the discussion.

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Julie Daniels - How to Train an Errorless Leave It - November 12, 2020

Don't touch that! How do you train a "don't do it" concept without using aversive methods? That's what this webinar is all about. No more grabbing up the cookies or covering them with your hand. No more frustration and confusion for your dog when something looks to be available but it's not.

In this webinar we'll look at when to "Take It!" (or "Get It!") and when to "Leave It!" The concept and the verbal cues will be built through fun and simple games. Not surprisingly, clean mechanics are the key! We'll train both cues without causing frustration or confusion. There will be simple step-by-step instructions. You can follow the steps at home in a very small space, with no special equipment. Then we'll take the concepts outdoors into the big spaces of the real world.

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Julie Daniels - Cookie Jar Games meets Pattern Games - January 28, 2021

The mission of Cookie Jar Games is delayed gratification by dog's choice. That concept is not difficult for dogs to learn, but it can be difficult for humans to teach! We tend to fall back on familiar ways which interfere with the dog's choices. Patterns simplify Cookie Jar Games, especially for the teacher.

Dog's choice is empowering. Patterns are motivating. The combination is fun and exciting for both teacher and learner. Pairing Cookie Jar Games with pattern games adds predictability that enhances the mission in fun and creative ways! Join me to see how you can help your dog learn the value of delayed gratification by adding simple patterns to Cookie Jar Games.

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Julie Flanery - For the Love of Heeling: 5 Simple Changes to Make Heeling Fun - October 8, 2020

Have you ever seen those dogs that seem to love heelwork? Wish you had one? You can! By implementing these 5 simple strategies you can increase your dog’s enthusiasm, confidence and yes! Love of heeling! Learn how to implement changes in your heelwork training that will have your dog begging for more!

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Megan Foster - Balancing Act: Obstacle vs. Handler Focus in Agility - April 15, 2021

What is obstacle focus? What is handler focus? How much do we need? What do we do if one is too high? What do we do if one is too low?

We need our dogs to love the obstacles and to want to take them, but we also need to maintain enough handler focus to be able to guide them to the correct places. What does it look like when the scales aren’t balanced? It can look like a dog that is “blowing you off” to take off-courses, or it can look like a dog that stops short of taking the obstacles as you start to move away to the next part of the course.
When the scales are balanced, we see a dog that is quickly moving from one obstacle to the next, committing to what is on their line, easily adjusting their stride when asked to turn; almost as if the dog is reading the mind of the handler.

Agility has a lot of different elements, all happening at a fast pace. What you want your dog to focus on and what your dog naturally wants to focus on may or may not be in alignment. This webinar will unpack the questions above and provide training strategies to help teams develop and maintain the optimal obstacle/handler focus balance, including training habits, handling habits, and things to look for in our dogs’ behavior to know when things are getting out of balance.

This webinar is suitable for all levels of agility enthusiasts, instructors, and competitors.

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Nicole Wiebusch - 5 Games to Build Connection Between You and Your Dog - March 18, 2021

Do you struggle to get your dog to pay attention to you? Is your dog really distracted during training or trials? Do you sometimes wonder how you can build attention and connection between you and your dog?
Dogs disconnect from their handlers for lots of reasons, and it’s a very frustrating problem to have! Thankfully, there are things that you can do to help prevent your dog from disconnecting!

In this webinar you’ll learn 5 simple games to teach your dog how to stay connected to you during training sessions. These games will cover some of the more common reasons that your dog disconnects and will improve your training, reduce frustration for all parties, and increase your odds of success in trial situations!

Teach these games early, listen to your dog, systematically increase criteria and distractions, and you’ll have a willing engaged partner during training sessions!

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Petra Ford - Hold On: Building a Confident & Cheerful Hold - April 8, 2021

In this webinar you will learn how to teach your dog a consistent and reliable "hold". Hold is the foundation for all of my retrieves. Once dogs have a solid understanding of hold, teaching retrieves is simple. This method results in dogs that are happy and confident because they truly understand the task. Dogs that mouth, chew, roll, spit out or won't release the dumbbell do not have a clear understanding of Hold. When dogs are confused, conflicted or perceive pressure around Hold, these behaviors get worse. In this webinar you will learn to teach Hold in a way that is clear for your dog. We will break Hold into small steps so your dog can be successful which creates confidence. Your dog will have a clear and solid understanding of exactly what Hold means and will LOVE to "Hold"!

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Sara Brueske - Perfect Patterns: How to use patterns to build your puppy’s confidence - February 18, 2021

Puppy raising is a bit of an uncertain time, fear periods can cause our once confident puppy into one who views the world as an unpredictable and scary place. We can help set our puppies up for success by building in predictable games that can help provide security during those turbulent times.

Pattern games are perfect for building confidence in new environments or around strange sounds or smells. They can build confidence in puppies that are wary of strangers or encourage engagement in puppies that are easily distracted. They make learning in new environments fun and easy.

Sara will discuss the pattern games that every puppy should know including The Treat Toss Game, Choose to Heel, Fast and Furious Recalls and Scatter.

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Sarah Stremming - Real Resolution: A Systemic Approach to Solving Behavior Problems - January 7, 2021

In this webinar, let Sarah take the stress and confusion out of addressing common behavioral concerns in dogs. Her systematic approach of wellness, understanding behavior as a feedback loop, differential reinforcement procedures, desensitization and management will help you to solve your own dog's problems without the overwhelm. By using a step-by-step process, you'll know which routes to try first, and which to resort to last. It's based in both behavioral science and real world experience, so there is sure to be something for trainers from all walks.

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Sharon Carroll - Is it fear, anxiety, or something else? - December 3, 2020

Currently there are a range of psychopathologies described in dogs. These include canine-PTSD, depressive-like conditions, ADHD-like disorders, canine compulsive disorder and a range of specific anxiety conditions and phobias. Each of these disorders is characterized by the presence of a collection of specific individual behaviors.

Some of the individual behaviors occurring in the above disorders are abnormal at any time, whilst many are normal under certain circumstances.
As we all become more aware of canine emotions, and we strive to ensure the psychological wellbeing of our dogs, it can become increasingly difficult to know what’s normal and what’s not.

When working out what’s normal, it needs to be remembered, that whilst there is a lot of discussion on the impact of genetics on behavioral pathologies, normal behaviors have a genetic basis as well (i.e. breed-related behaviors). These can include such traits as hypervigilance to movement, consistently high energy levels, low frustration thresholds, rapid escalation to high arousal, owner guarding behaviors, and provocation by the presence of unknown dogs or people.

So, when we see a dog lunging and barking at an approaching stranger, they may be demonstrating fear-based behaviors, but there may be another cause entirely. We need to ensure we are correctly identifying the emotion behind the behavior, so we can select the correct training approach. Using an incorrect strategy may be ineffective or it could even allow the behavior to escalate further. Looking at the individual behaviors more closely, and through a more objective lens, we can ensure each dog receives the help it needs.

In this webinar we will discuss fear, anxiety, frustration and over-arousal. We will look at common genetic traits that can lead to behavioral issues, and discuss various behavior-modifying techniques for reactivity, and the performance of aggressive behaviors toward people and dogs. We will also identify key behaviors that indicate it is time to seek out help from a veterinary behavior specialist.

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Sharon Carroll - Working with Dogs that Lack Enthusiasm - June 3, 2021

Some dogs just don’t appear to be enthusiastic about training. This may present as a lack of enthusiasm for all training related activities, or it may be specific to a certain sport or individual task (e.g. dumbbell retrieve). In some cases, the dog may even appear to lose interest in training after a period of what appeared to be enthusiastic, engaged work.

The observable behaviors may include:

Responding slowly to cues, needing repeated cues, or stopping responding altogether.
Leaving you or the training area during a session.
Avoiding eye contact with you or the task.
Engaging in displacement behaviors such as sniffing the ground during an active training session.
Developing a reluctance to join you at the start of a training session.
In this webinar we discuss common reasons why these behaviors may occur, including:

Feeling fearful, anxious, frustrated, or conflicted.
Physical limitations.
Low levels of mental stamina.
Sensitivity to making mistakes.
Sensitivity to changes in the environment.
Impact of prior learning history.
Most importantly, we also discuss simple strategies to put the enthusiasm back into the training process, for both the dog and the human!

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Stacy Barnett - The Secret Sauce: Key Critical Skills for the Nosework Dog - April 22, 2021

Did you ever wonder if there was something you could do or a drill or exercise you could set up to give your Nosework dog an edge or to improve your pass rate?

There are!

This webinar will give you a list of critical skills to develop and sample setups and drills to build the Secret Sauce into how your dog works. Distractions? Sourcing? Problem Solving? Focus? We will talk about all of these and more!

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