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

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

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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Julie Flanery - Musical Freestyle! The Top 5 things to teach your dog to get started!

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Musical Freestyle can feel daunting! The behaviors you can train are limitless! Where do you start? What skills are important? As a freestyle competitor for almost 25 years, I've found there are a few versatile foundation behaviors that many new freestylers skip, instead jumping to more complex, cool or "sexy" moves. But freestyle is more than just a string of tricks! This workshop will share the 5 most valuable things to teach first - behaviors that will not only start you on your way, but that you'll use throughout your freestyle journey.

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Julie Flanery - Musical Freestyle: From Inspiration to Realization!

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

When first getting started in musical freestyle, many feel over-whelmed by the process of creating a routine. After all, we are trainers! Not dancers! The cool thing is you don't have to know how to dance to do freestyle. This workshop will break down the components of choreography giving you an overview and better understanding of how to create a freestyle routine, starting with music selection and finding your inspiration, to putting behaviors into sequences that create flow, right down to your ending pose. Come learn about one of the most challenging and fun sports out there!

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Julie Daniels - Cookie Jar Games Meets Pattern Games

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

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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Petra Ford - Handling Errors for Success

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

No one likes being wrong. Our dogs are the same way. But the reality is that everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are an important part of learning. It’s how we handle them and what we do when they happen that dictates whether an error is a positive or negative experience. We don’t need to be afraid to let our dogs know when their behavior did not meet criteria. In some instances, we can be proactive and prevent the mistake from happening. We will look at how to communicate effectively and break the error down so our dogs understand exactly what they did wrong. We will discuss techniques to eradicate any negativity your dog may feel after the error and to increase the likelihood for success on the next rep. Whether your dog is sassy or extremely sensitive, you can handle errors to create a learning experience without negativity.

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Malena DeMartini-Price, CTC - Preparing Your Dog for the End of COVID: Life After Lockdown

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Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

There have been many changes to all of our lives due to COVID this past year. One of the changes has been that many of our dogs have not been left alone for an appreciable amount of time. While lots of dogs have really enjoyed the constant company, there is a concern that when we return to life after lockdown problems like separation anxiety may present themselves. What can we do now to prepare for the advent of returning to work and other activities? Fortunately, there are some straightforward and relatively simple steps that can be taken to help our dogs transition to once again being left alone when necessary. This Webinar will review some strategies that can be implemented now to help our dogs. Additionally, for those dogs already exhibiting signs of separation-related behavior problems, we will talk about what the next steps could be to make progress. This Webinar is for both dog professionals and dog guardians.

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