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Bobbie Lyons - Design a Balanced K9 Fitness Plan

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

The webinar will cover:

  • A brief description of how to get started in fitness
  • A brief description of skills that could be trained to help communicate with your dog and make fitness more rewarding for both the dog and handler
  • Take what your dog knows and turn it into repetitious exercise
  • Focused exercise for the entire body
  • Focused exercise in all planes of motion
  • Exercise with and without balance equipment
  • How often should you change your K9 fitness plan

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Denise Fenzi - Acclimation and Engagement 2.0: From Training to Competition

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

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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Kathy Sdao - Practical Premack

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019 
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

To maximize the power of positive reinforcement, a trainer must thoroughly understand what reinforcement means. Too often, we equate positive reinforcement with a piece of food. While this often works, it’s useless when an animal is too full, frightened or aroused to eat. Also, at times, food can be an inconvenient reinforcer for the trainer to use. 

Many trainers talk about “life rewards,” those everyday goodies (e.g., the opportunity to go outside, to sniff a tree or to greet an approaching dog) which can be used to reinforce desired behaviors. This approach is similar to the Premack Principle, named after animal-learning researcher David Premack, but doesn’t fully take advantage of his revolutionary insight. Premack said much more than, “If you eat your vegetables, you can have dessert” (a paraphrase of his principle commonly used in the dog-training community).

Learn how Premack’s laboratory-derived theory can help you and your clients expand your animals’ motivational menus. We’ll look at real-life training applications of this scientific principle. You’ll be inspired to think about positive reinforcement more creatively and to develop additional reinforcers.

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Sarah Stremming & Leslie Eide, DVM - An Ounce of Prevention

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019 
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

You've heard it before; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But what does that mean when it comes to our sport dogs? Sarah Stremming and Dr Leslie Eide, CCRT will come together to talk about prevention of the most common sports-related problems. Sarah will cover behavior problems, and Leslie will cover physical problems like injuries and weaknesses. They bring their collective experience working with healing dogs' minds and bodies to discuss how you can stay out of their respective offices for the length of your sport dog's career.

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Nancy Tucker - No-look Reinforcement: Keep your dog checking in, even when you've checked out

Date: Thursday, December 26, 2019 
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

Does this sound familiar to you? Your dog only has eyes for you while you’re paying attention to him. His focus is impressive! But if you turn your attention away from your dog for even a moment, the connection is broken and off he goes in another direction.

Join me to learn how to maintain your dog's attention even while YOUR focus is elsewhere. That means your dog will stay close to you and focused on you...:

  1. When in class, and you're busy watching and listening to the instructor.
  2. When at the ATM machine, and you're busy doing important banking stuff.
  3. While you've stopped to chat with a friend on the street.
  4. While walking through a crowd or past other dogs.

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Megan Foster - End-of-Run Routines for Agility

Date: Thursday, December 26, 2019 
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

Your agility run isn't over after the last obstacle. Getting to your leash and exiting the ring is the real last obstacle: one requiring thought, planning, and training just like all the other obstacles! 

 If your dog...

  • Avoids the leash at the end of the course
  • Leaves the ring without you at the end
  • Body slams or bites you at the end of the run
  • Thinks of chasing the next dog starting their run

Then this webinar is for you!

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Debbie Torraca - At What Point are Things Too Much with Canine Fitness

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2030
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

This webinar will look at the benefits and potential safety hazards of canine fitness. We will focus on safety, benefit, the what to dos, and the what not to dos!

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Helene Lawler - Escape Foundationland! Strategies and skills for navigating the path out of the Foundation Rabbit Hole

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2030
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

Did you go down the Foundation Rabbit Hole and now find yourself trapped in Foundationland?

If you have, you’re in good company! Getting lost in Foundationland is a very common experience for dog trainers. The good news is, I’m here to show you the path out!

You know you’re in Foundation land when:

  • You train foundation exercise after foundation exercises, striving for perfection before you can move on
  • You’re forever discovering new, critical foundations to train, and you couldn’t possibly move to the next level without them
  • You’re perpetually taking novice and intermediate level classes, and never move into advanced work
  • You get a new puppy and train her rather than taking your adult dog to advanced classes
  • You’ve never competed beyond novice or intermediate levels
  • You have a perfect living room dog, but are terrified to trial, convinced that you just need a little more practice...

 Or maybe, like me, you’re an advanced trainer/competitor who, upon discovering the holes in your understanding of Learning Behaviour, went back to foundation work. And stayed there. For three years!

 The good news is, there is a path out of Foundationland. And, step by step, I’m going to show you the way. Join me in this webinar to learn the necessary practical skills and strategies, and make 2020 the year you Escape Foundationland!

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