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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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