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Deb Jones, PhD - Focus to Work: How to Get Sustained Focus Throughout a Training Session or Performance

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

  • Are you frustrated that your dog’s lack of focus shows up only at the worst possible times; like when you’re in the performance ring?
  • Do you wonder why you have such lovely focused performances at home but lose them in a new environment or training place?
  • Do you admire those teams who seem to have a seamless unbroken connection while they are working together?
  • Does it seem like you are working very hard to keep your dog’s focus while he’s not giving back the same amount of effort?
  • Does your dog drift in and out of focus while you are working together?

Then this is the webinar for you! Deb Jones (developer of the FOCUS training system) can help you identify your trouble spots and weak areas, and show you how to develop tools to combine work & focus into an integrated whole. A focused team working in sync is a beautiful thing, and you can move your training in that direction with a few changes in approach.

The mistake most people make is to try to add focus to work when the more successful method is to add work to focus. While this may sound like simple semantics, it is actually a powerful shift in your overall training approach and it makes a huge difference.

Even if you’ve read the books or taken the classes, in this webinar Deb will target and elaborate on the specific exercises and games that will help develop and support a fully focused training partnership within work sessions. If you’re feeling like you have part of the picture but need more direction, this is the place to get it.

This webinar will address changes you can make that will help your dog understand and maintain focus as you work together. If you want to be a successful team then working with focus is not an option; it’s an absolute requirement. Once you’ve worked with a fully focused dog you’ll never want to go back! Training focused dogs is so much easier and more fun as well. Join Deb for this webinar and she’ll share all her focus secrets with you!

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Denise Fenzi - Staged to Engage: Pre-Engagement Strategies (REPEAT)

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Do you have a puppy or ‘new to you’ dog that you are hoping to train for competition? Do you want to simplify future engagement training? This webinar is all about your early decision making that will make formal engagement training easier when the time comes. We will consider our “life” training choices and identify the trade-offs in areas like manners, impulse control, socialization, play, shaping training, etc. We will consider how we might want to play, raise and train our dogs, all with an eye to enhancing future engagement while avoiding common engagement training challenges. Within training, we will consider how and where we do our shaping, general training, etc, so that our dogs accept our offers of personal interaction and think to offer looking to us when they are unsure. And finally, this webinar will take a look at issues of temperament and pre-engagement interaction; how does temperament create different risk points for different types of dogs, and how might that knowledge influence possible choices for your specific situation?

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Jessica Hekman, PhD, DVM - The Genetics of Personality (REPEAT)

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

What do (and don't) we know about how genetics affects canine personality? In this webinar, Jessica Hekman will take a deep dive into her own area of research - how genetics affects personality in dogs.

How much of canine personality is due to genetics and how much to environment? How do researchers track down genes related to personality? Have any such genes yet been found? Can we expect a genetic test for dog reactivity any time soon?

In this webinar, Jessica will particularly address examples from human literature about traits that are similar to reactivity in dogs, and will discuss the difficulties inherent in studying traits like drive and environmental versus handler focus, as well as possible solutions to those problems. As always, there will be something for everyone, so come listen and ask questions, whether you are just starting to wrap your head around genetics or whether you're a confirmed science geek!

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Barbara Lloyd - PTSD in Dogs and Concrete Advice for the People Who Love Them

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

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There is a common misconception that dogs only live in the moment. This fallacy has proven to be particularly harmful to dogs that suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

If dogs only lived in the moment they would be unable to learn, and they would not survive as a species. They would be unable to remember any events that occurred in their life and that would make them impossible to train - and we know that dogs are highly trainable! Survival of a species is dependent upon understanding what works and what does not. It means holding onto memories, and science has shown us that the strongest memories are linked to emotions.

Positive emotions are linked with happiness, satiation, security and well being. Negative emotions are hard wired into the fight or flight primitive part of brain. These emotions when triggered through either intentional or unintentional acts, can sometimes cause an irreversible conditioning that we call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

There is a lack of information available to individuals who adopt pets with traumatic pasts but we absolutely have knowledge and techniques for helping dogs that show clear signs of PTSD and trauma from their past. Sharing this information, discussing behaviors associated with canine PTSD, and helping handlers identify possible triggers and a game plan for how to best live with, love and support a dog with PTSD is is the subject of this webinar.

Barbara will draw on examples from client dogs and from her personal experiences living with her rescue dog Didi, a GSDX, who was the victim of one of the worst cases of torture and abuse in Saskatchewan. She will point you and your dog to the light at the end of the tunnel, and give you a framework on how to build trust and confidence between you and your PTSD dog.

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Stacy Barnett - Creating a Crazy Sourcing Maniac

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Do you want a dog with the DESIRE to DRIVE to Source? Maybe your dog goes halfway and alerts? Maybe your dog gives up without pushing in when the hide is a bit deeper?
Sourcing is all about desire. Yes, we will cover pin-pointing in this webinar but it will go SO much further. True precision is about trajectory to source. This webinar will give you the TOOLS to enhance that trajectory! Without a trajectory, all you have left are guesses from the dog's perspective.

We will cover pinpointing developing push in in this webinar... with a HUGE emphasis on DESIRE and MOTIVATION for source.

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Sara Brueske - Fast and Furious Whistle Recall

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Recalls are one of the most important behaviors that you can teach your dog, the benefits in the real world are invaluable. However, often we are combating the distractions around us when we are training this behavior. One of the best ways to train a recall by treating it like a performance behavior in which we value speed, enthusiasm and fun as well as a habitual response to the recall cue. In this class, we will specifically be focusing on a whistle as our recall cue as this is the best noise to use at a distance and to cut through other distracting noises.

We will be discussing various recall games to play, how to know when your recall is ready to level up and how to increase the speed of your dog's response. Join us to learn how to create an immediate response with your recall and to teach your dog to love their recall!

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