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Foundation Concepts - Module 18

Lesson 5 – Your Responsibility is…

You are Responsible for Setting Your Dog Up to Succeed… ~in 3 Key Areas of Life ~   Cognitive Development including memory, discrimination, productive and receptive communication, inferential reasoning, quantitative analysis, conceptual awareness, and behavior inhibition. Socio-emotional Development including trust, bonding, confidence, self- reliance, deference, attentiveness, motivation, and social competence. Physical Development including gross motor skills, fine motor […]

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List of Videos-For Reference

Train The Dog Video Assignments Discussion M1L4 2. Make a video of your dog playing with a food puzzle. Identify the exact point when your dog is finding the puzzle too easy?When is it just right?  When is it too hard? What specific behaviors do you see in each situation that tell you that? Discussion

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Train The Dog Conclusion

You have come to the end of the Train the Dog modules. Congratulations!  Whether your goal is to become a board and train trainer, pet parent training coach or to train your own service dog, you will find the concepts, principles and practical skills from these modules form the core knowledge you need to know to work

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Lesson 4 – Maintenance

Maintenance as we learned in Module 1- Learning in Dogs Lesson 1- 4 Stages of Learning is when the dog has learned a behavior, is fluent in doing it and has generalized it but it still needs to be periodically practiced to keep it fluent and generalized.  As we know for people, the behaviors need to have

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Lesson 2 – Patterning

Patterning is when we use repeated patterns of a behavior to teach a dog what to do in situations that occur over and over in daily life. Usually they involve chaining a series of behaviors. The behaviors might be the same (a series of stairs) or a series of different behaviors (going through a door

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Lesson 1 – Phasing out Food and Toy Reinforcers/Phasing in Real Life Rewards

Throughout training, we flip flop around in the rate of reinforcement and also the type of reinforcement.  In the acquisition phase, we keep a high rate of reinforcement to keep the dog engaged and learning. Usually we use food and toys. Once we start adding duration or selecting for specific parts of proofing like speed, latency,

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