Mental Resilience For Agility Dogs

Instructor: Bobbie Bhambree
Start Date: April 2, 2018
Registration Closed: April 16, 2018 @ 9 pm Eastern

Bridge the gap between training and trialing: help your dog overcome worries and distractions in the trial environment by building mental resilience!

Category: Motivation, Problem Solving, Behavior
Level: Open to all
Class Length: 5 weeks with the middle week as a Break Week (April 12-17) (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 1 year after completion of course)

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 25 ($185)
Number of Auditing Spots: 50 ($115)
Number of Observing Spots: unlimited ($85)
Level of Access:

Course Description

Mental Resilience For Agility Dogs :: Bobbie Bhambree

Bridge the gap between training and trialing: help your dog overcome worries and distractions in the trial environment by building mental resilience!

Is your dog amazing at home and in class, but shuts down at a trial? Does your dog run with enthusiasm at local trials, but slows down or leaves at the bigger shows? Does your dog sniff or zoom around the ring if you make a handling error? Does your dog leave the course and run to where you left your food or toy reward outside of the ring? Then this course is for you!

There are many reasons why a dog might be able to perform in one context and not another. In this course, we will discover the gaps in your dog’s understanding and by way of training and behavior modification, fill them. These gaps could be a result of training plans that skipped steps that your dog needs, environmental stressors, lack of impulse control, or even fear. By examining your dog’s performance and discussing how you have trained with your dog thus far, we will be able to create a plan specific to your team’s needs. You will play games and practice exercises that will bring your dog’s focus back to you while building enthusiasm and drive, regardless of venue or level of show.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn to identify stress in your dog and adjust accordingly
  • Have a better understanding of your dog’s triggers and how to manage thresholds
  • Build focus and connection in your dog, even when things go wrong on course
  • Build impulse control in your dog, even in the face of stressors and distractions
  • Learn about self-control depletion and prevent the practice of it
  • Expand the toolbox of exercises to support you in decreasing your dog’s anxiety
  • Build confidence in your dog at the bigger shows

(Note: this course is designed to for dogs who are trialing, getting ready to trial, who have taken Bobbie’s “Face the Fear!” course(s), or who have done some behavior work to address stress and anxiety.)


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Motivation, Problem Solving, Behavior

Level:

Open to all

Course Length:

5 weeks with the middle week as a Break Week (April 12-17) (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 1 year after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Individualized problem analysis
  • Video analysis
  • Individualized problem solving plan to be progressively implemented over the course of the 8 week session
  • General games and training skills needed for all performance dogs
  • Discussions and Q&A (workers and auditors) based on needs of working and auditing students
  • Demo videos
  • Training Articles and handouts
  • Access to faculty office hours

Equipment needed:

  • (working participants only): Treats, toys, 30-foot-long line, head halter (optional), jumps, tunnels, weave poles, contacts (optional)

Space needed:

  • TBD, based on the needs of class members

Office Hours:

Yes, TBD



Course Participation & Tuition Levels

Type of participation:

  • Working (posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in forum, chat and office) Limit: 25
  • Auditing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours) Limit: 50
  • Observing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students in documents, links, forum and chat but do not participate in class forum, chat and office hours other than to read instructor, worker and auditor posts). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

  • Working: $185 USD
  • Auditing: $115 USD
  • Observing: $85 USD