Mental Resilience For Agility Dogs - Part 2

Instructor: Bobbie Bhambree
Start Date: June 4, 2018
Registration Closed: June 18, 2018 @ 9 pm Eastern

The next steps in building mental resilience in the agility ring to bring out the best in your teams!

Category: Motivation, Problem Solving, Behavior
Level: Open to dogs/handlers who have participated in Face The Fear and/or Mental Resilience Part 1
Class Length: 4 weeks (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 - Part 2 :: Bobbie Bhambree

The next steps in building mental resilience in the agility ring to bring out the best in your teams!

This is the second level of building mental resilience in your agility dog. The focus of this course is to build upon the skills you have developed and games you have played in Building Mental Resilience in the Agility Dog – Part 1. Mental resilience takes time to develop; every dog is different when it comes to how long it takes and what it necessary to support the dog. Mental resilience is a combination of impulse control, confidence, the ability to recover from failure, and the desire to try again—all of which we will explore and continue develop in this course.

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 how to respond to your dog’s feedback in the moment to keep him working with you
  • Learn how to better manage your dog to minimize mental fatiguing
  • Continue to build focus and connection in your dog, even when things go wrong on course
  • Further build impulse control in your dog, even in the face of stressors and distractions
  • Further expand the toolbox of exercises to support you in decreasing your dog’s anxiety
  • Further build confidence in your dog for the bigger shows

(Note: this course is designed to for dogs who are trialing, getting ready to trial, who have taken my Face the Fear! course(s), have taken Building Mental Resilience for the Agility Dog – Part 2 or who have done some behavior work to address stress and anxiety.)


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Motivation, Problem Solving, Behavior

Level:

Open to dogs/handlers who have participated in Face The Fear and/or Mental Resilience Part 1

Course Length:

4 weeks (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