Making The Choice: Self-Control Games to Maximize Performance

Build your dog’s enthusiasm, understanding, speed and accuracy of behaviors for sport and life by teaching the joys of choosing to ignore distractions!

Instructor(s): Tracy Sklenar
Category: Motivation, Foundation, Puppy, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving
Level: Puppy, Pre-Novice, Starters/Novice, Open/Advanced, Masters/Excellent, International, Open to All
Class Length: 6 weeks
Start Date: January 14, 2013
Registration Opens: December 14, 2012
Registration Closes: January 28, 2013

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 15 ($199)
Number of Auditing Spots: 25 ($125)
Number of Observing Members: unlimited ($95)

Course Description

Making The Choice: Self-Control Games to Maximize Performance :: Tracy Sklenar

Build your dog’s enthusiasm, understanding, speed and accuracy of behaviors for sport and life by teaching the joys of choosing to ignore distractions!

Does your dog gets distracted by people, dogs, smells, toys, or anything in the environment? Is he perfect at home, but makes mistakes in class or competition? Does she lose focus or drive if she has made a mistake?

In this class, we will use a series of motivational self-control games to teach the dog to ignore distractions while becoming a driven, focused partner in life and in any sport. You can have a completely focused, fast and confident canine partner without ever using physical corrections, verbal corrections or lures!

The handler will learn how to “proof” competition behaviors without using corrections or lures, in order to maximize the dog’s understanding and passion for the behaviors we want both in the ring and as our beloved pet dog!

NOTE: This course is NOT appropriate for dogs with aggression issues or extreme fear.


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories: Motivation, Foundation, Puppy, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving

Level: Starters/Novice, Open/Advanced, Masters/Excellent, International

Course Length:

6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for working/auditing students for 4 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Brief written lectures and progressive work to be videotaped for feedback.
  • Questions answered and feedback on each assignment from instructor in the class forum.
  • Discussion with other students (working and auditing) in the Class Forum as well as access to the general AU forums.
  • Access to Class Chat
  • Access to Faculty Office Hours

Equipment needed (working participants only):

  • Sport-specific equipment will be needed proofing stages of the class

Space required (working participants only): 

  • any

Office Hours:

  • Yes (days/times TBA)


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 hours) Limit: 10
  • 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: 25
  • Observing (has read-only and view-only access to the class forum, chat and office hours, cannot post or ask questions). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

  • Working: $199 USD
  • Auditing: $125 USD
  • Observing: $95 USD