Welcome! Here are the weekly handouts as well
as information on other skills your dog should have to be successful
Please keep Dr. Radosta informed if you have any questions or
you don't understand any of the concepts we are teaching. We
are here to help you. You can reach Dr. Radosta about a training
issue by emailing her
or calling 561-795-9398. If you need to reach me you can email
me or call 561-427-6700. Please let me know by email when
you can't attend.
An important concept for you to know is that training is all
about building a relationship between you and your dog and providing
or controlling consequences for the dog. It's important to remember
that all animals repeat behaviors they find rewarding.
Behaviors that are not rewarding in any way will fade and eventually
extinguish. That mean that you need to reinforce desirable behaviors
with praise, treats and play. Undesirable behavior is either
not rewarded, prevented from being self-rewarding through appropriate
management of the environment, or redirected into an incompatible
activity that can reinforced/rewarded. Corrections, when indicated,
are used to instruct rather than to punish the dog and are never
physically painful or emotionally abusive.
On behalf of Dr.
Lisa Radosta and myself, welcome to class!
Mindy Cox, B.S.,
be successful in class, there is information
you need to know and skills your dog needs
to learn. Don't put it off or you will be
behind when you attend class with your dog.We
want you to be successful.
Let's get started!
1. Watch the
Seminar Video. It has critical
information to help you understand your dog and
how class will be conducted. Find a quiet time and
watch it before proceeding to the next step.
2. Print out Reactive
Class Week 1 handout. Refer to it
while watching the Homework Video.
3. Watch the
Homework Video Session 1. It is important
that you find the time every day leading
up to the first class wtih your dog to practice
the skills in the Homework Video.
Additional Videos and Articles that may be helpful:
dog should know how to sit and down reliably)
Teaching "Down" Using Capturing
Teach Your Dog to Lie Down using luring
Training: Teach Your Dog to do it Happily
Working on Duration
Training with a Clicker
some short behavior and body language videos
Here are some additional training tips:
You are learning important skills to help
your reactive dog. Practice them often so you can learn
to stay calm if your dog reacts. Your dog is relying on
you to set the example for calm behavior. If you get tense,
he or she will pick up on that. Pay attention to your voice
(should be happy!), your body language, and the tension
in your leash (keep it loose!)
Remember to keep training fun for you and
your dog and stop before your dog wants to.
Catch and reward your dog being successful
and stay positive. Ignore the times your dog is unsuccessful.
Rewarding positive behavior will build trust
and improve your relationship. Punishment
erodes the relationship and in some cases may cause aggression.
Make a list of what your dog values most
(types of food rewards, play, petting, ride in the car,
etc.) so you know how to reward.
Begin training at home in an environment
that is not distracting. As your dog learns the exercise,
slowly increase the level of distractions.
Break training into small steps.
Plan ahead. Have your tools ready before
you begin (such as clicker and treats).
Multiple short sessions are better than
one long session (boring and tiring!). There are moments
of training opportunities all during the day.
Play and training should be indistinguishable
to your dog. They both should be fun!
Keep playing the Name Game to achieve that whiplash turn, even
with distractions. Continue to reward your dog when he or she
offers you attention without you having to ask. The rest of
what you should be doing is listed on this handout. Please read
it and keep practicing. You're doing great! Hang in there.
Class Week 2 Handout
Watch the Video: Teaching Here
Go to the Mat
Watch the Video: Relaxation On The Mat: Building Duration
Watch the Video: Successful Leash Handling Skills
Turns and Leash Handling (infographic)
You now have lots of tools you can use with your dog. Keep practicing!
You are making progress. Feel good about that. If you are confused,
please contact us for help. We are also availalbe for private training.
Class Week 3 Handout
Watch the Video: Teaching Look
Watch the Video: Relaxation step 4
Engage-Disengage. Note: If you do not use a clicker for training you can substitute a marker word (such as "Yes!").
How to Know Which Exercise To Use: Look and Here
Changing Leash Aggression
Keep practicing all of your skills: Here (or Leave it for some of you), Look at that, counter conditioning, rewarding attention, and relaxtaion on the mat. Get out now and use them!
Class Week 4 Handout
Watch the Video: Classical Counter Conditioning
Watch the Video: Look, Here and Classical Counter
have all of the skills you need. Practice
all of them, not just the ones you are most
comfortable with. You may find your dog does
better with one or another.
Keep taking your
dog to different places so that you are near
the thing that he or she is anxious about,
but below your dog's threshold, to practice.
The goal is to keep your dog from reacting
and to slowly decrease the distance between
your calm dog and the stimulus.
Keep watching your dog's body language to recognize when your
dog is giving appropirate signals and when he or she is about
to go over threshold and a reation is imminent. Not sure about
those body signals? Now is a good time to watch the Language
of Dogs again.
Need extra help? Consider a private lesson to practice and clear
up anything that's confusing.
Today we are taking it on the road! We are all meeting at Abacoa,
across the street from Roger Dean stadium and in front of the
amphitheatre. Please check the website for the correct time of this class.
Please have faith in yourself and your dog. You have both worked
hard and you need to have some confidence. We will be there
to help you.
Here is some more information to assist you in finding our meet
up spot. Leave a little extra time to secure street parking.
Here is the Google
map for the amphitheater location at 1260 University Blvd.in
Jupiter. Just click "Directions" and add a starting address.
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