Relationship Essentials: 4 Key Elements to Building the Successful Team
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This is a 2 1/2 hour filmed lecture and lab conducted by Emily Larlham at the Pet Professional Guild’s first Educational Summit held in Tampa, Florida in 2015.
One of the first steps to training a dog is building a relationship together. In this lecture and lab Emily covers what she believes to be the 4 essential components to building a successful relationship and training foundation. For Emily, the key elements are: Trust, Connection, Communication, and Choice.
During the working lab, dog and handler teams have a chance to work on exercises for each of the key components, including:
- Teaching the dog to want to choose the handler over everything.
- Proofing attention with distractions.
- Teaching luring as a complex behavior and way to communicate.
- Teaching the dog the toy is most reinforcing when presented to the handler to be played with together.
Running Time: 2 1/2 hours
Cover photo by: Robert LaFollette
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- Teaching trust
- Leave your emotional baggage on the shelf
- Set your dog up to succeed
- Desire/Drive to work
- Building reinforcements
- Teach your dog – create a common language
- Listen to your dog
- Learn from your dog
- Let your dog make choices
- Set up games in a way that the dog believes he came up with the idea
- Teach your dog to trust in your choices