Jeff Gellman Presents- GARY WILKES Seminar "Real Clicker Training"
2 Day, Hands-On Real Clicker Training Seminar with the creator himself, Gary Wilkes! This is a 2 day seminar that runs from 9am-5pm on both dayslunch and snacks are served each day.Both working and audit/observation spots are availalbe This seminar will introduce you to real clicker training – the first practical and humane application of operant conditioning for dogs, from its creator. You will gain first-hand knowledge of how to shape and control behaviors with precision and maintain great performance. You will also learn how to stop behaviors on a dime. You will learn to use the full spectrum of behavioral tools at your disposal. Rather than a simplistic single-minded view, Gary Wilkes provides a balanced and broad perspective on controlling your dog’s behavior. From competitive obedience to working dogs, dogs with neurological disorders or just dealing with a rowdy pet, this information will sharpen and polish your knowledge of dog behavior and allow you to realize your dog’s full potential. Come to this hands-on seminar and find out how to use the solutions from one discipline to solve problems in another. Broad Band Click & Treat® Training will show you how to teach accurate and reliable behaviors without losing your dog’s spirit. Topics: ¨ The Basis of Learning — Connecting Behaviors to Consequences: The purpose of the clicker is to create precise connections between well-defined behaviors and predictable consequences. This simple but powerful tool can dramatically improve your ability to control your dog’s performance. ¨ Strategies for Building New Behaviors – Getting the Behavior to Happen: Unlike theoretical images of operant conditioning, clicker training takes a proactive view of creating new behaviors. Learning to use free-standing and moving targets will allow you to rapidly develop behaviors, rather than waiting around for something to happen. ¨ Commands and Signals — How to attach commands to behaviors: Perhaps the weakest link in most behavioral control is the development of cues that consistently trigger acceptable behavior. The basic principles that govern commands and signals are quickly learned and easily applied. Learning to offer your dog consistent patterns will rapidly improve his responsiveness to your requests. ¨ Controlling Behavioral Variability — Repeat vs. Variable, the essence of learning vs. performance: Modern education focuses almost exclusively on learning to repeat patterns. Teaching new behaviors requires an animal to intentionally deviate, over a series of repetitions. These functionally opposite tasks must be integrated into your training program or rapid learning and consistent performance cannot coexist. Learning to control how behaviors remain the same and when they are supposed to change is the key to a powerful clicker training program. ¨ Building a dependable repertoire — Integrating new behaviors into a dog’s current bag of tricks: When you have created a new behavior, such as “down,” you will invariably get more of it than you want. If you ask for “sit,” you will most likely get “down”. Ask for “roll over” and you’ll still get “down.” Ask for an aspirin, you will once again get “down”, “down” and more “down.” Dogs are certainly not one-trick ponies, but they are more accurately styled as “new trick” ponies who tend to offer the behavior that has been reinforced most heavily, most recently. A proper knowledge of clicker training includes taking all the behaviors in a dog’s repertoire and creating a balance that allows you to get the behavior you want, when you want it. ¨ Troubleshooting and maintenance — Polishing behavior to make it stick and fixing it when it breaks: Using primarily positive reinforcement allows for deviation. Over time, any behavior will start to fluctuate, wander, decay or entirely disappear. Depending on the type of behavior, your strategy for repairing it may not be as simple as merely repeating your original shaping
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