Clean Run - March 2011 - (Page 16)

In a perfect world, all handlers would be quick learners who accept critiques and then immediately and effectively implement changes to their training and handling. This, of course, would lead to agility dogs that are all focused, easy to motivate, and a pleasure to have in a class or a seminar setting. There are some days where I am lucky enough to live in that perfect world, and it makes my job as an instructor far easier. However, most days are spent teaching agility in the real world, where teaching humans and dogs must be based on the factors that each team brings to the table. Some of these teams can be very difficult for instructors. But we need to be willing to meet the challenges presented by difficult teams in order to help everyone get the most from their class time. By Tracy Sklenar Rather than get frustrated with a challenging student, try to figure out how that particular handler needs you to present information. You will often need to incorporate techniques to suit different learning styles, as well as to individualize information to help get the point across. When the student understands, the dog will come around pretty quickly as well. Let’s look at some of the more challenging types of students to instruct and ideas for working through those challenges. 16 culT DiFFi TS, uDen gS, ST lT Do Ficu DiF ingS enD appy h Who: This student wants every moment to be a “feel good” moment for the dog and is constantly worried about the dog’s deepest innermost thoughts and feelings. The Warm Fuzzy and there is no consequence in their training for grabbing reinforcement from the environment. Challenge: This student rewards everything the dog does, rather than selecting specific criteria to train and maintain. The student doesn’t want the dog to “stress” or “be wrong,” and wants to talk about what the dog is thinking or feeling. This lack of clarity in reinforcement does not help the dog to progress in his training, and discussions about canine emotions can be quite time-wasting for a class. Clean Run | March 11 Doggie Difficulties: The dogs in this situation are happy to work as long as the cookies are flowing, but often fall into learned helplessness when faced with a failure. Also, these dogs are likely to get distracted easily because they have not been taught impulse control

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2011

Clean Run - March 2011
Editorializing: Go Get the Dog
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Who Needs a Training Partner?
Difficult Students, Difficult Dogs, Happy Endings
Ready, Set, Trial! Volunteering at Agility Trials
The Breeders Behind the Dogs
Working on Stimulus Control
Teaching FOCUS and Impulse-Control Classes: Introduction
Power Paws Drills: Long Way, Short Way
Help for Heel Pain: The Facts About Plantar Fasciitis, Part 1
Hydrotherapy for the Canine Athlete
Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Seminar Dollar
When Pigs Fly: You Can Do It
You Know Your Dog Is Aggressive If... Part 5
Want the Best Training Results? Then Play!
Challenges for Rising Stars

Clean Run - March 2011