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5149 North Pioneer Road

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Gibsonia, PA 15044

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Asgard Raw Dog Food and Pawsitive Reactions, LLC are proud to host the fabulous KATHY SDAO!

Improve your “I-Cue”: Learn the Science of Signals

(***CEU's AVAILABLE***)

Instructors, trainers and everday pet owners all want clear communication with dogs. We want dogs to respond to “commands” accurately and quickly. People attribute the dog’s failure to follow instructions as dominance, stupidity or stubbornness. However, it's more likely these mistakes result from either insufficient motivation, confusion or the dog not knowing what is expected because the cues are unfamiliar, inconsistent or unclear.

Understanding the basic science of cueing will help improve the process by which you choose, add, change and maintain cues. You will be able to minimize the amount of static in the signals you send your dog, thus providing a clearer channel of communication. Understanding of behavioral cues will also pave the way for creating conceptual cues that go beyond eliciting simple movements.

This hands-on workshop combines lecture, video examples and several exercises with your dog. Kathy will walk you through the steps to build strong meaningful cues regardless if you are a pet-dog instructor, competition or working-dog trainer, or the everday owner who wants a more reliable and responsive dog.

This seminar is appropriate for everyone! Pet dog trainers, sport/competition dog trainers or enthusiasts, shelter/rescue staff, zoo and exotic trainers; as well as training savvy owners looking to improve their relationship with their dog.

There are 8 working spots (attend with a dog, defined perimeters apply) as well as 112 auditing spots.

Two (2) Ways to Participate:

#1. Working Participants with Your Dog (8 Openings Only) - Working Participants Must Attend Both Days
• You and your dog will be paired with another handler/dog team during training exercises. You and your training partner will take turns working the dogs. We ask that you bring only one dog as the training sessions build on each other. There will be multiple training sessions each day.
• You may request a working partner or we will randomly assign you. All team requests must be requested no later than 10 days before the workshop.

Working Dog Requirements - Must Attend Both Days:
Requirement for Working-Dog Participation: Dogs should be at an intermediate training level (at least). Dogs of all ages are welcome as long as they have a repertoire of at least 6 behaviors, at least partially on cue (i.e., no food lure needed to get the behavior to happen). Some experience with shaping, with or without a lure, is helpful. Dogs must be able to stay quietly in a crate or ex-pen out of owner’s sight and must be tolerant of people and dogs in close proximity. You and your dog will be paired with another dog/handler team (and possibly an auditor) during training. This workshop is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

#2. Lab Assistants/Auditors (112 Openings)
If your dog does not meet the requirements, or you prefer to observe, please participate in our conversation and to watch the dogs & handlers work. Some auditors may be asked to assist the working teams with some of the exercises. You may opt out of this if you wish.

Early Bird Pricing (Before May 31st, 2019):
Working spot: $400.00 for both days.
Auditing spot: $295.00 for both days.
Auditing spot: $170.00 for a single day.

After May 31st, 2019 Pricing:
Working spot: $430.00 for both days.
Auditing spot: $320.00 for both days.
Auditing spot: $185.00 for a single day.

*Discounts available for groups of 5 or more from the same organization, especially for non-profit groups.

Payment plans available! We do not want anyone to miss out because of the inability to pay all at once. Please email Debby@pawsitivereactions.com for details.

100% Refundable up to 30 days before the event (less processing fees)
50% refundable up to 14 days before the event (less processing fees)
NO Refunds 13 days or closer to the event

Tentative schedule, subject to adjustments as needed:

Saturday Welcome & Intro
Make the Whale Jump: What a cue can do ?
Is “cue” just a nicer way to say “command”?
Exercise 1: Cue Discrimination Test
BREAK
Overview and Discuss Exercise 1
“Good Enough” Syndrome
Maximizing Clarity: Salience, Distinctiveness, Consistency, Simplicity
Exercise 2A: Cue Clean Up = “Prove It” Game
***WELL CATERED LUNCH 12:30 – 1:30***
Discuss Exercise 2: Clever Hands
Exercise 2B: “Prove It” Again
Transferring Cues
BREAK
Demo: Cue Shift with Test Against Other Cues - Break & Retest
Exercise 3: Cue Shift

Sunday
Q & A
Adding Cues: Prompt Fading vs. Anticipatory Response
Exercise 4: Get a Cue – Fading a Lure or Prompt
BREAK
Demo: Get a Cue Part Two = Anticipatory Response
Exercise 5: Get a Cue – Using the Anticipatory Response
Trumping Cues
***WELL CATERED LUNCH 12:30 – 1:30***
Adduction & Cueing Adducted Behaviors
Concept Cues [if time allows]
BREAK
Exercise 6: Cues Fuse, w/ Demo Afterward
Questions & Wrap Up

Full catered breakfast provided both days, as well as a full lunch for all dietary needs (vegan/vegetation/gluten free). Asgard Raw Dog Food will be vending treats, training and enrichment aids, harnessess, and more!

Looking forward to seeing you!

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