Come join us with world renowned trainer and author Terry Ryan for five days of fun and learning.
It’s all about skills training! Trainers are not “bonded” to their chickens. Chickens don’t have big brown eyes. Trainers do not have bad (or good!) chicken training habits because they’ve never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops. You will not be showing your chickens at the next performance event, nor will you be taking them home, so there is no pressure on what will happen in the future. You probably do not have a library full of chicken training books and DVD’s to influence you, much less televisions shows on chicken training.
Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing.
Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them. Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard too fast. Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chance as often as our dogs do. This curriculum includes the direct application of the course work to dog training.
Exercises include observing and graphing (ethogram) chicken behavior. You’ll explore how chickens acquire, store and process information. We’ll practice mechanical skills with special attention to timing and eye-hand coordination. Lessons include systematic desensitization, capturing a behavior, shaping a behavior and the use of targets. We’ll work on a three or four-component discrimination and conduct extinction trials. We’ll also be moving into criteria, cueing and chaining. Maybe even agility.
Dates: July 23–27, 2014
Who for: All dog training enthusiasts
Duration: 5 days (Wednesday thru Sunday)
Class size: 22 working spots, 15 observer spots
Cost (includes lunch):
Chicken Camp Trainer: $685
Observer Tuition: $350
Trainer or Observer? What’s the difference?
- Trainer’s participation includes working with a chicken.
- Observers do not work with a chicken, but do participate in every other aspect of this workshop.
- Participate in all the lectures and all training that doesn’t include the chicken (i.e., mechanical skills drills)
- Intimately observe all the hands-on chicken training
- Interface with students/faculty throughout the entire course
- Contribute to discussions and Q&A
- Perfect for the trainer/handler/supervisor allergic to birds
- Perfect for those students who learn best by listening/watching rather than “doing”
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Mountains of Learning: Weekend Getaways For Dog Lovers
Escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains for dog training workshops in a stunning natural setting. What could be better? Hone your dog training skills, have fun with your dog, and enjoy morning hikes along trails in pristine forests.
At the end of the weekend, you return home refreshed, inspired, with a bounty of lovely memories—and a better-behaved dog!
Fabulous Focus: All dog training begins with your dog paying rapt attention to you.
Strengthen your dog’s manners and teach him new ones. Learn how to keep your dog’s attention on you despite distractions like bouncing tennis balls and skateboards.
When: Twice a year
Next dates: May 30– June 1 2014
October 17–19 2014
Who for: Novice clicker trainers and dogs
Duration: 2.5 days; half day Friday, full days Saturday & Sunday
Class size: 10 handlers and dogs
Cost: $295 including lunch Saturday & Sunday
CEUs: Approved for 17 CEUs
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Master the Growlies with Lisa Lyle Waggoner & Gina Phairas of dog∗tec
Learn successful training and business practices for dog-dog aggression cases. Relevant for dog trainers, behaviorists, walkers, veterinarians, and others who work with on-leash or off-leash dog-dog aggression, as well as anyone with an interest in the professional side of dog-dog aggression.
Duration: 2 Day Seminar
Date: Coming in 2014
CEUs: Approved for 10 CEUs
A passionate advocate for humane, science-based dog training, Lisa Lyle Waggoner has studied animal behavior and the latest training and behavior modification techniques throughout her career with dogs. Lisa is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer – Level 2 and a dog*tec Dog Walking Academy Instructor. She devotes a minimum of 40 hours per year to continuing education. Lisa writes articles on dog training and is a columnist for the Cherokee Scout, a reviewer of dog training books and DVDs for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog and a contributor to the newsletter of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a frequent public speaker on humane education, dog behavior and other dog-related topics.
Gina Phairas, Bsc Comms, CTC, has been assisting dog*tec clients establish and grow their pet professional businesses for the past three years. She is a trainer with extensive experience in the dog service industry. Gina has run successful dog training businesses of her own and has consulted for shelters, rescue groups, and day care facilities across the country. Gina is a former San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers instructor and graduate. As the SF/SPCA Rehabilitation Coordinator she developed and oversaw staff training as well as developed curriculum and taught classes for the SPCA and other organizations.
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Cancellation: Your workshop tuition is 75% refundable if you cancel 120 days or more prior to workshop start date; 50% refundable if you cancel 60 days prior to workshop start date; 25% if you cancel 30+ days prior; non-refundable if you cancel less than 30 days out.