Why Dog Trainers & Dog Hobbyists Should Train Chickens
Come join us with world renowned trainer and author Terry Ryan for two 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.
Dates: August 3 & 4, 2013
Who for: All dog training enthusiasts
Duration: 2 days (Saturday and Sunday)
Class size: 30 working spots, 15 observer spots
Cost (includes lunch):
Chicken Camp Trainer: $335 All working spots have filled.
Email us to be put on the wait list.
Observer Tuition: $165 Space still available
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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The Magic of TTouch
If you are interested in increased attention span, reduced stress, enhanced relaxation and improved well-being in your pet, this is the workshop for you. Come join us and learn how to establish a deeper rapport with your pet through the use of the Tellington TTouch Method (TTouch).
The TTouch Method is a training and healthcare system developed by internationally known animal expert, Linda Tellington Jones. This amazing method can help you understand and influence your animal with your heart and hands in a way that develops trust, creates a harmonious relationship, and changes unwanted behavior. It is currently recognized worldwide and used by animal owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, animal shelters, zookeepers, Olympic teams and universities in over 30 countries.
You will learn how these gentle and non-invasive techniques can have a dramatic impact on a multitude of health and behavioral issues as well as simply being an enjoyable bonding experience. This work has been proven to calm animals and restore their confidence along with alleviating their pains, fears and tensions.
The Tellington TTouch can help in cases of:
- Excessive Barking & Chewing
- Leash Pulling
- Jumping Up
- Aggressive Behavior
- Extreme Fear & Shyness
- Resistance to Grooming
- Excitability & Nervousness
- Car Sickness
- Problems Associated With Aging
Date: June 15, 2013
Who for: Everyone who lives with or works with a companion animal
(dog, cat, rabbit, etc.)
Duration: 1 day (Saturday)
Class size: 12 working spots, unlimited observer spots
Cost (includes lunch for working spot participants):
Working Spot Tuition: $125 (full payment due at time of registration)
Observer Spot Tuition: $65 (full payment due at time of registration)
Click here to download our TTouch Registration Form.
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.
Dial Up Your Performance: Obedience booster that takes you and your dog to the next level.
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 31, June 1&2 2013
October 18–20 2013
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 13.375 CEUs for trainers and 2.5 for behavior consultants.
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Dial Up Your Performance
Taught by expert Hannah Branigan of Wonderpups Training. Take your handling skills and your dog’s obedience to the next level. Great for all-purpose obedience training and for anyone wanting to compete in Obedience, Rally, and Conformation.
Next date: August 24–25 2013
Who for: All dog training enthusiasts
Duration: 2 days, Saturday & Sunday
Class size: 10 handlers and dogs
Cost: Working spot: $160 per day or $295 for both days.
Audit Spot: $80/per day
CEUs: Approved for 16 CEUs
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Master the Growlies with Kim Moeller & 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
Kim Moeller is a professional dog trainer and a certified specialist in dog-dog aggression and reactivity, Kim Moeller is the San Francisco SPCA’s dog-dog socialization and rehabilitation expert. A recognized expert in dog reactivity, Kim has spoken internationally on the subject of dog-dog aggression and has earned renown within the industry for her content-rich, hands-on, entertaining seminars. Her long-standing private practice focuses on aggression issues. Kim co-designed, and currently teaches, the SPCA’s famous Growly Dog program. Her skill in reading dog body language and working with reactive dogs is well known and respected among her peers. Her expertise in successfully working with dogs of all types reflects her love of animals and her passion for the work she does.
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.
Click here to download our standard Registration Form.