by Kathy Sdao
Run time: 10 hrs, 5 DVDs
This DVD series follows Kathy Sdao through a two-day seminar that is packed with information—Kathy is truly unplugged! The DVD combines lecture, PowerPoint, video clips, and instructional training with participants and their dogs. You’ll feel like you’re at the seminar, with lots of live footage and plenty of dogs learning along with you! Some of the behaviors trained in the DVD are rear leg lift, holding a cookie, and targeting that can be used for a variety of purposes (use of target rings).
Kathy describes her DVD this way:
“Dog training is an activity designed to elicit, modify, and control the behaviors of dogs. It requires cognitive skill as well as physical skill, and it obliges dog trainers to make seemingly endless choices about methods, tools, and priorities. From the initial choice of how to ‘get’ the desired dog behavior to occur, to later decisions about how to integrate the learned behavior into the dog’s repertoire and daily life, the trainer must consider practicality, expediency, and the dog’s emotional welfare.
We dog trainers aspire to make the best choices possible. And so we continue to educate ourselves, by studying the science, by watching great trainers in action, by brainstorming ideas and then trying them out with our own dogs, and by discussing concepts with our colleagues. This workshop will include all of these activities. We’ll combine lecture segments about the practical application of SMART (See ‘Mark and Reward Training’) with plenty of dog training exercises, demonstrations, games, and time for questions. Think of this workshop as a chance to participate in a two-day ‘trainers’ think tank.’”