Look Away from the Dog - Karen Pryor Clicker Training
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Look Away from the Dog

Theresa McKeon
This session was recorded in 2016; content presented in 2017 may vary slightly.

Why look away from the dog? Because if you’re going teach a person to handle, train, or compete with a dog, you’ll eventually have to look at the person.

Don’t worry, this Session will demonstrate how trainers can switch their focus from the dog, to the human, and back again efficiently and without missing a beat. Through videos, lecture, and audience participation, we’ll work through the details of human training when the human is in partnership with an animal (dog, horse, llama, bird, etc.)

Included in the discussion:

Finding motivation to focus on the human

Human or animal partner—Who should learn which skill first?

Developing a dedicated curriculum for the human client

Describing to clients the benefits of training first without their animal partners

Detecting clients’ hidden fears of training without their animal partners

The logistics of separating the humans from their animal partners in a class scenario

Identifying human behavior that can influence learning, including displacement behaviors and calming signals

 Total run time: 44 minutes