Seminars and Events

With Mariah Hinds, CPDT-KA

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Mariah offers seminars on a number of positive reinforcement topics, including tricks, competition obedience, and more. She is currently available for seminars throughout 2017. Please contact her to schedule an event.

Seminar Topics

Impulse control and Stays

Stays — adding duration, distractions, distance, different locations, and generalization, building the small pieces and proofing, down stays, sit stays, stand stays, stays within the novice and open exercises and more, stays with distractions in motion, stays with pressure behind the dog

Impulse control with food and toys — food in the hand, food on the floor, toys in hand, toys on the floor, food in motion on the floor, toys in motion, adding work to toys and food on the floor

Foundations in Ring Readiness!

We will look at the big picture for getting into the ring with your dog: confidence, motivation, skills, fluency, proofing, sequencing and weaning off rewards. We will go over clean training using markers and rewards, putting a behavior on a verbal cue, weaning off of body language cues, building fluency for the behavior, generalizing the behavior, building reliability, adding distractions and backchaining reliable behaviors to a reward off of the handler’s body.

We can proof our dogs for reliability positively and we can set them up to succeed and build confidence in the process! We will start with behaviors that don’t require duration. We will practice building reliability with distractions such as food, scent and toy distractions, spacial pressure, distance, stationary visual distractions and visual distractions in motion. Once the dog is able to do a stationary skill with that distraction, then we will work on skills that require duration such as contacts, one jump exercises, stays, fronts, wrap a cone/ jump and short heeling patterns. 

Obedience Team Skillbuilding 1

We will go over teaching the key elements to rally, novice, open and utility. Around the clock find heel position, around the clock find front position, go around a cone, tuck sit, fold-back down, beginning scent discrimination, back up, send to target, beginning go outs, jumping form, touch retrieve item with mouth, introducing stay, cookie jar games with sit and down.

Obedience Team Skillbuilding 2

We will go over the next steps to teaching the key elements of rally, novice, open and utility. Heeling pivots on and off of a platform, front on a pivot disk, around the clock finish, stand, sit and down in heel position with handler marching in place, send to target then do 2 cued behaviors, mark an object, high or broad jump, hold or retrieve an object, intermediate scent discrimination, remain in position with handler’s back to the dog with a food distraction, cookie jar games with find heel, adding distractions to the skills from team 1

Obedience Team Skillbuilding 3

Heelwork in motion, retrieve an item with distractions, stand, sit and down on a platform, position changes with handler proofing, send to target, send around cone, stays while handler moves equipment, jump with target and cone, stand with distractions, recall with distractions, diagonal and sidestep fronts, circle fronts, finish with distractions, cookie jar games with front on a platform

Trick training through targeting and luring

Trick training with luring- side, close, through, between, front, hand touch, leg weaves, sit pretty, stand tall, spin left and right, Shoulder targets, chin targets, foot targets, nose targets- obedience can be taught purely through target training

What can be taught through targeting? 4 feet on or in an object, platform, 2o2o, shake and wave, sit pretty, stand tall, turn quickly after picking up an object, go outs, directed jumping, glove exercise, stand exercise, heeling pivots, heeling about turns, heeling left turns

Trick training through targeting and luring

Trick training with luring- side, close, through, between, front, hand touch, leg weaves, sit pretty, stand tall, spin left and right, Shoulder targets, chin targets, foot targets, nose targets- obedience can be taught purely through target training

What can be taught through targeting? 4 feet on or in an object, platform, 2o2o, shake and wave, sit pretty, stand tall, turn quickly after picking up an object, go outs, directed jumping, glove exercise, stand exercise, heeling pivots, heeling about turns, heeling left turns

ADDITIONAL SEMINAR TOPICS

  • Shaping
  • Criteria 
  • Stimulus Control 
  • Targeting
  • Fluency
  • Tricks
  • Retrieving
  • Motivation
  • Focus
  • Impulse Control
  • Heeling
  • Recalls
  • Confidence building
  • Ring Nerves (confidence building for humans!)
  • Teaching clicker classes
  • Any obedience or rally exercise (stays, scent discrimination, jumping, etc)