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101 Ways to Think Outside the Box 5 DVD Set

101 Ways to Think Outside the Box 5 DVD Set
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What is it about? On this seminar DVD, you'll learn creative ways to teach dogs new skills as well as how to deal with problem behaviors. If you are new to training or feel like your training could use some spicing up, this DVD is for you!  It should be great for freestylers, agility and obedience competitors, dog trainers, even regular pet lovers with shy dogs who need a boost or boisterous dogs that need calming. Emily takes your dog training creativity and precision to the next level. From building calm foundation to default behaviors (ones the dog just does without being asked) to advanced trick training like hand stands, Emily is awesome! Great training can make any dog look brilliant and this seminar will also help you create a great bond and excellent skills around the house, too!

More about Emily- Emily Larlham is an internationally renowned dog trainer and artist who resides in San Diego, California and Sweden.
Emily combines her artistic background and training skills to come up with creative, fast and reliable ways of training and modifying behaviors.  Her passion is using Progressive Reinforcement Training to solve behavior problems in dogs as well as teaching highly complex behaviors and tricks.  Progressive Reinforcement Training is a term created by Emily Larlham to describe a non-violent way of training animals that involves no forms of intimidation.  
Emily has held training seminars in North America, South America, Canada and Europe on Progressive Reinforcement Training.  She is also known for posting free dog training videos on youtube under the name ‘kikopup’, in the hopes that the more people who find out about the magic of Progressive Reinforcement Training, the better! Emily’s motto is ‘Dogs are the best teachers’. Visit Emily's website www.dogmantics.com

When was it released- 2011

Who produced it- Tawzer Dog

Running time- 9 hours

IN DEPTH REVIEW

~~Training your dog is one of the best ways to achieve a great bond and create a contented and well behaved family member. However, once the basic are mastered people often fall short on what to teach next, and how to begin training more complex behaviours.


In this DVD, Emily Larlham, an internationally renowned dog trainer with a passion for positive reinforcement training and teaching highly complex behaviours and tricks, provides us with creative ways to teach our dogs new skills. Whether an agility or obedience competitor, a freestyle fanatic or just a pet owner wanting to expand on your dog’s knowledge, this DVD provides you with the skills to teach your dog innovative new behaviours. Larlham explains in depth the different ways of teaching new skills and provides a mixture of video footage and live demonstrations with her own highly trained dog as well as dogs from the audience making this 9 hour DVD varied, informative and entertaining.

Larlham begins by showing how to teach your dog an attention noise. She describes this as a positive interrupter and explains why it is always the first exercise that she covers. She demos how to teach it, building it up from small steps and discusses when to use it and why it useful. We are then shown footage of Larlham instructing the seminar participants to teach it to their own dogs.

Larlham then moves on to looking at the three different ways of getting desired behaviour. These are:

            •           Freeshaping

            •           Capturing

            •           Luring

She then introduces a video showing behaviours taught using each of these three methods, and examines them all in depth. Larlham goes through the positives and negatives associated with each one, explaining why she favours luring, and tends not to use free-shaping very much. She then demonstrates how to teach a behaviour using each of these three methods, beginning with freeshaping a dog to put his paws on an object. Next she moves on to luring, adding it is her belief that dogs tend to enjoy this method more as it allows them to use their nose, which can act as a secondary reinforcer. She describes why we should ensure luring is taught as a behaviour, in order to avoid frustrations such as licking and biting at your hand.

Larlham then shows how to teach your dog to line up with your hands, demonstrating how this can be used to teach rear end awareness exercises. She goes through how to teach luring from scratch as well as how to remove a lure and add a cure, introducing the ‘what did I do last’ game. We are then shown a variety of behaviours that can be taught using luring.

In part two of the DVD Larlham covers the basics of how to get behaviour. She believes that there are three key elements to this – reinforce, interrupt and prevent, discussing each of these in more detail. Larlham then continues by talking about capturing, explaining how this method can be used to teach default behaviours. She demonstrates how to use capturing to stop a dog from mugging at a bait bag, and to  teach a settle. We are them introduced to the chin rest as well as other handling techniques which can be particularly useful for nervous dogs or those reluctant to approach you.

Larlham next moves on to targeting, which she describes as a great way to teach new behaviours. She adds that there are a huge number of things you can teach your dog to target, such as his nose, head, shoulder, hip paw, mouth or even one object to another, showing a video clip to illustrate this. Larlham then demonstrates how to teach back foot targeting, including a method for dogs that don’t readily want to back up. After discussing what you can use as targets, Larhlam continues by demonstrating other behaviours that can be taught using paw targeting such as lifting front and hind legs at the same time, waving and walking on your own feet. The seminar participants practice some of these, supervised by Larlham.

Larlham then looks at shoulder targeting and explains how this can be used to teach heelwork positions. She then covers how to teach your dog to target one object to another including how to teach your dog to hold an object reliably without mouthing on it.

In the next sections Larlham introduces the 101 things to do exercise. This is an exercise originally designed by Karen Pryor where you basically click for any new behaviour the dog displays. Larlham explains why she likes this exercise and then demonstrates how you might begin to teach it. The same game can also be played with an object.

Larlham then goes back to looking at default behaviours and shows us how to make moving our dog by using his collar reinforcing. She shows how to condition the dog to respond to the pressure on the lead, also discussing calm puppy restraints.

We continue by considering different types of reinforcement, and Larlham speaks about the use of secondary reinforcers, such as toys. She then shows us a video of how to get your dog to work for both food and toys, before providing a demo of how to get your dog to play. The students then try this themselves.

Larlham then considers variety in training as well as how we can build certain behaviours to be more reinforcing. She explains how it is important to train with changing variables such as pace and position as well as changing external factors such as light and weather. Larlham takes a moment to comment on the importance of training plans and keeping good notes, before moving on to explain how to condition things such as voice, touch or even certain behaviours as secondary reinforcers. We are then shown a video of Lawrence Frederick, a Frisbee champion, to demonstrate how he has achieved reliable behaviours through the use of multiple secondary reinforcers. Larlham then discusses the Premack principle and demonstrates how we can use this in training, before letting the students themselves have a go.

In part four of the DVD, Larlham continues with the Premack principle, showing us how to raise criteria by getting more for your money. She comments on how we can use this for proofing behaviours as well as in competition, also looking in detail at variable reinforcement schedules and behaviour chains. Larlham moves on to demonstrate how to teach rear end exercises, beginning with getting your dog to put his front paws on a target and move his back end around it. She then shows us how to move this exercise on to teach other behaviours such as backwards weaving and side steps. The students then go on to practice these exercises.

Larlham next focuses specifically on freestyle, going over some freestyle basic, as well as explaining why it is important to her personally. She then discusses the basics of putting together a routine, going into more depth about using behaviour chains to put behaviours together in chunks. Larlham introduces us to freestyle flatwork which is basically teaching foundation skills to help you move from one behaviour to the next. She demonstrates transitions between the various heelwork positions as well as putting two cues together to create new behaviours.

In part five, the students themselves are given a chance to practise heelwork positions and transitions and are then given the task of creating a behaviour chain consisting of ten behaviours. Larlham herself then does a freestyle routine and at the end discusses which parts her dog finds more difficult and why, and what can be done to try and improve this. She then looks at more complex behaviours such as prancing and skipping, demonstrating how to teach them. Finally, she takes questions from the audience.

This DVD shows you everything from building calm foundation behaviours to teaching advanced tricks such as handstands. Particularly relevant for those wishing to do canine freestyle, Larlham provides us with some fantastic ideas to spice up training.

 

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