From Start to Competition!

How much do you know about setting up training sessions so that your dog has the greatest chance of retaining the information and moving into competition with minimal stress? Let’s take a look at how FDSA approaches it, for all sports.


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* 1. You want to teach your dog a new behavior. Which environment is ideal?

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* 2. Wow; your dog is a superstar! Your dog can do a shiny new behavior when you lure it. Now you want to put that behavior on a verbal cue only. What is the correct order?

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* 3. Your superstar dog has the new behavior on a verbal cue, but only in non-distracting environments. What might you want to do next?

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* 4. Out in the world and with a variety of distractions your superstar dog can perform five different behaviors! What might you want to do next when you return home?

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* 5. In the world and under a variety of distractions, your superstar dog can perform entire behavior chains as long as you reward them quickly with a cookie from your pocket! What might you want to do next?

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* 6. Your superstar dog can perform entire behavior chains without cookies in your pockets and in a variety of environments. There’s only one little problem….your behavior chains are sloppy and lack precision! I mean, whatever happened to your super-straight sits? You’d like to get them back. What should you do?

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* 7. You take your superstar dog to class, and everything goes wrong! It’s like he’s forgotten everything you taught him. What you notice more than anything is that he just doesn’t want to be there - he’s not engaged, even with his favorite exercises. What should you NOT do?

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* 8. Your dog is back! This week in class he’s fantastic. All of his behaviors are rock solid. You’re seriously thinking about going to a dog show. But how do you know if you’re ready? Which of the following might be a reasonable test of trial readiness?

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* 9. You did it! You entered and you qualified! As you leave the ring, your friends run over to congratulate you. At that moment in time and in the following order you:

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* 10. You stuck with it! Soon you have your first title and you’re very proud of this! As an expression of your appreciation, it would be appropriate to:

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