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Telecourses: Practical Application of Learning Principles: What to do when Fido isn't following the book and owners are frustrated


Instructor: Ms. Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA
Facilitated by Drs. Suzanne Hetts and Dan Estep, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists

So you know about reinforcements and punishments, understand the differences between operant and classical conditioning, and more but you still encounter situations when you just can’t consistently elicit the behaviors you want from the dogs you are working with.

Training difficulties can arise from situational factors, dog factors, owner factors, and also when training procedures are not being correctly chosen or implemented. There’s nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you are “stuck” - the dog’s behavior isn’t changing, the owner is becoming frustrated, and you are out of ideas. Successful trainers must have the depth and breadth of training tools, tips and techniques to overcome a wide variety of obstacles when things just aren’t going the way you planned.

Shorten your learning curve for acquiring this experience by taking advantage of what Ms. Pia Silvani will teach you in this course. Pia has literally trained thousands of dogs at St. Hubert’s Dog Training School, and has encountered just about every training difficulty you can imagine.

While there are almost an infinite number of reasons why training difficulties arise, and ways to resolve them, this course will focus on implementation problems that arise because pet owners are not professional trainers. Good handling, timing and follow through are crucial to training success. Pia will give you concrete instructional methods you can use to help turn owners into good dog trainers. Training includes the acquisition of motor skills, which requires teaching methods different from those used to impart information. No matter how good your skills are, your job is to help pet owners acquire their own.

How do you teach good timing for both reinforcement and (gulp) even punishment? How best to teach new motor skills owners need to use a loose leash and head collar, clicker, and other training tools effectively? How to simplify instructions so people can follow them?

Dog may not respond as expected, even to properly implemented techniques. You’ll need to modify methods on the fly. You’ll learn creative alternatives Pia has discovered through her years of experience, to overcome problems with loose leash walking, luring, fading prompts (food and others) and many more. Any trainer would wish they had this instruction. This is the third class Pia is teaching for us, and we are thrilled to welcome her back.

Here’s what participants have to say about Pia’s classes:

“Pia's organizational skills are excellent. She showed a deliberate process and posed…questions to the students…” Fran B.

Week by week I was able to gain knowledge and ideas to IMMEDIATELY implement into my training. My clients are much better served now that I have completed this course.” Mylinda W.

“Pia offers great examples of how to handle situations in a way that will encourage students and establish good rapport in the classroom -- or even in private training sessions. I also appreciated her benevolent way of handling our questions and suggestions.” Carol P.

This course has been approved for 2.5 CEU hours from CCPDT.

The LIVE class isn't on our current schedule. Please sign up for our ezine "Pet Behavior One Piece at a Time" to be notified about when it will be offered next.

Take this class ON DEMAND now! The ON DEMAND class is a recorded tele-webcast with the full content of the live class including class discussion and class notes. You have one month's online access to all class sessions and an opportunity to ask questions of the instructors via email. Their answers to your questions will be recorded and emailed to you within a week.

You can earn CEUs by submitting emailed answers to questions asked by the instructors during the recorded class. We'll provide the details once you register.

Still have questions about the course? Email for more details info@animalbehaviorassociates.com

Your Registration Fee $79 If you were a BEN Pro Member you'd pay only $64 (a 20% discount)

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