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Introductory Meeting Overview

posted Nov 19, 2010, 5:30 PM by Top Paw Training   [ updated Nov 19, 2010, 6:01 PM ]
I was so honored to be a part of the last meeting held at Ms. Sharon Jones home in New Braunfels on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. There were about 10 families present and I was so pleased to see such a motivated group! No dogs were at this first meeting. The families own a variety of dogs- from small, toy breeds to large breed working dogs. This makes for a very diverse and interesting experience for the group.
After introducing the families and dogs  and a brief Q & A, we discussed the methods of dog training and how dogs learn by the consequences they receive from their actions. Modern motivational methods have been scientifically developed from animal behavior studies. We explored 5 main steps in using motivational training and then applied them to several real-life issues that the families were experiencing with their dogs.
We ended on assigning the task of playing some game with our pets to teach them the training method of reward-based training. Using the name-game and teaching sit via "luring", we hope to prepare them for future skills that require attention, focus, and problem solving. The children then practiced with Bailey, a Havanese dog, by luring him and shaping a sit position.
We proposed a future meeting of once or twice biweekly at the extension office or, most likely, Landa Park Dance Slab.
Future meeting to be announced via the 4-H Dog Project Page. Please subscribe in order to be informed by email.
* The document that was distributed at this meeting is attached at the bottom of the post. Feel free to download and print for review and sharing with other members of the group. Copyrighted to Top Paw Training. The link to the Google Document format is here: https://docs.google.com/a/toppawtraining.com/document/d/10CEZ8F0NmvOO4cEBbkIwiOwYG0pBs_x-gTq0VXI6jNo/edit?hl=en
Top Paw Training,
Nov 19, 2010, 5:43 PM