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Are You Ready to Work? Protocols and Strategies for Getting the Same Engagement in Strange Locations as You Get at Home

May 7

9:00 am PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: IAABC, KPA


You’ve worked hard! Online classes, in person classes, you and your dog LOVE to learn things. It’s fun and Diogee has a wagging tail and bright eyes looking only at you. In the house. In your front yard. At your training class. You start thinking how awesome it would be to take your dog out and about, to take them on your travels, over to a friend’s house, etc. Or, if you have a competitive bent, you start thinking trialing thoughts so you can show off your brilliant dog and training and get a title!

However, at unfamiliar locations, your dog’s behavior is a different story. You find yourself shoving the treat under their nose, making kissy noises, calling, begging (maybe even shouting and  perhaps that leash gets tight every once in a while – different webinar!). All those distracting smells, those interesting people, those fascinating dogs! How are you going to be able to practice your dog’s skills in the local park, let alone take them to your family’s house for a meal (all the children running around!)? How are you going to do a (gasp) trial? No treats, a judge looming over you and trial nerves?

Well, I can’t help the running children or the looming judge, and the sequencing trial behaviors without reinforcement is another webinar entirely, but what helps to calm my nerves is having a dog who is ready to work, looking me in the eyes with the absolute same focus I see at home. What helps me when I take my dog to my non-dog-friendly mother’s house or other general travel is to have methods that allow me to assess how comfortable and engaged my dog is (along with good crating skills and a long down – another webinar!).

Join me in this presentation as I go over some protocols/rituals that I teach my dog which allow me to ask these questions in any location/environment: Can you hear my words? Can you offer focus? Do you know what “sport/event” we are doing?

Dog too excited, stressing up? Sniffing, stressing down? Won’t take food? We cover all that!

Presented By:

Shade Whitesel

Shade Whitesel (she/her) has been training and competing in dog sports since she was a kid. Always curious about how dogs learn, she has successfully competed in IGP/IPO/Schutzhund, AKC obedience and French Ring. Her retired dog, Reiki vom Aegis, IPO 3, FH 1, French Ring 1, CDX, was 5th at the 2010 AWDF Championships, 7th at the 2012 AWDF Championships, 1st at the 2011 Northwest Regionals, and 2nd at the 2012 Dutch Shepherd Nationals. Along the way, Shade has received a perfect score in the IPO tracking phase on two separate dogs and a perfect score in IPO obedience with Talender von Grunheide. Shade currently competes with Reik’s son, Ones, who has his IPO 2 and AKC Preferred Novice title and is looking forward to hitting the trial field with her youngest dog, Talic, who is looking very promising for all the things!

Though Shade is owned by highly motivated working-line German shepherds and is known for her toy skills classes, she especially enjoys teaching foundation skills to all manner of dogs and their people. Good training and learning starts at the beginning.

What started out as an experiment — competing at the National level in IPO without the use of an e-collar — has now turned into a firm commitment to the positive method and the desire to teach other trainers and dogs how to be successful in dog sports and life.