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Competing with High Drive Dogs: the Blessing and the Curse!

February 12

7:00 am PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: IAABC, KPA


A high drive dog is the team mate that is always willing to step to the lane. This is what everyone “thinks” they want … and largely it is. However, for a dog that lives to work, how to you deal with the inevitable “Genie out the bottle”?

More and more in dog sports, we see dogs that are bred specifically to do the task at hand, however understanding, training and competing with them can be fraught with problems. Over arousal and excitement can create problems on their own, and convincing a dog to not try “quite” so hard is a challenging task.

Join Kamal Fernandez, world renowned dog trainer and world championship level dog sports coach, for an insightful presentation on how to train, manage and prevent issues evolving with high drive dogs in competition.

This presentation will cover:

  • What is a high drive dog and how to recognise characteristics they have.
  • How to train and teach them to reduce and minimize frustration.
  • How to create thinking while in a heightened state of arousal.
  • When and if punishment is appropriate.
  • When to use reinforcement to overcome challenges.
  • Chaining for competition with high drive dogs.

Presented By:

Kamal Fernandez

Kamal Fernandez (he/him), is an internationally renowned dog trainer, author, world championship level sports dog coach. With over 30 years experience in the world of dogs and dog training, Kamal has pioneered the use of reinforcement based methodology to train dogs from unruly pets to Crufts winners.

He has competed at the highest level in dog sports, and speaks at conferences and delivers seminars all over the world. These include the Victoria Stillwell Bite Conference, IMPACT conference for service and military personnel, as well as TV appearances on Sky Televisons ‘Dogs Might Fly’, where 12 rescue dogs were followed on their journey to “flying a plane”.

Career Highlights so far:

  • Crufts competitor
  • World championship level dog sports coach
  • Crufts judge/steward/team manager
  • Keynote speaker: IMPACT conference
  • Victoria Stillwell Bite Prevention conference
  • International seminar presenter
  • Author of Pathway to Positivity