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Mission Control: How to Train The High Drive Dog

February 12

9:00 am PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from:


This webinar is to help owners of both pet and competition dogs get the best out of them, both in general day-to-day life and in competition and sports.

We will be looking at delayed gratification vs. frustration tolerance. I will be breaking down drive, arousal and the management of it. Then we will delve into controlled vs. frustration anticipation and the impact these have on a dog’s performance. We will look at identifying arousal through observable behaviors including when and how to support your dog.
Owning 7 field bred working spaniels has taught me a lot about drive, specifically environmental arousal and prey drive. I will share with you how to support these dogs using positive reinforcement techniques by forming habits and creating the right mindsets.

These dogs are designed to work in drive, teaching them to be calm and relaxed is highly beneficial in day-to-day life situations, but for work it is counterproductive. We will look at the differences.

At the end of the webinar you will have:

  1. A better understanding of how arousal impacts these dogs and their behavior
  2. Some practical exercises to help you
  3. Reinforcement techniques for your tool box

Presented By:

Jane Ardern BSc (Hons) Dip CABT

Jane Ardern BSc (Hons) Dip.CABT (she/her) is a leading dog trainer and behaviorist in the UK, who specializes in issues concerning working and performance dogs. Recognized as a hands-on realist, Jane combines an academic background with extensive practical experience as an ‘in the trenches’ trainer. In 2016 she was Kennel Club Dog Trainer of the Year.
In 2012 Jane graduated with an honors degree in canine behavior and training from Hull University. She was invited to return to the university to teach on the foundation degree course, and went on to study for a level 3 award in education and training. She was also given recognized teacher status up to level 6 in canine related subjects. Jane has lectured for COAPE, the internationally recognized course provider for animal behaviorists, teaching level five practical behavior modules.

Jane owns WaggaWuffins Canine College, which provides puppy and pet dog training. She provides online support through a membership community for other enthusiasts and professionals and is the creator of Smart Pup Box, a puppy training subscription box. Jane is an accredited Instructor with The Gundog Club in the UK which promotes positive reinforcement training for Gundogs.

Jane is the author the book Mission Control – How to Train the High Drive Dog.

Jane says she has learned the most when knee-deep in mud in a wood full a pheasants, rabbit and deer, applying the classroom theory to the real world. Her mission is to help people who are looking for a positive and ethical solution to problems around excitement, arousal, drive and predatory behavior.