Great training happens in loops. Trainers set up their environment so that the wanted behavior is most likely to happen and then when that behavior does happen, a well-placed reinforcer is delivered. After that reinforcer is collected, the loop restarts. We all love watching training sessions that move seamlessly in that loop.
How can we achieve that in agility training? How do we make that happen during sequencing, during coursework, during our regular group class, while training alone? In this presentation, Megan will go over the details to make loopy training a reality. How to choose your loops within coursework, decide which reinforcer works best, how to respond to errors, and how to transport your dog from the end of one repetition to the beginning of another.
Problem behaviors (sniffing, spinning, barking, biting, bar knocking, tunnel sucking, etc) creep in when there are cracks in our loops. When we learn to observe our dog’s behavior surrounding the coursework, we can identify the cracks before those problematic behaviors take over our training.
This presentation is for any agility or dog sport competitor, as clean loops are the goal during any training session of any sport!