F.O.O.D. For Dogs
Focus, Obedience, Obstacles, Drive For Dogs
Prerequisite: Intermediate Classes
160.00 cash or check, 165.00 credit card 6/55 minute group classes
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Never To Small
And After The Class
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FOCUS: Learn important engagement techniques including the marker system in regards to training behaviors, as well as the luring technique.
How to get FOCUS
Why Use OBSTACLES
DRIVE: Learn what drive your dog has and how to use it to get focus.
Why the Need For OBEDIENCE
• Obedience is not done by using the power to restrain, force or control. The obedience we teach is how to achieve that willingness to work for their handler. Training is done by using the intelligence of the dog.
• In order to train a dog for obedience you will first need to understand what is the meaning of obedience. Obedience is working as a team between the handler and the dog, done with trust and focus.
In order to achive this goal, you will have to know your dog, understand what drives your dogs, example, treats, praise, toys. Is your dog a soft dog, a hard dog, what are your dog's triggers.
What Is DRIVE
• Understanding your dog's temperament or personality,
enables you to communicate effectively and handle your
• All dogs have specific basic drives, which are internal
mechanisms that push the dog into a particular action or to
behave in a certain way.
• Drives are the energy that stimulates a dog to act
instinctively. For example, when you throw a ball and your
dog chases it with enthusiasm, the dog is displaying pray
drive. The differences you see among dogs are due to the
significant variations in drive intensity and thresholds.
Threshold, meaning how long it takes for the drive to kick-in.
For example, some dogs will respond quickly if you simply
roll a ball in front of them; other dogs you may have to
bounce the ball or stimulate the dog more. A dog with a LOW threshold reacts quickly; a dog with a HIGH threshold
requires more stimulation before it goes into drive.
• Prey Drive represents a dog's natural desire to chase and
capture prey. If you throw a ball and it falls out of sight, a
dog with high prey drive will not stop until he finds it. This
type of dog with what we refer to as over the top prey drive
is ideal for training for search and rescue and detection work
but not for family protection work as the dog would be
bouncing off your walls.
Having a high prey drive is not an indicator of poor temperament. However, it is not ideal for a family or personal protection work. Sports dogs have high prey drives.