Obedience Seminar

Detector Dogs Australia Seminars

From our observation, the average owner or trainer spends most of their time fighting long term unwanted behaviours. Some of these behaviour can be traced to your dogs genetic predisposition, however for the most part they are learnt behaviours that have been reinforced time after time. In other words they are training problems that may have been taught.

It is these unwanted behaviours whether in it be in a show, competitive training or simply at home that many tricks, gimmicks or pure frustration seems to spring into existence. These methods in general do not correct the problems but merely mask them.

In addition these quick fix solutions only add to the problems in training. Once the undesirable behaviours have developed, training is never as simple as it could have been.

At this point a very promising young dog has become nothing but a horror to live with.

When did it all start? Was it as early as the first sit command?

Besides the fact that the dog will learn what behaviour to perform when it hears the word “Sit” it simultaneously learns how to learn. This is where foundation training begins. What the dog has learnt during its foundation training will have a lasting effect in its performance, for better or worse. During stress or problem solving the dog will always attempt to access its foundation training as a point of reference. It is at this point in time where the dog and trainer learn to speak the same language or not!

This critical stage of training requires firsthand knowledge or animal learning, patience and numerous consistently taught lessons.

Whether you are a competitor in ANKC, IPO or tracking, increasing your current skill level is always and advantage. Perhaps there are specific problems that you may be experiencing that may be preventing you from winning or you simply want to know more, then this workshop is aimed at helping you gain a thorough understanding of what is potentially missing and what’s possible.

The Best Feedback System You Will Ever Experience

Most people start learning to train dogs in a similar way. Traditionally we are taught to bring our dogs to class, put a choke chain around their neck, do as the instructor tells us and most importantly we are to make sure the dog does what we tell him too, no matter what...right?

Well...not quite.

In recent years dog training methodology has improved dramatically. Detector Dogs Australia believes we are witnessing a dog training revolution where by traditional systems of dog training are being integrated with “operant” methods which is creating the most powerful and humane system ever in existence.

In these elegant and tightly-integrated systems, negative motivation and corrections are exploited to rapidly establish stimulus control over powerfully-motivated behaviours; rewards are used to teach and motivate performance; and a sophisticated system of conditioned behaviour markers are used to render it all clear to the dog.

Positive motivational systems like the “clicker” (conditioned reinforcers) are truly ingenious devices and provide a pathway for better communication attributed to better learning, creating a win - win communication possibility for dogs and their handlers.

On the flip side remote trainers are equally ingenious in design and when integrated properly with the conditioned reinforcers “clicker”, they provide the most sophisticated double feedback system ever experienced.

Our entire system is based on the sophisticated use of conditioned reinforcers (clickers) drives (genetics) and consequences. The dog is required to learn that there are and will be positive consequences for offering or performing a requested behaviour and there will be negative consequences for not performing the requested behaviour linked to an reward. The clicker and food rewards aids learning by clearly identifying the behaviour desired creating concentration and the active rewards (ball or tug) create motivation with the remote collar modulating all the behaviours.

Many of us have been to marine parks and have witnessed the wonderful display demonstrated by dolphins and killer whales. These behaviours are taught using conditioned reinforcers - i.e. clickers or whistles. Additionally, it is fascinating as to how horse trainers achieve the complex behaviours in show jumping, dressage, cross country events amongst many. To our amazement horses are taught behaviours purely under tactile stimulation. We have asked all the horse trainers we have worked with as to how they positively reinforce their horses. Many stare assuming it is a trick question.

"We stop the stimulation when the horse is doing the behaviour we want."

The horse’s reinforcer is the cessation of tactile stimulation. Isn’t that interesting?

In horse riding the rider or handler provides tactile stimulation and in dog training the remote trainer provides a similar yet more sophisticated tactile stimulation system from a distance. Both stimulants in principle are the same with the remote trainer stimulation allowing for much more versatility with the main advantage being distance, and the possibility of the dog never linking any stimulation from the handler; most importantly allowing the animal to learn that it is in control of the stimulation which makes him confident and hence much faster.

The benefit is that the handler can achieve quick and fast responses to commands without any physical manipulation or visual stimulus from the handler.

The result that is achieved with this double feedback system is that the dog eventually maintains complex behaviours under extreme distractions by learning how to turn off low level remote collar stimulation which in itself is a reinforcer; additionally, compliance and execution to the command receives additional reinforcement via a clicker and reward with food to maintain focus and concentration or active rewards a ball, tug or sheep herding for motivation.

This allows for true comprehension of the requested behaviours as the ‘go’ and ‘no go’ capability this system provides and produces is what gives the dog clarity and emotional balance.

With this type of education a dogs capabilities develop rapidly almost like magic.

This system of learning is easy to understand which provides a clear way to teach dogs target behaviours. The important thing to note is that it is not only aim at obedience as the concept is applicable to all mode of learning, be it tracking, protection, ANKC, Ring Sport, IPO, KNPV, Police dogs, there is no bias because dogs are dogs all over the World, however they are required to have the genetic capability to back up and sustain their behaviour.

"We Believe That Every Person Who Buys A Remote Training Collar Should Undergo Formal Training On How To Use Them"

E Collars - A World Filled With Myth & Taboo!

Detector Dogs Australia Seminars

Allow us to show you the truth about remote collar training. We will introduce its depth and subtleness. You will experience new ways of training your dog and what is truly possible in animal learning. Leave your misconceptions behind and see how gentle it truly is. We are convinced that you will walk away with more than you ever dreamt was possible and find a sure way to establishing stimulus control.

You will learn:

  • Fitting the collar on the dog
  • Remote trainer principles
  • Negative Learning
  • Finding the right level - “Dosage”
  • How to make the most “Vital Association”
  • Remote trainer theory - Collar understanding for the dog
  • The dog that can speak more than one language
  • Keeping the dog in behavioural balance
  • Timing & Escape training
  • When to quit and when to progress
  • When to use higher levels
  • Dealing with anticipation
  • Avoidance training
  • The first behaviour: “Come”
  • The second behaviour: “Leaving the Handler”
  • The third behaviour: “SIT”
  • Introduce the reward with the Remote Collar

All this information is vital to the human-canine relationship, and therefore the bond of trust that we desire to create with our dogs. (a love of working with dogs is not enough, it needs to be coupled with a thirst for knowledge). These ‘Know How’s’ not only strengthen the bond we share with our canine friends, but also provides us the platform from which to teach them and help them learn what we consider successful and unsuccessful behaviour. Just like children, dogs need to be able to learn these behaviours, through experience, reinforcement and repetition.

It is widely believed by experienced trainers and canine behaviourists that positive reward based training creates around 50% of the learnt behavioural picture. If we accept this statement as fact, then we also must accept that only using positive reward based training methodologies leaves us without the ability to affect the other 50% of the behavioural picture.

Let’s look at it from the human perspective, and consider the following questions that are created as a result of critical examination of this fact.

  • Why do our societal laws carry with them a penalty of some sort?
  • Why do we get fined or jailed when we break the law?

When is the last time you received a letter from the Police or Government thanking you for being a well behaved citizen?

The answer to the last question is never (or exceedingly unlikely); it is simply expected and one is required to use judicious discretion and apply shrewd judgement. Generally our properly taught values and our life experiences are expected to empower us to make the correct decisions. Having said this, it has been proven that dogs don’t have the same capabilities of reason and rational thought, and hence the community is simply expected to control their dogs or perhaps their dogs are expected to know what is acceptable or unacceptable behaviour is.

How is this possible when people don’t know how to truly train or manage an animal you may well ask?

We firmly believe that education of the dog owning public is the clear solution, and the freedom to be able to express our opinions and position of training techniques that are an enormous benefit to the dog community.

Educating the dog owning public is unassailably critical. Responsibility for this education must start with the person who allows an animal to leave his or her care.

Our breeders, our community, our vets and vet nurses, and politicians too need to begin to understand the most basic principles of canine behaviour when making practical, meaningful, responsible policy at any level. Sadly, the reality is that the vast majority of dog owners don’t have much access to lead them to the understanding of canine training or behaviour, yet these people own the votes that pass legislation (reasonable and unreasonable) based on the incumbent principle of penalising the owners for transgression...even though most voters also have next to no understanding of the mitigating circumstances that exist regarding the practicality of the laws they vote for or against.

This is the current state of affairs, a state of affairs that I believe to be a no win situation for all dog owners in both the long and short term.

So now the question begs asking...

What is Learning?

It has been said that ‘Teaching is the art of suggestion’. Put more rigorously, it could be more accurately stated that “Learning occurs when outcome and the expectation differ.”

The implication of having learnt something is that a change of behaviour is the direct result of something connected to a past experience.

My dictionary defines learning as:

1. To acquire knowledge or skill through study, instruction, or experience: to learn French; to learn to ski.

2. To become informed of or to become acquainted with;

3. To gain (a habit, mannerism, etc.) by experience, exposure to example, or the like; acquire eg: She learned patience from her father.


Motivation

Motivation is recognised as a key factor which influences a given behaviour will be performed, and the frequency of intensity of its performance. Therefore, motivation plays an integral part in the ‘Know How’ of training our dogs. It is important that we understand the following:

We must be well versed in the science of motivation as well as the science of learning.

  • A motivating force can be either positive (e.g. a food treat or reward); or negative (e.g. a reprimand.)
  • Motivation is like fuel in your vehicle - without it, the engine that drives all learning will not run.
  • Motivation is used to describe the forces which operate within an animal to attain the desired result (target behaviour).
  • The main point of understanding in all of this is that of the relationship between learning and motivation.
  • These two principles are so deeply entwined and interdependent that it is fruitless to attempt to conceive one concept existing without the other. For the most part, learning does not occur without motivation. Even though a behaviour is learned, however, it may not be performed if the animal is not motivated to respond.
  • In any training situation, it is important that we all consider the motivational state of the animal we are training, as well as any competing motivators, for example, having a rabbit running across your dog’s path during a recall exercise.

This is simply to illustrate that motivation is critical in animal learning and where appropriate training aids are important in obtaining the desired response.

“Markers, such as clickers, are as essential a tool as Remote Trainers."

Our stand, along with a magnitude of canine behaviourists in the world, is that these instruments are excellent tools used correctly.

Currently in my state of Victoria Australia, we are expected to have permission to use the Remote Collars from a vet in writing, however I humbly ask the question; please point out the expert vet that understands how to use the remote collar and demonstrate its application as a tool for quality learning and not as a punishment device as the instrument is perceived.

We are of the opinion and recommend that all people buying these instruments undergo formal training not only to learn how to use them correctly but to also understand animal learning, appropriate animal management and responsible dog ownership.

We are making a considered and deeply honest effort with these Workshops and ask you to critically consider these most pressing and concerning issues, as they confront us in our capacity as truly committed long term dog lovers and trainers.

We have a sincere and enduring passion for all breeds. Moreover we believe that we, the dog owning public, must not ‘sit on our hands’ and allow ill-conceived and erroneous laws such as those directed at remote training devices and breed specific legislation go unchallenged. We the canine community must help our governments to see the reality about appropriate training devices which are an asset to the dog community in helping people manage their dogs and help decrease community risk assessment issues that may exist.

We look forward see meeting and training with you.

Our training facility is located on 50 beautiful acres; all of which are manicured and maintained for the purposes of our client's training pleasure. Our aim is to make your experience the best in the industry.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendances upon completion.

For further enquiries please email enquires@detectordogs.com.au