On Your Mark

August 2, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm ET | $100

Clickers, marker words, location-specific markers… oh my!

As you already know, use of an event marker improves training communication between dog and trainer. But why stop there! Is a single event marker good enough? Could there be more? How many marker cues are too many? 

This is such a hot topic in the dog training world right now, and many different trainers have their own recipes and systems. Of course, I love a system, but I’m also a big believer in going deeper than the recipes to look at what is actually happening with the behavior.

When you understand how a particular system of cues (and they are all cues!) is applying the principles of behavior, then you can decide for yourself which bits you want to use in your own training, and eventually build your own system that meets your unique needs.

But SPOILER ALERT: Marker cues themselves aren’t magic. (I know, that’s a real bummer.)

It’s not the size of your marker cue collection that matters, it’s how you use it.

You already know that how you deliver the reinforcement (treat, toy, or real-life reinforcer) affects the behavior, and you can use that knowledge to your advantage to optimize your training. Whether we deliver the treat slowly by hand (baby-bird style), or toss a ball, or send your dog to sniff a bush, each of those events can act as a reinforcer on the preceding behavior and have drastically different effects on the final product. How does the dog know what to expect? By strategically planning and TRAINING your reinforcement procedures/behaviors and putting them on cue, you have more flexibility in training plans. We can manipulate arousal levels and emotional states, and utilize Premack’s principle to build the desired behavior efficiently and practically.

In this workshop, Shade Whitesel and I are teaming up again to share with you what we know and how we use reinforcement cues in our training. 

This workshop will include a little on the concepts around reinforcement cues and procedures and a lot of practical training strategies. This is a WORKING workshop. So in addition to explaining concepts, we will also be including training exercises you can do at home.

This workshop will teach you:

  • What are marker cues and how do they work.
  • The advantages of using multiple marker cues.
  • How to teach .
  • Common reinforcement procedures to enhance your training.

This live workshop includes time to implement the exercises in real life as well as get your questions answered.

Join us for a 3-hr workshop to learn about implementing reinforcement cues.

It’s not really a webinar, and it’s not really a book club… but it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun and VERY nerdy.

As with our other workshops, you will receive a little homework to read in advance with example videos.

It sounds complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.

After signing up, you’ll receive a little (well, more than a little) homework material, which will include written information, example videos, and some training exercises to try on your own.

On August 2, at 1pm Eastern, we’ll hold our live virtual workshop where you can show up to ask questions and actually try the exercises with your own dog (off-camera). We’ll go over the homework exercises, and then build on them. I know the best way to actually make sure you use the information is to do it right then and there. So we have built time into the workshop so that you can hear instructions, see a demo, and then go try it with your dog – figure out what questions that exercise generates and then ask them while they are still fresh in your mind!

The workshop is recorded and you can watch it back anytime by going right back to the same link.

About Shade Whitesel:

Shade Whitesel (she/her) has been training and competing in dog sports since she was a kid. Always curious in how dogs learn, she has successfully competed in IGP/IPO/Schutzhund, AKC obedience and French Ring. Her retired dog, Reiki vom Aegis, IPO 3, FH 1, French Ring 1, CDX, was 5th at the 2010 AWDF Championships, 7th at the 2012 AWDF Championships, 1st at the 2011 Northwest Regionals, and 2nd at the 2012 Dutch Shepherd Nationals. Along the way, Shade has received a perfect score in the IPO tracking phase on two separate dogs, and a perfect score in IPO obedience with Talender von Grunheide. Shade currently competes with Reik’s son, Ones, who has his IPO 2, and AKC Preferred Novice title and is looking forward to hitting the trial field with her youngest dog, Talic, who is looking very promising for all the things! 

Though Shade is owned by highly motivated working line German Shepherds and is known for her toy skills classes, she especially enjoys teaching foundation skills to all manner of dogs and their people. Good training and learning start at the beginning. 

What started out as an experiment — competing at the National level in IPO without the use of an e-collar — has now turned into a firm commitment to the positive method, and the desire to teach other trainers and dogs how to be successful in the bitesports with as little aversives as possible.

Shade’s personal website can be found here

About Hannah Branigan:

With the belief that everyone (dogs and humans alike) learn best in an environment free of criticism, Hannah breaks down complex skills into bite-sized, accessible pieces, and develops practical techniques that leave her students with a sense of achievement and success. She is on a mission to make training effective + enjoyable for dogs and their handlers, which means optimizing positive reinforcement techniques across species.

She is fascinated by behavior and learning, and passionate about bringing innovative, science-based solutions to the dog/human learning space. Hannah has a background in both human sports and biology. Now she applies that knowledge and experience to the world of animal training and canine competitive sports.

She enjoys training and competing with her own dogs in a variety of sports, and has titled her dogs in Obedience, Agility, Conformation, IPO (Schutzhund), and Rally. Her competition obedience DVDs, Obedience FUNdamentals and Beyond FUNdamentals, have received rave reviews from trainers all over the world, and her students have earned advanced titles and in multiple countries.

While primarily interested in the training process, she finds the high scores, prestigious awards, and national rankings she has earned to be very reinforcing. Hannah is the host of the popular dog training podcast, Drinking from the Toilet, which focuses on the (often inconvenient) intersection between positive reinforcement philosophy and reality.





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