Podcast Guest: Morten Egtvedt

Norwegian dog trainer Morten Egtvedt and his wife Cecilie Køste have written three best-selling books about clicker training. They have also published the Nordic dog magazine “Canis” for exactly 20 years this winter. They are the owners of Canis Clickertraining Academy (the leading clicker training dog school in the Nordic countries). They have personally trained more than 200 new clicker training instructors in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland since 2003 through their now-famous clicker instructor course.

Morten has trained dogs mostly for high-level obedience and working dog competitions. He has also trained dogs for search and rescue and for military service for many years. He is a trained biologist with a degree in ethology, but he has always been much more interested in applied behavior analysis than ethology when it comes to practical dog training.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Our working definition of a behavior chain
  • What is the difference between forward chaining and backward chaining?
  • Why back chaining is awesome
  • How the Premack principle comes into play with behavior chains
  • The process for training any behavior chain
  • Tips for effective training of behavior chains

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Hannah built a new training program from the ground up. The results were awesome. Her dogs have competed successfully at the national level, earning High-in-Trial awards and advanced titles through several organizations. These strategies have transformed training for hundreds of teams, who also believe in the power of positive reinforcement and good training practices. In Awesome Obedience, Hannah lays out all the components to build the behaviors needed to go as far in obedience training as you want. You’ll learn:

How to create a happy, reliable partner using motivational games

Where to put your efforts (hint: not in Fronts and Finishes)

How the mechanics of exercises affect training

How to fine-tune your dog’s arousal level for maximum performance

How to train your dog to ignore ring distractions (like that judge following you around)

How to train the critical, unscored transition portion of your performance between exercises

Most of all, how to have a blast with your dog while you train


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