The Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge & Skills Apprentice Course started on March 1st, 2016 and was shortly followed by the release of the first recorded webinar. Don’t let the name mislead you – Yes, Training Meister teaches lots of fun tricks but it also teaches you how to teach your dog any behaviour you would like them to know! I’m going to go as far as saying that you will actually learn more on the Training Meister courses than on many dog trainer/instructor courses!
The first webinar’s learning objectives were very detailed: Learn what equipment is appropriate. Understand the difference between a command and a cue. Understand the “Hierarchy of Rewards” Learn how to choose an appropriate training area. Learn how to choose an appropriate reinforcer. Learn how to use start and release cues to communicate with your learner. Learn how to lure a behaviour and fade the lure for maximum success and minimal stress! Learn when and how to add a visual cue – hand signal. Learn when and how to add a verbal cue. Learn how to “mark” a behaviour with a secondary reinforcer/bridging stimulus that is a verbal marker. Understand how to correctly deliver reinforcement in position and why thoughtless delivery will undermine the reinforcement value. Master the mechanics of training: Handle food rewards safely and efficiently. Deliver food rewards from hand, treat bag, container or pocket; deliver food rewards in a stationary position to dog’s mouth. Clearly demonstrate ability to communicate the cue, mark the behaviour and reinforce the action. Operate a clicker in hand with a non-visual movement. Give a cue without excessive body language or unnecessary repetition. Understand the antecedent package, including direct and distant antecedents and how they will impact on the behaviour being taught. Know the difference between a reward and a reinforcer. Understand the “scientific” meaning of positive reinforcement.
The feedback from all those who enrolled in the course has been fantastic with everyone saying how much fun they are having increasing their skills and expanding their knowledge of how to use rewards based, science based, force-free training, as well as practising all the new behaviours they have learned!
Once each live webinar is aired it is being released as a recording so that everyone can benefit from the knowledge being shared. Whether you are a pet professional or a pet dog guardian, Training Meister will help you enhance your knowledge and build your skills. Training Meister could even be your path to a new career or give you a great return on your investment when you can offer a great trick training curriculum in your school or business! You can register for the first webinar by clicking here. There are several different registration levels so you have the choice of just registering for the recorded webinar or paying slightly more and registering to also have access to the supplementary course information and homework tasks!
According to Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz, DVM, DACVB, CAAB, “Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ — I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy. Mistakes are inherent in any type of learning — if I continually frighten or hurt my students when they get something wrong, eventually they will be afraid to try anything new and will not want to learn from me any longer.” This statement is included in The Pet Professional Guild Call for Change that was written by Niki Tudge and Angelica Steinker in 2012. You can read the full educational message by clicking here.
Whether you are a pet dog guardian who would like to teach your buddy using kind, safe, effective, science based, rewards based methods that will increase the bond you share, but aren’t really sure where to start, or a trainer who would like to build on the knowledge and skills you already have, look no further – become a Training Meister!
The Training Meister Programme is packed full of benefits for all who take part by either enrolling in the course or registering for the recorded webinars. Here are just a few of them:
- Learn all the skills you need to teach a companion animal.
Increase your understanding of the science behind the training.
Learn how to break behaviors down into achievable steps and set your learner up for success.
Increase the bond you share with your pet.
Increase your knowledge of force-free training.
Learn how to make all your training fun.
Learn how to incorporate your new found knowledge and skills into every moment you share with your pet or your students
- Inspires creativity and leads to increased confidence for both pets, guardians and trainers!
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Louise Stapleton-Frappell PCT-A
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