Level 3: The Art of Dog Handling
Instructor: Darcy Rohats
Next Class Starts soon! (Individualized class options available also. Please call.)
Learn the fundamentals of dog handling and gain skills handling in the best methods to use.
Lessons 1 and 2 – Use Students’ Own Dogs
Realistic Goal Setting
- Proper tools (bait bag + proper leash + appropriate collar/halter)
- How to hold a leash
- Understand canine body language
- Talk with dog during exercises/build a team
- Remedial “socialization”, if necessary
- Adequate physical and mental stimulation
- Behavior log to see progress
Five Foundation Behaviors
- Terminal Bridge – “Yes!” or clicker
- Hand Targeting – “Touch”
- Cued Eye Contact – Automatic eye contact for modification of leash reactivity/aggression
- Turn Away – “Let’s Go”
- Back Away – “Leave it”
Lesson 3 – Socialization
- Review and determine if foundational behaviors have been trained to a fully functional level and any other contributing environmental/medical factors have been dealt with
- Practice begins, such as practicing with other dogs present
- Look for subtle body language cues and understand their meanings
- Utilize tools that help prevent telegraphing emotion down the leash, steering or tightening
- Off-site training using 5 foundation behaviors and socialization skills
Lesson 5 – Additional Skills When Training Someone Else’s Dog
- Ask history and behavior
- Is this dog nervous, scared reactive to other dogs and people?
- What are this dog’s motivators?
- Will this dog crate?
- Be observant of equipment currently on the dog
- Communication with client about their dog
- Practical Exam – Students demonstrate skills as determined by instructor