'Free Shaping' for KODTC Instructors

Tamara Jackman from 'Underdogs' presented to KODTC instructors on Shaping Dog Behaviour on Sunday April 9th 2017. Shaping is a particular training technique that uses Successive Approximation to teach a new behaviour to a dog. It involves breaking down any behaviour to tiny increments. In free shaping we reinforce each increment that moves closer to our end goal or final behaviour that we are teaching. It combines positive reinforcement and frustration, in a game that is very similar to the 'hotter' or 'older' game we played as children. Tamara demonstrated the techniques with her dogs Morgan and Cosmo. Pictured is Tamara with Morgan the Heeler Cross. Morgan is moving closer to opening th

Cold day, great training

Sunday 9th April was our first wintery training day. Lovely at 8am, 11 degrees and damp by 9am. A small number of hearty souls and their pooches ventured out to training and had a really good morning with lovely small classes. Here is the combined class 2 and 3, 5 dogs with owners, rugged up for winter.

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