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Tampa, FL

    • Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 18, 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL
    Register


    Your  2-Day Interactive Play Skills Instructor Course

    with Craig Ogilvie

    CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available


    Workshop Schedule: 

    9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

     10:30 AM-10:45 AM (refreshments)

    12 Noon-1 PM (lunch)

    2:30 PM-2:45 PM (refreshments)


    Play is a powerful reinforcer and implementing play into your strategic training sessions, client lessons and private sessions is an excellent reinforcement strategy for both dogs and their owners. As a reinforcer, play, encompasses you, the trainer or owner and therefore puts you or your clients at the center of your dog’s world!

    During the instructor workshop, Craig will take you on an interactive journey, looking at how you can effectively adjust toy play to the reinforcement preferences of specific dogs that you are working with. You will also learn how to best advise clients to a void and overcome some of the common problems that may occur during play and training sessions.

    As a result of using play to build, maintain and modify behaviors your sessions will become fun, exciting and far more appealing to your clients. Craig will show you how you can implement these techniques into your behavioral consultations, training classes and even at home to help further enrich the lives of all dogs and their owners.

    Learning these new skills also enables you to introduce your clients to new group sessions or private lessons around the theme of play creating additional revenue streams for your business.

    Learn from Craig both the theoretical and practical components of play and how to teach it to others. Become skilled at teaching how to adjust, adapt and implement interactive play as a motivational positive reinforcement strategy for specific work and goals with both dogs and their guardians.

    Craig will help you develop the knowledge to support owners in finding the play style that each individual dog finds reinforcing and then helping their guardians to put it into practice.

    At this workshop you will learn specifically:

    • How to structure a motivational interactive play development plan
    • Which environmental and behavioral considerations are important?
    • How to avoid over arousal and problematic behaviors during play.
    • How to build motivation and focus during training sessions
    • How to decide on what reinforcers are best suited for individual dogs
    • How to determine when to alternate reinforcement strategies during training sessions
    • How to manage/build/avoid escalating arousal with different reinforcers.


    Your workshop Instructor – Craig Ogilvie CCBT


    Craig Ogilvie makes you the center of your dog’s world. Having spent a great deal of time training and testing working dogs in locations all of Europe, he very quickly went on to achieve unique accreditation. Craig is the first and only person from the U.K to be licensed to test and train dogs internationally in the working dog sport called Mondioring: which consists of Obedience, Agility and Criminal Apprehension.

    Craig is one of the very few experienced and qualified Civilian Police Dog Training Instructors in the U.K, as well as a dog behavior practitioner, seminar leader, author, and public speaker. His passion and study of training, interacting and communicating with dogs led to his discovery of the ‘Interactive Play Experience’ and ‘How to Become the Centre of Your Dog’s World’. Craig has been delivering his systems worldwide via sell out workshops, seminars and online training, helping dog lovers all over the world to achieve their goals.

    Workshop Location

    This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. See pictures here 

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

    • Sunday, October 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Monday, October 26, 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL
    Register


    A 2-Day Advanced Agility Workshop

    with Marita Davies

    CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available


    Workshop Daily Schedule: 

    9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

     10:30 AM-10:45 AM (refreshments)

    12 Noon-1 PM (lunch)

    2:30 PM-2:45 PM (refreshments)



    Over the two days several courses will be worked. Each course will be broken down into sections to discuss, plan and run sections with different handling options based on the handler, course and the dog.

    Courses will allow for independent course walking with consultation on the different options that can be taken and why Marita would choose certain handling skills for the fastest, best line for the dog.

    After independent waling and consultation attendees will run the course in sections, this will include contacts and discussions will be held in regard to contacts and the best way to train them.

    This is an advanced course and requires that each working spot attendee has fundamental agility skills in place for both themselves and their dog. Auditor spots are welcome for those wanting to learn without participating in the action.

    Objectives:

    • To successfully run a selection of courses in small sections
    • To experience several different handling options for you and your dog
    • To find and experiment with the best line and handling options for you and your dog
    • To benefit through observation, discussion and implementation different approaches to running courses


    Your workshop Instructor – Marita Davies


    Agility is not just a sport for Marita but rather a way of life, after breaking her back at 15 years old her life changed dramatically. Marita had always been very sport oriented, and before her accident competed in many different sports including trampolining, dancing, netball, tag rugby and gymnastics, however she never felt overly passionate about any of them. On her road to recovery, she came across agility and fell in love with the sport. Agility gave her the focus, passion and determination to make her health the best it could be by working on diet, mindset and physical condition.

    Marita has always been a huge animal lover and grew up with two Jack Russell’s and a Weimaraner. At 19 years of age she bought her first dog Isla. Marita started teaching tricks to Isla when she was a puppy which furthered her interest in dog training. Trick training has been one of the most critical aspects of training her dogs, Marita doesn’t believe they would have the same skills in agility, life or communication if they had not all learnt their array tricks. Marita still trick trains with her dogs several times a week, and it is an important part of their warmup routine.

    Marita believes agility is like any other sport and to perform you need to work on the whole package and not just the agility training. I view myself and my dogs as athletes, and so our training program reflects this. There is no quick route to success, but instead, you get there from the accumulation of incremental gains in all aspects of your training. This belief has led me to my work in coaching and helping others not only with agility training but also with all of the other important aspects that create the whole package.

    Marita is an international agility competitor at a Championship level. She has completed for the Team GB at the European Open, Team England at the World Agility Open and at Crufts.


    Workshop Location

    This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility.

    See pictures here

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

    • Saturday, March 20, 2021
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, March 21, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL
    Register


    Your  PORTL TO SHAPING PRESENTED BY MARY HUNTER, M.S.

    CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)




    Workshop Daily Schedule: 

    Day 1: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

    Day 2: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

    Breaks 

     10:30 AM-10:45 AM (refreshments)

    12 Noon-1 PM (lunch)

    2:30 PM-2:45 PM (refreshments)


    Join Mary Hunter for two intensive days of lectures and hands-on exercises using PORTL. PORTL, or the Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab, is a tabletop game that will help you learn more about animal behavior and learning.

    This workshop will focus specifically on the topic of shaping. You’ll learn about behavior principles and techniques that will help you create optimal learning situations when working with both animals and people. Throughout the weekend, we’ll talk about reinforcement systems, how to shape actions, arranging the environment to facilitate learning, raising criteria, chaining, writing shaping plans, prerequisite behaviors, and errorless learning.

    In addition to lectures and discussion, this workshop will allow you to practice your shaping skills with another human as the learner. These exercises will help you learn to problem solve and think more creatively when designing training solutions. You will also get to play the role of the learner, which will give you more insight into how people and animals learn.

    The workshop will be limited to a small group of attendees to allow ample time for discussion and questions and so that participants can receive individual coaching during the shaping exercises.


    Your workshop Instructor – Mary Hunter, M.S.


    Mary Hunter earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago in 2008 and a master’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas in 2013. She runs her own animal training and consulting business and serves as president of The Art and Science of Animal Training, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides educational programs for professional animal trainers. In addition, Mary teaches classes at the University of North Texas as an adjunct instructor. Mary’s main research interests include studying the process of shaping and developing better methods for teaching both people and animals. In 2019, Mary and Dr. Rosales-Ruiz published their first book: “PORTL: The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab.” You can find Mary online at BehaviorExplorer.com or on her personal blog, StaleCheerios.com


    Workshop Location

    This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility.

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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