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Using Back Chaining to train Tricks, Dog Sports and Real World Behaviors with Pamela Johnson

  • Sunday, August 16, 2015
  • 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022
  • 9:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Presented by Pamela Johnson


PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5CCPDT 1.5KPA 1.5

This webinar will focus on teaching the correct process to build fluid back chains. You will learn how simple this process can be. So many behaviors can be trained using this method and doing so will ensure your dog understands and is able to perform the behavior with fluency each time they are cued.

You will learn why back chaining is so powerful in achieving results and the difference between training a regular behavior chain versus a back chain. 

You will also learn how to look at behaviors differently and think about what it is that you really want the dog to know and then perform so you can  build a back chain to accomplish that goal. 

The behaviors taught in this webinar range from tricks (clean up your toys, go to the crate and close the crate door and get a drink out of the refrigerator), dog sports (canine freestyle routines, disc dogging routines, flyball, agility contacts, weave poles, rally and more), to real world behaviors (no jumping on people, going inside the house, getting in the car, etc).  
You will receive a step by step instruction on the process of back chaining.

Webinar Objectives

  • What back chains are and why you should use them. 
  • Verbal/Visual Cues
  • Stimulus Control
  • Variable Reinforcement Schedules
  • Rewarding in Position
  • Repetition
  • Adding Criteria
  • Fluency
  • Premack Principle
  • Anticipation (what it is and how to prevent it) 
  • Using Extra Cues
  • Fading Cues
  • Proofing
  • Systematic Learning
  • Conditioned Reinforcers
  • Understanding the concept of back chaining 
  • Learn how much fun it is to back chain

About Your Presenter

Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT, is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.

Pamela is a clicker dog trainer and educator in San Diego, California. Pamela began her training career when growing up on a small farm where she trained the family dogs, cats, and horses. She learned about clicker training and behavior modification through reading books, attending Clicker Expos/APDT conferences, watching dog training videos and taking numerous classes with her own dogs. Pamela believes it is important to continue learning throughout ones life and she loves finding new ways to train dogs. Pamela started her own business, Pam's Dog Academy in 2007.

To learn more about Pamela click here


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