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Incredible Tricks Through Shaping Part 1/6: Teach Your Dog to Wave and High Five presented by Mariah Hinds

  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • 1:00 PM
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Incredible Tricks Through Shaping 

(Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)

Part 1/6
Teach Your Dog to Wave and High Five

Presented by Mariah Hinds


Do you want to teach your dog fun tricks? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome skills.

We will start with the foundation of what is shaping and how to get your dog started with offering behaviors that you can reward. Your dog will learn how to get in a low object and get on an object. We will then teach the dog how to shake and wave with different feet and build that behavior so the dog is able to wave at you from a distance and will only offer it when you cue the behavior. This fun trick can then be used to teach additional fun tricks!

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
  • Setting up your shaping environment
  • Capturing the first contact of the foot hitting an object
  • Adding criteria to getting in an object
  • Capturing the first contact of getting on an object.
  • Adding criteria to getting on an object
  • Capturing a single paw target to an object
  • Adding height to your foot target
  • Adding stimulus control of individual paws
  • Adding a cue
  • Adding duration and distance to wave and shake
  • Generalizing the behavior

About The Presenter

Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!

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