Herding Boot Camp
is total immersion dog training and an unparalleled opportunity for you to learn. Depending on how much stamina you and your dog have, theoretically, you two can have as many as 16 training opportunities (or more) per day. Your dog will receive as much down time to rest or exercise as he requires to make him a more efficient student. During your dog’s down time, you will have the opportunity to remain busy and sharpen your skills by observing, helping, and role playing with other students. You will also listen to lectures, watch demonstrations, and watch videos. Besides all the training, depending on the interest and suitability of activities, we may-- with or without canines-- go swimming, hiking, or shopping.
We take a baseline measurement of each dog at the beginning of the camp and at the end so that you can see your progress. We cannot guarantee that your dog will be completely cured of all his bad habits by Friday. However, we can guarantee that you will see measurable, significant improvement if you follow-through on the training principles that are presented to you in Tough Dog Camp, and by the end of camp, you should see measurable improvement.
One of the main objectives of the camp is to make sure you the handler are proficient in the many areas that need to be addressed in order to rehabilitate the tough dog.
Focused discussions and demonstrations will address:
- Doggy zen, arousal, displacement behaviors—sharpening your awareness and recognition of these behaviors.
- Five Keys for Observing a Dog .
- The rules of the flight zone and how to apply them to stimulus presentation.
- Evaluating a stimulus—neutral, attractive, arousing, or calming—and changing its value for your dog.
- Default behaviors—recognizing what is not desirable and identifying what is desirable. How to elicit desirable default behaviors from your dog.
- Practice in debunking dominance, pummeling the importance of punishment, and negating negative markers.
- Practice in applying positive operant and associative conditioning principles.
- Establishing the basic communication building blocks-- Practice in suggested training exercises—the fab five and beyond.
- Desensitization training scenarios.