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A More Thoughtful Approach To Shaping Creates More Precise Behaviors. Learn How To Improve your Shaping Mechanics with Yvette Van Veen

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  • 12:00 PM
  • Friday, October 13, 2023
  • 1:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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A webinar packed full of easily implemented mechanical skill improvements with vette Van Veen


PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, PPG 1, KPA 1 

The art of pure shaping involves breaking behaviours down into small steps or approximations. Many people find that dogs becomes hyper, offer too many behaviours and show signs of stress such as yawning or walking out of pure shaping sessions entirely. If your dog is walking out of training or cycling through a plethora of behaviours hoping to "guess" right, then learn how to turn frustrated students into superstars when you realize that the click does not end the behaviour.

Frantic, frustrated behaviour in the dog is predictable and avoidable. One important adjustment is addressing the position in which the reinforcement is given. Take a more thoughtful approach as to where to give food - creating calm, precise behaviours very quickly.

Webinar Objectives

  • Position Feeding for Rapid Shaping Results and Calm Confident Canines
  • Click does NOT end the behaviour. Click marks it. Consumption ends the behaviour. Learn how to adjust position of reinforcement delivery to supercharge training results. Behaviours that sometimes take weeks suddenly come together with small changes. 
  • Look at training plan objectives (distance duration distractions) and determine how to use feeding to support this.
  • Identify the warning signs that position of feeding is not optimal.
  • Shaping to create calm. Is your dog thinking or frantic?
  • Recognizing the frustration and stress that can happen when position of feeding is contrary to your training objectives.
  • Discuss importance of rate of reinforcement. The sign to watch for that acts like a warning that position of feeding is hindering.
  • Reflecting on canine anatomy and how a few centimeters can change everything.
  • How to create fast ROR.
  • How to create movement.
  • How to create re-sets.
  • The importance of coaching owners on mechanics.
  • Knowing when to hold it and when to fold it. How do you know when it's time to step back and re-assess what is happening, and change it up.
  • Become fluent at communicating shaped exercises with your dog - create dynamic "conversations" where the dog picks up quickly and easily.

About Your Presenter

Yvette Van Veen PCT-A

Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

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