Duration Without Frustration

Please note: This session includes approximately 1:20 of lecture followed by a 40 minute audience Q&A.

Is shaping for duration as simple as just waiting to reinforce longer behaviors? I don’t know about you, but that has not been my experience!

Well beyond a boring sit-stay, there are many situations where we want to train our dogs to perform a particular behavior for an extended amount of time, but this process often leads to frustration on both the part of the learner and the trainer. This Session will explore the different forms that duration can take in our training depending on the behavior in question and examine why it is sometimes so darn hard to train.

We will look at how the entire behavior cycle influences the behavior being trained, and why we are best served by setting our criteria so that we are always training “clean” units of behavior. We will look at examples and techniques that allow us to set up our training sessions to minimize frustration (in both trainer and learner!) while increasing duration of the behavior.

Hannah Branigan

Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 12 years. In addition to being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), she is a faculty member for KPA, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). Hannah is also a popular speaker and teaches workshops all over the country. As the owner of Wonderpups, LLC, Hannah is committed to training both dogs and people with positive reinforcement methods.

Hannah has titled her dogs in conformation, obedience, schutzhund, agility, and rally. Her dogs have multiple class wins, both AKC and UKC High in Trial awards, and scores that qualify for several Front & Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX).