High Precision, High Scores

The word precision has somehow become synonymous with “boring,” but this is a misconception! We can have our cake and eat it, too. Obedience is a precision game where our dogs' behaviors are judged down to the inch. Clicker training gives us the scalpel to shape behaviors to the exacting standards of the obedience ring by isolating specific muscle movements. While training for high levels of precision is meticulous and challenging, it can also be fun! We can train for performances that are super-precise, super-accurate, and super-enthusiastic!

Prepare to dig deep and get geeky in this Session. This advanced presentation is designed for the serious behavior nerd. We will identify what a “perfect” behavior looks like for competitive obedience purposes. Using the magic of slow-motion video, we’ll break down that behavior into specific movements, and examine the physiological basis of those movements. When we understand that movements result in the behavior, we can identify specific criteria and set up a session to create the effect we want. Learn to train your eye to see important nuances. We’ll look at shaping plans that give us the precision we need for high scores, while keeping the speed and enthusiasm we want.

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).