Michele Pouliot's Trick Behavior Tutorial (5-Video Collection)

This 5-video collection includes instruction and video clips by International Freestyle Champion Michele Pouliot. Learn the essential freestyle trick behaviors including head tuck, reverse front, monkey pose, paw stand, and head in a prop!  Michele provides valuable insights and nuances during the training process that benefit even the most advanced trainer.

The collection includes:

  • Head Tuck                                                                                                                                                 This is a detailed tutorial for clicker training the "Head Tuck Pose", a fun trick that can be used in a variety of ways. Teaching the behavior requires little space and is easy to train indoors. Even beginner humans and dogs can enjoy the Head Tuck Pose training process. Michele demonstrates effectively applied clicker training, including strategic reward placement for fast results. Have fun training this pose behavior and improve your training skills at the same time. Preview this video.
  • Reverse Front                                                                                                                                               A detailed ‘how to’ tutorial for clicker training “Reverse Front Position”, where the dog faces away from the handler. Reverse Front behavior is an Advanced Position skill that provides great variety in use with other behaviors. In this 1 hour 50-minute streaming video, Michele provides valuable insights and nuances during training sessions that will benefit even the most advanced trainer. Preview this video.   

  • Monkey Pose                                                                                                                                             This is a truly enjoyable tutorial for clicker training the “Monkey” pose, where dogs place their paws on a raised prop or the handlers’ arms and duck their head underneath that prop. In addition to learning a cute “trick”, this behavior can improve a dog’s balance and provide a fun stretching exercise. "Monkey Pose" is a fun, unique behavior to train that does not require much physical space. It provides excellent mental and physical stimulation for dogs that benefit from learning something new. Michele uses the training of the “Monkey” pose as a means of instructing effective clicker training, including how to apply strategic reward delivery for fast learning. Preview this video.
  • Paw Stand
    This is a fun tutorial for clicker training the "Paw Stand" behavior, where dogs place their hind feet up against a prop or human while their front feet remain on the floor. This athletic and creative trick behavior can help develop hind foot awareness and improve balance. Excellent mental and physical stimulation for the clicker trained dog. Michele uses the training of the "Paw Stand" as a means of demonstrating effective clicker training techniques, including the application of strategic reward delivery for fast learning. Preview this video.               
  • Head in a Prop 
  • An enjoyable, step by step tutorial for clicker training dogs to place their head into a prop or equipment and remain there for duration. In addition to this tutorial showing how to train a “trick”, these same training steps can be used to train care behaviors, such as introducing the wearing of muzzles or headcollars to dogs. Full of enlightening instruction for clicker training via a behavior that does not require much space or activity from the dog. Excellent mental exercise for dogs recovering from injury, with physical limitations or senior dogs that benefit from training interaction. Preview this video.

Michele Pouliot

Michele Pouliot began her animal-training career through her love of horses. She attended the Pacific Coast Equestrian Research Farm, studying under the tutelage of Linda Tellington and Wentworth Tellington. After graduating at the school’s highest level, Michele remained there as an instructor, until her next position, in North Dakota. There, Michele acquired her first dog—a move that would change her life and career. With dog-training pointers from a former riding student, Michele became fascinated with her dog’s willingness to learn; she spent all of her spare time training him. It was then that Michele’s path changed toward a career in dog training, which progressed to guide dog training.

Michele Pouliot began her 42-year career as a licensed guide dog instructor when she joined Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), the second-largest guide dog school in the world. In addition to personally training more than 350 guide dog teams over 20 years, Michele contributed to major change in the organization by leading the adoption of clicker training in the formal training of guide dogs and in the development of puppies raised for guide dog work. Michele also developed the education program for GDB’s blind clients learning to clicker train their own guide dogs.

Since 2005, Michele has been a pioneer in the guide dog industry worldwide. GDB and Michele actively support and assist other guide dog schools in crossing over from traditional training methods to positive reinforcement and clicker training techniques. In order to provide education to more individuals worldwide, GDB and Michele have offered four International Guide Dog Clicker Conferences for professionals in the guide dog field. Recently, Michele was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award from the International Guide Dog Federation for her innovation, creative development, and service to blind clients and guide dog programs around the globe. She leads seminars and workshops around the world, for guide and service dog organizations and for dog sport training. Michele is known as a very clear and enthusiastic teacher who demonstrates her love for animals and people every time.

Michele has also been very active and successful in canine dog sports. She was heavily involved in competition obedience for 20 years, winning four Obedience Trial Championships with her personal dogs. Michele has also competed in tracking and in the sport of agility. In 2005, Michele discovered the new sport of Canine Musical Freestyle; she is now a leader in the sport, with help from her dogs Cabo, Listo, Déjà, and Saké. Michele and her dogs are winners of multiple national and international competitions; they are known for creative behaviors and entertaining routines. Michele and Listo made history in the World Canine Freestyle Organization as the first team to ever receive perfect "10" scores in both Artistic and Technical categories! They repeated this incredible achievement 23 more times with six different routines.

Michele loves to spend time at home, in Oregon, with her dogs and her horses. A member of the ClickerExpo faculty since 2008, Michele partnered with Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) to create an online Canine Freestyle course. The course has received rave reviews from students and is popular even with clicker enthusiasts who are not involved in the freestyle sport.