Workshops and Seminars
We have a lot of great talent in the works for our Workshops and Seminars!
See a complete list of upcoming events and register here
Minimum 7 day cancellation for full refund on other workshops and seminars hosted by It’s a Dog’s World- unless otherwise noted.
With Shade Whitesel
January 14th and 15th 2017
It’s a Dog’s World
This seminar will address how to teach all the pieces of flashy, competition, heeling, put them all together and includes a problem solving section on Sunday afternoon for teams that need it. Good heeling is good heeling, whether it is for AKC or IPO, the position is the same and happy confident dogs are the dogs winning the points. Join Shade as she teaches how to clicker shape every aspect of heeling to create the pushy thinking behavior that her dogs are known for.
Dogs and students that would do best in this seminar are ones that are already familiar with Shade’s methods via physical lessons or on line through the Fenzi academy. Operant dogs that don’t have Shade’s foundation would also be appropriate. A love of food or toy (with Shade’s toy skills) and the ability to work and not be stressed or frustrated in a seminar environment are also needed. Dogs that would not do well are ones that are nervous in the seminar environment, or do not have a solid foundation. Handlers would do best to register as observers in these situations so they can participate in the next seminar!
Rear End Awareness
Placement of Reward
K9 Nose work Seminar with Christina Bunn Oct 1st and 2nd!
NACSW Judge and instructor, Christina Bunn brings her 17 years of professional detection K9 training with her into the wonderful sport of K9 Nosework. Her expertise is helping handlers recognize the potential in their own dog by building relationship.
The Heart of Teamwork
Utilizing a nonspeaking being to find something you cannot see is what Nosework is all about. It requires teamwork to bring two species, dog and human, together working towards the same goal: finding the odor source.. This seminar will focus on just that teamwork and what that means for you and your own dog.
October 1, 2016 9:00-5:00
K9 Nosework Levels 1 and 2– Foundation, Foundation, Foundation
What is odor obedience? What does “Trust Your Dog” really mean?
October 2, 2016 9:00-5:00
Time Management in the Search Area-High Hides– When to Hold ‘em and When to Fold’em
Working spots: $150 per day
Audit spots: $80 per day
Location: It’s a Dog’s World 16024 60th St. E Sumner, WA
253-863-8387 or Mercedes@Sumnervet.com
Workshop On Learning Theory and Behavior Shaping for Dog Training with Kathy Sdao
September 10 & 11, 2016
The Newfoundland Club of Seattle has the honor of hosting this exciting and informative workshop on the science and skills of dog training with Kathy Sdao. Regardless of your experience level, you will not want to miss this unique opportunity.
Shaping is a powerful & fun training technique. Its applications are virtually limitless and include basic obedience behaviors, tricks, service-dog tasks and winning conformation moves. Our focus for this weekend workshop will be a deeper understanding of the underlying science of behavior shaping and the practical skills needed. We’ll split our time between lecture and training exercises with several dog-and-handler teams. On each day of the workshop, we’ll work on a goal behavior that can accommodate beginners and more advanced teams. People who attend without a dog (i.e., the auditors) will be able to observe and assist with the training.
Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She has over 30 years of experience as an animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. She received a master’s degree in experimental psychology and was then hired by the United States Navy (Department of Defense) to train dolphins for applied open-ocean tasks. After that, Kathy spent five years as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. There she expanded her training skills by working with beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, otters and polar bears. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare.
Since selling Puget Hound in 1998, Kathy has owned and managed Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs (50-75 per year), teaching private lessons to dogs and their owners, and coaching novices and professionals to cross over to positive-reinforcement training. She’s taught more than 200 seminars, workshops, conference presentations & webinars, enjoying these opportunities to share her passion for the incredible power of positive-reinforcement training, confirmed over decades of working with dozens of species.
Saturday September 10
Lecture 1: A brief overview of learning theory for animal trainers
Skills practice for trainers: sequence of marker & treat
Skills practice for trainers: timing of marker
Lecture 2: Ways to get behavior
Training session 1: photos/videos of goal behavior 1; make plan; begin training
Training session 2: Practice shaping & collecting data
Lecture 3: Review SMART; Why use a marker?
Training Session 3: Raise criteria & continue collecting data
Lecture 4: Reinforcement options
Training Session 4: Final training & demos
Sunday September 11
Q & A
Training Session 5: photos/videos of goal behavior 2; make plan; begin training
Lecture 5: Seeing behavior
Training Session 6: Practice shaping & collecting data
Lecture 6: Creating powerful cues
Training Session 7: Raise criteria & continue collecting data
Lecture 7: Choosing cues with care
Training Session 8: Final training & demos
Working Spaces are limited so sign up early. The working spaces are for both days.
There is no limit on audit spaces.
Working Space: $300 (Saturday and Sunday)
Audit Space: $150 (Saturday and Sunday)
Audit Space for one day: $100 (Saturday or Sunday)
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AKC Open OB Video
IPO BH with her young dog
Dutch Shepherd Nationals 2012
Some Nice work from her young dog