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HEART Collective

Heart Collective are educators, facilitators and dog and horse trainers living around the world. Our first major project was the Alphabet Album (raising voices) . Amanda, Adam, Andrea, Ayoka, Chelsey, Dayna, Eva, Hannah, Holly, Julie, Karen, Karen, Kathryn, Kirsten, Leslie, Linda, Linda, Liz, Lucy, Oluademi, Sheila, Shelly, Stella, Tom, and Tracey are excited to be developing webinars for you now!

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About this course

Alphabet Album Webinars: 

 One Step Back, Two Steps Forward  

Recording available NOW! 

(Julie Symons presenter/ Andrea Harrison moderator) 

Teaching new concepts to our dogs often means using props and lures. It's critical to wean away from these prompts to avoid developing a habit within a set context. You simply need to vary the complexity by alternating the steps as you progress to the final behaviour.

Building duration is also important for many skills and is often difficult for teams to master. The same rules apply - don't skip steps or jump ahead too fast. Incrementally build up duration by stepping back to an easier step.

In this webinar, I will show how this simple use of ping-ponging between conditions will further develop your dog's understanding. We can apply this to fronts, kick back stands, downs, waiting quietly in crates, weave poles, heeling, stays, nosework and more!

By going back to an earlier step, we build confidence, maintain a high rate of reinforcement, and in the end build a stronger behaviour!  You might know the theory - now it's time to look at applying it to your situation!

Julie Symons

Julie has been involved in the dog world for over 25 years teaching and competing in a wide variety of sports. She's trained and competed in conformation, agility, obedience, herding and tracking as well as nosework.  Julie's teaching has focused largely on nosework since 2012 although her strong foundations in so many sports is apparent through much of her work. Creating versatile, positive and happy teams is her goal for each of you and her constant work to learn more and do better is apparent in everything she does.  Her simple truth? "People just really love their dogs and enjoy doing activities with them."  Julie always gives more than 100% of herself to her students learning and development.  Learn more about Julie here.

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