Course Title: Teaching a Working K9 a Focused Heel using Marker Training and Positive Reinforcement

Course Overview:

This course is designed for individuals who want to learn how to effectively train a working K9 to perform a focused heel using marker training and positive reinforcement techniques. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the principles behind marker training and positive reinforcement, as well as the specific steps involved in teaching a dog to heel with focus and precision. By the end of the course, participants will possess the knowledge and skills needed to successfully train a working K9 to maintain a focused heel position during various activities.

Course Duration: 2 weeks (assuming one session per day)

Course Outline:

Week 1: Introduction to Marker Training and Positive Reinforcement

- Understanding the basic principles of marker training

- Exploring the benefits of positive reinforcement techniques

- Safety considerations and establishing a positive training environment

Week 2: Basic Obedience Skills

- Teaching the K9 to respond to basic commands such as sit, stay, and recall

- Introducing the concept of the "heel" command

- Establishing a foundation of obedience and focus

Week 3: Introduction to Focused Heeling

- Defining the focused heel position and its importance in working K9s

- Breaking down the components of a focused heel

- Teaching the K9 to maintain eye contact during heeling

Week 4: Shaping the Focused Heel Behavior

- Using shaping techniques to shape the K9's heel position

- Implementing the use of a target to encourage a focused heel

- Incorporating the marker signal to reinforce correct behavior

Week 5: Building Duration and Distance

- Increasing the duration of the focused heel behavior

- Gradually adding distance to the heeling exercises

- Fading the use of the target and reinforcing focus on the handler

Week 6: Distraction Training

- Introducing controlled distractions during heeling sessions

- Teaching the K9 to maintain focus in the presence of distractions

- Utilizing positive reinforcement to reinforce focus in distracting environments

Week 7: Generalization and Proofing

- Generalizing the focused heel behavior in different environments

- Proofing the behavior against various distractions, noises, and scenarios

- Refining the K9's ability to maintain a focused heel under real-world conditions

Week 8: Refinement and Advanced Techniques

- Fine-tuning the focused heel behavior for precision and reliability

- Introducing advanced techniques such as turns, pace changes, and stops

- Troubleshooting common challenges and effectively addressing them

Note: This condensed course outline provides an overview of the main topics and progression of the training program. Each weekly session should include a combination of theory, practical exercises, demonstrations, and hands-on practice with guidance and feedback from the instructor.

It is important to note that training working K9s requires expertise and experience in handling and working with dogs. This course outline serves as a starting point for developing a comprehensive training program, but it is recommended to consult with professional trainers or experts in the field to ensure the best results and safety for both the dog and the handler.

"Heel & Engage: The Power of Focused Movement in Working Dogs" is an exciting new course that delves deep into the world of focused heeling for working dogs. This comprehensive program provides step-by-step details, exclusive training footage, and invaluable insights to take your training to the next level.

Course Highlights:

  1. Mastering Focused Movement: Learn the foundations of focused heeling and how to cultivate precise footwork in working dogs.

  2. Building Engagement: Discover effective techniques to enhance engagement between the handler and the working dog, creating a strong partnership.

  3. Targeted Training Exercises: Explore a wide range of training exercises specifically designed to improve focus, precision, and consistency in heeling.

  4. Advanced Handling Techniques: Gain access to advanced handling techniques used by professionals to maximize the potential of working dogs in various scenarios.

  5. Problem-Solving Strategies: Learn how to troubleshoot common challenges encountered during focused heeling and develop effective solutions.

  6. Never-Before-Seen Training Footage: Gain exclusive access to never-before-seen training footage featuring real-life working dog teams in action.

  7. Insights from Experts: Benefit from the expertise of experienced trainers who share their insider knowledge and tips for success.

Enroll in "Heel & Engage: The Power of Focused Movement in Working Dogs" today for the limited-time price of $79.00. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your training skills and forge a stronger bond with your working dog companion. Sign up now and embark on a transformative training journey like no other!