Homework Before Your Session

Prior to your first session, please fill out all the paperwork and finish all your homework below:
 

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING TO YOUR SESSION:

 
1. Paper work printed, filled out and signed
Behavior Questionnaire
VDP Training Contract

2. Flat buckle collar (regular collar that can close) (please also bring any other collar you need to control your dog or any equipment).

3. LOTS AND LOTS of soft small bite size treats in a treat pouch or fanny pack (feed your dog less of their am or pm meal since you’ll be using a lot of food in training).

We prefer Happy Howies
They’re only about $4.49/7oz, $7.49/12oz, $18.99/32oz.

4. Print and categorize the following distractions as low, medium or high difficulties with your dog
Low, Medium and High Difficulties

5. Bring your dog in on a 6ft leash (after you have called or texted me) .
 
 

READ PRIOR TO YOUR SESSION

 
Dog Body Language
Intro to the TBTE Method & Types of Relaxation
The Grade School Model
Why we use the “yes” marker word
Free Shaping
 

TRAINING EXERCISES

 
BEHAVIORAL DOWN EXERCISE – If your dog has a hard time settling around the house – Start your Behavioral Downs by reading the 2 handouts attached and by watching videos #2 & #3. Start practicing today at least once a day and up to 3 times a day before we meet in person!
Behavioral Down Handout 1
Behavioral Down Handout 2

6 TTBR EXERCISE – Practice the 6 Things to Bridge & Reward Handout throughout the house
6 Reasons to Bridge and Reward
 
Your Goal: You should be saying your marker word / terminal bridge & rewarding over 200 times each day! Follow videos #4 #5 #6. Even better toss on a dog bed to get your dog excited about laying on their dog bed then reward them for getting calmer on the dog bed! You can also free shape to that dog bed! (see Free Shaping Videos Below #7, #8, #9)
 
 

VIDEOS TO WATCH PRIOR TO YOUR SESSION

 

Treat Recommendation
Video #1 Treat Recommendation
https://youtu.be/DNuioAZyPXo

 

Behavioral Downs / Meditation
Video #2 Behavioral Downs
https://youtu.be/Za7ENsbknI4

Video #3 Target Behavior in Behavioral Downs
https://youtu.be/sYf_L4ULbcs

 

Teaching & Rewarding Relaxation
Video #4a Grade School Level, Classically Conditioning your TB (Yes Marker Word) and DRR
https://youtu.be/QKaopMrEL4s
 
Video #4b How to Reward
https://youtu.be/ixaiMxKkPpI

Video #5 DRR to get your dog to totally relax
https://youtu.be/wwMlI4cD8U4

Video #6 Training Multiple Dogs (see videos #10 & #11 as well!)
https://youtu.be/Y4nVpwPKET8

 

Free Shaping
Reading #7 What is Free Shaping?
https://www.clickertraining.com/shaping-success

Video #8 Free Shaping to a crate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHQ_xRVdx78V

Video #9 Free shaping to a location
https://youtu.be/F9qu_0OJnIw

 
 
**WATCH THE VIDEOS BELOW BUT DO NOT START ANY OF THE TRAINING YET** (unless you have a multiple dog household)

Squirt Bottle
Video #10 Squirt Bottle Video
https://youtu.be/pL-HowidF4Q

 

Stationing (FOR MULTI DOG HOMES)
Video #11 Stationing
https://youtu.be/_koJrDaceL0

 

Do not start any squirt bottle training!

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!