Spring Seminar

Michele Pouliot Workshop

  This seminar has been cancelled due to Covid-19   
  • Speaker: Michele Pouliot
  • Dates: May 16 & 17, 2020
  • Seminar Topics:
    Saturday Morning: Dealing with Errors in Training and Performance
    Saturday Afternoon: Training Behaviors at Distance
    Sunday Morning: Conditioning Performance Cues
    Sunday Afternoon: Back Chaining Behavior Sequences
  • To be held at: Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club, W1314 Cedar Drive Ixonia, WI 53036
  • Registration Fees:
    Auditing One-Day: $80.00
    Working 1/2 Day with Auditing 1/2 Day: $110.00
    Working Full-Day:  $140.00
  • More Information Contact:  Khris Erickson  262-542-8851 x118
  • CEUs:
    IAABC 14.5 CEUs
    KPA 14.5 CEUS
    CCPDT has declined to award CEUs


All working spots are full, however we have plenty of space for auditors. 

Click here to go to on-line registration (Auditing)


Michele Pouliot Workshop

Saturday Morning – “Dealing with Errors in Training and Performance”
So many people focus on how to train the dog and never prepare themselves for how to react when things “go wrong”. A handler’s reaction (no matter how subtle) to their dog’s poor response has a huge effect on the dog and its progressive behavior. Learn how to prepare yourself for the inevitable mistakes that occur in dog training, to react and respond in a way that is constructive to the dog’s development and your attitude. 

Saturday Afternoon – “Training Behaviors at Distance”
Training behaviors with your dog close to you is challenging enough, but progressing to fluent responses at distance is challenging in many areas.  Some breeds are more natural at distance work than others but regardless, distance work requires systematic steps to gain results. Michele will discuss and demonstrate how to introduce distance work, apply tools to assist in successful repetitions, and how to progress towards your distance performing goals, including duration in Stay behaviors.

Sunday Morning –  “Classically Conditioning Performance Cues” (Excitement or Calming Cues)
Learn how to condition cues that evoke emotions with a goal of prompting an increase in enthusiasm or a calming effect in the individual dog. Learn how to use a dogs’ natural play or food excitement to create a cue that can raise your dog’s emotions during performance. Learn how to apply the same concept to lower liveliness in overly excited performers. The design and purpose of this training is to have viable cues to use during performance.

Sunday Afternoon –  Back Chaining Behavior Sequences
Most dog sports require chains of several behaviors be put together to demonstrate a skill or perform a routine. A powerful tool to start putting behavior sequences together is a method called back chaining. Ring sport exercises and Freestyle routines are long chains of behaviors put together. This can be stressful for the dog when taught via “forward” chaining (adding one behavior after another).  Michele will show how to use back chaining to increase enthusiasm in the dog to perform several behaviors in a row without reward. Topic can be geared towards an introduction to effective back chaining or more advanced practice of the back-chaining tool.

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