As an expert in Heelwork to Music, Canine Freestyle, and having created his own type of training, Attila has an exceptional range of knowledge to share. Below are all the different types of workshops we provide.

Dog Dance

Suitable for anyone that likes Heelwork to Music and Canine Freestyle for fun, or for competition purposes. The Dog Dance workshops will help you achieve the best of your and your dogs' abilities. This is all achieved using positive reinforcement and while having fun, because otherwise, what is the point of Heelwork to Music and Canine Freestyle.

Regarding the training days, we can accommodate the following topics in which participants might be interested in:

  • Teaching Heelwork with precision and flow;
  • Teaching freestyle exercises;
  • Motivation / Focus / Attention;
  • Teaching transitions and sequences;
  • Learning performance criteria: signalling, fluency, effort, variation, forms;
  • Learning how to use the ring space;
  • Choosing Music and how to Choreograph a Routine;
  • Working Individually;
    • Individual problem solving, choreography, music choice, etc.
    • Each participant would have 20-25 minutes.
  • Any other suggestions welcome.

Each topic would require 2-4 hours, depending on the number of participants, hall space, participants learning rate, etc.. In general, we expect to be able to educate on 2 topics, attaining one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Three topics will be taught if possible. In regards to the individual work, this would require a whole afternoon.

Bridge-Target-Barrier (BTB-T)

Attila has developed the BTB-Training training system that combines the components of different training techniques; capturing, shaping (clicker training), luring, target and barrier training.

The BTB-Training ensures that dogs learn exercises in a fast efficient way and enjoy the learning process as they do not get frustrated.

The goal of this workshop is to teach you how to use BTB-T in teaching dogs different disciplines and why it is beneficial to use this technique.

Objectives

To give the Participants a thorough understanding and to sharpen their general and BTB-T training skills.

  • Understanding Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Reinforcements; how to condition “Keep Going” or “Continue” signals and when to use them. Efficacy of “Continue” signals versus Shaping.
    • Using Reinforcers to reinforce movement and position; when to click and when and where to deliver the reward.
  • Exercises to practice and sharpen the Trainer’s Reinforcing Skills; using Primary and Secondary Reinforcers.
  • Targets and Barriers; what they are and how to use them to achieve fast and precise learning in different dog disciplines.
    • Teaching multiple criteria with accuracy and speed. E.g. teaching heelwork with 4 criteria at the same time using bridges targets and barriers.
    • Using BTB-T to avoid frustration and displacement behaviours, e.g. barking.
  • Conditioning Cues as Discriminative Stimuli (Commands) and Cues as Continue Signals, Tertiary Reinforcers.

Prerequisites

Familiarity with clicker training, and physical and mental ability to concentrate and work during the duration of the workshop for 2 days.

Attila has presented and used the BTB-T technique for the purpose of training family and competition dogs for various disciplines as well as for the rehabilitation of problem dogs and the seminars have been a huge success. Join us to have fun and improve your training skills.

Copy me

Dogs are social animals and research has shown that in addition to associative (operant and classical) conditioning they also learn by imitating/copying other dogs, as well as their human companions.

The workshop consists of two phases:

  • During the first part you will teach your dog to copy your movement; 3+3=6 exercises that your dog already knows on verbal signal without showing any visual sign!
  • Once your dog has learned to copy your actions, then you can show and teach new exercises, sequences using the copy / imitation training technique.

During the workshop your dog can learn new exercises and tricks; bring objects (slippers, beer, mail, etc.), ring the bell, switch on the light, roll into a blanket, push and pull, pick up and carry objects, wave “Good Bye”, and many more.

Benefits

Dogs learn extraordinarily fast (especially object related exercises) by copying the model. Less frustration is involved when compared to learning by operant (e.g. clicker training) learning. In addition, your dog will learn to pay attention to you and concentrate, as it has to watch you and memorise to be able to repeat what you show him/her. This will lead to your dog becoming calmer and more in tune to you. Resulting in an astonishing bond.

The “Copy” workshop has been a huge success, since Attila started presented it years ago. Join us to have fun, learn new training skills and teach your dog to copy your actions.

Prerequisites

Please teach your dog 6 to 8 exercises to perform on verbal cue without any visual aid before the start of the workshop.

Exercises suggestions to choose from:

  • 2-4 object related exercises; e.g. Walk around; touch a cone or chair with paw or nose; jump on a platform or chair; step or touch a paw target; jump over a pole.
  • 2-4 body movements; e.g. twist, lie down, bow, sit, lift paw.

Attention, Coordination & Stamina

This workshop will benefit any dog (family dog, working or competing dog in any dog sport). During the workshop dogs will learn to concentrate, be motivated to respond to their owners; perform at faster or lower speed with precision; and eliminate barking during performance. The workshop is also very beneficial for family dogs, which are trained to become more responsive and easy to live with companions.

The participating dogs will develop emotional control, learn to concentrate and improve their coordination, strength and physical and mental Stamina. Both you and your dog will achieve this while having fun.

This workshop will focus on teaching dogs:

  • To become focused and motivated to work by conditioning start and finish signals;
  • To learn to relax and not to waste their energy;
  • We will teach attention exercises. In order to develop concentration and stamina, so that your dog is able to work for long periods;
  • We will practice exercises to develop coordination, muscular flexibility and core strength;
  • And last but not least, we will teach how to warm-up and cool-down your dog to avoid muscular and skeletal injuries, making them able to perform to their physical abilities.


 

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