Watch this 1:45 video to learn about the Base Training Method.
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MODULE: Mat Work
This introduction to Mat Work will take place over the course of five weeks. We will establish patterned exercises that incorporates the three D’s of training: duration, distraction and distance. One week will be dedicated to each of these three elements. Training your dog to proficiency with these patterned exercises will be critical in helping your dog learn to better regulate stress and arousal. You will essentially be putting relaxation on cue. These exercises will be introduced on a training mat in a low stress, low distraction environment, but they can ultimately be generalized to any environment and any context. You will be learning how to isolate or “split” criteria in order to optimize your dog’s learning potential. Clumping criteria together is one of the primary reasons that most behavior modification training, or general training, ends up spinning its wheels.