Stimulate * Engage * Reward

Advanced Concepts in Motivation

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Author: Michael Ellis (Leerburg Enterprises)

Format: DVD

Running Time: 3 hrs 17mins

Release date: 2011

The work in this DVD teaches trainers of all breeds and trainers from every dog sport (agility, obedience, and protection sports) the advanced concepts of how to motivate their dogs.

The goal of this training is to teach dog trainers how to turn a reward into an event for their dog. When trainers can learn these skills they are going to be able to manipulate the motivation and drive of their dogs.

The chapters for this training video are:

Learning Moving Skills Without a Dog

Rewards Are An “Interactive”

Techniques for Increasing Motivation

Borrowing Techniques From the World of Protection Sports – Not All biting is Protection

How to Manage Your Dog’s Genetics

Establishing Rules

In our chapter on Learning Moving Skills Without a Dog, Michael introduces trainers to movement skills they can learn without their dog to help develop and increase a dog's motivation and drive. In this chapter trainers will learn:

Backing drills

Lateral drills

Line/luring drills

Weight shift/balance drills

How to use your legs and not your back

Tug/toy presentation without a dog

Food handling without a dog - how to hold and deliver

Why straight line targeting – the problem with hooking

Getting bit is bad for the handler and dogs motivation

Misses – How and Why?

In the chapter titled Rewards Are an "Interactive Event" trainers will learn:

Movement is reinforcing during a reward

Contrasts between a “reward event” vs. “normal behavior”

The differences between “hunger drive” and movement-based “prey rewards”

Variable duration of the “reward event” and its effect on post-reinforcement pause/attention

Using auditory stimulators to stimulate motivation

Chasing and searching are better than having

Tugging, Chasing, and Eating

In the chapter for Techniques for Increasing Motivation Michael covers:

Using restraint and frustration to build motivation

Learning to balance and use HUNGER and a tool

How “social isolation” can be a tool to increase motivation

Patterning arousal levels/classical conditioning

What activities intensify through rehearsal, which don’t

Restricting and channeling your dogs’ energy use

Appropriate toys and treats

Violating your dog's expectations - Using food and toys in the same training session.

Balancing possession without creating conflict

In the chapter, Borrowing Techniques From the World of Protection Sports, we explain the following:

Restrain/frustration revisited

Using back pressure to build motivation

Building the “STRIKE” as a factor of motivation

Revisiting Targeting

Revisiting the Auditory Stimulator

Letting the dog “WIN”

The chapter on How to Manage Your Dog’s Genetics will cover:


Spatial awareness and sensitivity

Possessiveness - the pros and cons, learning to initiate

Internal vs. External dogs and how to motivate each

In the chapter, Establishing Rules, we cover:

When to add rules without causing conflict

How strict should you be?

Capping drives

The balance between motivation and rules

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