Improve your "I-Cue:" Learn the Science of Signals
with Kathy Sdao MA ACAAB

November 17, 2012 -
November 18, 2012

We are sorry, this course is closed at this time

Pre-registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome. See 'Tuition and Registration' for details.

A Workshop for Trainers and Dogs

Dates and Locations

The Coventry School for Dogs
Columbia, MD
November 17 & 18, 2012
Saturday and Sunday
9:00am-5:00pm

 

This facility is fully matted and heated. Lecture will be a separate room from the dog training area. Dogs will be crated in the training room away from the owner (or in car if appropriate) during the lecture portions of the workshop.

Bring a comfortable chair, something hard to write on, and dress in layers. Full information will be in the registration confirmation.
Walk-ins welcomed at this seminar. Please see information under "Tuition and Registration."

About this Seminar

Improve your “I Cue”: Learn the Science of Signals
Instructors, trainers and owners want compliance. They want their dog to respond to “commands” accurately and quickly. People often attribute a dog’s failures to do this to dominance, stupidity or stubbornness. It’s more likely that these mistakes result from confusion (or insufficient motivation); the dog doesn’t know what the trainer wants because the cues are unfamiliar, inconsistent or unclear.
Understanding the basic science of cueing will help you improve the process by which you choose, add, change and maintain cues. You will be able to minimize the amount of static in the signals you send your dog, providing a clearer channel of communication. An understanding of behavioral cues will also pave the way for the creation of conceptual cues that go beyond eliciting simple movements.
This hands-on workshop combines lecture, video examples and several exercises with your dog. It will walk you through the steps to build strong meaningful cues whether you are a pet-dog instructor, competition- or working-dog trainer or an owner who wants a more reliable and responsive dog.

Day 1
Welcome & Intro
Make the whale jump: What a cue can do
Is “cue” just a nicer way to say “command”?
Exercise 1: Cue discrimination test
“Good enough” syndrome
Maximizing clarity: Cue types, salience, distinctiveness
Exercise 2: “Prove It” game
Clever Hans: the full story
Changing cues using classical conditioning
Exercise 3: Cues shift
Adding cues: Prompt fading vs temporal conditioning

Day 2
Exercise 4: Get a Cue, Part One
Exercise 5: Get a Cue, Part Two
Trumping Cues; Concept Cues; Keep-going signals
Adduction
Exercise 6: Cues Fuse
Cueing adducted behaviors
Questions & Wrap up
 

Ways to Participate:
Working Participants with your dog (limited: approx. 26)    10/19/2012 Working Spots Full
Working Participants must sign up for both days.

  • You and your dog will be paired with another handler/dog team during training exercises. You and your training partner will take turns alternating working the dogs. We ask that you only bring one dog as the training sessions build on each other. There will be multiple training sessions each day. 
  • You may request a working partner or we will randomly assign you. All team requests must be requested NO LATER than 14 days before the workshop.

Requirement for working dog participation - Dogs should be at an intermediate training level or higher, not total beginners. Dogs of all ages welcome as long as they have a repertoire of 5 - 6 behaviors, at least partially on cue (no lure). Some experience with shaping, with or without a lure, is helpful and suggested. Dogs must be able to stay quietly in a crate or ex-pen out of owner’s sight and must be tolerant of people and dogs in close proximity. You and your dog will be paired with another dog/handler team and an auditor during training. No reactive dogs. Questions? Contact Dana. 10/19/2012 - Working Spots Full. Waitlist only.

Lab Assistants/Auditors (Limit: 40)
If your dog does not meet the requirements, or you prefer to observe, come and watch the dogs and handlers work and participate in the conversation. Auditors will be assigned a working team to participate/assist for the exercises. You may request a specific team to be on or we will randomly assign you. All team requests must be requested NO LATER than 14 days before the workshop.
Auditors, please leave your dogs at home or in the car if appropriate and absolutely necessary. Auditors’ dogs will not be allowed in the building due to space considerations.

 

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Meet the speakers

Kathy Sdao is an associate certified applied animal behaviorist (ACAAB) (www.certifiedanimalbehaviorist.com ) who has spent 26 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in the 1980's, she was part of a research team that trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She received a master’s degree in experimental psychology and was then hired by the United States Navy (Department of Defense) to train dolphins for applied open-ocean tasks. After that job, Kathy spent five years as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. There she expanded her training skills by working with beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, otters and polar bears. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare, where Kathy first began teaching clicker-training classes for pet owners.

Since selling Puget Hound in 1998, Kathy has owned and managed Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons to dogs and their owners, and coaching novices and professionals to cross over to positive-reinforcement training. In addition, she has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and for MSN’s dog-themed website, consulted with Guide Dogs for the Blind and for Susquehanna Service Dogs, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society’s “Service Dog Education System” and instructed at the Instructor Training Course for Dogs of Course. And, in one of her sillier moments, Kathy appeared as the “Way Cool Scientist” on an episode of the television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Kathy is proud to be one of the original faculty members for Karen Pryor’s long-running ClickerExpos and has taught at twenty of these conferences in the past decade.

Kathy has also traveled across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Japan and Mexico, teaching students about the science of animal training. She enjoys sharing her passion for the incredible power of clicker training, confirmed over many years of working with so many species.

Kathy’s first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, is available from Dogwise Publishing. She also has DVDs available through Tawzer Dog Videos.

www.kathysdao.com

 

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Continuing Education Credits

14.5 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA working spot
6.25 CEUs for CBCCs working spot
7.25 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA for auditors per day
1.75 CEUs for CBCCs for auditors per day

14.5 CEUs from IAABC

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Tuition and Registration

Registration includes: seminar support materials, beverages and snacks. Lunch is on your own.

Working Participants (with dog) must sign up for both days  10/18/2012 - Working Spots Full.
NO Walk-ins for Working Spots

• $250 - Two days, register and pay on or before September 30, 2012
• $290 - Two days, register and pay after September 30, 2012

Lab Assistant/Auditor (without dog)  
• $180 - Two days, register and pay on or before September 30, 2012
• $220 - Two days, register and pay after September 30, 2012

• $105 - One day, register and pay on or before September 30, 2012
• $125 - One day, register and pay after September 30, 2012

Walk-ins for AUDITORS ONLY (no dogs):
Cash Only. Please add $10/per day to the above prices.
Two days - $220 + $20 = $240
One day - $125 + $10 = $135

Group discounts for auditors available for 3 or more participants from the same business/shelter that register together. Contact Bonnie Bartlett for complete details.

Registration ends 5 days prior to the event or when registration limit is met. Registration at the door may be available for auditors ONLY depending on space. Check back at this page for walk-in registration information after preregistration ends. There will be a $10/day additional charge for walk-in registration if available.

You may pay for tuition by:
• Personal or Bank Check
• PayPal - using your account or opening a new account
• Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover through PayPal's secure system
Complete payment information will come up on the screen after you complete registration. General Payment Information
If the seminar does not meet the minimum (35 participants) and must be cancelled, currently registered participants will be refunded the full amount without penalty.

Please familiarize yourself with the Registration/ Refund Policy and the Waiver before signing up.
 

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Directions and Travel Information

Hotel Information:
If you are attending a working seminar, CHECK PET POLICIES BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS! Make sure you understand ALL the fees and restrictions. Policies and rates may change from what is listed below.
 

Red Roof Inn
8000 Washington Blvd.
Jessup, MD 20794
3 miles away
Phone: 410-796-0380
Room Rate: $75 and up
Dogs allowed - no pet fee
Website: http://www.redroof.com
 

La Quinta Inn & Suites - Jessup
7300 Crestmount Road
Jessup, MD 20794
4 miles away
Phone: (410) 799-1500
Room Rate: $95 and up ($5 off for AAA Members)
Dogs allowed - no pet fee
Website: http://www.lq.com/

Studio Plus
6620 Eli Whitney Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
1 mile away
Phone: (410) 312-1557
Room Rate: $75 and up
Dogs allowed - $25/night pet fee (Weight/size restrictions MAY apply. Call hotel with inquiries.)
Website: http://www.studioplus.com

Extended Stay - Columbia/Laurel
8550 Washington Blvd.
Jessup MD, 20794
3 miles away
Phone: 301-725-3877
Room Rate: $80 and up
Dogs allowed - $25/night pet fee (Weight/size restrictions MAY apply. Call hotel with inquiries.)
Website: http://www.studioplus.com

Extended Stay - Columbia 100 Parkway
8870 Columbia 100 Pkwy.
Columbia MD, 21045
5.5 miles away
Phone: (410) 772-8800
Room Rate: $85 and up
Dogs allowed - $25/night pet fee (Weight/size restrictions MAY apply. Call hotel with inquiries.)
Website: http://www.studioplus.com

Extended Stay Deluxe - Columbia Corporate Park
8890 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia MD, 21045
2 miles away
Phone: ((410) 872-2994
Room Rate: $85 and up
Dogs allowed - $25/night pet fee (Weight/size restrictions MAY apply. Call hotel with inquiries.)
Website: http://www.studioplus.com


Driving Directions:
The Coventry School, Inc
7165 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046
410-381-1800
www.thecoventryschool.com

From Route 95: Take the MD-175 Exit, Exit 41A-B, toward Jessup/Columbia. Merge onto MD0175W via Exit 41B toward Columbia. Go 1.3 miles to the Snowden River parkway ramp. Turn left on Snowden River Parkway go 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Oakland Mills Road and go .4 miles.

From Route 32: Take Broken Land Parkway North Exit, Exit 14, toward Owen Brown. Merge onto Broken Land Parkway. Then slight right onto Snowden River Parkway - go 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Oakland Mills Road and go .4 miles.


Area Airports:
• Baltimore-Washington Int. Airport, 14 miles from facility
• Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 35 miles from facility
• Washington/Dulles Airport, 48 miles from facility
 

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Rules and Considerations

Please remember to dress in layers so you are responsible for your own comfort. The temperature will be set for the comfort of the average person. No audio or video-taping, please.

Working dogs must meet the requirements to attend. Dangerous or disruptive dogs may be asked to leave the seminar without refund.

Auditors, please leave your dogs at home or in the car if appropriate and absolutely necessary. Auditors' dogs will not be allowed in the building due to space considerations.

Contact Dana Crevling with questions.

 

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