Videoverslag van workshop Ian Dunbar in Antwerpen "Reliability" (vrijdag)
Dogs are fine discriminators and learn very differently from people; if you train them indoors, they behave indoors but often fail to respond to commands on walks and when off-leash.
However, reliability problems that occur in real life (at home or on walks), or in competition, may be detected and resolved in a workshop format.
Response-Reliability depends very much on comprehension, motivation and reinforcement. Owners may assess what their dog does or does not understand and how quickly it is learning by repeatedly quantifying the reliability, speed and precision of their dog's responses toverbal instructions and hand-signals.
The dog's actual level of training or reliability is not that important.
What is important though, is that owners know the precise degree of control that they have over their dogs.
Knowing your dog's level of comprehension is important so that you do not become frustrated (and blame your dog) for poor performance.
Instead, poor responses should prompt owners to re-evaluate their training techniques and maximise improvement via a three-step process of Test – Train – Test:
1. Establishing a behavior baseline by quantifying response reliability, speed or precision
2. Setting realistic and progressive Criteria for long-term training Goals plus Motivation and Differential Reinforcement to improve the reliability and quality of performance
3. Re-testing to ascertain the effectiveness of training. Quantifying your dog's responses allows you to prove whether or not your training methods are working,exactly how well they are working and when you surpass a personal bestperformance (and need to congratulate yourself and your dog)