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Getting the Most Out of a Workshop

Here’s what you ought to know about getting the most out of a Workshop.

Every Workshop has a pre-determined goal and an ideal time frame to accomplish the goal. 

For example, your goal might be to teach your dog to come when he is called. That’s a skill with several layers of complexity, so it would require a series of Workshop sessions.  Each Workshop session would build on earlier ones and include more advanced exercises.

A less complex Workshop would need fewer sessions.  For example, teaching your dog to sit on a cue is an easy goal to accomplish in a short time.

Within each Workshop session, you receive instruction to prepare you and expert coaching to guide you But you are responsible to do the work to reach your goal.

Participating in a Workshop with your dog offers you an opportunity to practice plenty of valuable life skills.

Some of the life skills you practice in dog training are:

  • Creating
  • Listening
  • Observing
  • Problem-solving
  • Troubleshooting
  • Leading
  • Deciding
  • Bonding
  • Forgiving
  • Brainstorming
  • Planning and executing
  • Flexibility
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Body awareness and proprioception

A Workshop is a goal-oriented collaboration. It is both flexible and organized. 

A typical structure for a Workshop session would look like this:

  1. Clarification of the Goal
  2. Preview of the Plan and what the final Outcome looks like
  3. Instructor Demonstration of the exercise
  4. Owner Works the exercise
  5. Debrief, Troubleshoot
  6. Take a Break
  7. Repeat 1 – 5
  8. Determine the Owner’s Follow-up and Practice to prepare for the next Workshop

Use your Training Study Guides as a valuable reference when you practice each skill.

The Guides are available to my students as a free online course.  When you enroll in the course you will have lifetime access to all the Guides. You will never pay for them, even if I change them to a paid course for new enrollees in the future.

New Guides are “under construction” and I will expand the course to include more skills.  If you do not find what you need, Contact Me.  I’m always here to help you.