|Seminar on new modern training techniques
Seminar on new modern training techniques includes positive, motivational conformation and crossover training, clicker training and
By Mrs. Dorrie Wilson, CBC
I recently had the pleasure of conducting a seminar at the American Chinese Crested Club National Specialty dog show, an AKC sanctioned event. This was a six day event with seminars the first day, two separate specialty shows, and the
National Specialty show which concluded the week's events. People came from all over the Country to attend this event with their Chinese Crested dogs. The seminar I gave was on modern training techniques which included positive,
motivational conformation, clicker and target training for the conformation ring, and crossover training for obedience. The seminar was preceding the dog shows with 25 Chinese Crested dogs and their handlers attending. Only one of the
handlers had ever used a clicker before, so the method was new to the handlers and the dogs. What fun to watch these little toy dogs and their handlers open up to using the clicker and targeting for the conformation ring. Once the dogs
understood what the clicker meant (about 5 minutes), they were bouncing around trying to get the handlers to click for their performance. I had brought some dowel sticks for targeting and most of the dogs readily touched the stick. We used
the target stick to help with their gaiting, perfecting the self stack that show dogs perform after the walk around the ring, and stacking on the table for examination. We also discussed how to use the clicker to train for obedience and
most of the handlers were eager to try some basic obedience commands and want to have their dogs compete in that sport as well.
Published in Dog News, July 2003 issue
"The first event started on Tuesday June 17th, with an Eye Clinic, followed by a DNA Clinic, and then a seminar on record keeping. Later that day a seminar on new modern training techniques which includes positive, motivational
conformation and crossover training, clicker training and targeting was given by Mrs. Dorrie Wilson, Canine Behavior Counselor."
There are two more local clubs requesting a lecture for their members scheduled this fall. It will be fun to help these people get acquainted with the clicker for the conformation ring and use this tool to crossover into obedience training
with their dogs.
Dorrie Wilson, CBC