Freakishly fluent behaviors!

This course is dedicated to getting the highest level of fluency in our behaviors.

Catja Pedersen Catja Pedersen
Start: 01 Jun 2024
Next: TBA

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  • Duration: 6 weeks.
  • Learning materials: Written lessons with video tutorials.
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  • Personalized attention: Instructor analyzes 12 minutes of your training videos weekly.
  • Engage in interactive learning with homework and daily feedback.

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This course is dedicated to getting the highest level of fluency in our behaviors by getting geeky and diving deep into each training session.

How do we do that?

The short answer is: We focus on behavior! Both ours, and our learnes behavior.

We are going to analyze everything in the session, both from the handlers position and timing, to everything the dogs does.

So I will emphasize,- this course is geeky, and it is a good thing, if you are prepared to use quite a lot of time, of practicing using the schedules, and being comfortable with just focusing on behavior.

You will, as a premium participant, be asked to fill out quite a few schedules ad homework, to get comfortable with them.

Analyzing our sessions to this degree can be slightly scary and seem overwhelming in the beginning.

Luckily, as with anything else, the more we practice doing it the right way, the more fluent in behavior we become. And what we leave this course with, is very fine-tuned observation skills, that will help us in the future. Both when we want to improve our own sessions, and also if we are helping someone else. Having practiced your observational skills, takes you a big step towards being a favorite training partner.

In this course, we will work on a few specific behaviors that you would like to have perfected. You can chose some, or I can suggest some. This course is not about teaching as many behaviors as possible – that is the “Off cue- off control” course. Here, we dive much deeper into fewer behaviors. We work with the learner offering the behavior off cue and perfecting it, till we have the behaviors freakishly fluent.

This is a course where there is going to be a significant amount of work, taking data, and reviewing the videos from every session, again and again. We use a lot of benchmarking schedules to track the progress, and you will learn how to take your training to the next level with this tool.

This course covers:

  • Introduction to what fluency is and how we get it
  • The science and definitions behind it
  • Benchmarking schedules on the following topics
  • Timing
  • Criteria
  • Reinforcement
  • Off cue behaviors
  • Stimulus control
  • Chaining
  • Training focus
  • Mechanical skills

When this course finishes, the goal is for you to have ninja skills in clicker training, and have freakishly fluent behaviors!

Course Testimonials

“Freakishly fluent behaviors” is an absolute amazing course. These six weeks were filled with joy and I learned so much. If you join this course you will get a fantastic training toolbox. Leo and I made great progress with the two behaviors we worked on during the course and I got so much better analyzing the videos of our trainings sessions.

Thanks for all the knowledge that you shared, Catja. It was a pleasure learning from you.

Andrea Manske

January 12, 2024

Freakishly fluent is an **amazing** course. I came into the course as a good trainer with a lot of functional skills. I came out the other side with Ninja skills and a lot of tools to help me analyze and understand my training sessions in a way that had our training improving in leaps and bounds in the course of 6 weeks. The Freakishly Fluent toolbox has deeply improved my training efficiency and effectiveness.

Catja is patient, clear, supportive, and gives timely feedback that results in conversations that increase my understanding even more. Most importantly she’s able and willing to help me work with the behaviors from my sport. Thank you, Catja!

Rachel Blackmer

June 30, 2023

I thought I was getting pretty clear about how to train my dogs and had a good understanding of how to set up a decent training session and also how to evaluate them. And then along came Catja… ? During this course I have gotten so many tools to use to assess myself and my training sessions with my dogs, I am not just looking halfheartedly at the videos any longer but rather doing a structured analysis. This will be tremendously helpful to improve me as a dog trainer <3 And it was fun as well, Catja is superhumble and has a lovely sense of humour 😀 I am deeply satisfied and grateful for all the knowledge I got out of this and will definitely join more courses with Catja in the future!

Carolina Sixt

June 30, 2023

Hello Catja,

Wow…this is really hard exercise for me…even reps counting is not that easy haha

Am I correct that it was off cue behaviour, so we dont fill cue box?

The criteria for click was when Giggsy touch a target with front leg while backing?

Honestly…I did not saw too much…I feel that once there was a delay with click and You always hold a position, only You change the way You deliver treats.

I sm am not really shure what are this” break offs”. You explained it on last lecture,but somehow I dont understand it. Would be possible for You to give me an example?

 

Janina Gmiter

June 30, 2023

This is an excellent course.  Highly informative and geared toward professional trainers that enjoy the evidence-based detail of research along with their applications to real life training.  Catja is a pro at communicating with both dogs and people and spices up her presentation with clever stories and humor that provide a deeper meaning to the presentation while keeping the reader entertained and smiling.  Plan to do some analytic assessment exercises if you want to get the most out this course.

June 30, 2023

Lessons:

  • Week 1 18 Jun 2024

    • Welcome!

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson! Welcome, students!  This course…

    • What fluency is

      Fluency looks effortless! When we talk about fluency, there are a lot of material online about what fluency could be.

    • How do we get fluency

      There are 3 very crucial things we should look at when are trying to get fluency.  Divide it. A…

    • What characterizes fluency?

      There is several good things that characterizes having fluent behaviors.  Today we will go through some of the most important…

    • Why off cue?

      This lesson is dedicated to explaining why I mainly work off cue – and always do so in the beginning…

    • Homework week 1

      Homework week 1 This week I will encourage you to do the following things:  Do a training game,…

  • Week 2 18 Jun 2024

    • The benefits of fluency

      Welcome to week 2! I hope you have enjoyed the first week, and that both premium participants and auditors have…

    • What we never tell…

      The downsides – a poor kept secret! Yesterdays lessons was quite long, so I will try to keep it a bit…

    • Increasing fluency

      How do we get increase fluency? As we have already covered that subject in some of the previous lessons,…

    • Micromanaging

      As if we are not picking enough in the details already! We have already looked at a lot of…

    • Homework week 2

      Homework! Up until now, it has been about understanding fluency, what it is, and how to get it.  Next…

  • Week 3 18 Jun 2024

    • Benchmark your way

      Welcome to week 3.  I hope you have enjoyed last week, and that there has been something that you could…

    • Timing: Benchmarking schedule

      Let´s get started! The first schedule we are going to try and work with, is the timing schedule. If…

    • Practical – Benchmarking timing

      Time to play! I hope that you have become familiar with the schedules since yesterday.  We are going to try…

    • Criteria: Benchmarking schedule

      18.Criteria: Benchmarking schedule Time for criteria! The second schedule we are going to try and work with,…

    • Practical – Benchmarking criteria

      I feel tempted to write “time to play” again, but I am not sure that you (yet) feel like these…

    • Homework week 3

      You made it through week 3! You absolutely rock!  For this weeks homework assignment I wont make you do…

  • Week 4 18 Jun 2024

    • Reinforcement: Benchmarking schedule

      The power of reinforcement The Third schedule you are going to work with, is the reinforcement schedule. If you click…

    • Practical – Benchmarking reinforcement

      Let´s look at reinforcement! I hope you have had a chance to look the observation schedule in yesterdays lesson.  As…

    • Off cue: Benchmarking schedule

      Off cue behaviors! This schedule is one that is very close to my heart. Having a background from the Canis…

    • Practical – Benchmarking off cue

      Practical assignment for off cue behaviors.  From yesterdays lesson, you have the plan on how exactly to fill out the…

    • Homework week 4

      Homework (or.. more of it) So as you haven’t already had enough to do these past weeks, I have a…

  • Week 5 18 Jun 2024

    • Stimulus control: Benchmarking schedule

      Lets look at that stimulus control.  We are not going to go much in depth with this and chaining, but…

    • Chaining: Benchmarking schedule

      Again today it is very optional to analyze the video. I just still want to make sure you have all…

    • Training focus: Benchmarking schedule and pratical

      Time for one of my favorites! In today´s lesson, we will go through the schedules for training focus. This is…

    • Mechanical skills: Benchmarking schedule and practical

      Yay.. We have made it all the way to the final schedule, which is mechanical skills.  I promise you, that…

    • Homework week 5

      For this week, I would love for you to evaluate the below video, with the 2 schedules from this week…

  • Week 6 18 Jun 2024

    • Watching it all

      Watching it all Welcome to week 6.  This is the last week I get to work with you, on…

    • Time to ad the cue

      Fluency, then what?  Since we have finally chewed us all the way through all the benchmarking schedules and summed up…

    • Final Thoughts: Celebrating Achievements and Continuing the Journey

      Farewell and Keep Moving Forward! Mega Cheers and…

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