Vidhya
Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan

The Foundations of Concept Training

Building up the mechanics that underpin concept training

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Level 2

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March 2020

June 2019

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Concepts are defined by a set of common attributes that characterise that concept which can be applied to novel situations or objects to recognise that specific concept in the future.

Examples of concepts that we can teach our dogs include:

  • modifier cues that add information to other known cues, e.g. fetch the bigger ball, touch the object on the right, walk under the chair, station on the left mat
  • match to sample, e.g. touch the object that is identical to the object I show, fetch the object that is the same shape as this object, indicate if the object I show is present in the set of objects in front of you
  • quantity recognition, e.g. touch the card that shows the correct number that corresponds to the number of objects in front of you
  • cue adduction to dynamically sequence previously taught cues, e.g. first spin right, then go through the tunnel, then leap up on the stool
  • imitation, e.g. copy the behaviour I demonstrate
  • combinations of concepts, e.g. touch the card that shows how many of this item is present in this mixed set

There are frameworks and methods to systematically teach each of these concepts to our learners. However, we first want to have the foundations in place to then make it easy to layer the discriminative aspects on top for each concept in the future.

The foundation required is primarily mechanical and communicative – the animal must be able to station, observe and clearly indicate an item cued by the handler in the presence of multiple choices. The handler must also be aware of their own movements including their base position, consistently setting up the choices, explicitly cueing an indication and clicking/marking and rewarding when the dog correctly responds to that cue.

This course will provide the required instruction and guide the handler to teach their dog each of these foundational mechanical components before teaching concepts work. Successful completion of the course will enable each team to then progress to further courses on teaching specific concepts to their dog.

Goals of this course:

  1. To prepare each team for concepts work by focusing on the mechanical components of concept training
  2. To create a fluent, automatic and clean loop for both the handler and the dog
  3. To break down that clean sequence for the dog into three key components – default stationing, default observation of the handler and a fluent indication on verbal or gesture cue – and then string together a clean sequence of those components from default stationing to an indication when cued.
  4. To provide each team with the required instruction, videos and guidance during the course to practice until fluent after the course

Please watch the demo video to determine if you already have the skills covered in this course. If you wish to film a short snippet of you and your dog demonstrating the sequence shown and email it to me, I am happy to guide you on whether or not the course would help you further.

 

 

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Reviews for this course

STWinkler
STWinkler
2020-06-27 20:16:34

Excellent course. I went on to take the Concepts course and found that the foundations set here made the transition to that course a smooth progression. 
I appreciated that there was a real focus on figuring out what would work best for you and your dog rather than offering a cookie cutter approach. 
Highly recommend. 

hansske
Sabine Martini-Hansske
2019-07-17 08:55:05

this course will stretch your imagination and that of your animal. Vidhya will acompany you through this journey with calm, patient, detailled and thoughtful responses and will give you any help you need to make progress and let you and your learner be successfull.

Keep in mind that you might need to rummage through your collection of odd bits and pieces, though :-)

joonnifer
Jennifer Will
2019-07-10 23:17:44

Such a fascinating subject and this course primed us perfectly to await the next stage in the game. The pace was just right, very clear instructions and videos and such detailed feedback...I loved the process and so did Pie...she got positively dizzy when the spotty mat came out ? Thanks so much to our brilliant trainer Vidhyalakshmi, such a calm,kind, patient girl ❤️