Webinar Consortium Week: May 10 – 15, 2020

Six Days – Seven Experts

with Holly Bushard, Jacy Kelley, Pete Stevens, Cameron Ford,

Tony Gravley, Christina Bunn, and Bill Gaskins

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This month I hosted the second Webinar Consortium Week!

January was so incredible that I had to do it again! This week was ALSO INCREDIBLE…  but if you signed up late you were out of luck! For a short period of time I am offering for sale, the recordings from this fabulous event.  Although the time to purchase the recordings is limited, the links themselves don’t expire. You can watch them again and again!

Holly Bushard: Getting the Most out of Training at Home

Training at home presents a number of challenges. However, it’s also the perfect place to work on some of the more challenging details of the sport. In this webinar, Holly will discuss setting yourself up to train smarter, better, and more. Join us to explore strategies that will help you get the most out of your at-home time with your best friend. We will explore proofing, acclimating, balancing skillsets, and set ups that minimize contamination and maximize options.

Recording for Holly Bushard’s May 10 webinar ($25 USD)





Jacy Kelley: Handler Roles in a Search

Have you ever wondered what your dog expects of you or needs you to do in a search? There are things that the human can do to help a dog that is having troubles figuring out a problem or to make life a bit easier and clearer for them.

In this webinar Jacy will discuss what you can do and how to figure out when to move and where to move. He will be discussing communication and pointing out the meanings of the subtle body movements that may be missed but are so important to understand.
Jacy will have videos to illustrate some of the communication that maybe in question by the humans.

Recording for Jacy Kelley’s May 11 webinar ($25 USD)




Pete Stevens: Training for Successful Searches

Training for successful searches is an informational how to guide to get the most out of the canine team. It gives several training tips on how to enhance the performance of the canine team from start to finish of a search.

During this webinar examples of how toBring out the most of your team through different training scenarios and make it easier for you to Read your dogs changes in behavior.

These techniques have produced Successful K9 teams both in professional handling and in the scent sports detection world.

Recording for Pete Stevens’s May 12 webinar ($25 USD)




Cameron Ford: How we Affect our Dog: Understanding Bias

This seminar we discuss the common issue we all face as handlers… What we think we know, and how it affects our dog and the trust in the dog during a search. I will discuss how to address this problem and how to allow you as a handler to work your dog even when you think you know what is best.

Recording for Cameron Ford’s May 13 webinar ($25 USD)





Tony Gravley: Pro Recipe Shaping Pattern for Interiors

Coming from a more than 30 years of experience of training, handling and managing 1000’s of explosive detection dogs (bomb dog) searches were time was sensitive and having a miss could cost lives. “Work smarter not harder” was valuable, not only for better searches but for building reliability in the team’s performance. It did not take long for Tony to blend operant conditioning with the instinctual drives of the K9 to develop a Recipe for Success.

A challenge has always been to maintain independence and hunt behavior while having a systematic search. It is a fine balance! Tony has developed a step by step recipe using hide placement in a unique way to maintain independence along with shaping a systematic search pattern. This recipe has been perfected and truly capitalizes on the dog being pro-active. The bonus from learning this method once understood, you as a trainer will find yourself applying this training ideology to many search areas.

Recording for Tony Gravley’s May 14 webinar ($25 USD)





Christina Bunn: Relationship! It is All About Relationship

How would you describe your relationship with your dog? Do you have more than one dog? How do your relationships differ from dog to dog? Do you know what your dog will do in most situations or is it my guess is as good as yours?

Come explore how the answer to these questions and several more can influence your detection sport games. Learn how to ask questions of your dog and how to adjust yourself and your training to reflect the answers you receive.

Let’s discuss how to give your dog a voice in the sport; and how to more keenly decipher what your dog is saying without words.

Recording for Christina Bunn’s May 15 webinar ($25 USD)





Bill Gaskins: Filtering through the noise: Is my dog in odor or being a dog?

Have you ever heard of Clever Hans? Hans missed answers where the questioner didn’t know the solution. The professor tried something else, he blocked Hans from seeing the face of the questioner. Hans started answering questions incorrectly. Dogs look for cues from handlers, trainers, judges, and any other bystanders to get information. Handlers need to be aware of cueing their dogs. Sometimes though as we watch our dogs their behaviors drive ours. Reading what we see takes practice.

Reading our dogs means filtering through what they show us to see what we need to see. Focusing on reading and working our dogs behaviors to meet our goals. Not chasing the ghosts of other “interest” behaviors and being ready to read the “In Odor” behaviors. It also means being aware of how we can cue or build cues to unintended behaviors.

It takes time to build the knowledge to not only be aware how we can cue our dogs, but how to read what we see. Being aware of how we setup training environments and controlling them at early stages of training is huge. Part of those environmental factors we must control is any accidental cues, from handlers or bystanders. Then later we layer as many factors as possible into our training environments, to include bystander cues. We need to build distractions deliberately into our training so that during trials we can start to understand what we’re seeing and determine if our dogs are in odor or just being a dog.

Recording for Bill Gaskins’s May 15 webinar ($25 USD)