030: Scientific Approach to Off-Leash Control

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • Understanding learning theory, types of conditioning, and systems of training.
  • Creating a habit so strong that it will hold up to distractions.
  • Consistency takes knowledge, effort, and discipline.
  • Having a picture in your mind of what is expected, and holding to that standard.
  • Reward is what replicates the habit.

Key Takeaways:

  •  If you are struggling with certification level performance, you need to consider reaching out to get some additional help.
  • If you don’t understand theory about how a dog learns, you’re going to run into a difficulty in trying to teach a dog anything.
  • Never abandon your training progression just to see what the dog will do.
  • When you have inconsistent training, you have inconsistent behaviors.
  • People who lack goal directed behavior become depressed. Dogs also have goal directed behavior.

In the grand scheme of things, when you give a command, it happens. —  Jerry Bradshaw

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