LGD Training Experience
In August of 2018, I had the good fortune to meet Kathy. She visited the ranch to inquire about purchasing a pup – and met her first Maremma. Kathy did purchase a pup and participated in his training, pretty much weekly, until he was old enough to go home with her. Kathy lives two hours from the ranch, so coming here takes a chunk of her time.
Kathy and I became good friends; this has developed into a business partnership. Kathy trains here at the ranch with me consistently and has become an accomplished Maremma trainer. We have completed dog training and behavioral science courses together, as we share our passion for these incredible dogs.
Kathy is my partner when we deliver pups. The photo above is of Kathy with two pups that we drove to Minnesota. We have traveled all over the place! Kathy’s communication skills with people are better than mine; there are times when she can assist a new owner or prospective owner a little better than I can. She remembers what it is like to be at the beginning, with so many questions.
Kathy now owns three Maremmas. The pup she bought from me appears in the blog post below. It is one of my favorite posts.
Puppy Culture is a training protocol developed by Jane Killion for puppies from two to twelve weeks of age. We used her program for the first time with my 2018 Hannah x Centurion litter. I am so impressed with our results that I doubt I will ever raise a litter again without using the Puppy Culture training protocol.
Karen Pryor Academy
I am a student of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA.) KPA offers many wonderful training courses. They are completed using a combination of online coursework, actual training time with the participant’s own dogs with the support of an instructor throughout, rigorous testing, and finally if you have really worked hard a Certificate of Completion.
They also offer onsite training courses at The Ranch, which is the National Clicker Training Institute located near Tacoma, WA.
Karen has completed the following Karen Pryor Academy courses:
Dog Trainer Foundations
This coursework is designed to span a three month period of time. I learned so much about the science of how dogs learn, why positive reinforcement training is so successful, and the risks and drawbacks of traditional punishment based training. It is an exceptional course and I recommend it highly for anyone wishing to better understand how to communicate with their dogs, of any breed or discipline. Learning this course material has made a huge difference in my understanding of the language of my dogs and how they learn.
Clicker Expo Portland 2019
The expo is three full days of extensive lectures concerning behavioral science and training. This was an amazing opportunity to learn directly from some of the top professionals in their fields. There are least four lectures being taught at the same time so it impossible to see them all, unless you do as I did and purchase the Video on Demand for the entire expo! This will allow me to learn from these instructors again and again as time goes on and my own base of skills increases.
Suzanne Clothier's approach to dog training, Relationship Centered Training™ (RCT), blends science and heart in a satisfying blend that has helped countless people and dogs create healthy, happy relationships. RCT™ techniques are innovative, practical, effective and humane - and fun! Whether you want to understand your dog better, solve a behavior problem, improve your dog training & handling skills, or add some new tools to your training toolbox, Relationship Centered Training™ provides a wealth of information which you can now access online through courses and webinars.
Developed by Suzanne Clothier in 2007, CARAT (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) is a novel assessment system that categorizes behavior traits in multiple components that are intuitive and practical.
Existing temperament scoring systems lump together different traits into broad categories (“big buckets”), such as confidence/fear, dominance, distraction, aggression, excitability, attachment, separation anxiety, etc. These “big bucket” categories are relatively crude measurements.
With sufficient data, big bucket categories can and do offer valuable although generalized patterns, such as dogs of Breed X are 4 times more likely to be territorial aggressive than dogs of Breed Z. However, generalized patterns are a poor source of information about an individual animal.
CARAT takes a more detailed view of the individual dog as a unique combination of many factors working together to influence, exacerbate, mitigate and enhance each other. In the profile created by the nuances and specifics of this complex interaction of multiple traits, an accurate picture is created of the individual, regardless of breed or age.
Socialization MAP (Mindful and Planned)
Socialization is how your pup learns about the world - and he needs to know a lot! The experiences you provide for him will shape his understanding of life and Socialization MAP (Mindful and Planned) helps you build a customized plan for your dog.
Kathy has also participated in many private Zoom consultation sessions with Cindy, as well as various webinars with Suzanne.