Seminars

May 19 and 20, 2018 Discover “Platform Power” with Michele Pouliot
June 9, 2018, Training the Whistle Recall workshop with Pam Dennison
July 6, Dogs Don’t Bite Out of Nowhere with Pam Dennison
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May 19 and 20, 2018
Discover “Platform Power” with Michele Pouliot

Join us for a Two Day WORKING Seminar on Platform Training with the innovator of utilizing raised platforms for efficient and fun dog training techniques. Got a Training Problem? Platforms can be your Solve! Come learn from one of the best platform tool trainers in the world.

Michele Pouliot spread the word about Platform Training with her 2009 DVD “Step Up to Platform Training.” Since then, hundreds of dog trainers around the world have discovered this effective and fun training tool.

Raised platforms of various sizes and shapes are timesaving prompts for training an amazing variety of behaviors. They are also incredible problem-solving tools. Learn how to use platforms effectively so that they are a power tool in your training toolbox.

Experienced with using platforms? Learn and discover how to expand your use of it.
New to platform training? 
Learn how to activate this powerful tool to step up your training.

This working seminar will cover basic to advanced applications for the Platform Tool, including, but not limited to:
Precision positioning to handler for competition sports
Impulse control for any dog
Trick Behaviors
Training specific competition sport exercises (e.g. send away, directed retrieve)
Distance Responses
Problem Solving training dilemmas
Solve those minor position flaws that are costing you points

Please note: We will be rotating, rotating, rotating the dogs all day long for both days.

The short list of what I’ve personally used platforms for so far: heel position, front position, go outs, recalls, recalls over jump, holding dumbbell/scent article, treibball, directed part of directed jumping, “behind” for aggressive and reactive dogs, the “baseball” exercise in CDSP, teaching squirmy dogs to stand still for vet and grooming, and much more!

Saturday and Sunday: $275.00
Saturday only or Sunday only: $175.00
Auditor both days: $175.00
Auditor one day (Saturday or Sunday): $100.00

Click MichelePouliot for registration form

Michele Pouliot Bio
Michele has been a professional guide dog instructor with the largest US guide dog school serving the blind, since 1974. Before entering the guide dog field, she was a professional in the field of horse training, mentoring under Linda Tellington Jones and Wentworth Tellington. In 1972, Michele became active in training her first pet Labrador and became fascinated with the comparisons of how dogs and horses learn, stimulating her interest and pursuit in professional dog training.

“Michele retired from Guide Dogs for the Blind after 42 years of service. During her last 16 years, she held the position of Director of Research and Development for programs at Guide Dogs. That position focused on developing and researching new techniques to improve all areas of client instruction, dog training and puppy development.”

Michele has served as an International Assessor of guide dog school programs for the International Guide Dog Federation. She has completed assessments on guide dog schools in Norway, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Holland and Great Britain.

Over her 40+ years of dog training, Michele has presented scores of seminars across North America and abroad. She has been responsible for bringing science based Clicker Training to guide dog training and promoting the expansion of Clicker Training internationally within the guide dog field.

In her “hobby world”, Michele has actively competed in both horse and dog sports since 1970. After successfully competing in dog obedience for 20 years, she moved into the new sport of agility in 1992. After much fun and success in agility with Labradors, English Springer Spaniels and even Great Danes, Michele took a break from dog sports to focus on her equine hobbies.

In 2006, Michele became fascinated with the sport of canine musical freestyle and began a dog sport journey she continues to love. She has competed in canine musical freestyle with her English Springer spaniel, Cabo, Australian Shepherd, Listo and her young Springer spaniel Deja Vu. Michele thoroughly enjoys this artistic sport that combines the precision of obedience with trick behaviors and challenges her creative side through music and choreography. In 5 years in the sport, Michele has won 4 international competitions and attained 5 Championship Titles. In 2008 she received the first scores of double 10’s (perfect scores) for Technical and Artistic in one routine in WCFO’s Championship division (Perfect Dance Partners). She repeated this accomplishment at the 2009 International competition when all 3 judges awarded double 10’s to her freestyle routine. To date Michele and Listo have earned ‘double 10’ scores a total of twenty-four times. Michele thoroughly enjoys the ongoing challenges in the sport of canine freestyle and the use of Clicker Training to achieve innovative and entertaining routines.

In 2007, Karen Pryor invited Michele to join her faculty for Clicker Expo Conferences. At Clicker Expo, Michele presents on the application of clicker techniques for a variety of dog sports, general training, and for the training of guide dogs for the blind. Karen Pryor and Michele collaborated for the development of Michele’s online freestyle course which is available from the Karen Pryor Academy.

Michele is sought after for her seminars and workshops due to her clarity of instruction and entertaining style of presentation.

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Training the Whistle Recall Workshop with Pam Dennison, June 9, from 9-noon
“COME!” The one word that leaves all dog owners anxious and frustrated. Will your dog hear you? Will they ignore you? Millions of owners dread the battle to bring their dogs inside, catch their dogs when they get loose, and secretly dream of off-leash walks at the beach or on the hiking trail. A recall is a behavior that in an emergency, could mean life or death for your pet . Why gamble? Why not have the control and freedom you’ve always wanted?

This seminar will show you how to train a rock solid recall – with distractions! We’ll work on building a reinforcement history, a very strong Conditioned Response, and finish with a dog who won’t leave your side.

This seminar is for ALL breeds. Really!

A life changing and life saving skill;
If you or your student has poisoned your dog’s “Come” cue, the whistle is a great alternative
If the dog gets lost, the whistle sound travels much farther than a verbal recall
The whistle can be heard over nature’s sounds – surf, thunder, rain, etc., and even man-made sounds like a generator, loud trucks, etc.
The whistle is never annoyed, never angry, never scared or panicked; It sounds the same every time
If you and your students work the program thoroughly, thoughtfully, and diligently, you’ll have the recall of your dreams!

Attendees: This is a working seminar, so the more the merrier! It is geared toward everyone – pet owner and trainer alike. All of my working seminars, are just that – working. I rotate dogs all day long and give them a rest in between so they (and their owners) can process what they just learned. Auditors are welcome!

$65.00 per working team (1 dog and 1 handler)
$40.00 for auditors

*This seminar is not for aggressive or reactive dogs

Click WhistleRecallRegForm for registration form

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Friday July 6, 2018, 7 to 9 pm
Dog’s Don’t Bite Out of Nowhere – mini seminar

Are you a dog owner, pet sitter, dog walker, foster home, rescue group, vet tech or have anything to do with dogs? Take 10% off for a group registration of 3 or more from the same group!

Ever wonder what your dog is trying to tell you? Ever wonder how he’s feeling? Calm, stressed, anxious, fearful, uncomfortable? Want to avoid problems with dogs or people before they start? Want to dispel many of the myths surrounding canine body language?

Then this mini seminar is for you!

$30.00 per person, $50.00 per couple
pre-registration required. Contact Pam at 908-459-5244