Lykeios - Praktijk voor Hondengedrag

A dog full of attention for its owner - a training in ten lessons

In this training of ten lessons owners learn to establish a stable relationship with their dog through a number of practical exercises.
The basis of this training is the paying attention exercise. Actually this is much more than just a exercise, It is the only way we ought to walk with our dog at the leash.
In addition, the owners learn the most important obedience ecxercises: to follow, to sit and wait, to lie down and stay en finally to come here.
An average of eigth dogs participate in the training. The objective, however, is always to ensure that every dog keeps its attention fully focused on its owner and that he knows how to claim his dog's attention in all kinds of situations.
The principles of the learning theories of Pavlov and Skinner are taken as a starting point when teaching desired behaviour in trhe dogs.
We are training once a weej with the whole group on Saturday. In between the owners are following an exercise programme at home with their dog. The training concludes with an exam.
After 11 weeks we are then able to really see our dogs performing the exercises full of attention for their owner and with a lot of fun!

Contents

Lesson 1
Paying attention exercises
Les 2
Paying attention exercises with correction
Conditioned reinforcement YES
Lesson 3
Attention test at the long leash
Exercise FOLLOW with the leash shortened, the dog is walking at the left of its owner.
Lesson 4
Exercise FOLLOW
Exercise SIT, when following its owner the dog is going to sit down at the moment a specific signal has been given.
Lesson 5
Exercise FOLLOW
Exercise SIT, the dog stays to sit longer.
Lesson 6
Exercise FOLLOW
Exercise SIT
Lesson 7
Exercise DOWN, after he sits, the dog is going to lie down after a specific signal has been given.
Lesson 8
Exercise DOWN, the dog stays to lie down longer
Exercise DOWN/STAY, the owner gives his dog a signal and walks away from him the moment he is lying down. The dog stays to lie down even when its owner returns, only when a reinforcement signal has been given, he is allowed to stand up.
Lesson 9
Exercise SIT/WAIT, the owner gives his dog a signal and walks away from him the moment he is sitting. The owner determines whether to cut the leash loose or to drop. The dog stays to sit even when his owner returns, only when a reinforcement signal has been given, he is allowed to stand up.
Exercise COME, by giving a signal the owner calls his dog towards him from a distance. He lets the dog right sit in front of him and attaches the leash.
Les 10
Exercise SIT/WAIT
Exercise COME
EXAM

Organisation and working methods

  • The group consists of six to eight owners and their dogs
  • The training takes place on Saturdays at the Beatrixpark
  • Required tools
    • Two-meter leash with loop and musketon hook
    • Slip chain or slip band
    • Long leash of six meters
    • Dog treat
  • The training consists of ten lessons of 60 minutes each, concluded with an exam
  • At home in between the lessons the owners follow independently a homework program
  • The costs for the complete trainings program amount € 250,00, including exam and lessons material

Objectives

Pay Attention exercises at the two-meter leash

  • The owner is able of walking through other dogs, leading his own dog at a not shortened two-meter leash, which he is holding properly, without talking to his dog or sending out any other signals to him.
  • He knows how to draw his dog’s attention and to keep it, by walking in straight lines with an upright posture and by changing direction at the right time.
  • He may be able to correct his dog at the right time and in the right way.

Pay Attention test at the long leash

  • The owner is able of testing his dog’s attention at a long leash of approximately six meters by walking away in time, if possible, by increasing the pace.
  • He may be able to correct his dog at the right time and in the right way.

Conditioned reinforcement YES

  • The owner is able of conditioning his dog properly on the positive reinforcement YES

Exercise FOLLOW

  • The owner is able of shortening the two-meter leash properly in preparation for the exercise FOLLOW
  • He is able of starting the exercise FOLLOW properly by getting away with his left leg and simultaneously giving the signal FOLLOW and next, when the dog is walking to his left, he knows how to reinforce this behavior with the conditioned reinforcement YES at the right time.
  • He is able of determining the right moment when he has to change directions, both clockwise or counterclockwise and clockwise or counterclockwise rotation.
  • He knows how to determine the right moment when he has to accelerate or to slow down.
  • He may be able to correct his dog at the right time and in the right way.

Exercise SIT

  • The owner is able of performing the exercise SIT properly by giving the signal SIT if possible, accompanied by an act to make the dog sit down.
  • He is able to make the dog sit longer by applying the reinforcement YES properly.
  • He may be able to correct his dog at the right time and in the right way.

Exercise DOWN

  • The owner is able of performing the exercise DOWN properly by giving the signal DOWN if possible, accompanied by an act to make the dog lie down.
  • He is able to make the dog lie down longer by applying the reinforcement YES properly.
  • He may be able to correct his dog at the right time and in the right way.

Exercise DOWN/STAY

  • The owner is able of performing the exercise STAY properly by giving the signal STAY the moment his dog is lying down, accompanied by a stop sign with his hand.
  • He knows how far he can walk away from his dog and when he has to return towards him.
  • He is able to end the exercise properly by applying the reinforcement YES.

Exercise SIT/WAIT

  • The owner is able of performing the exercise WAIT properly by giving the signal WAIT the moment his dog is sitting, accompanied by a stop sign with his hand.
  • He is able to estimate whether to cut the leash loose or to drop it.
  • He knows how far he can walk away from his dog and when he has to return towards him.
  • He is able to end the exercise properly by applying the reinforcement YES.

Exercise COME

  • The owner is able of performing the exercise COME properly by first making the dog sit and wait and next by walking away and from a distance calling his dog giving the signal COME.
  • He is able to estimate whether the dog needs to be stimulated during coming towards him or his enthusiasm needs to be limited.
  • He is able to give the signal SIT at the right moment in order to make the dog sit right in front of him.
  • He is able to end the exercise properly by applying the reinforcement YES.

Who am I

Joep de Keyzer
  • Joep de Keyzer

  • Licensed dog behavioral therapist
  • Experienced teacher and coach
  • Expert in the field of behavioral science and the dog’s natural behavior

Contact

Having become curious? Having any questions? Or like to make an appointment? Please contact me!

  • Dog behavioral Practice Lykeios

  •  Peeskesweg 2, 7041 CB 's Heerenberg
  •   06-23914292
  •   info@lykeios.nl
  • Vetenerian Clinic de Pijp

  •   Ceintuurbaan 199, 1074 CV Amsterdam
  •   020-26119548
  •   info@dierenkliniekdepijp.nl