April 18, 2005

Sue Hogben Seminar

I spent the weekend at an Obedience seminar with Sue Hogben - very inspirational. One of the first people to adopt clicker training in Australia, Sue has had tremendous success with Spinner, who gained his Obedience Champion title before the age of 3 with 8 perfect scores.

Sue is one of the few instructors who apply postive training techniques to the humans she is teaching as well as the dogs. She treated us all as she wanted us to train our dogs - dividing behaviours up into component parts, setting us up to succeed, trying things different ways under different conditions so that we could quickly generalise, and really understand, amply rewarding success and treating a mistake as just a mistake, with an opportunity to try again at a slightly easier level.

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