During both courses, your dog will stay on-site at your nearest Dog Training Academy for 7 or 18 days, and will have dedicated access to their expert educator. Each day, they will receive one-on-one time with their trainer, and will be exposed to whatever situations they need help with - be it socialisation with other animals, basic obedience, or specific dog behaviours.
Marian Breland Bailey played a major role in developing empirically validated and humane animal training methods and in promoting their widespread implementation. Marian was a graduate student under B.F. Skinner. Her first husband Keller Breland also came to study with Skinner and they collaborated with him, training pigeons to guide bombs. The Brelands saw the commercial possibilities of operant training, founding Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE). In 1955, they opened the "I.Q. Zoo" as both a training facility and a showcase of trained animals. They were among the first to use trained animals in television commercials, and the first to train dolphins and whales as entertainment, as well as for the navy. Keller died in 1965, and in 1976 Marian married Bob Bailey, who had been director of marine mammal training for the navy. They pioneered the use of the clicker as a conditioned reinforcer for training animals at a distance. ABE went on to train thousands of animals of more than 140 species. Their work had significant public exposure through press coverage of ABE-trained animals, bringing the principles of behavior analysis and operant conditioning to a wide audience.
The old belief that dogs functioned in a rigid, hierarchical, pack-based social ladder has been shown to be false, but sadly many people still base their dog training on the principle of dominance. If a fearful dog growls or snaps, then trying to stop the behaviour by terrorising the animal with physical intimidation will only make the situation worse. To prevent bad behaviour from starting, and to cure dogs who have developed bad habits, it’s important to listen to behavioural scientists who are up to date with our current understanding of the canine brain. Trying to beat dogs into submission when they behave badly only makes things worse.
The NDTF offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to people who have worked with dogs in a professional capacity, or who have trained dogs as volunteers. We can’t usually extend RPL to people who have trained their pet dogs; however exceptions can be made on the basis of outstanding results. This is decided on a case by case basis, and should be discussed with one of our staff.
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