Lily performed perfectly at the workshop What Dog Trainers Know – That You Don't! today. I took her because she's an experienced dog in shaping, luring, capturing and targeting. She is a released service dog and has been clicker trained from seven weeks of age – and absolutely loves working with the clicker.
She was flawless today – conservatively greeting people (preferring men to women, no surprise), volunteering lots of behaviors during the shaping portion, and relaxing (and falling asleep!) during the lecture portion.
We had a lot of fun with all the participants – everyone was very interested in learning these techniques, and positive reinforcement training, to use with their own dogs. The workshop was sponsored by Your Dog's Friend, a non-profit organization in Montgomery County, Maryland. They have workshops all summer long – if you're in Maryland, or even Northern VA or DC, you should check them out!
We were honored to be invited and really enjoyed spreading the joys of clicker training.