In FOCUS Foundation Work DVD
Clean Run Productions LLC
Author: Deborah Jones, Ph.D. & Judy Keller
Format: DVD, NTSC format
Running Time: 1 hour, 6 minutes
Release Date: 2006
Do you have a dog that is fast, but inconsistent? Do you have a dog that is soft and quick to shut down if the conditions aren’t perfect? Do you envy other dog and handler teams that seem to work together in perfect harmony? Do you struggle to keep your dog’s attention and to keep him interested in agility? Do you have to fight to keep your dog on the course that you want him to do? All of these problems are due to a lack of focus and gaps in your foundation work. The FOCUS (Fun, Obedience, and Consistency Lead to Unbelievable Success) program is designed to help you build the foundation for a strong and solid working relationship with your dog and to build focus so that you have a willing and eager canine partner. If you are starting agility with a new dog, the In FOCUS Foundation Work DVD will show you how to build the foundation skills you need before training the specifics of your chosen performance sport. If you're trying to problem solve with an older dog, this DVD will show you where you need to fill in the gaps in your foundation training to create a more responsive working partner on the agility course. It's never too late to build focus!
About the Authors
Deborah Jones, Ph.D. and Judy Keller developed the FOCUS program in 2003. This program is designed to help trainers form a good working relationship with their performance dogs. Deb has an academic background in learning theory and social behavior. She is also an innovator in the use of the clicker in dog training. Judy has been on the AKC Agility World Team three times, winning team gold in 1998. Both Deb and Judy share a strong commitment to using training methods that are positive and gentle, yet are also efficient and effective.
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About the In FOCUS Program
The FOCUS program is designed to help you build a strong and solid working relationship with your dog. FOCUS is absolutely necessary for dogs competing in performance events such as obedience and agility. However, FOCUS can enhance the relationship between any dog and owner, whether or not you compete. Trying to train a dog that does not have focus is an uphill battle. An unfocused dog finds things in the environment (such as agility obstacles or smells on the ground) much more interesting than working with his trainer. This is frustrating and aggravating for the trainer, and a waste of valuable training time. Deborah Jones and Judy Keller developed the FOCUS (Fun, Obedience, and Consistency Lead to Unbelievable Success) program to help you create a happy working partner that is ready and eager to train. Dogs with FOCUS do not get off-track and distracted. They have learned, through their FOCUS foundation work, that the trainer is the source of fun and interesting activities. They know that it pays off to pay attention to the trainer and to figure out what the trainer is trying to teach. FOCUSed dogs are “in the game” and ready to play.
Their training system is based on the belief that dogs are intelligent and sensitive creatures. Their methods are based on respect for dogs, an understanding of their nature, and scientific learning theories. Deborah and Judy feel that training should be both fun and effective.