Guest at The Ranch Workshop

MICHELE POULIOT & KEN RAMIREZ PRESENT

Trick Training: Take the Fun Road to Better Training


July 23 - 24, 2022

Join Michele Pouliot and Ken Ramirez as they raise the bar on the training of behaviors that might often be thought of as mere amusing tricks. The trick behaviors that will be explored provide a fantastic opportunity for improving our training–from sharpening behavior observation, improving environmental set-up to honing a range of positive training skills that include shaping, luring, and strategic treat placement.

Come learn while having amazing fun, all in one weekend at The Ranch!

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Dogs and other animals are often trained to perform behaviors that delight the people watching. Those behaviors are fun, or at least highly reinforcing, for the animals as well. Some “trick” behaviors are actually a lot more than amusing tricks. For example, foundational service-dog behaviors and freestyle behaviors are often a trifecta of complex, beautiful, and important behaviors trained to a high level of fluency. Shifting the frame of reference from cute to critical, skilled trainers break down the process into the components that make the behavior work. The magic of a great performance is that it looks magical, but the training is anything but magic. It is the result of thoughtful planning and execution by the trainer.

Michele Pouliot and Ken Ramirez will combine their expert training, teaching, and presentation skills to provide an immersive, hands-on Guest at The Ranch two-day workshop this July.

Michele will take the lead with several dog-and-handler teams, teaching behaviors like bowing, backing up, and passing between the handler’s legs. The more advanced teams behaviors will learn skills such as leg cross, chin rest on a body part, or passing through a hoop.

Ken will lead the design, set-up, and training of similar behaviors with one or more of the animals at The Ranch which include mini donkeys, goats, alpacas, and more! Workshop attendees will help throughout the entire process.

Whether you participate in as one of the dog-and-handler teams or as an active learner, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback, participate in discussions, and work with a Ranch animal. You’ll also enjoy lectures and coaching from both Michele and Ken. If you are part of a dog-and-handler team, you will work with your own dog and receive coaching from Michele and Ken.

Join Ken and Michele for this special Guest at the Ranch weekend workshop. If you like to have fun while learning, it’s just the trick!

AGENDA


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Sample daily schedule:

9:00 - 11:00: Presentation by Michele Pouliot
11:00 - 11:30: Break
11:30 - 1:00:  Workshop #1

    • Dog/Handler teams coached by Michele Pouliot
    • Learners coached by Ken Ramirez

1:00 - 2:00: Lunch
2:00 - 2:30: Demonstration by Ken Ramirez with Ranch animals
2:30 - 4:00: All-student training session with Ranch animals
4:00 - 4:30: Break
4:30 - 6:00: 
Workshop #2 

    • Dog/Handler teams coached by Michele Pouliot
    • Learners coached by Ken Ramirez

6:00 - 6:30: Discussion with Michele and Ken

PRICING

Learner Spots


$350


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Dog/Handler Spots


$500

Only two spots remain!
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This workshop is limited to 8 dog/handler and 25 learner spots, available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Dog/Handler spots are sold out. Join the Dog/Handler wait list.

Dog/Handler Team Requirements


Dogs will have long days at The Ranch workshops. They will need to be able to focus and work confidently for food in close quarters around other working teams. There will also be a lot of downtime, and dogs will need to be comfortable waiting patiently in the car between working sessions. 

Teams should have a good understanding of the use of the clicker and reinforcement. They should be experienced clicker trainers, not beginners. We will work with each dog at its skill level, so no specific requirements for needed behaviors, other than experience with clicker training.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS

Learners


  • CCPDT
    • CPDT-KSA will earn 12 Knowledge and 3 Skills CEUs (15 total)
    • CPDT-KA will earn 15 Knowledge CEUs
  • IAABC
    • Lecture Hours: 12
    • Workshop Hours: 3
    • CEUs: 16.5
  • 16.5 CEUs from Karen Pryor Academy

DOG/HANDLERS


  • CCPDT
    • CPDT-KSA will earn 6 Knowledge and 9 Skills CEUs (15 total)
    • CPDT-KA will earn 15 Knowledge CEUs
  • IAABC
    • Lecture Hours: 6
    • Workshop Hours: 9
    • CEUs: 19.5
  • 19.5 CEUs from Karen Pryor Academy

Students will receive information on the application process at the conclusion of the course.

LEARN ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

Have fun while learning, it’s just the trick!

Join Ken and Michele for this special Guest at the Ranch weekend workshop July 23 - 24, 2022.
REGISTER NOWDon't wait! Spots are limited.

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