Cognitive Challenges for Developing Resilience & Grit in Your Dog

Sunday Oct 6

1:40 PM

Experience Level: See Description

A creative hands on workshop developed by Barbara Lloyd, the creator of “The Nimue Box Challenge” to test your dog’s ability to problem solve!

This workshop will consist of a series of Cognitive Challenges that range from easy to varying degrees of complexity. The main goal of the lab will be helping you understand how your dog reasons through how to solve a challenge and access a reward.

We will also discuss your dog’s learning style in contrast to your learning style and how that impacts your training sessions with your dog, as well as how to improve your training sessions with your dog via a better understanding of how your dog processes information and problems solves.

Decoding what your dog is telling you as they work through the challenges will be discussed in depth in order to give you a better understanding of how to harness your dog’s skills to train more efficiently.

This workshop is suitable for puppies and dogs all the way up to adulthood.

For young dogs and sensitive dogs this workshop will help build resiliency, grit, and confidence. Adult dogs will gain more sustained focus and thoughtfulness.

Participants will be instructed on how to set up the challenges and then allow their dog time to solve the challenge.

Each participant can choose how much assistance to give their dog, and part of the class will be outlining and discussing why you may or may not choose to simplify the task for your dog.

As the instructor I will give you feedback on what I see your dog doing, how to play to your dog’s strengths, how to improve a particular problem solving skill and how to make this relevant in other areas of training.

Presenter Bio

Barbara Lloyd

Founder and Lead Trainer, The Dog’s Den Training School

Barbara Lloyd, with over 24 years of experience, is a trailblazer in the world of dog training. As the owner of The Dog’s Den Training School, she has dedicated her career to transforming the lives of both dogs and their human companions.

Changing the Landscape: Cognitive Challenges Framework

Barbara’s innovative approach to dog training centers around her groundbreaking Cognitive Challenges framework. Recognizing that every dog is unique, she has developed a series of challenges that give key insights into understanding the individual cognitive abilities, learning styles, and emotional needs of dogs.

She then uses this information to tailor training methods to individual dogs and handler teams. Because of Barbara’s emphasis on truly understanding how each individual dog she works with thinks, she effectively empowers dogs to thrive and overcome obstacles.

Her commitment to evidence-based practices and positive reinforcement has revolutionized the way we approach dog behavior modification. Barbara’s workshops and seminars have inspired countless trainers, pet owners, and professionals to adopt a more compassionate and effective approach to training.

Meet the Stars of The Dog’s Den: Dori Time and Pearl Girl

Barbara’s own dogs are living proof of her expertise. Dori Time, the esteemed head of her Mongrel Empire, has earned the prestigious title of CKC Top Dog in Herding. Dori’s journey from a rescue dog with an uncertain past to a top performer showcases Barbara’s ability to unlock a dog’s potential through patience, understanding, and skillful training.

And then there’s Pearl Girl, Barbara’s Border Collie. In a remarkable feat, Pearl Girl achieved her CKC Herding Championship in a single weekend. With multiple high-in-trial awards, impressive high aggregate scores in both arena and stockdog trials, and unwavering focus, Pearl Girl exemplifies the pinnacle of herding excellence.

Barbara’s passion extends beyond accolades and titles. She believes that every dog, regardless of their background or challenges, deserves a chance to thrive. Her commitment to education, advocacy, and community building has left an indelible mark on the dog training industry.

Join Barbara at the upcoming FDSA Training Camp to learn from a true visionary. Whether you’re a seasoned trainer or a dog lover eager to make a difference, Barbara’s insights will inspire you to create a brighter future for our canine companions.