Optimal Learning State

Friday Oct 4

4:00 PM

Experience Level: All

Working spots will have 1-1 hands-on experience applying techniques to maintain optimal arousal levels in your dogs. Through practical demonstrations and personalized guidance, you’ll learn how to recognize and achieve the ideal arousal state in your own dogs, maximizing your dog’s ability to learn. You’ll explore various reinforcement methods, from behaviors to food rewards, personal play, and toy engagement, tailored to your dog’s needs. Working spots will leave the lab equipped with practical strategies to enhance your dog’s engagement and focus in training sessions.

Audit spots offer an opportunity to gain valuable insights into the principles and techniques of maintaining optimal arousal levels in dogs. Through detailed explanations and live demonstrations, you’ll learn how to apply these methods effectively in your own training sessions. Understanding a variety of team’s hierarchy system of reinforcements and its impact on canine behavior, will enable you to identify and address arousal-related challenges in your dogs. You’ll leave the lab with a deeper understanding of training methods and practical strategies to enhance engagement and focus in dogs.

Presenter Bio

Crystal Wing

With a passion for building strong bonds between dogs and their humans, Crystal Wing (BA, MAE) focuses on reinforcement experiences and reflective practices to build confident, happy teams. Crystal’s 21+ years as a teacher and coach translate seamlessly to dog training, fostering positive relationships and effective communication for both trainers and their canine partners. She believes that imagination is one of our most important training tools.

For the past 16 years, she has been dedicated to training dogs in various disciplines. She excels in protection sports, holding certifications as a GSDCA trial helper and Mondioring training decoy. Her competition experience includes titling multiple dogs in IGP and dock diving, as well as some mondioring, PSA, agility, weight pull, and rally. Crystal also earned a national certification for her Human Remains Detection K9 Rad-ish, through the American Rescue Dog Association.

Crystal is currently the Training Director for Evolution Working Dog Club in St. Louis, MO, and co-hosts the K9 Detection Collaborative podcast. She brings creativity and her expertise gained from instructing at K9Sensus Foundation and guest instructing at FDSA to create a fun and engaging learning environment for dog trainers and competitors.