FDSA Training Camp 2019

Leslie McDevitt

Leslie’s Bio and Sessions

about  Leslie McDevitt

Leslie is a dog behavior consultant, author, and speaker. She specializes in creating operant counterconditioning procedures to empower working, performance, and pet dogs to feel safe and comfortable so they can function confidently in stressful environments.

Leslie’s books have been translated into multiple languages and Leslie has taught the material from her seminal book Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog to people and dogs all around the world. Leslie lives near Philadelphia with two kids, three dogs, two cats, one bunny, and one husband. She is a member of the 2019 Clicker Expo faculty.

2019  camp sessions

Day 2: Saturday

1:40PM – 3:40PM ET

Hall B

Pattern Games Lab

Experience Level: All

These popular games from Control Unleashed allow dogs to initiate a predictable, reliable behavior chain that helps  ‘normalize’ challenging environments so they can focus confidently on their work. The patterns are easy and quickly effective. Once you get the idea, you and your dog can create your own!

Day 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM ET

Hall E

Voluntary Sharing Lab

Experience Level: All

If your dog has resource guarding behaviors, or simply wants all the turns, Voluntary Sharing is for you. This training game teaches the dog a ‘start button’ behavior so that he can control when the other dog gets a resource— from treats, to tugging, to doing agility obstacles.

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM ET

Hall E

Requested Approach Training Lab

Experience Level: All

This lab will present exercises to enable dogs to be in the driver’s’ seat of their own counterconditioning program; it will also give them control over whether something can approach or not, and whether they are ready to approach something or not. Bonus – “Which One?” game which lets the dog choose which thing he is going to use for his RAT training (which person, which dog, which stuffed animal, and which reinforcer he would like).