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FDSA Training Camp 2019

Shade Whitesel

Shade’s Bio and Sessions

about  Shade Whitesel

Shade Whitesel has been training and competing in dog sports since she was a kid. Always interested in how dogs learn, she has successfully competed in IPO/Schutzhund, AKC obedience and French Ring. Her retired dog, Reiki vom Aegis, IPO 3, FH 1, French Ring 1, CDX, was 5th at the 2010 AWDF Championships, 7th at the 2012 AWDF Championships, 1st at the 2011 Northwest Regionals, and 2nd at the 2012 Dutch Shepherd Nationals. Along the way, she has received a perfect score in the tracking phase on 2 separate dogs, and a perfect score in obedience with Talender von Grunheide. Reiki is now almost 11, and Shade is currently competing with his son, Ones. Ones just earned his IPO 2 with scores of 99 in tracking, 95 in obedience and 96 in protection. He looks likely to follow in his dad’s footsteps!

What started out as an experiment – competing at the National level in IPO without the use of an e collar – has now turned into a firm commitment to the positive method, and the desire to teach other trainers and dogs how to be successful in the bitesports with as little punishment as possible.

Shade’s personal website is www.shadesdogtraining.net.

2019  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

11:00AM – 12:30PM ET

Hall C

Is Your Dog Ready to Work? Lab

Experience Level: All 

You’ve trained the behaviors in your basement, in your training class, and in your front yard. Now’s the time to take them on the road and possibly on to trial! When you take your dog to a new place, how do you know your dog is in a mindset conducive to performing those behaviors fluidly, quickly, and confidently? Join Shade as she (a) explains how to figure out a ritual to “ask” your dog how they feel about the environmental pressures before letting criteria slip, and (b) explores some protocols to work through those pressures.

Day 1: Friday

4:00PM – 6:00PM ET

Hall C

Location-Specific Markers Lab

Experience Level: All

Yes versus Get it, Strike versus Fetch, now you are allowed to pounce on the toy on the ground, now you aren’t! Having verbal cues that tell your dog where to collect toy or food reinforcement can be so mind blowing and complicated for the HANDLER, but it clears things up and makes things so much simpler for the DOG! Now the dog doesn’t have to guess where that treat pouch is, or which pocket or hand the ball is in. They can devote their entire concentration to listening to you and performing the obedience skills instead of watching your physical motions as predictors of where and when the reward is coming. Join Shade as she explains these concepts, and why she thinks they are more efficient than just one or two marker words. Working teams will work the concepts explored in the lecture, while staying within their capabilities.

Day 2: Saturday

11:00AM – 12:40PM ET

Hall D

Moving Impulse Control Lab

Experience Level: All

Have a dog that pulls so hard to get from the car to the training facility that they are rearing up on their hind legs? Barking and screaming? Highly motivated dogs have “big feelings” about getting to the THING that they want to do, whether this is the diving dock, the tracking flag, the agility arena, the protection field, etc. The problem is in all that wasted energy, the fighting between the handler and the dog to hold them back. Is that really the mindset we want them in when we reach the destination? Join Shade as she teaches you how to get “moving impulse control”, the elusive loose-leash walking, the non-sexy part of sports training. Bonus? This works for teaching pet people loose- leash walking as well, which is one of the most common issues for which correction tools are used.

Day 2: Saturday

4:00PM – 6:00PM ET

Hall D

Handler Choice Lab 

Experience Level: All

Each team will have 10 minutes of one-on-one time to work on whichever skills they choose.

Day 3: Sunday

11:00AM – 12:40PM ET

Hall D

Heeling Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: All

Working spots will work one-on-one with the instructor for ten minutes.

Day 3: Sunday

3:50PM – 5:30PM ET

Hall D

Stand By Lab

Experience Level: All

We love that “breakthrough” moment, when the dog figures out that their motions make us click. Trainers get reinforced because it’s so cool when they do that! And… on and on, to shaping heaven, until you’re preparing to trial and there is a moment of stillness and suddenly the dog is offering all the things – legs and feet dancing around, head moving. – not exactly the steady position changes you were hoping for! Join Shade as we teach our dogs the difference between verbal stimulus control sessions and offering/shaping sessions. We’ll teach them that stillness, (a stand by, / stand and wait behavior), is a good thing, without the frustration of waiting through an extinction burst of behaviors.