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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Teaching a beginner obedience class

So my obedience club was needing someone to teach the beginner class so the usual instructors could have some time off. I stepped up to it and the classes start next week - 6 weeks for one session. I really wanted to teach puppy class, but that instructor isn't giving that up yet! So I'm trying to design the curriculum for how I will teach it and what I will teach. Is there anything any of you wished you had done in beginners? I am thinking of setting aside week 5 or 6 to be a game night - have rosettes, ribbons or medals for people to compete for while we play games. That will give them an incentive to actually work with their dogs outside of class. Any other ideas on how to make it fun yet motivate people to actually do the homework outside of class?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 07:48 AM
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you could have little competitions each week,,say you teach a "sit" week 1, in week 2, see who can do the FASTEST sit..maybe reward with one of those BIG HUGE biscuits ,,that type of thing is always fun,,people LIKE to win stuff for free))

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I second the games idea
I attended one set of Humane Society puppy classes and the most fun I had was when we could do competitions for prizes. It kept people motivated and encouraged them to practice at home.

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Cool, then I will order some prizes. I figured competition would increase the chances of people actually working with their between classes as well as make it more fun for everyone!

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Dog treats are always a favorite prize as it can be enjoyed right then and there!
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I really like handouts after class with more detailed instructions or a summary of what we did in class.

I didn't like our games day because it just felt like the instructor was being lazy and not teaching me new skills. But I think the key here was that there were no prizes to be won. :P


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I second the handouts. Personally, I would appreciate specific homework assignments, so I didn't feel like I was just floundering around, "Is this too much? Not enough? What should I work on today? How long for each command?" Because, yes, I like being spoon fed.

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when I taught agility classes, I also did handouts, things to work on at home..

You could also do a "trick" nite, everyone teaches their dog a "trick"..and they have a week to practice, whether it's obed related etc..and anyone who accomplishes the "trick" gets a prize,,I like the big dog biscuit ideas)

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Luckily I can get homework assignments off of dogstardaily.com so I do plan to do that as well as send links to specific videos. Trick nights sound fabulous too - who doesn't enjoy a dog who can perform a trick! I can get those big dog treats at a local store here - they will be a good prize for winning. I hope people enjoy this class, I've taken so many myself that I know what I don't like in training classes! Too many are SO boring, I want to make training fun and to find ways they can incorporate training interludes into their daily lives. It need not be this stodgy old way of training!

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Our herding instructor taught us a great way to teach the dog to stay out from underfoot... by teaching them HOW to be underfoot! lol

It's a fun trick but can be tough with the bigger dogs: Piper learned to weave between my legs as I walk forward. It's fun to practice at home since it puts a command to the behavior and the end state is that they stay out of your feet unless given that command. Plus it's a great party trick!

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