New and improved online dog training course
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It took over a year to put the original online dog training course together and it took several more months to get it online. I’m starting this new version of my online dog training course in early December 2014. I’m planning to give the basic online dog training course to my loyal visitors for free over a period of time. The reason for spreading it out is I need to rewrite much of the course so it will fit more easily into the new free flowing format.
while I am building out the first pages of the training course you may fine my dog training tips information page helpful.
OCDogTraining.com offers a flexible training system that mixes game play and a variety of training tools into a useful well ordered structure. The program was designed by Andrew Ledford (That’s Me) and incorporates a seven track learning system.
Our basic obedience play does emphasize positive reinforcement mixed with traditional dog training. Playing at mixed dog training will teach both Positive reinforcement dog training techniques and traditional leash and collar dog training. A mixed style of training will focus on how people in most developed countries naturally respond to the responsibilities of pet dog ownership.
Much of my online dog training course will be free. However getting access to some parts of it will require signing up for my email newsletter. In the future I may also have a paid version of the training program with added features.
Introduction and history about the course design
In this chapter I will go over some of the history about how this program got started. I will also talk a little about information on Programmed Learning and how my programmed learning modules evolved into this new and I hope improved online dog training course.
This dog training course started as a training manual. However after publishing my “Best Friends Learning Together” book I decided to make the new book into an online training program instead. The first online incarnation was as a programmed learning course. That was followed by a program where I gave obvious answers to the questions and now I am implementing an even more user friendly program style,
I have been a big B. F. Skinner fan most of my life. I remember when I was quite young I used positive reinforcement when positive reinforcement wasn’t cool. Now in many dog training circles positive reinforcement is the new cool. In this course you will learn to use both positive reinforcement and more traditional leash and collar training. If there is enough interest I may also offer an all positive reinforcement course sometime in the future.
This training program started off as an online Programmed Learning course or what is also called Programmed Instruction. Programmed Learning is a learning methodology or technique first proposed by the behaviorist B. F. Skinner. According to Skinner, the purpose of programmed learning is to “manage human learning under controlled conditions”. Programmed learning has three elements: (1) it delivers information in small bites, (2) it is self-paced by the learner, and (3) it provides immediate feedback to the learner.
It turns out most people do not like doing Programmed Learning so I am relaunching the dog training program as a more casual online dog training course. Another big change in the program is that the basics of the dog training program are going to be FREE. I am anxious to see how this less structured learning environment works.
The Programmed Instruction methodology involves self-administered and self-paced learning, in which the student is presented with information in small steps often referred to as “frames”. Each frame contains a small segment of the information to be learned, and a question which the student must answer.
This new incarnation of my training program will do away with the questions and answers. Eliminating the questions and answers will make the new program more user friendly.
The new program keeps the first and second elements of programmed learning. Each page is still delivering information in small chunks and it’s still self-paced. However, I will be eliminating the immediate feedback that Programmed Learning provided. I am also going to get rid of the need to learn in structured chronological steps.
One disadvantage to an informal approach is that feedback will be less meaningful. I will include the same information I used to give as feedback, however, now it will simply be part of the curriculum.
When training your dog you must include the reinforcing feedback for training to work. The dog must know immediately if its response was correct or incorrect. How an incorrect response is dealt with will be determined by the training process used to teach the desired behavior)
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