Videoverslag van workshop Ian Dunbar in Antwerpen "Games for Motivation, Reliability, Speed and Precision" (zaterdag)
Games are extremely enjoyable for dogs, owners and observers alike and they generally bring out extraordinary performances and further motivate dogs and owners to perform even better.
Additionally, playing games is a non-threatening way to objectively assess and improve the reliability and quality of performance by prompting owner-compliance and encouraging owners to practice.
Playing games accelerates the speed of learning.
Competition often brings out best performances; dogs are highly motivated because their owners are extremely excited and animated.
Also, the prospect of competition motivates owners to practice.
For some owners, heeling and sit-stay homework is not very exciting, but many will stay up to the wee hours to practice Freestyle Heeling or Musical Chairs.
Playing games is an enjoyable and non-threatening way to objectively quantify performance and fine-tune all basic obedience skills, including attention, position changes, stays, following, heeling, and precision work.
For example, there will be only one fastest recall and only one longest sit stay. However, regardless of comparative rank of performance (compared with other competitors), the most worthwhile reason to play games is to establish a personal best, to set personal goals and above all, to strive to progressively better your best from week to week.
All tricks/games are designed to improve the quality of the relationship between dogs and their people and each individual game is specifically designed to fine-tune essential ingredients of your dog's training repertoire.
For example, with tricks as simple as Biscuit Balance and Playing Possum, you end up with rock-solid Sit-Stays and Down-Stays.