Tips on Training Your Dog
Training your dog at home may be one of the most rewarding activities known to pet owners. Just seeing your pet respond to cues and commands can bring immense satisfaction, because you will see concrete results from all of your training efforts.
Pet owners who are just starting out with their training sessions will often encounter small problems that can directly impede the progress of the dog. If your dog is not responding to more classical training approaches, you may want to try clicker training. Clicker training (or operant conditioning), emphasizes the relationship between target actions and rewards.
Since the association between rewards and actions are continually reinforced during training sessions, dog trainers have minimal problems when teaching their dogs new tricks. Clicker training is so simple that it can even be done by a ten-year–old child.
There are two indispensable elements that must always be present during clicker training: the clicker, and the treats. Some people offer toys, and even verbal praise, as treats. But for the purpose of quickly getting your dog’s attention, I highly recommend that you find a tasty treat that your dog will not mind eating again and again.
Expert tips for trainers
If the dog is not following your commands, it is possible that the dog has yet to establish a solid connection between the command, and the action itself. Review the lesson and repeat the cycles to see if the dog is responding to the nonverbal cues.
If the nonverbal cues are not working, that means the dog has made no association between the action and any signal. Go back to square one, and repeat the association games. Use the clicker to mark the target behaviors during the action, and not after.
Verbal signals can be added to the training equation only when the dog has become an expert in responding to nonverbal commands. Nonverbal commands are easier to master than verbal commands (this is why some folks who use classical conditioning often have a difficult time teaching the simplest of actions).
Training sessions should not be drawn out and boring. Ten minutes is already a long session for an active dog who has never been trained before. During the first few sessions, limit your training timeframe to just three minutes. If the dog responds well to the clicker training, it can probably complete 20 successful cycles in three to five minutes.
Don’t be harsh with your pet if it does not immediately respond to your commands. Review the information signal (the cue), and check to see if the dog has made the association between the cue, and action itself. If the dog looks unmotivated, the problem may lie in the reward that you are offering. Change the reward and see if the dog will respond.
Punishment should be limited to a neutrally toned word such as “wrong”. Don’t scold your pet for not understanding. It doesn’t help the animal learn, and the animal may associate training sessions with being scolded. That is never a good thing for home-trained dogs.
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The Dallas YMCA Provides Runners with a Better and Safer Race Experience at this Year’s Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot
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Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot! The Dallas YMCA brings family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Come join runners, joggers, even walkers for great fun! The Capitol One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the United States. Starting from humble beginnings 45 years ago at White Rock Lake, the Trot has attracted thousands of locals as well as those who fly in from all over the world to experience the great destination event.
With the Dallas Marathon taking place just 10 days after, the Trot 8 mile course is popular among local running enthusiasts that are training for an endurance run. The 46th annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot expects to draw a record-breaking 40,000 participants to City Hall this year.
Whether you are a serious runner, just beginning your running journey or a family wanting to come be a part of a Dallas Thanksgiving Tradition, the Trot is one of the most fun and popular high-quality events to take place in Dallas each year.
The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is truly Dallas way to begin Thanksgiving day. It is so exciting to see the generations of families choosing to start their holiday in such a healthy way, states Gordon Echtenkamp, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.
NEW Turkey Trot Race Course You spoke, and we listened to your feedback! Due to construction around the metropolitan Dallas area, the course has been re-routed to be a more enjoyable run for participants. The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot offers two different races, with something for every age group and ability, starting at Dallas historic city hall downtown. On event morning, participants begin the race with an enjoyable run or walk through scenic downtown, Deep Ellum, through the Design District, and re-entering downtown with sights of the beautiful Dallas skyline.
Download a PDF of the 8-mile timed/8-mile untimed/5K start course maps here.
NEW Race Start Procedure The 2013 Turkey Trot introduces a new start line and timed runner corral. The start line has been pushed east of St. Paul. Moving the start line east moves the timed runner corral east of Ervay. There will be 3 access points (West, North, and South) to the corral. To ensure a safer and less crowded race, strollers and dogs will no longer be permitted in timed corral. All timed runners must be in the corral no later than 8:40 am.
NEW Race Safety This year, the Turkey Trot is being made safer with RedFlag, a mass notification system used for emergency alerts and other important information. Race participants and spectators can subscribe to be alerted via text or email about breaking safety information and other relevant updates or changes before and during the Trot. RedFlag is a service of PocketStop, LLC. PocketStop is providing the service, in partnership with the Dallas YMCA, to give event participants real-time access to important information and alerts affecting the Trot.
To subscribe to RedFlag, participants can text Trot to 444222 from their mobile phones. Text and email alerts will only be sent when deemed credible; such as important pre-race reminders, last-minute changes, severe weather warnings, or life-threatening incidents.
Dont Forget About Packet Pick-Up Avoid the race day rush and pick up your packet at Lukes Locker from November 20-27 beginning at 10:00AM. A map of the start changes will be located on the back of each race bib. Stay connected with us for race updates by Liking the Turkey Trot on Facebook. Its the fastest and easiest way to stay in the loop regarding the event, updates, results, photos, special offers, etc.
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For more information on the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot , call 214-954-0500 or to register or volunteer log on to http://www.thetrot.com.
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