Wordless Wednesday: Agility Foundation Training

My friend Eva Bertilsson, who is a dog agility trainer from Sweden, is visiting the University of North Texas for a couple of weeks and hanging out with us in the behavior analysis department. (Eva is also currently working on a Master’s in behavior analysis in Norway). We’ve been having a lot of fun this week since the university is on spring break.

Yesterday, Eva gave us a presentation about dog agility and then we headed outside to practice some agility foundation lessons with the dogs. This was a lot of fun and also gave me a lot to think about. We played around with some really interesting ways to shape behavior. I’m working on a longer blog post about the day but, for now, here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

The brown and white dog is my parent’s dog, Ginger, who appears on my blog from time to time. Ginger had a great time! However, she was completely tuckered out afterward and slept the whole way home.

The last photo is ORCA (Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals) advisor Jesús Rosales-Ruiz working on teaching Ginger how to go over an agility jump.

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