The ten week course is starting a new session. The schedule is available at Dogland Dog Park at Dogland in Rhoda.
You can also view/copy the entire Outline by getting it from the Training signs all around Dogland Park or right here in the Dogland Dog Owners Group.
If you wish a copy of the newest Outline/Syllabus you may also IM me in world, and I would be pleased to send you a copy.
The class for owners of VKC Dogs is taught at Dogland Training Area, in Dogland Park, in Rhoda.
The class is taught every Wednesday at Noon and at 5 p.m. SL time. This material is repeated during the week at various times, throughout the week, for those with time limitations, and scheduling differences.
We gear this class so that those with voice options can listen, and it is transcribed in chat as well!
The class is repeated immediately following regular class, and in evenings can be repeated in various languages, or with attention to any special needs focus.
Dogland celebrates it's 29th complete set of classes, as we enter this May, 2011.
I have been asked to add to this blog- You do not need to have a dog to attend. If you have none one will be lent to you for the class!
VKC Dog Training Class-
10 ClassesMay - July 2011(Wednesdays Noon & 5 PM)
SYLLABUS Course outline*
All supplies needed will be provided(includes Full Set of Dog Supplies and all other materials reviewed)
Session 1- [May 18]We will discuss “Active/Passive”, & Settle/Stay/Roam. Next we will cover the commands that cause Fido to move to a person place or thing(go,run,on and follow). We will then explore all of the “directional” commands. These include turns to left and right, turns to compass points, turns to 180º(about face) and moving a dog forward using Navigational directions. Dog & Handler involvement in this portion of the class will be requested. All will be asked to participate.(dogs will be provided, if you forget yours- but try to bring Fido).
Session 2-[May 25] Creating and using marks, An active demo will be provided of stairway navigation, and room to room navigation in the home. Some of the navigational direction commands will be reviewed, but this session’s navigation specifically uses “Marks “ for steering Fido. extra Stairs and Semi transparant houses will be available for practice at end of demo.
Session 3-[June1] Tint & color for the dogs.. How to do it, web info that will help... how to revert back to dogs original color.. Teaching Fido to remember his new color, and finally...Incorporating color and tint into tricks.Discussion of the nature of Dog Tricks. What is it that we are really seeing. Auditory and Visual Closure.[handouts for class]
Session 4- [June 8]Sounds -Our dogs can reproduce any sound in a sound file. How to find the sounds you want. How to get the code of a sound for dog to use. Incorporating sounds into our tricks. Demo, and Dog/Handler participation will be requested.
Session 5-[June 15] Trick Building - We will discuss using a combination of all techniques from last 4 sessions, to build visually believable tricks . Trick building will be demoed from simple to intricate. How to get dog to tell you his tricks.. and more important how to use the “list” command to get Fido to list how a specific trick was built.
Session 6- [June 22]Dog Trick show and Tell - Participants in this group, will tell the name of any trick they have developed( simple to complex-doesn't matter...all that counts is participation). After telling trick name, they will describe the effect they want to achieve( what it is supossed to look like dog is doing). They will have dog “list” how Trick was taught. Finally each participant will have thier dog show the trick. This is usually the most fun and comical of all the sessions.. Dont miss it!
Session 7-[June 29]“LOST DOG” - There are MANY tools at your disposal to locate a lost dog. Some are free, some not. Many of the tools are built right in to sl..You can see through walls, and actually move Camera past walls to grab a stuck dog. There will be a multitude of free finding and teleporting devices demoed, and distributed freely, as well as access to the highest tech dog locating device in sl - “Dog Tracks”. You will be alot smarter after this, and you will be able to find other things and avatars besides Fido too!
Session 8-[July 6] Why Attach?- There are many uses for attach comands with dog. Having dog in no build areas, tp with dog, ride in car or motorcycle with a VKC dog. Learn attachment points, and edit techniques, and how to use this knowledge to create new "attach" tricks.
Session 9-[July 13] “Memory”- Economy of Memory. Building big tricks , using multiple smaller tricks.. and Building Super Tricks, Using Multiple Big Tricks. How to extend tricks,and conserve memory. We review use of pauses(wait), and repeat.
Session 10-[July 20] "A Crash Course"- Finishing up... Review of 9 previous sessions. Recent feature discussion. Including: Friend , Mute , water/swim, Heel positioning, moveto commands, adding silent channels, and the "init" command.