High Performance Masterclasses with Omar Von Muller
Omar is one of the World's most respected and successful dog trainers from Hollywood.
He is renowned for his incredible and innovative dog performances and his dog training skills are legendary in the motion picture and television industries.
Omar has hundreds of credits to his name including the motion pictures The Italian Job, Four Brothers, Jackass 3D, and Water for Elephants.
His greatest accomplishment is the role Uggie played on the Academy Award-winning film The Artist, receiving several awards worldwide. Omar's dog Uggie was the first dog to have his paw prints set into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Omar has worked hand-in-hand with most of the studio animal companies in the USA. Many of Omar's dog actors, including talented Uggie are rescue dogs, previously abandoned by their owners.
Omar has developed his own incredibly effective approach to dog training that can be applied to train top performing dogs in a wide variety of dog sports and activities. That includes dog actors, performing trick dogs, dancing with dogs, heelwork to music, obedience, therapy dogs etc. The same techniques can also be used by those who are serious about their pet dog training and truly want to find and develop their dog's talent.
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Omar has designed with us a whole programme of webinars aimed specifically at serious amateur and professional dog trainers:
High performance Masterclasses with Omar
The Masterclasses are designed for handlers with at least some experience in dog training who are serious and motivated to work with their dogs to achieve top results.
Each Masterclass is a structured blend of theory, practical demonstrations and training insights with your participation and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. We will run each session in a small group to allow your maximum involvement and tailor it to address your individual challenges.
The Masterclasses in the programme are progressive, so we would recommend you to attend all of the sessions to obtain the maximum benefit.
This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend training with one of the World's best trainers from your home!
Masterclass 1: Build up your dog's motivation and drive
Having a truly engaged and highly motivated dog makes a world of a difference to the success of any training or performance.
In the first Masterclass, Omar will show you how you can make your dog engaged and highly motivated to work with you to achieve top results.
The session will provide you with a clear structured path from choosing the best motivation for your dog to building it up to develop a reliably enthusiastic canine partner. The session will then progress to the particular motivational challenges faced by those who compete seriously and perform with their dogs, providing practical solutions.
Omar's dogs learn to perform enthusiastically and reliably in the unfamiliar, noisy and hectic environment of a film set with lights, sounds, other animals, distractions etc. They love their work and look forward to it. Learn from Omar how you can achieve the same with your dog.
The Masterclass will cover:
- How to choose the best motivation for your dog
- Approaches to dog motivation that truly work
- Motivating low, medium and high energy dogs
- Keeping your dog fully engaged with less frequent rewards
- Switching dog from food to toy rewards or verbal praise
- Playing with your dog for motivation
- Common challenges and solutions
Masterclass 2: Building focus for high end competing dogs
A strong focus of the dog on the handler is fundamental to the success of any high performing team.
What sets apart all reliably performing top teams is the sharp focus of the dog on the handler even before they enter the ring.
A dog which remains focused on the handler can work reliably and consistently in any environment whatever the distractions.
In this Masterclass, Omar will teach you how you can achieve sharp and consistent focus from your dog.
We also will be covering other key ingredients of ensuring reliable and consistent performance from your dog.
This Masterclass would be of particular interest to those who compete or would like to take part in high-end competitions with their dogs.
Masterclass 2 will cover:
- Why focus is the essence of success particularly for the top-level competitors
- How to develop and build up your dog's focus on you
- How to keep your dog's focus on you even in unfamiliar environments with lots of distractions
- Dog's personality and its influence on your approach and duration of training sessions
- Building up your dog's drive for toys
- Setting yourself some realistic training goals
- Consistency in your training
- Loss of focus- reasons and practical solutions
And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask Omar any questions and
observe some focused practical demonstrations.
Masterclass 3: Build your dog's confidence
This Masterclass will focus on developing confidence in your dog.
This is applicable to all dogs, but particularly to those who compete or aim to compete at a high level.
Confidence is also a fundamental step in any dog training, as well as the key step for the rehabilitation of rescue dogs and any dogs with anxieties.
Canine athletes, dog actors, performing dogs, stunt dogs, Parkour dogs and other top competition dogs require a particularly large degree of confidence, well beyond the level of confidence typically sufficient for pet dogs.
In the second, practical part of this session, Omar will focus specifically on using the approaches for building up the confidence which we've discussed in part 1 to your dog's jumping.
Jumping without hesitation requires a lot of confidence from the dog.
Learn from Omar how you can build your dog's confidence so it can leap into the water, jump from the top of the car, walk on ropes, scoot, skate without hesitation - and all of that in front of cameras and often a crowd of unfamiliar people.
Masterclass 4: Distance work and teaching marks
The higher levels of many canine sports require the dog to work at a distance from the handler.
This is true for dog actors, performing trick dogs, dogs competing in heel work to music, dancing, working dogs, etc.
In this Masterclass Omar will cover effective practical approaches to developing your dog's ability to work at a distance from you.
Using marks is one of the most effective and commonly used approaches to achieving precise distance work.
Omar will share with you his approach to training with marks and a variety of cases where you can use them with your dog.
This will be exceptionally useful session for anyone who are serious about competing or performing with dogs and need the dog to work at a distance just as well as when it is right next to you. This session will teach you how you can send your dog to a precise location at a distance from you. It will open up some great new opportunities for you and introduce exciting new variety to your training.
Omar's dogs regularly have to perform sometimes at a considerable distance from him in a busy and stressful environment of a filming set. Dog actors also need to be able to go and perform at a precise location. Learn from Omar how you can do it with your dog!
Masterclass 5: Puppy training with Omar
This Masterclass will teach you how you can establish the right foundation in any puppy for it to become the future star in whatever dog sport you choose to pursue!
In this Masterclass Omar will share with you his own professional experience on how to prepare your puppy so it can reach the maximum potential in any dog sports or activities you'd like to excel together.
Omar has an impressive track record of bringing up puppies to be the top stars.
This is informative session with videos, discussions and frequently asked questions and common challenges
This session covers puppy foundation training, building up puppy's motivation, your bond, trust and confidence, focus key elements of puppy socialisation with the view to prepare it for top competitive career.
We then process to cover the initial training and then key steps to obedience training that will form the essential foundation to all your subsequent training and future success.
Learn from Omar how you can turn any puppy in to the future winner!
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