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How chains are built, maintained, and dismantled . . . whether we like it or not.

Most behavior problems and performance failures are the result of chains, either unintended or faultily-constructed. In this presentation you'll learn how to build chains that last, fix wobbly ones, and dismantle the problematic chains that have crept into your and your learner's repertoires.

Whether you train animals or teach people, this knowledge about behavior chains is essential. Behavior always becomes part of a chain and your teaching will be enhanced by understanding how chains work and why.


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In his 40+ years of a K9-centered law enforcement career Steve White is the only person to have served as a handler, trainer, training-sergeant, and supervisor for the Seattle Police Canine Unit. Accredited as a Master Trainer in 1993 by the Washington State Police Canine Association, Steve is also a past Executive Board Member of that body. He served as Vice President of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and is a consultant and instructor for the K9 Academy for Law Enforcement. 

Steve has instructed at seminars and conferences in the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.  He has served as a primary instructor for Karen Pryor's ClickerExpo and the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.  His articles have appeared in police K-9 and dog training publications in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Finland, and Japan. 

Steve specializes in teaching  law enforcement officers and others accustomed to using traditional training methods expand their repertoires to include positive reinforcement-based methods for behavior modification, tracking, and scent work. He provides consultation and training to K-9 units on administrative and legal issues, and has been recognized as an expert witness by Washington and Federal courts in Police K-9 and dog behavior matters.

Working with dedicated handlers, Steve and his team train some of the most effective urban tracking dogs in the world as well as detector dogs  that reliably perform in the most demanding conditions. More than 10 years past retirement age Steve is still on the job because he just loves watching dogs "get it" . . . with their handlers not far behind.