Bridge & Target Training: The Basics

KPA CEUs: 1.5

There’s a lot of talk about Bridge and Target training — but what is it, really?  Well, Debbie Winkler is going to take the mystery out of bridge and target training, and get us started on this exciting concept in training!  he entire bridge & target concept provides the animal trainer with the best possible 2 way communication. Using this method, dogs can even learn to willingly participate in their own care & much of the anxiety of both handler & dog can be alleviated. Debbie will address issues such as a terminal bridge, keep going signals, intermediate bridges, how and why to use targets, and how to put it all together to make training easier for you, your client and your subject!  This is not just about dogs — bridge and target training can be used with any species!


Debbie Winkler

Debbie Winkler, CABC, CPDT, whose career spans more than 20 years, is well known for her commitment to using operant conditioning, with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement, to train or change problem behaviors in animals.  With an extensive background in training and behavior, Debbie works with many species

As co-founder and training  director of Dog Ears and Paws Inc, Debbie trains assistance and therapy animals for adults and children with special needs. She is also the training director of H.E.A.L., a pilot program for at risk youth.

Dog Ears and Paws is one of the first organizations of its kind to use only motivational training for assistance animals, mandate enrichment for their assistance  animals, and train owner acquired dogs for assistance work.

Debbie served on the APDT Educational Committee, which helped to create the first national certification for pet dog trainers, has also served on Baltimores Viscious Dog Hearing Board, and is an expert witness regarding animal bite cases in the state of Maryland

Debbie is SATS certified and the current vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and teaches interns in animal behavior and training.




Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.