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One, Two, Three or Five-Day Seminars




  1. a limited number of dogs can participate at each seminar, so send your registration in early

Seminars


              Teach your dog in a way that is fun for both you and your dog...

                                                         ...and have a willing, working pet.        

  1. Does your dog pay undivided attention to you -- or is he more interested in everything else around?

  2. Can you stop a dog from pulling on the leash?

  3. Why do they bark louder when you yell shut up?

  4. Do you need to crate train your puppy?


    If you want the answers to these and other questions, sign up for a seminar now.

Attentive Seminar Participants

  1. Learn more about canine communication

  2. Learn problem solving strategies

  3. Identify natural calming signals

  4. Learn about reinforcers and conditioning

Basic Companion Obedience

An introduction to basic obedience, theory and practical application as described in Dale Stavroff’s book, “Let The Dog Decide”.   Discussion and demonstrations include:


Evolution of the Dog-Human interaction

Introduction to the psychology of learning

Overview of how dogs learn

Choosing the right dog for your lifestyle-different breeds and their characteristics

Special concerns of adopted dogs

Multiple-dog households

Why training succeeds or fails

Alpha-dominance vs operant conditioning vs Precision Dogs training

Why light lines are more effective than a leash

The training schedule

Combining covert control with overt positive reinforcement for reliable results

Basic obedience behaviors (sit, down, stand, walk on a leash, come)

Benevolent Eye Contact

Teaching without ‘commands’

Introduction to training on the bench

Compassionate Compulsion

Releasing the dog from training work

Advanced Companion Obedience

A review of the concepts in Basic Companion Obedience and a deeper examination of learning theory, psychology and practical applications.


Working without a leash

The psychology of the long lines

Operant conditioning principles

The virtue of reinforcement on a random schedule

When to fade the use of the clicker and when to engage it again

Training on the Bench

Escape through compliance - sit, down, stand, stays

Psychology of the bench

Psychology of the ‘escape’

Control at a distance

Introducing higher levels of distraction

Hand signals vs verbal signals

Resume training on the ground

Competition Obedience

Focus of this class is directed toward training and preparing for competition obedience.  


Different levels of competition obedience

Breaking down the obedience exercises

Getting reliable behaviors - in and outside the ring

Preparing for competitions - when to practice and when not to

Reading stress levels - dog and handler

Mood and it’s meaning in training

The best mood for training

Manipulating mood in training

Visualize your performance

Hand signals for competition

Your New Puppy

This class is designed for the first-time puppy owner and the experienced dog handler interested in a better training method that prevents behavior issues later.


Choosing the right dog for your lifestyle

Dog Groups and breed characteristics

Who are you?

Show lines and working lines

Puppy stages of development

How genetics and environment affect behavior

Making the dog at home - Training tools, toys, crate protocols, housetraining, etc

Introducing the dog to the world - socializing to adults, children, other dogs

Basic Training - Imprinting, training schedule, signals, preventing problems

For The Canine Industry Professional



How to accurately assess canine body language

Symptoms, causes and treatment for behavior problems

Rescue and Shelter dogs

Temperament evaluation and behavior modification of shelter dogs

Improving adoptability of shelter dogs

Dealing with the fearful, dominant or submissive dog

The importance of Benevolent Eye Contact

Aggression Awareness

Types of aggression

Recognizing subtle aggressive canine body language

Recognizing subtle human body language affecting aggression

Preventing bites and managing aggression

Dog friendships and rivalries

Train The Trainer Class



How to accurately assess canine body language

Symptoms, causes and treatment for behavior problems

Rescue and Shelter dogs

Temperament evaluation and behavior modification of shelter dogs

Improving adoptability of shelter dogs

Dealing with the fearful, dominant or submissive dog

The importance of Benevolent Eye Contact

Aggression Awareness

Types of aggression

Recognizing subtle aggressive canine body language

Recognizing subtle human body language affecting aggression

Preventing bites and managing aggression

Dog friendships and rivalries

Basic/Advanced/Competition Obedience  - $199.00 per day

Your New Puppy  -  $199.00 per day

For the Canine Industry Professional - $199.00 per day

10% Discount for registrations received at least 10 days before seminar date.

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Train The Trainer  -  $1,200.00

The intelligent, humane way to train