How Can the Canine Coaching Course Help You?
Through this four-session Canine Coaching Course, you will...
- learn the basics of canine learning theory
- learn key principles and concepts of dog training
- practice implementing the theory into practice in a way that allows you to create your own solutions to less-productive dog behavior
- teach your dog basic skills while you learn.
What is the Agenda for the Canine Coaching Course?
I begin with an overview of the science that drives my dog training. Not only do I discuss how dogs learn, I also discuss what science is showing us about how training methods affect dogs and what they learn. I will elaborate on why a truly science-based approach is also a force-free approach, which avoids the use of intimidation, fear, pain, and violence.
Then, we move into the basics of clicker training. You will learn the proper way to use markers and reinforcers. You will also learn to do clicker training without an actual clicker.
Our first major exercises revolve around the concept of "luring". You will learn about how lures work, how to use them, and how to fade them out so you don't run the danger of "bribing" your dog to perform tasks.
In our second session, we move beyond luring and into shaping. Success breeds success, so I want to set your dog up for success. I will show you how to use the clicker to work in increments to "shape" the specific behaviors that you want. As you see your dog's performance improve, you will be able to see how powerful incremental learning is, and you will come to realize how you can shape nearly any behavior.
In our third session, I'm going to help you understand why your dog sometimes seems "out of control" and show you ways to work with that energy. When I say "with", I don't mean "against". In other words, I'm not looking at ways to stop the unproductive energy, but rather ways to redirect and transform it into productive energy. As you come to understand your dog better and engage your dog with impulse-control games, your dog will become more attentive and responsive.
The relationship shared between human and canine companions is the foundation of all your training. You want to nurture and strengthen that bond. In this last session of the Canine Coaching Course, I will show you some practical exercises that are specifically geared toward improving your "trust fund" with your dog. Along with that, I'm going to introduce you to some concepts and techniques to strengthen all of the behaviors that your dog has learned through this class (and indeed will learn throughout life as you continue to train).
The Deluxe Version extends the course by two sessions. The first session will focus on bringing a variety of already-learned skills together to train loose-leash walking and heel. I will also introduce you to the power of backchaining. The second session will introduce you to the basics of desensitization and counterconditioning, which is important for fearful, shy, and aggressive dogs.
Complete Puppy Package
If you have a puppy under a year old, this is by far your best option. The Complete Puppy Package includes everything in the Deluxe Version, plus it includes my Puppy 101 class, as the first session--at a significantly discounted rate!
What if you have questions in between sessions? All of my active (currently enrolled) students are eligible for a free membership in the Puppy Tutor Dog-Training Community. There, you can post your questions in the "Dog-Training Questions" forum. It is a way for you to you to have access to me outside of our class time. (Note: Not all questions can be appropriately answered in a public forum, and the forum is not a substitute for sessions.)
Canine Coaching Course (4 Sessions)
- In-home = $190 (travel times over 30 minutes incur additional fees)
- Skype = $150
Canine Coaching Course--Deluxe Version (6 Sessions)
- In-home = $260
- Skype = $210
Complete Puppy Package (7 Sessions)
- In-home = $320
- Skype = $250
Are You Ready to Start Training?
Contact me using the form below so we can discuss whether one of these options is best for you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will get back to you as soon as I can. (Note: I will require a phone call to ask questions and discuss.)