Companion Online Class
Next session starts November 1, 2023
Course runs for 6 weeks, with new lessons available every few days.
CPDT’s 20.5 CEU’s will be awarded.
If you are a CPDT, you will need to let me know as soon as you sign up for the course, and you must post video and comments to every lesson.
This course is a must have if your dog is a tad overzealous right now (or aggressive or reactive) to bring to a group class.
Positive training is not mindless permissiveness, nor is it randomly throwing cookies around, hoping for the right behavior to happen.
As you will see, it’s a powerful and scientific system for breaking down the barrier between dog and human communications, producing desired behaviors or preventing undesired behaviors.
I’m going to ask you to get rid of your (possibly) preconceived notions of “dominating, correcting, punishing, control, command, and obedience” and replace them with “influence, show, teach, trust, cue, and manners.” You may find it hard at first to believe, but your dog will learn faster once you eliminate these notions.
Your dog is not the enemy, and training your dog doesn’t have to be a battle of wills (not even if you have a hound or a terrier!), but a mutual learning process, building up a foundation of trust and respect.
Your dog (yes, your dog, the one who seems to be on a mission to wreck as much of your house as possible, as fast as he can) really does want to do the right thing, if you can show him how. In the beginning, you’ll just have to trust me on this one: Your dog is fine – it is your current lack of understanding on how dogs learn that’s the only thing holding you back.
In this course, I will teach you to communicate with your dog, so that your relationship will become something you will treasure for years to come.
This course was designed to be taught in the same order in which I teach these behaviors in my regular group classes.
Each step gradually builds on the previous one, along with the relationship aspect of these behaviors. One simply can’t train a loose leash walk if there is no connection between you and your dog. You will see such a class in all of the videos. These are real dogs, real handlers, real issues, all shown in real time.
There are a total of 20 lessons, along with video clips. I will be spreading these out over a 6 week period.
Each lesson will include text and a video clip(s).
You will have a total of 60 days to come back to the site to re-read and watch the video clips.
You will be able to post questions, problems or comments to the blog. I will be monitoring your questions and comments, and will answer as soon as possible.
Because dog training is such a visual thing, I encourage you to video tape yourselves and your dogs if you are having a problem, post it to Youtube.com (free account) and then post your link so we can all look at it and discuss it.
As I always do with all of my work, I left the mistakes in the video clips so you can see what to do and what not to do!
While many of the lessons are from You Can Train Your Dog, there will be some text that isn’t in the book and some lessons that are in the book aren’t in this course. If you don’t already own a copy of the book, you can pick one up from my online store or from Dogwise.