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Each week we offer up to 3 workshops.

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self-study

Registration always open for the following workshops:

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
In this workshop, come learn how to think about operant conditioning through the way it feels to your learner, understand the "happy bucket" and the "yucky bucket," and to let that help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of professional dog training methodology!

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 3: The Science (and Techniques) of Behavior Change
In this workshop, we will introduce the basic concepts of classical and operant conditioning, in order to provide you with ideas on how to give clear and simple explanations of complex concepts to your students.

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Trish McMillan

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 2: Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog
When people ask me what they need to know to become a dog trainer, I tell them the most important thing is to learn to read canine body language accurately. This workshop goes over the basics of what our dogs are telling us, from nose to tail.

Instructor

Trish McMillan

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
In this workshop, we will discuss different types of safe containment, easy solutions for yard destruction, and training plans for unwanted yard behaviors.

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 4: Foundation Training for Pet Dogs
This workshop will focus on introducing physical handling to dogs in an effective and respectful manner, establishing in dogs a strong positive conditioned emotional response to being touched and handled, and helping students understand the importance and value of cooperation and consent over coercion and force.

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop will give an overview of how to help your clients set their dogs up for success in the house. Focus will be on general good manners and appropriate choices re: where to go potty, what to chew, how to relax and other common issues.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
The key to preventing an issue from forming is to teach dogs that sudden sounds are actually predictors of fun! Teach your clients to give sound a happy meaning so their dogs don’t attach their own, negative meaning!

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop will explore the topic of dogs and babies! You will learn a specific set of skills to help new families navigate this exciting yet challenging time in their lives.

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop picks up where Before Baby! left off and will explore the topic of dogs and babies successfully coexisting in the same household. You will learn how and when to start removing barriers, how to prevent babies and dogs from being magnetized to each other, and how to promote safe parallel play.

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Eve Laforest

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
As dog trainers, we take a lot of pride in how well we communicate with our four-legged protégés. But when it comes to their human owners, we sometimes feel like we’re not quite sure how to handle them. Fear not, there are solutions!

Instructor

Eve Laforest

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 6: Specific to Puppies!
This workshop will discuss what is needed to have a successful first week with a new puppy. We will look at what equipment and supplies are needed, introductions to other household residents, as well as creating a schedule that will set everyone up for success.

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 6: Specific to Puppies!
This workshop will continue to focus on puppies, taking a deeper look into how to create good habits as well as prevent unwanted behaviors. We will also discuss how to observe puppies for behaviors that may become problems as they mature.

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 7: Go Teach! Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Organization
This workshop talks about a crucial skill set many of us are missing when we first start out as professional trainers: the art of relating to your clients. How do you put yourself into their shoes, establish a relationship, and empower them to reach their training goals?

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Julie Flanery

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 7: Go Teach! Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Organization
In this workshop we’ll look at different models of classes, including revolving classes, focused classes, and mini workshops.

Instructor

Julie Flanery

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 7: Go Teach! Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Organization
This workshop will help you organize your course materials in a logical and systematic way and help you develop the skill of breaking course material into realistic lessons. We also will discuss ways to increase student engagement and motivation.

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Christina Schenk-Hargrove

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will introduce small business owners to the basic legal requirements and considerations for starting and running their own businesses, with an emphasis on minimizing business risks. You will know what you can do on your own, and when to go for professional help.

Instructor

Christina Schenk-Hargrove

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Christina Schenk-Hargrove

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will pick up where the Basics class left off; we will review the new risks and legal considerations that come with growth, and prepare you for the exciting times ahead.

Instructor

Christina Schenk-Hargrove

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
In this workshop, we’ll cover how best to determine your service area, program offerings and prices. With customer service as our guiding principle, we’ll work out the best client communication flow, scheduling and follow up to ensure you are getting paid on time and building a community of raving fans.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
Leaving dogs home during a 40-hour work week is a fact of life for the average client, and living within that schedule is the driving force behind most of the common behavioral concerns a family calls a professional to remedy. In this workshop, you will learn how to address client concerns and add a strategic enrichment program.

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will lay a roadmap for trainers to safely handle aggression cases. We will explore some dog body language and how best to identify when a dog is about to bite as well as how to avoid getting bitten. This course also will take a look at how to avoid incriminating yourself should something go wrong.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Nicole Wiebusch

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will teach you how to break down the steps to building a successful stay behavior. You will learn how to jump start the stay behavior; to reward the stay, not the release; and how to use the three Ds to build on success.

Instructor

Nicole Wiebusch

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
As an experienced trainer and instructor you know that having a focused dog makes training so much easier. And you also know that a dog who understands the concept of zen (self-control) is so much more pleasant to live with. This workshop will give you a variety of fun beginner level exercises to introduce these concepts to your students.

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
Housetraining can be hard! In this workshop, we will consider why housetraining can be so difficult and what we can do to help owners get a handle on this issue.

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This class goes over several types of dog training equipment available on the market. We will go over usage tips for each item, including their pros and cons, and discuss how to introduce them to dogs for the first time. We will also briefly examine ethical considerations regarding what’s best for humans versus what’s best for their dogs.

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Laura Waudby

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will cover what the laws are regarding service dogs and what type of public access training you should be emphasizing. This workshop will not go into task training for specific disabilities.  

Instructor

Laura Waudby

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips to decrease fence fighting between neighboring dogs. You will learn management strategies to prevent fence fighting, training techniques to reduce fence fighting, and how to collaborate with your neighbors regarding fence fighting.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

On Demand

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

On Demand
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips on how to provide services and get income from non-traditional sources. You will learn about options for earning income beyond teaching classes and/or private lessons.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

On Demand