schedule

class schedule

Each week we offer 3 workshops.

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop is all about counter surfing and a reinforcing way of training “leave it” without conflict. Let’s learn how to teach a robust alternative behavior so families can cook and enjoy their meals without a dog’s nose in their plates!

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019
Section 8: Electives
In this workshop, we’ll talk about what to consider when starting out on your own. We’ll discuss choosing the right name, branding, determining your services and setting up your processes and procedures.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019
Section 8: Electives
What considerations should we have for clients with high-energy dogs, how can we deal with frustration, establish fair expectations, and help them come up with strategies that meet their dog’s needs and that are realistic to their lifestyle? We'll explore these topics in this workshop!

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019

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Registration opens August 22nd, 2019

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

Sept. 1, 2019
Section 4: Foundation Training for Pet Dogs
This workshop introduces training-based, equipment-based, and movement-based approaches to leash walking. You will learn how to decide together with your client which method (or combination of methods) is the best fit for them, as well as how to train and apply each technique.

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

Sept. 1, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

Sept. 1, 2019
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

Sept. 1, 2019

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

Sept. 1, 2019
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

Sept. 1, 2019

Instructor

Nicole Wiebusch

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019
Section 4: Foundation Training for Pet Dogs
In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of having a dog in the right frame of mind to learn or respond to cues; how to teach specific behaviors that will allow the dog to "tell" you if he is ready to work; and how to respond to the dog if he says he's not ready.

Instructor

Nicole Wiebusch

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019

Instructor

Eve Laforest

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019
Section 8: Electives
In this workshop, we’ll talk about the development stages of young dogs, from puppyhood to fully mature. We’ll go beyond mouthing and basic manners to see what we should expect at what age and what to focus on. To guide your clients effectively, you need to understand what is going on with their dog’s brain and body.

Instructor

Eve Laforest

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips regarding how to work with multi-dog families with an emphasis that skills must be taught to each dog independently before they can be successful working together.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

Sept. 15, 2019
Section 4: Foundation Training for Pet Dogs
This workshop will explain how to train and proof mat stays for real-life use so you and your clients can go out into the world and do things … together!

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

Sept. 15, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Sept. 15, 2019
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

Sept. 15, 2019

Instructor

Laura Waudby

Scheduled

Sept. 15, 2019
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

Sept. 15, 2019

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop is all about counter surfing and a reinforcing way of training “leave it” without conflict. Let’s learn how to teach a robust alternative behavior so families can cook and enjoy their meals without a dog’s nose in their plates!

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019
Section 8: Electives
In this workshop, we’ll talk about what to consider when starting out on your own. We’ll discuss choosing the right name, branding, determining your services and setting up your processes and procedures.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019
Section 8: Electives
What considerations should we have for clients with high-energy dogs, how can we deal with frustration, establish fair expectations, and help them come up with strategies that meet their dog’s needs and that are realistic to their lifestyle? We'll explore these topics in this workshop!

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019

Instructor

Sarah Stremming

Scheduled

Sept. 29, 2019
Section 4: Foundation Training for Pet Dogs
Learn how to help your clients' dogs truly crate happily through this course that discusses techniques, tips, and tricks for achieving the happiest craters around. There is even a troubleshooting section for the most difficult craters!

Instructor

Sarah Stremming

Scheduled

Sept. 29, 2019

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

Sept. 29, 2019
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

Sept. 29, 2019

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

Sept. 29, 2019
Section 8: Electives
Tricks are becoming increasingly popular among dog owners. This workshop will focus on the teaching of 5 different tricks that are both easy to learn and entertaining to watch.

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

Sept. 29, 2019

october

Registration opens September 22nd, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 6, 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
In this workshop, you will learn to assess and assist students who seem to have ended up with the “wrong” dog for them. You will receive tips on handling challenging combinations of dogs and families, as well as how to adjust your approach to accommodate the unique student/dog duo in front of you.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 6, 2019

Instructor

Christina Schenk-Hargrove

Scheduled

October 6, 2019
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

October 6, 2019

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

October 6, 2019
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

October 6, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

October 13, 2019
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

October 13, 2019

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

October 13, 2019
Section 4: Foundation Training for Pet Dogs
In this workshop, we will work from the ground up, from teaching a dog to quickly and happily sit on a platform to performing the behavior under heavy distractions. This workshop will focus on using stationing for in-home behaviors.

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

October 13, 2019

Instructor

Julie Flanery

Scheduled

October 13, 2019
Section 7: Go Teach! Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Organization
This workshop will discuss options on the physical set up of your classroom, what equipment you might want available to you, how to plan for the unexpected and how you might respond to unplanned situations in the classroom.

Instructor

Julie Flanery

Scheduled

October 13, 2019

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

October 20, 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop looks at common temptations as well as different training and management approaches for dealing with dogs who like to chase.

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

October 20, 2019

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

October 20, 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop will give you skills for preventing and handling mild resource guarding cases. We are going to discuss not only a few prevention techniques that are easy to implement, but also more detailed training plans that can address mild cases of resource guarding.

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

October 20, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 20, 2019
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips regarding how to put appropriate canine communication signals on cue for reactive dogs. You will learn the common calming and “cutoff” signals that dogs send to teach other to avoid conflict and how to effectively reinforce the dog for offering them.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 20, 2019

Instructor

Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Scheduled

October 27, 2019
Section 2: Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog
In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to analyze play interactions to make sure everyone is having fun, and how to troubleshoot problems when they arise.  You’ll also have the opportunity to submit your own videos for analysis and discussion.

Instructor

Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Scheduled

October 27, 2019

Instructor

Nicole Wiebusch

Scheduled

October 27, 2019
Section 4: Foundation Training for Pet Dogs
This workshop will discuss the mechanics of teaching sit, down, and stand and also will cover adding basic duration and release words. Finally, we will talk about how to add distractions in a systematic way so the dog can be successful.

Instructor

Nicole Wiebusch

Scheduled

October 27, 2019

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

October 27, 2019
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

October 27, 2019

november

Registration opens October 22nd, 2019

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

November 2019
Section 3: The Science (and Techniques) of Behavior Change
This workshop will cover ways to manage unwanted behaviors using LIMA (least intrusive and minimally aversive) principles. We will talk about why and when we should consider these interventions, and how to clearly distinguish for the dogs when they are being offered a choice versus when their owners’ expectations are non-negotiable.

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

November 2019

Instructor

Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Scheduled

November 2019
Section 3: The Science (and Techniques) of Behavior Change
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the process of desensitization and counterconditioning (DS/CC), and how it can be helpful in treating fear issues in dogs.

Instructor

Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Scheduled

November 2019

Instructor

Sarah Stremming

Scheduled

November 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop will teach you how to identify the precursors and reinforcers that are leading to your client dogs’ unwanted actions. We will cover basic differential reinforcement procedures, antecedent manipulation (management) techniques, and ethical concerns with behavior modification.

Instructor

Sarah Stremming

Scheduled

November 2019

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

November 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
In this workshop, we will work out management solutions, alternative behaviors, and reinforcement strategies to help your clients get four on the floor, fast!

Instructor

Casey Coughlin

Scheduled

November 2019

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

November 2019
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

November 2019

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

November 2019
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

November 2019

Instructor

Julie Flanery

Scheduled

November 2019
Section 7: Go Teach! Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Organization
This workshop will explore the different ways in which to present your weekly curriculum in a way that makes sense to your students and allows them to build on the previous step. We’ll also look at different models of classes, including revolving classes, focused classes, and mini workshops.

Instructor

Julie Flanery

Scheduled

November 2019

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

November 2019
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

November 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

November 2019
Section 8: Electives
Whatever therapeutic approach you pick for dealing with reactive, fearful, stressed, or aggressive dogs, helping your clients actually avoid rehearsal of those issues is paramount. In this workshop, we'll cover foundational management skills that every trainer needs to have their clients master.

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

November 2019

Instructor

Nicole Wiebusch

Scheduled

November 2019
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

November 2019

Instructor

Tania Lanfer

Scheduled

November 2019
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

November 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

November 2019
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

November 2019

december

Registration opens November 22nd, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
The first step to being a dog trainer is understanding dogs for who they are, as a distinct species. Clients have a lot of misinformation available to them from popular media, and as their professional, you should have accurate information. Are dogs really what you think they are?

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Sarah Stremming

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
Teach your clients to see consent, to give consent, and when to withhold consent, all leading to more peaceful and balanced lives between humans and dogs.

Instructor

Sarah Stremming

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 2: Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog
In this workshop, you will learn general red flags that suggest a possible medical problem, examples of specific presenting problems that often have a medical cause, and questions to ask that can help you determine whether a problem is behavioral or medical.

Instructor

Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Eve Laforest

Scheduled

December 2019
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. We signed up to train dogs and now we have to deal with all these icky, irritating and whiny humans? Fear not, there are solutions!

Instructor

Eve Laforest

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

December 2019
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

December 2019

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 6: Specific to Puppies!
In this workshop, we’ll discuss proper toys and how to develop appropriate games for puppies and their owners. We will focus on teaching 5 different tricks that are both easy to learn and entertaining to watch.

Instructor

Sara Brueske

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 7: Go Teach! Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Organization
In this workshop, Chrissi will give you the tools to teach effective, efficient and sought-after in-home training sessions yourself. Topics range from getting the kind of clients you want to ways of structuring your hour, and mistakes to avoid when doing home visits.

Instructor

Chrissi Schranz

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

December 2019
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

December 2019

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 8: Electives
Your students have finished your foundation level class and want more! This workshop will cover concepts you can teach that are both fun to train and that will help your students increase the reliability of their foundation skills.

Instructor

Chelsey Protulipac

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Deb Jones PhD

Scheduled

December 2019
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

December 2019