Private Lesson Course Outlines

Puppy Kindergarten - For dogs 8-10 weeks of age


Lesson One: Introduction /Collar and Leash / Food Rewards /Approaching puppies / Hand Scenting / Positive Reinforcement / Verbal Corrections / Leash Corrections / Using the Human Body to Influence the Puppy’s Behavior / Bite Inhibition / Using “Gentle” to Mean More / Walking on a Leash Nicely


Lesson Two: Self Control / Teaching the “Sit” / “Sit- Stay” / Consistency / Practice / Manners / “Leave It”


Lesson Three: Puppy’s Body Language / Puppy’s Vocal Language / Human’s Tone of Voice / Timing / Puppy Handling / Distractions / “Brain Full” How to Recognize When Your Puppy’s Mind is Full / “Ta”, “Give It” or “Drop It”


Lesson Four: Restraint for Handling / Tips for the “Sit – Stay” / It Takes Two to Tango / Eye Contact and Checking In


Lesson Five: Educational Tools / Creating Boundaries / Socialization


Lesson Six: Education vs. Training


-  6 Private Lessons

- Cost: $240


Two boys were talking about their respective dogs.

“I can’t figure it out”, complained one.

“How is it that you can teach your dog all those tricks and I can’t teach my dog anything at all?”

“Well, said the other boy, “to begin with, you gotta know more than your dog.”


                                                                                                 Author Unknown





Basic Obedience - For dogs 12 weeks and older


Lesson One:  Introduction / Vocabulary Comprehension of the Dog / Obedience Training / Positive Reinforcement / Correction vs. Punishment (The Use Of Corrections and Why Punishment is Not Used) / Verbal Corrections / Consequential Corrections / “Watch Me” and the Automatic Check-In / “Leave It” / “Ta”, “Out” or “Drop It” / Equipment Required /


Lesson Two: General Training Recommendations – Be Patient / Be Consistent / Be Positive / Practice / Make Use of Opportunities / “Brain Full” / “Parlor Tricks” / The Release


Lesson Three:  The Apology / Acceptance of and Reward for Positive Behavior / Practicing Requests -  Request + Cooperation = Praise / “Sit”, “Sit-Stay”, “Down”, “Down-Stay”, “Wait”, “Walk Nicely” or “Easy”, “Stop”, “Right Paw”, “Left Paw”, “Go Right”, “Go Left”, “Gentle”, “Heel”, “SIDE”


Lesson Four: Training Becomes a Lifestyle / Learning to Work with Your Dog on Twenty Plus Common and Useful requests


“Make your commands, requests with hope rather than demand.” 

Charles P. Eisenmann “Chuck”


Lesson Five: “Sit-Stay” and “Down Stay” / “Off” and “Down” / Jumping Up! / “Come” – “Let’s Go” / Open Arm Crouch


Lesson Six: “Come”, “Let’s Go” Teaching Both Concepts / Tips for Teaching / Distractions / “Down–Stay” and “Sit-Stay” Building Reliability for Distance, Through  Distractions and for Longer Durations / “Down-Stay” Use of as a Time out


Lesson Seven: Proofing / Suggestions for Challenging Your Dog / “Heel” / “Side”


Lesson Eight: Training and Teaching Review – Attitude / Concepts / Corrections / Requests / Practice / Concept Review / Activities and Words / Timing / Be the Party 


-  8 Private Lessons

- Cost: $320.00 




The World Beyond “Sit” - Advanced training - prerequisite is completion of Basic Obedience



Lesson One: Introduction / Rapid Fire Exercises/ Learn to Fly by the Seat of Your Pants / Finding a Starting Point


Lesson Two:  Rosemary and Basil / “Side” Review / “Heel” Review / Naming Items, Teaching the Dog How to Indicate, “Show me”, “Put Your Paw On” / Naming Items / Indicating /  The “Helen Keller” Moment


“Never underestimate the intelligence of a dog, for then he will have less reason to underestimate yours”

Lyric Wolf


Lesson Three: Is It A Game? / Walking Nicely / Creating a Dance of Requests/ The Shell Game


Lesson Four:  The Importance of Home Work / Learning How to Watch Your Dog and Use His/Her Interests to Further their Education / Bring Your Ideas into the Classroom


Lesson Five:  Putting the Lessons into Practice / Encouraging and Building Cooperation by Keeping Things Fun /


“The dog speaks with as much or more clarity of thought as the human, he utilizes his entire self to create the vocabulary which he offers for consideration, you must be willing to “listen” if you wish to hear what it is he is saying”.

Lyric Wolf


Lesson Six:  An Introduction to Calming Signals – Head Turning / Softening the Eyes / Turning Away / Licking the Nose / Freezing / Walking Slowly, Using Slow Movements / Play Bow / Sitting Down / Down / Yawning / Sniffing / Curving / Splitting Up / Wagging the Tail


Lesson Seven: The Stressed Dog / What makes the Dog Stressed / How Can We Identify Stress? / What Can We Do About Stress In Our Dogs? / Turid Rugus / Break the Cycle


Lesson Eight: Using Signals in Practical Handling / What Happens When a Dog Loses its Language? / When do puppies Start Using Calming Signals? / Leadership and Parenthood / Your Choice / It is Your Choice


-  8 Private Lessons

- Cost: $320.00 + Tax




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