Principles of Training Program
Understand Core Concepts for Faster Progress with:
- Getting the best results utilizing positive reinforcement and why reward-based training works.
- The importance of using Nothing for Free Program and the Premack Principle.
- Myth buster—why trying to be your rescue dog’s alpha won’t improve his behavior.
- What are secondary reinforcers, and how will they enhance your dog’s training progress?
- How to talk to your rescue dog for the best training results (hint: dogs are masters at interpreting body language, slight changes in your approach make all the difference).
Please and Thank You Program
Train Efficiently Using Say Please Approach with:
- How to use greetings (people and dog) as rewards for good behavior.
- Well-mannered entrances and exits, at the vet’s office, dog daycare, and more.
- Automatic sits—teach your rescue dog to sit, without being told.
- Teaching and using the touch cue, impress guests with polite greetings.
Primary School Program
Teach Vital Skills for Good Dog Behavior with:
- Getting your dog’s attention, the first time, with our easy-to-use approach.
- Sit and down, when you need it—we’ll show you how to train these important cues.
- Stay—we’ll guide you through practical exercises, so your dog stays when asked.
- Wait—teach your rescue dog to pause (at doors, for meals, on walks, and more).
- Leave it—train your dog to walk away from dropped food, rabbit poop, sidewalk trash, and much more.
- Come when called—training a rock-solid recall is critical and fun. Let us show you how.
- Relaxation exercise—we’ll coach you through a calming technique, so your rescue dog chills out while you watch TV.
Prep School Program *for best results, please teach Primary School skills first.
Train Advanced Skills for Better Dog Behavior with:
- Hand targeting—what it is and why your dog needs to learn “touch” right now.
- Go to your mat—we’ll show you straightforward steps, so your dog goes to his place during family meals, guest entrances, and more.
- Advanced sit and down stay—if you want your dog to stay, at the park, when friends arrive, or on walks, we’ll show you the way.
- Watch me—teaching essential eye contact will take your training to the next level.
- Heeling—with our approach, your rescue dog will want to walk by your side.
- Advanced come when called—we’ll show you how to add distractions for better recall reliability.
Promenade Program *for best results, please teach Primary School skills first.
Enhance Real-World Responses with:
- Polite leash walking—let us guide you through simple loose leash walking steps.
- Rules for the Road—how to maintain good behavior around vehicles, joggers, bikes, other dogs, and more.
- Money-saving tips—with our advice, you won’t buy ineffective (or unsafe) leashes, long lines, or harnesses.
Paws on the Floor Program
Train Your Dog Not to Jump with:
- The “Four on the Floor” technique and how to effectively use it to end jumping.
- Alternative behaviors for busy dogs—if your dog is sitting, he’s not jumping.
- Short-term prevention solutions for jumping while your rescue dog is learning calm behavior around dogs and people.
- Sit and stay—train your dog to sit (politely) for greetings rather than jump around.
- Go to Your Mat—use this vital skill during guest entrances to thwart jumping.
- Touch—incorporate this fun skill to impress friends and family with polite greetings.