A Better Way To Dog Training Excellence: Practical, Personal, Comprehensive
We provide you with one of the best educations in scientific pet dog training and client management available anywhere. Our curriculum is built on the one developed at the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers.
The course combines:
- Lecture and round-table discussion.
- Video and live demonstration.
- Hands-on training and individual coaching.
- Real-life practice interviewing clients.
Our Curriculum Covers
Principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA): antecedents, behavior, and consequences | Classical and operant conditioning, conditioned reinforcers, discrimination, generalization, habituation, sensitization & desensitization, blocking & overshadowing, motivation, establishing operations, conditioned emotional responses, counter conditioning | Comparison of dog learning to human learning.
Dog development and ethology: physiology and genetics of behavior, action patterns, social signals, body language, social development, critical periods, adaptive significance of behavior.
Principles of shaping by approximation, timing and delivery mechanics, applications of conditioned reinforcer |Sequences for basic cues: sit, down, recall, stay, wait, leash manners, polite greetings, leave it, placement cues, targeting | Behavior in real life contexts| Shaping vs. prompting | Criteria shifts, prompts and prompt-fading, distraction-proofing, analyzing and solving training challenges in a variety of dogs.
Assessing, managing, and modifying behavior to address issues such as human and dog directed reactivity, fear related issues, separation anxiety and distress, predation, canine compulsive disorders, resource guarding, barking, housetraining, multiple pet households.
CLIENT CONSULTATION TECHNIQUES
Client coaching, history taking, client goal setting, designing and customizing programs for clients, fostering client compliance, support and effective communication, conflict resolution, written communication skills and follow-up protocols.