Dog and Puppy Training Course

Class Curriculum

Start Here:

  • Introduction
  • What you will need
  • How animal training works – animal learning
  • Dog body language and behavior
  • What behaviors to teach first
  • Dog training skills and rules
  • Marker/clicker training

Training Behaviors:

All behaviors in this section have demonstration videos:

  • Attention behavior
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Come when called (aka recall)
  • Stay
  • Leave it
  • Walking on leash (loose leash walking)
  • Go to mat
  • Drop it
  • Targeting behavior

Tricks:

All behaviors in this section have demonstration videos:

  • Shake paws
  • Sit up/sit pretty
  • Play bow
  • Spin
  • Fetch/retrieve
  • Put toys away
  • Balance treat on nose and catch

Puppies:

  • Puppy socialization
  • House-training
  • Crate training and alone training
  • Chewing
  • Puppy nipping/biting
  • Puppy food guarding prevention

Enrichment:

  • Enrichment activities

Behavior Problems:

  • Introduction to solving behavior problems
  • Barking
  • Jumping on people
  • Counter-surfing (jumping on counter)
  • Digging
  • Food stealing
  • Demanding attention/begging
  • Reactive behavior overview

Other Behaviors/Concepts:

  • Brushing dog teeth training
  • Cutting nails training
  • Proofing behavior – getting solid responses anywhere

Animal Training Terms:

  • Dictionary of training terms

This course uses positive reinforcement training methods: lure-reward, clicker training, etc.

Enrollment Fee: $350.

Class Features

Flexible:

  • Enroll at any time. Complete at your own pace.

Accessible:

  • Course is available to anyone with internet worldwide – in the English language.
  • Class works on any device – computers, tablets, smart phones, etc.

Convenient:

  • Study and practice in the comfortability of your own home and city.
  • Long-term access allows you to go at your own pace and learn even more.

Friendly, Helpful Support:

  • Individualized instructor support.
  • Ask unlimited questions and receive expert help from professional certified dog trainer, Dan Raymer, a leader in the humane animal training and welfare field.

Course Evolution:

  • More content will be added over time, as well as additional videos for free on YouTube.

The Best Training Methods:

  • Our class is designed using the most progressive, reward-based training techniques suitable for the whole family and the well-being of your dogs.
  • Our training methods are true positive reinforcement, force-free techniques including clicker training.

Demonstration Videos:

  • Learn from watching training in action, including 11 core dog obedience/foundation behaviors, and 7 trick behaviors.
  • Includes 35 written training plans to teach new behaviors or solve behavior problems.

Start today to forge lifelong benefits:

  • Understand how dogs learn.
  • Build the strongest bond with your dog.
  • Learn to communicate efficiently with your dog best friend, and teach new skills and behaviors to use in everyday life.

Questions/Answers:

What is the Price?

$350.

$300. – For SPCA of Wake County, NC adopters.

  • As a member of the SPCA’s Pet Behavior Network, I am able to offer a special rate for people who adopt their pets from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County in Raleigh, NC.
  • Note: as per agreement this only applies to this specific shelter, not other SPCAs.
  • Please email me your adopter ID number and pet adoption ID number to receive a link to enroll in the course.

What is the refund policy? We do not offer refunds. Once you purchase the course, you have access to it.

How long does the class take? Our course is designed to go at your own pace and take what you need from it. You may want to train all of the behaviors, or only some of them to fit your specific needs.

You will have access to the course for as long as we host it. Most likely until the year 2045, and perhaps longer.

Compare this to an in-person group class, in which you meet 1 hour for about 5-6 times typically for $150-300. Our course gives you more freedom to study and learn at a comfortable pace, and for a remarkable value.

What will you need for class? A dog to train, some rewards (treats/toys), a body harness if training on-leash, and a computer with internet access that can play videos (YouTube).

What training methods are used? Reward-based, positive reinforcement. More specifically, marker-clicker training, capturing, luring, shaping, and targeting, based on practical experience and scientific principles of operant conditioning, classical conditioning, and more.

We focus on setting dogs up to succeed, rewarding desirable behaviors, and removing rewards for undesirable behaviors, as well as building positive conditioned responses.

We never use or recommend force or aversive training methods that rely on harsh punishments, frustration, fear, and pain. No choke chains, prong/pinch collars, or shock collars are used ever.

If you have used these in the past, don’t worry. It’s easy to switch over to our training methods and get great results. And we’re here to help at any time.

What additional content will be available in the future? Current plans for this course and related YouTube channel include:

  • Additional recall (coming when called) video.
  • Loose leash walking video outside (heeling vs. walking longer distances).
  • Additional sit up video showing dog balancing feet on trainer for support to build muscle strength.
  • Crate training video.
  • Resource guarding prevention video.
  • Release cue video (releasing dogs from stays, for example).
  • Puzzle toy videos.
  • Find it game video.

Have additional questions? Let us know at raymerfamilydogtraining@gmail.com

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