K9 Academy - Basic Manners
Open Enrollment - Start when your ready!
A new way to train your dog! With goal-based self-contained lessons, you can jump into a class at any time and not miss ANYTHING. Each week’s activities are built around problem solving a real-life situation—like polite behavior around guests or a successful neighborhood walk or part outing—keeping you engaged and makes learning basic manners a blast.
What To Expect
This class is based on life-long goals for students. The class is intended to help students:
Build effective relationships with their dogs based on effective interspecies communication, thus: increasing the bonds between owners and their dogs; avoiding the rise of unwanted behaviors and the use of punishment due to human misunderstanding of the needs, desires, and intentions of dogs; avoiding the rise or reinforcement of unwanted behaviors due to poor human to dog communication
Choose a positive, problem solving approach when faced with new challenges or situations over their dog’s lifetime
To support the Lifelong Goals, every detail of this course is built around achieving the following course goals.
By the end of this course, students will:
How Dogs Learn
Understand how dogs learn by association (classical conditioning) and consequence (operant conditioning), and the implications of these learning modes for training and living with dogs.
Understand the basic physical and mental stimulation needs of dogs and how to provide for them.
Reinforcement & Motivation
Understand what is reinforcing for their dog and be able to use this knowledge to effect positive training outcomes. Reward Removal—negative punishment—and Say Please are both used under this goal
Handling and Focus
Be able to achieve and maintain control of their dog through safe, positive leash handling and positive methods of focusing their dog’s attention.
Understand the importance of and learn to always be aware of one’s surroundings and be ready to respond proactively as needed to keep dogs and humans safe and comfortable.
Work at the Dog’s Level
Understand the importance of and be able to set reasonable expectations for and assess their dog’s behavior and progress based on one’s own skills, the dog’s experience, and the surrounding situation. Criteria setting, proofing, and rate of reinforcement are built into the exercises designed to teach this goal.
Problem Solving & Real-World Application
Be able to apply class learning to problem solve positive approaches to real life situations.
Classroom Environment Goals
In order to create a space in which students can achieve the course goals, this course is organized to meet the following Classroom Environment Goals:
Offers opportunities that foster the supportive sharing of ideas.
Comfortable & Safe Learning
Encourages creativity and experimentation by placing an emphasis on students’ progress rather than dogs’ performance success.
Real World Context
Provides ample opportunities and real-life contexts for practice and problem solving that can be applied to real life situations.
Calm & Focused Learning
Provides a calm and focused learning environment by making classroom management and handling & focus techniques an integral part of the curriculum. The goal is to create a truly calm space rather than simply managing problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Answers You Need
What is Open Enrollment?
Open enrollment means that dogs and their people can start at any point in the class. Say you a class has started and two weeks into that class you decide to register, but the class only has 4 sessions left. With open enrollment you don’t have to wait! Simply join the already-in-progress class.
In open enrollment, all students attend six weeks in a row after an initial group or one-on-one orientation .But some may start with session one, others in session 2, still others in session 5, and so on. If your start class in session 3 you and your dog will attend sessions 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2.