This comprehensive course covers crucial topics for successfully navigating your dog’s adolescent phase, building a stronger bond, and equipping you and your pup with valuable skills for a harmonious life together.
Week 1 – Understanding
In this foundational week, we delve into understanding adolescence in dogs, how they learn, and the concept of trigger stacking. You’ll gain insights into managing chewing behaviors, fostering appropriate play, and breaking up any concerning play behaviors. We explore touch sensitivity, the importance of scent, and establishing routines to create a positive foundation for new behaviors.
Week 2 – Set Up For Success
Get ready to set your pup up for success! We help you discover what motivates your dog beyond the traditional food bowl, transforming mealtime into an enriching experience. Become an epic pet parent by identifying your dog’s outlets, lowering arousal levels, and mastering the art of positive interrupters. We cover treat delivery techniques, understanding dog toys, and the crucial management concept.
Week 3 – Building Your Relationship
Strengthen your bond with your pup through tricks, luring techniques, and creative exercises. We introduce exciting tricks like spins, twists, and the Crazy 8s while building a trick routine and playing engaging games like Hide and Seek. Explore Sniffari Adventures, a treasure bag journey, and even bond over creative canine cuisine. Hand feeding and positive interactions become a way to enhance your connection.
Week 4 – Building Confidence
Confidence-building is key during adolescence. We introduce shaping behaviors, address sound sensitivities, and engage in body awareness activities like Cavalettis. You’ll learn how to handle collar and harness grabs, navigate obstacle courses, and teach essential commands like paw targeting—scavenger hunt scent work, introducing ramps, car trips, and water exposure safety round out this week.
Week 5 – Building Confidence (Continued)
This week is all about refining your communication with your dog. We dive into marker training, perfecting market timing, and teaching essential cues. You’ll learn how to regain your dog’s attention and manage distractions, ensuring your pup responds reliably even in challenging situations. Walking positions, focus techniques, and recall exercises are the highlights.
Week 6 – Building Calmness
Learn how to manage arousal levels, capture sits, and teach the “Settle” command. We focus on essential manners, such as leaving items alone, developing polite door behavior, and mastering safe stair manners. You’ll enjoy bonding over picnics and honing figure 8 walking skills, all while ensuring your pup learns to remain calm and well-behaved.
Week 7 – Core Skills
In this week, we delve into core skills that every well-behaved dog should have: master recall, hand target recall, release cues, and walking etiquette. You’ll practice the “stop-start” game, perfect the “around to position” command and reinforce attention checks even amidst distractions. Learn how to teach your pup to catch, fetch, and drop items reliably.
Week 8 – Teaching Alternative Behaviors
Address common behavioral challenges like counter surfing, jumping up, and teaching your dog to settle during your workout sessions. We introduce cues like “Go to Spot” and “Go to Your Bed” and practice the ping pong recall. These alternative behaviors replace unwanted habits, creating a harmonious environment at home.
Week 9 – Advance Your Skills
Take your training to the next level by handling distractions in duration and distance, mastering reward placement, and improving default hand positions. Learn advanced recall techniques, practice changing walking paces, and even walk backward. These skills will solidify your dog’s responsiveness in various scenarios.
Week 10 – Train in the Real World
It’s time to put your training into real-world scenarios. Engage in urban agility exercises, practice escaping techniques, fade out management, and embrace responsible off-leash park experiences. Teach your dog practical behaviors like recycling items and enjoy the journey of training your adolescent pup to be a confident, well-mannered companion in various environments.