All "dog trouble"
can be traced back to insecurity.
Not the dog's,
but the human's.
The Dog101 MiniCourse®
What it is
The Dog101 MiniCourse® is a back2basics training program you can do in the comfort of your home. It contains six lessons spread out in three sessions. The course was originally created as a "User Manual to Dogs" for rehoming centres to hand out to people who adopt a dog.
It is NOT about teaching obedience. The course is designed to teach humans on the fundamentals of dog training.
To raise your knowledge and self-confidence on how to be in control, and how to turn a boisterous, overexcited or "rowdy" dog into a well-mannered, CALM pooch.
This course reflects our belief that it is not the dogs who need to be taught to obey, but people ought to learn how to behave around dogs.
The Dog101 MiniCourse® is conducted online via a streaming service (audio only, so we don't have to "present" ourselves :)
It includes three consulting sessions (30-40 min. each) with a Case Assessment, a detailed write-up of a training program specially designed for your dog, and additional Home Study.
You may be asked to take a short video of your dog as part of the Assessment.
What this course covers
Lesson1 CASE ASSESSMENT
Dog training, just as any sort of therapy has one major setback: too often people try to sort out a symptom, such as a weak recall or excessive barking.
In order to get to the cause of the problem, we must first make a proper assessment of your case, and locate the actual reason behind the issue(s) you attempt to find solution to. Hence the Case Assessment as the first step.
It entails collecting information, and testing your knowledge on dogs, so we can get a good idea about your experience as an owner/dog handler.
Lesson2 TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
In this lesson we check how much you actually know about "wearing your hat" as a dog owner. We would like to know how much experience and skills you have in training dogs, so we can adjust our program according to your needs and your knowledge.
(Don't worry - we are not here to judge. We are here to help.)
Lesson3 GOOD CANINE MANNERS
Individual cases and circumstances may differ, but there is a general consensus we can all agree on: a certain set of behaviour we call "canine manners" must be followed by all dogs that live among humans and other animals. We also take a look at what your dog is supposed to know in terms of obedience, in light of its age and previous training.
Lesson4 THE WORD IS BOND
We believe that effective dog training is only possible once a strong bond has been built between man and his dog - one that is based on mutual respect, trust and brotherhood. In this lesson we learn the seven ways to create a healthy bond with our dog.
Lesson5 FROM HISS TO BLISS (WALKING THE DOG)
The word "hiss" here refers to the sound you make when your dog pulls your arm out of its socket... Most "dog problems" occur on the walk; the dog is fine at home, but once it leaves the house... The average person walks his/her dog for ten hours in any given week - or about thirty hours a month. That translates into almost four-hundred hours a year. Seriously! This is a lot of time, especially if walking a dog is a source of stress for both human an dog.
In this lesson we learn the best (and fastest) way to teach the dog to "walk nice".
Lesson6 FEED TO LEAD
What the heck has feeding to do anything with behaviour?? one might ask. Quite a lot, actually. Just think of how an "improper meal" (or in plain English: junk food) affects our mood.
A recent survey of the diet of three hundred dogs kept as pets showed that
66% was fed with a type of food that significantly lacked the nutritional elements of what the dog's age and activity level would require
18% was underweight
72% of the dogs were overfed (true story!)
Diet can play a significant part in behavioural issues. In this session we will take a look at the way you feed your dog: what do you feed it with, how much you give and what your feeding routine looks like.
As part of your Home Study Program, you will also receive a copy of a number of chapters from the book Dog Training For Humans, such as
· Who is the leader of the pack?
· The Imprinting Period how it shapes behaviour
· A new slant on dog training: Train the human. Calm the dog.
· Socialisation basics - why our dogs do not learn how to play
· IN CANE SPERAMUS ("In the dog we trust")
· Why dogs do not follow unstable humans
· How your state of mind makes all the difference in training
· A message to children who live with dogs