All "dog trouble"
can always be traced back to insecurity.
Not the dog's,
but the human's.
The Dog101 Cram Course®
What it is
The Dog101 Cram Course® is a back2basics training program you can do in the comfort of your home. It contains six lessons, originally created for rescue centers to hand out as suggested User's Manual to make sure people who decide to adopt know how to help their dogs to adjust to a new environment/life.
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, while building a well-balanced bond with your 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 Cram Course® is conducted online via a streaming service. It includes an assessment, two consulting sessions, a detailed write-up of your training strategy and a Home Study program.
You may be asked to take a short video of your dog to follow its progress.
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 make an effort to try to locate that actual reason behind the issue(s) you attempt to find a solution to. If you focus on the symptoms, you can spend an awful lot of money and time on dog training, and even if you get some improvement, soon another symptom will raise its ugly head. Therefore we always begin this course with the Case Assessment.
It entails collecting data, and also testing your knowledge on dogs, so we can get a good idea about your experience as an owner/dog handler.
Lesson2 GOOD CANINE MANNERS
Individual cases and circumstances may differ, but there is a general consensus we can all agree on: there is a certain set of behaviour we call "canine manners" that dogs that live among humans are supposed to know and adhere to. This lesson is about having an agreement on what the "ideal scene" is that we are trying to achieve with this training. Obviously, we can only measure your dog's progress if we know where we are right now, but are also aware of what we are aiming for. In this lesson we quickly go through what behaviour we could expect from your dog (in relation to his/her age).
Lesson3 THE NAME 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 respect, trust and brotherhood. In this lesson we learn the seven best ways to create a healthy bond with our dog.
As part of this lesson, we also examine three vital parts of bond-building
A) your daily routine
B) your dog's sleeping arrangement
C) and we check your dog's gear (a.k.a lead, collar, harness, bed).
Lesson4 WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?
Any trainer worth his salt would agree: trying to work with a dog that is full of excessive energy is NOT a walk in the park (pun intended). Most people are shocked to learn that walking does not equal exercising. You may even be more surprised to learn that the best way to alleviate behavioural problems (even without any training) is through EXERCISE.
How much exercise does your dog get on a regular basis? One hour a week? Two? Is the exercise he does remotely related to its breed? Do you do a warm up before exercise? Does your dog see you as a playmate or regards you solely as a tennis ball machine?...
In this lesson, we look at these questions and clarify once and for all: what exercise your dog should do and how often - based on age, breed and energy level.
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 owner 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. 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 fast an "improper meal" (or in plain English: junk food) affects your mood. Speaking from experience: a recent survey of the diet for forty dogs showed that
56% was fed with a type of food that significantly lacked the nutritional elements of what the dog's age and activity level would have demanded,
15% was underweight and a whopping
72% of the dogs were overfed.
Diet can play a significant part in behavioural issues, therefore as part of your course, we take a look at the way you feed your dog: what do you feed it with, how much you give and what is your feeding routine.
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
· The dog is not the issue
· Pro and cons of the “pack leader” principle
· Why it all boils down to the Imprinting Period
· A new slant on dog training: it's not getting the confusion out of the dog, it's getting the dog out of confusion
· Socialisation - the secret to the friendly dog is in the smell!
· Why training your dog must begin with you
· 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 (and their parents) who live with dogs
(You are entitled to a 20% discount if you had a Case Assessment.)