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TRAIN THE TRAINER

 

This is an two-part intensive program designed for aspiring dog trainers looking to make dog training their career, professional dog trainers looking to sharpen their skills, and shelter and rescue staff looking to better help the dogs in their care.

Train the Trainer 1.0

What is included?

  • 5 consecutive 8-hour training days at Method K9's Training Facility

  • Completion Certificate

What is covered in Train the Trainer 1.0?

  • Topics include but are not limited to: business coaching, social media coaching, dog psychology, dog history, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, training equipment fit and use, languages, sequencing, basic and advanced obedience, threshold work, dog drives, human body language, dog body language, e-collar education and application, crate training, play and its benefits for behavioral issues, dropping toys and items on command, counterconditioning for fear or aggression toward touch, muzzles, collars, leashes, nails, grooming, and more, socialization with dogs and people, treadmill and biking concepts, hormones, appeasement behavior, displacement behavior, leash skills, public training, home structure and set up, solutions for problem behaviors such as fear, anxiety, aggression, reactivity, resource guarding, jumping, barking, whining, nipping fighting house mates, potty training, insecurity, OCD behaviors, high prey drive, territorial behaviors, and more!

  • When available, students will be able to observe board and train activities (both in the facility and on field trips), classes, private sessions, and client education.

  • Working seat students will work hands-on with their personal dogs (or client's dogs) for 2+ hours per day.

What is the cost?

  • Working seat (1 handler and 1 dog): $3500

  • Observation seat (1 observer only): $2500

  • A 50% non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit is due at the time of booking. The other 50% is due on or before the start date.

What are the program dates?

  • November 6th-10th, 2023

  • April 8th-12th, 2024

  • June 17th-21st, 2024

  • August 26th-30th, 2024

  • October 21st-25th, 2024

  • November 4th-8th, 2024

Vaccine requirements?

  • ALL dogs must be up to date on Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordetella. Dogs must also have negative fecal test results. Fecal test must be done 30 days prior to program start date and include testing for Giardia (this is something you must request, as it is not included in a basic fecal test). Should your dog test positive for Giardia this will allow time to treat and have a retest done.

 

What will I need to bring for my dog?

  • Dogs must attend on a well-fitting martingale collar and 6ft leash. Any changes to equipment will be recommended to you after Stephanie has had time to get to know your dog. Dogs with reactivity or aggression must attend on a well-fitting Baskerville, Jafco, Dean & Tyler, or Bumas muzzle. Owners are also required to bring their dog’s favorite toys, a treat bag, food for their dog, and a 15ft long line.

 

Is there anything I need to do prior to the program?

  • Muzzle conditioning 

*This service requires an phone interview with a member of our staff. If you are interested in attending this program, please fill out a contact form on our home page. Be sure to specify the program dates of your choosing and why you want to be part of the program. Once received, we will schedule a 15 minute phone interview.

Train the Trainer 2.0

What is included?

  • 5 consecutive 8-hour training days at Method K9's Training Facility

  • Lifetime access to our Board and Train Educational Videos (20+ hours of footage that break down our training process step-by-step).

  • Completion Certificate

What is covered in Train the Trainer 2.0?

  • Topics include but are not limited to: all topics from Train the Trainer 1.0 will be covered in more depth in addition to pack drive (what it is, how to cultivate it, and how to get it on command), prey drive (what it is, how to control it, how tom satisfy it, how to use it for behavioral rehabilitation, and how to put it on command), defense drive (what it is and how to teach our dogs to choose flight over fight if necessary), predation, history of wolf lineage and domestication, advanced play concepts, e-collar for each drive, spatial pressure, claiming territory for issues like doorbell reactivity and fence fighting, resource guarding, socialization with dogs and people, dog body language, advocacy, differential reinforcement, counterconditioning, vet exams, grooming, spatial pressure, public speaking, and more!

  •  Students will work hands-on with their personal dogs (or client's dogs) for 4+ hours per day.

What is the cost?

  • Working seat (1 handler and 1 dog): $3800

  • A 50% non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit is due at the time of booking. The other 50% is due on or before the start date.

What are the program dates?

  • July 22nd-26th, 2024

  • August 12th-16th, 2024

  • October 7th-11th, 2024

Vaccine requirements?

  • ALL dogs must be up to date on Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordetella. Dogs must also have negative fecal test results. Fecal test must be done 30 days prior to program start date and include testing for Giardia (this is something you must request, as it is not included in a basic fecal test). Should your dog test positive for Giardia this will allow time to treat and have a retest done.

 

What will I need to bring for my dog?

  • Dogs must attend on a well-fitting martingale collar and 6ft leash. Any changes to equipment will be recommended to you after Stephanie has had time to get to know your dog. Dogs with reactivity or aggression must attend on a well-fitting Baskerville, Jafco, Dean & Tyler, or Bumas muzzle. Owners are also required to bring their dog’s favorite toys, a treat bag, food for their dog, and a 15ft long line.

 

Is there anything I need to do prior to the program?

Find the ideal dog. While it is our goal to help you with your current dog, it is important to keep in mind this 5 day program is meant for you to learn, and an ideal dog can make that process easier. This program is meant to give you hands-on experience in every topic.

 

Ideal Dog:

  • Some food drive

  • Some toy drive

  • Mild to moderate behavioral issue(s)

 

Not Ideal Dog:

  • Zero food drive

  • Zero toy drive

  • Intense behavioral issue(s)

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