Skill Level: Beginner
Length: 6 Modules
Access Period: 12 years
This course has been a 36 years in the making. While I produced my first VHS obedience video in 1982 I never stopped thinking about how I could make it better. So over the years I redid it and I redid it again and again, right up to this final 2018 version.
In1993 we saw the introduction of reward based dog training (marker training). Since then that system has been tweaked and improved to the point it is today. The fact is marker training is simple, but it is not easy. Explaining this training system to new (or old) dog trainers is what this course is about.
We are going to show how our training sessions looks more like playing games with our dogs than the old formal training classes. Unlike the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's, today's goal is to build engagement so our dogs looks forward to the next training session and they want to learn.
In our course you will learn a communication system that allows the dog understand exactly when they are doing something correctly and exactly when they need to try again because they didn't quite get it right. Our system produces dogs want to do what we ask rather than feel like they are being forced to do what we ask.
This Basic Obedience course has 6 modules. Each module is divided into a number of segments.
The course outline is:
|Segment 1||Ed Frawley's Resume to Teach|
|Segment 2||Our Terminology|
|Segment 3||Understanding Good Management|
|Segment 4||The Basics of Good House Braeking|
|Segment 5||We must become a Balanced Dog Trainer|
|Segment 6||Why we train with Food? How to stop using Food.|
|Segment 7||How we split Exercises into Small Parts for Training|
|Segment 8||Theory of Corrections|
|Segment 9||Learn to Build Your Dog's Training Plan|
|Segment 10||Training Equipment for the Course|
|Segment 1||What is Reward based Training - Marker Training|
|Segment 2||How we Deliver a Food Reward|
|Segment 3||How we Start Training - Charge the Mark|
|Segment 4||Why Engagement is So Important|
|Segment 5||Putting Engagement on Cue|
|Segment 1||Gestures / Lures / Adding the Command|
|Segment 2||Training the Sit|
|Segment 3||Train the Down|
|Segment 4||Adding Duration to the Sit and Down|
|Segment 5||What a good Training Session Looks Like|
|Segment 6||Why the Stay is also an intermediate Command|
|Segment 1||Walk on a Loose Leash|
|Segment 2||Training the Yuck or Leave-It|
|Segment 1||The Recall is your most Important Command|
|Segment 2||Rules of the Recall|
|Segment 3||Restrained Recalls|
|Segment 4||Food Toss Recall|
|Segment 5||Long Line Recalls|
|Segment 6||Hide and Seek Games Build Drive|
|Segment 1||Our Intermediate Online Course|
|Segment 2||Leerburg's Recommended Advanced DVD's|
|Segment 3||Dog Sports - Are they for you?|
The advantage of an online courses over DVD's is the course contains far more information than the time constraints of a DVDs. Plus the courses can constantly be updated. Updating a DVD is often not feasible.
It is also far easier for a student to review a topics in a course than in a DVD. One only needs to try and review a specific topic in the middle of a DVD. Spending time going fast forward and rewinding takes so much time. Finding a topic in a well laid out course (like this Basic Dog Obedience course) takes seconds.
MODULE 1: Your Foundation
When we make the decision to train our dogs we need to find a way to communicate with them. This module will help you learn where to start.
SEGMENT 1: Ed Frawley’s Resume
At some point you need to have confidence in whose advise you take about training dogs. In this segment you will learn about Ed Frawley's back ground on teaching people how to train dogs.
SEGMENT 2: The difference between the DVD/Stream/ and this Online course
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SEGMENT 3: Terminology
It is important we all use and understand the same terminology when we talk about training our dogs. That is what this segment is about
SEGMENT 4: Understanding the Importance of Good Management
Management is often more important than obedience training.
SEGMENT 5: House Breaking
House breaking is more about management than obedience training. This segment explains why that is the case.
SEGMENT 6: Become a Balanced Dog Trainer
We hope you will go through this segment and walk away wanting to become a "balanced dog trainer".
SEGMENT 7: Why We Train with Food Rewards & How to Stop Using Food
We are going to teach you how to train with food rewards, we will also teach you how to stop using food rewards.
SEGMENT 8: Splitters: Lumpers: Chaining Behaviors
In this segment you will learn how to break a behavior into small parts that can then be trained and linked together to create the more complicated behavior.
SEGMENT 9: Theory of Corrections
The purpose of a correction is not to punish our dog, the purpose of a correction is to get a behavior change.
SEGMENT 10: Build your Training Plan
It is impossible to put a generic step by step training plan together for you and your dog, every dog is different, training plans vary by the age and the temperament your dog. In this segment we will teach you how to put your personal training plan together and then how to abandon a plan that is not working.the of
SEGMENT 11: Training Equipment
Training equipment are tools we use to communicate with our dog. Using the right equipment for a specific dog is important.
MODULE 2: Reward-Based Training
We discuss Marker Training, how to start it and how it leads into Engagement with our dogs.
SEGMENT 1: Reward based Training - What is Marker Training
This segment explains what
SEGMENT 2: How to Deliver a Food Reward
You will learn the correct way to deliver food rewards without getting your fingers bit.
SEGMENT 3: How we start - Charge the MARK
The first step in marker training is called Charge the Mark. This segment explains how to do this training.
SEGMENT 4: Why Engagement is So Important
Engagement is the key to a reward based training program.
SEGMENT 5: Putting Engagement on Cue
Putting engagement on cue is a skill very dog trainer should learn how to do.
MODULE 3: Lures - Gestures & Training the Sit & Down
In this module you will learn what a lure is, the difference between a lure and a gesture, and then how to use these tools to teach our dog to sit and down.
SEGMENT 1: Lures/Gestures/and adding a voice command.
In this segment you will learn how to train with lures and gestures. You will also learn how to fade gestures and then fade those tools and add a voice command.
SEGMENT 2: Training the Sit
Training the sit with lures and gestures.
SEGMENT 3: Training the DOWN
Training the down with lures and gestures.
SEGMENT 4: Adding Duration to the Sit & Down
Adding duration to the sit and down, and why the long sit/down is an intermediate exercise.
SEGMENT 5: Fun Training Sessions for the SIT & Down
You will see what a fun training session can look like between you and your dog.
SEGMENT 6: Training in the 'STAY' or 'WAIT' is an Intermediate Command
Training the stay command when the handler is not near his dog is a intermediate exercise.
MODULE 4: Training Loose Leash Walking
This module will show you how to stop your dog from pulling on the leash during a walk.
SEGMENT 1: Walk on a Loose Leash
In this segment we will show 3 different styles of walking your dog. You will learn how loose leash walking is the preferred method for pet owners.
SEGMENT 2: The "Yuck" or "Leave It" Command
One of the most important commands that we can teach our dog is to spit something out when asked.
MODULE 5: The Basic Recall
Training your dog to come when called is the most important command you can teach your dog. This module covered the foundation to a recall.
SEGMENT 1: We All Need & Want a Solid Recall
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SEGMENT 2: Rules on Training the Recall Command
Knowing the rules of the recall will help establish the foundation of your recall.
SEGMENT 3: Restrained Recalls
Restrained recalls are the first step in the foundation of a dogs recall training
SEGMENT 4: Food Toss Recall Games
Food toss games are a motivational method used in the learning phase of the recall. In this training the handler learns how to use
SEGMENT 5: Long Line Recalls
Long line recalls are the first step in layering in corrections for your recall.
MODULE 6: Where to Go From Here
SEGMENT 1: Leerburg's Intermediate Dog Training Course and DVD
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SEGMENT 2: Questions and Answers
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SEGMENT 3: Dog Sports - Are they for you?
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SEGMENT 4: Advanced Training
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"I thought this course was excellent. I am hoping for more to come. I don’t know what to tell you on how to improve but I can say videos are the easiest way for me to learn so I appreciated all of them. And I did practice on my dog after watching some of them. Thank you again I Loved the course and am hoping for more. Thank you very much for the opportunity to take this and to learn from your knowledge."
Training a dog and training a human are two different skill sets.
The reason for this is simple. Dogs do not learn like humans learn. Dogs are visual learners. From the time they are puppies they learn to read their owners body language, even though they don't understand a word their owner are saying.
Just because a person can train a dog to do very complex behaviors does not mean that same person can teach another human how to train a dog to do the same complex behaviors.
This course allows new dog trainers the ability to learn from a professional dog trainer (Ed Frawley) who has spent his entire career (sine 1982) teaching people how to train their dog.
The advantage of Eds' online course is it has over 7 hours of video that is organized is a very logical order. You can review the outline below in the course description.
Students can move through the course at their own speed. If they want to quickly skim through the content they can, if they want to spend a week on each module they can, but they always have the options to come back and quickly review the course content.The structure of Leerburgs' online courses allows this.
This is one of the reasons Ed constantly tells potential students that the online course is far better than taking a local obedience course in which students come for a one hour class once a week. They listen to a lecture, work their dog for 10 minutes, go home and then can only remember about 40% of what the instructor said.