Basic Dog Obedience

100% updated in 2018

Skill Level: Beginner

Length: 6 Modules

Access Period: Unlimited

Price: $65.00

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 An Overview of  Our Basic Dog Obedience

What is our content?

How is it organized?


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.


Over the years I redid it again and again, right up to this 2018 version. The fact is I have continued to add material since the course was originally released.  A recent example was I added the following line as the opening to my segment on "walking on a loose leash" -


"The most important part of applying pressure is not knowing how much pressure to apply, but rather knowing the exact moment to release the pressure."


In 1993 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:


Module 1    
  Segment 1 Ed Frawley's Resume to Teach 
  Segment 2 Our Terminology
  Segment 3 Understanding Good Management
  Segment 4  The Basics of Good House Breaking
  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
Module 2    
  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
Module 3    
  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
Module 4    
  Segment 1 Walk on a Loose Leash
  Segment 2 Training the Yuck or Leave-It 
Module 5    
  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
Module 6    
  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.



The course is designed for 3 types of people: new dog owners who have never trained a dog before: dog owners who have owned a dog but never taken formal lessons: Dog owners who have taken formal classes by unqualified instructors and are now frustrated with the results.





"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."

- Shantelle


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. 



What's the difference between this course, the DVD, and the stream?


DVD:  3 hours 5 minutes (physical copy)

Stream:  3 hours 5 minutes, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

Online Course:  141 videos (478 minutes), additional text content, discussion board,  lifetime access, stream from anywhere

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