Can you learn animal training online? Is this really possible?
YES! Not only is it possible, but also it is one of the most effective and efficient ways to learn. You start training in the best possible environment for your dog or cat - at your home. Online animal training courses allows us to adjust the criteria individually for each learner.
What do our students think about online animal learning?
„An easy access to work, learn and train with "aggressive" or "anxious" dog. This is the most important thing for me, and I could not appreciate it more right now. I can imagine that even if you go to the seminar with a "normal" dog, you can meet theirs or your limitations - sickness, being tired, just having a "bad day." With online learning, you can choose your own time to train. Also, I think online learning gives opportunities to share more of the better quality knowledge at the same price as seminars. There is no necessity to use mental shortcuts, labels, or generalization because everyone has more time to process the knowledge.”
- Agnieszka Rybicka
„Having access to world-class instructors to learn new perspectives and techniques and being able to engage with an amazing global community in a more affordable and planet-friendly format.”
- Amy Suess Loup
„Online format typically facilitates training plans =Think Plan Do Review training. I can prepare and plan my training environment for my dog for each session. This is not as easy in an in-person seminar or class setting.”
- Amy Suess Loup
„for the same price than a weekend seminar (without transports fees), you have the same amount of knowledge, but a longer time to process (need that to have questions but also to work my dog) and a way longer feedback from the instructors. And you can have access to instructors who live very far away, and you'd never have an opportunity to work with (or with some huge expenses)”
- Pauline Vidal-Boubals
Our six weeks of online courses allow you to work with one of the best instructors in the world, all from the comfort of your home. There are two levels of participation: Premium and Auditor.
Animal training courses - what our students receive?
24/7 access to course materials, including lectures, video tutorials, and homework. You don't have to be present at a particular time of day. You can access materials in the most comfortable time for you! Time zones don't matter!
Access to TROMPLO: Students group on Facebook. Our supportive community from all around the globe!
Certificate of Attendance. You can brag about complexing our classes!
Lifetime access to course materials. You can always go back to your class, reread the lessons, watch the videos.
In addition to that Premium Spot gives you:
You can submit 12 minutes of videos each week for instructor evaluation! Record a video at the most convenient time for you, then publish it for the review! You can submit videos daily, allowing our team to give you helpful feedback for the next training session.
Personalized feedback from the instructor - you can ask as many questions as you wish! Our instructors answer daily, six days per week!
All these features make online animal training one of the best options for your animal training journey.
This course is particularly suitable for dog owners who have a problem with reactivity / aggression / fears on a leash, outdoors.
Reactivity is one of the most difficult behavior to manage because it involves great emotions in dogs and humans.
The triggers mainly discussed in this course are congeners and humans. However, each lesson will be applicable for all external environment’s stimuli (preys, unknown objects or vehicles, for example).
During the six-week course, you will:
✴ understand what is call reactivity
✴ decode canine body language
✴ manage the environment to promote good behavior
✴ learn new behaviors through play
✴ change your dog’s emotional responses
✴ give decision-making power to your dog
Beyond all your new knowledge and skills, the confidence gained during this course will allow you to take a deep breath.
Prerequisites: you must have taken the course “The problem solving guide to your pet’s behavior” as a premium or auditor
How to build a realistic, balanced and well-adapted weekly strengthening program for your dog
Prerequisite: This course builds on the foundations from the “Shaping Canine Fitness” course. Participants with dogs MUST therefore have followed “Shaping Canine Fitness” at least as an auditor to be able to follow the Strengthening class.
The objective of this class is to learn how to build a realistic, balanced and well-adapted weekly strengthening program for your dog. We will see how the muscle works, how to change the exercises according to the dog’s progress, how to choose exercises that complement each other and how to recognize or design a strengthening exercise yourself.
This course is intended for dogs aged 9-10 months minimum without any musculoskeletal concerns. It is strongly recommended that your dog has been examined by an osteopath within 3 months of the course.
a flat proprioception cushion (inflatable disc type)
a stable support of height between the hock and the elbow of your dog (type IKEA step stool for example)
Have additional equipment such as Fitbone, Klimb, pods, peanuts, etc. is a plus but not mandatory. The exercises are designed to inspire you to use what you already have in your home such as dog beds, sofa cushions, bricks, boards, etc.
*you can make the platforms yourself by followingthis tutorial. Make a very simple platform without velcro.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN – A few safety reminders
Equipment needed for the course
Theory: Canine Fitness Terminology
Theory: Muscle Anatomy and Muscle Building
Theory: Warm up and cool down
Theory: Spotting Signs of Fatigue
Progression: determine the number of repetitions, sets and frequency
Data collection – Initial assessment
Homework for week 1
Theory: Maslow’s Pyramid of Canine Fitness
Theory: Choice of equipment heights according to age
Progress: Change the height of equipment
Quizz: Change the height of equipment
Food delivery pattern: Dish
Theory: Movement plans
Quizz: Movement plans
Theory: Complementary Anatomy Vocabulary
Practice: Muscle strengthening exercises (1/5)
Homework for week 2
Theory: Which muscles are working?
Progress: Change the type of equipment
Progress: What’s different about balance boards?
Food delivery pattern: Table service
Practice: Muscle strengthening exercises (2/5)
Homework for week 3
Theory: create a realistic program
Theory: The phenomenon of compensation
Progression: Combine two exercises
Practice: Muscle strengthening exercises (3/5)
Homework for week 4
Theory: circuit training
Progress: fast vs slow
Food delivery pattern: introduction to the COAS
Practice: Muscle strengthening exercises (4/5)
Homework for week 5
Theory: recognize and analyze a strengthening exercise
In this class, we will work specifically to have third parties perform care such as the veterinarian, osteopath or groomer.
It is intended for people who have completed Level 1 and who want to translate the techniques learned to the care done by professionals (the foundations of cooperative care will not be re-explained, your dog must master consent behaviors before entering this class).
Veterinary visits are often anxious times for our dogs and for us as well.
Knowing that your dog is going to be stressed at the clinic prompts many pet owners to postpone care. The objectives of this class will be to make these visits more enjoyable for our dogs so that their emotional well-being is also taken into account in the care, not just their physical well-being.
Among other things, we will discuss how:
Make clinic visits enjoyable.
Prepare your dog in case of hospitalization.
Generalize your co-operative care skills in other environments.
Are you looking for something incredibly cool and skilful to add to the breadth of training you already do with your animals?
Or do you fancy the joy of figuring out the puzzle of communicating an abstract concept to your non-verbal learner and give them the tools to show you how they see the world?
Or do you care for an animal who currently has limited mobility due to age or injury and you’re wondering how you can still keep them mentally engaged?
Or do you perhaps have an animal who finds the world sometimes overwhelming and you’re looking for predictable and well-rehearsed games you can play with the fingers on your hands to immediately give them a known world to enter and work within?
If any of the above resonated with you, then concept training might just be the right thing for you.
This course builds upon Foundations to Concept Training. The goal of the course is to enable you to teach the concept of size discrimination to your animal training partner to enable them to tell apart bigger from smaller and full from empty. We will systematically generalise the skill so that they can apply this concept to any set of objects or patterns in the future.
We will cover:
what is concept training
what makes something a concept
the pros and cons of different setups and indications*
the handler as a cue
cue transfer protocol
teaching opposite concepts in pairs
ranking relevance of prompts
ading out prompts
systematic introduction of novel objects
Premium students have the benefit of instructor coaching with an animal of their choice. The course will likely be easiest with dogs but please do get in touch with me to work with another species.
*This course will only cover teaching a concept. It will not cover the foundation behaviours that are mandatory before we can teach a concept. These foundation behaviours are stationing, offering engagement to the handler and an indication of your choice under stimulus control working with a prompt on at least two objects. Therefore Premium students are required to send me a video before they register for this course to demonstrate a few repetitions of two-choice discrimination following your prompt with the animal indicating using any consistent behaviour of your choice. See prerequisite demo video below for some examples of what that might look like. Although it is not mandatory to take the Foundations to Concept Training course if the prerequisites can otherwise be demonstrated, those who would like to learn the prerequisites are recommended to take the foundations course first.
Building up the mechanics that underpin concept training
Concepts are defined by a set of common attributes that characterise that concept which can be applied to novel situations or objects to recognise that specific concept in the future.
Examples of concepts that we can teach our dogs include:
modifier cues that add information to other known cues, e.g. fetch the bigger ball, touch the object on the right, walk under the chair, station on the left mat
match to sample, e.g. touch the object that is identical to the object I show, fetch the object that is the same shape as this object, indicate if the object I show is present in the set of objects in front of you
quantity recognition, e.g. touch the card that shows the correct number that corresponds to the number of objects in front of you
cue adduction to dynamically sequence previously taught cues, e.g. first spin right, then go through the tunnel, then leap up on the stool
imitation, e.g. copy the behaviour I demonstrate
combinations of concepts, e.g. touch the card that shows how many of this item is present in this mixed set
There are frameworks and methods to systematically teach each of these concepts to our learners. However, we first want to have the foundations in place to then make it easy to layer the discriminative aspects on top for each concept in the future.
The foundation required is primarily mechanical and communicative – the animal must be able to station, observe and clearly indicate an item cued by the handler in the presence of multiple choices. The handler must also be aware of their own movements including their base position, consistently setting up the choices, explicitly cueing an indication and clicking/marking and rewarding when the dog correctly responds to that cue.
This course will provide the required instruction and guide the handler to teach their dog each of these foundational mechanical components before teaching concepts work. Successful completion of the course will enable each team to then progress to further courses on teaching specific concepts to their dog.
Goals of this course:
To prepare each team for concepts work by focusing on the mechanical components of concept training
To create a fluent, automatic and clean loop for both the handler and the dog
To break down that clean sequence for the dog into three key components – default stationing, default observation of the handler and a fluent indication on verbal or gesture cue – and then string together a clean sequence of those components from default stationing to an indication when cued.
To provide each team with the required instruction, videos and guidance during the course to practice until fluent after the course
Please watch the demo video to determine if you already have the skills covered in this course. If you wish to film a short snippet of you and your dog demonstrating the sequence shown and email it to me, I am happy to guide you on whether or not the course would help you further.
This course is designed to create the necessary building blocks for effective communication between you and your dog. It will teach you how to train your dog a repertoire of core behaviours, as well as the skills in how to then effectively apply and progress them. On completion you will have strong, solid base to progress your training from.
Essential Foundation Behaviours is suitable for dogs of any age, stage and can be an important refresher to assist overcoming any training glitches you may encounter.
Control Is An Illusion: Rethinking How We Teach for “Impulse Control”
What do we really mean when we talk about impulse control?
In this class we are going to be asking lots of questions such as: what do we really mean when we talk about impulse control? Are impulses things trainers really can control? Are animals, and in particular, dogs, even capable of the executive functioning required to understand delayed gratification the way humans can? Is this even a fair expectation to ask of them? When an animal succeeds in resisting a temptation, what is really going on behaviorally in terms of the science–not just commonly held views on how dogs should behave? What learning principles underlie the training protocols we often use to get impulse control? And, are there better ways to achieve the important goal of an animal that is safe and calm around potentially exciting stimuli like food reinforcers, squirrels, toys, etc?
In this class we will also focus on practical teaching strategies that avoid some of the frustration and emotional conflict that potentially come along with learning via negative punishment and extinction. Some exercises /topics may include:
How to build trust in the reinforcement process
How to identify and meet your learner’s needs before placing contingencies on behavior
How to teach helpful defaults for stability around exciting things
Back-chained Zen Bowl
Leave it without the “Leave it.”
Distractions as non-relevant stimuli, or the “fade in protocol” (Credit: Kay Laurence)
Stimulus control (waiting for cues, listening for cues) without extinction
This course is very sentimental for me. My dog didn’t tug at all. He didn’t like to take things into his mouth but I really wanted to play Frisbee so we started learning how to tug. At that time I knew very little and our journey was full of frustration. That wasn’t a fun experience for any of us.
We were working hard (I’m pretty stubborn so I kept trying) and after a year we managed to bring tugging to the level where I can call that a reinforcement. Was it hard? Definitely… Would it be easier to do if I had known as much as I know now? It would!
So what is “Iron Jaws”? It’s a compendium of knowledge which I hope I have known when I started. I know that I am not the only one who struggled with this behavior. It’s harder than most people think and that’s why I wrote this course.
The goal is to teach you to tug and give you a clear view on what to do BUT “what” is not enough for me. With a little help of science I will show you why does it work. Tugging is not magic. It’s a behavior like a sit or lie down and shares the same principles of learning. It’s also one of the best ways for creating strong and happy relationship with your dog AND it’s so fun to do!
Lessons you can expect can be divided into three major categories:
Basics of learning- We will introduce simple concepts like ABC’s, primary and secondary reinforcer, motivation and operationalising behaviors we want to teach. It will be our scientific core for understanding why we teach the way we do.
Myths- common knowledge and misunderstandings about tugging. We will dig deep into why things happen and we will question what we know.
Tugging- Pure practice and mechanics of the game. How to do it right. Meaning what to do to be safe and have a blast together.
If your dog doesn’t “like” to tug this course is for you!
Foundation behaviors for toy play and future dogfrisbee performance
Are you a right fit for this course?
Is your dog willing to play? Your session might be messy and unorganized but if the willingness for interaction is there it’s definitely enough!
If you answered “no” and you want to learn how to teach to enjoy toy play please check out my other course “Iron Jaws”.
What will you learn?
In short we “teach rewards”. It’s a collection of tug based games that teach a dog all those minor things that we don’t appreciate when they are there but we can get very frustrated when they aren’t. This is a core for the effectiveness of any future toy based training session.
Exercises with a dog:
Quality tug- how to do is right? How to make a great reinforcer and strength exercise out of it.
Catch the rat- introduction to chasing. Teaches a dog how to execute effective catch on moving target. How to control its body and judging the distance between him/her and a toy.
Drop – if you teach your dog to drop by grabbing its color you are doing it wrong. You will learn four different dropping games. Your dog will think “how can I make this human monkey to ask me to drop”.
Exchange work- swiftly switching from playing with one toy to another. Imagine cool looking freestyle routine. Would it be equally cool if a dog had no idea when to refocus from one frisbee to another. It’s also often used reinforcement procedure.
Follow me- base for fetch is a dog that wants to come back and share a toy with you. That’s what we are teaching here.
Tossing toys- it’s combined catch a rat with following.
You will receive one exercise per week. On top of that additional lectures covering more specific aspects and topics.
“Preparation for Frisbee” series
Preparation for Frisbee is a series of four courses that are meant to turn newbie dogfrisbee adept into a team with good foundations that allow them to have fun with flying plastic safely. This course contains references to this sport and how all we do apply to our future play.
Remember that Frisbee is just another toy so the foundation for effective interaction and understanding between you and your dog are the key for further success. It’s a first step to getting great at my beloved sport Dogfrisbee!
Don’t worry if you are not interested in dogfrisbee. All skills and lessons apply to any toy based training.
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