Agnieszka Janarek

Attention Please

Before we start teaching our learners complicated behaviors we need to teach them how to learn.

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Before we start teaching our learners complicated behaviors and advanced concepts, we need to teach them how to learn. This course focuses on building one of the most important skills our dogs need in training; focus.  


But hold on a second! What is FOCUS? What does it look like? Is it tangible? How do I know I have it?  


Throughout six weeks of online learning, we will answer all these questions and much more. We will operationalize attention, define focus contingency. You will learn how to build an errorless training session, how to define your learner’s focus, how to measure it and how to add layers to your work.  


Based on my experience, the majority of time caregivers, handlers experience issues in training, is when they have not taught the attention contingency. Our “focus bubble.” We can’t teach anything if our animals don’t have the necessary skills of how to learn.  


If your dog looks around, sniffs, doesn’t respond on cue, looks at you when should be working at a distance, engages with everything in the environment, but yourself – this course is just perfect for you.   Join me for six weeks journey!


Learn about:

  • how to start the training session
  • how to end the training session
  • focus behaviors operationalized
  • clean focus loops from the start
  • wait for cue behavior
  • building easy to more complex training scenarios
  • training loops
  • backward chaining
  • antecedent arrangement
  • trainer’s mechanics
  • multiple exercises for building focus behaviors


Course syllabus: Week 1:

Lesson 1 – Welcome and Introductions

Lesson 2 – Definition and concept of focus

Lesson 3 –  Acclimation

Lesson 4 – The rules apply both ways

Lesson 5 – Outline of the course

Lesson 6 – Delivery checkpoint

Lesson 7 – Marker cues

Lesson 8 – Start of the training session  

Week 2:

Lesson 9 – The end of the training session

Lesson 10 – Response to cue

Lesson 11 – Don’t call your dog  

Week 3:

Lesson 12 – ABCs

Lesson 13 – Catch me if you can  

Week 4: Lesson 14 – Extinction

Lesson 15 – Wait for the cue

Lesson 16 – Sandwich style  

Week 5:

Lesson 17 – Backward chaining

Lesson 18 – Break

Lesson 19 – Altogether

Week 6:

Lesson 20 – Did someone mention competition?

Lesson 21 – Competing stimulus – distractions

Lesson 22 – The end, or the new beginning?  


This course is a prerequisite for Let Me Want It.


In this course, you can work with multiple animals within the weekly time frame (twelve minutes of video submission per week). 


This course is multispecies friendly! You can join with any animal you wish!  

Reviews for this course

Allison Pearce
Allison Pearce
2022-02-23 21:21:51

This course changed my thinking on a lot of things, including past advice I'd gotten from other R+ trainers. It made me much more aware of the way I interact with my dog, even when we're not training. Some of the big takeaways for me were: eating is an operant behavior, to watch out for extinction, and to let my dog say "no" to training sessions rather than working harder and harder for his attention. However, my dog is a bit unusual when it comes to food reinforcers, and we're still at square 1 with focus when we go outside. It's going to take a while to see this class pay off during our walks and outings, but I'm hopeful. Agnieszka was very patient with us and helped tailor the class to where we were.

Sonja Grassmugg
Sonja Grassmugg
2022-02-19 22:32:37

I audited “Attention Please” with my cat Percy as our first-ever Tromplo course, and we loved it! Both Percy and I really enjoyed following along with the exercises on our own, while I also learned a lot from the individual feedback that the premium students received. I’ve been doing clicker training and R+ with Percy for a while already, but this course really helped to significantly improve our foundations, which in turn improved all our training. Even though the target audience of this course seems to be predominantly dogs (/dog-parents), I can wholeheartedly recommend this course for cats (/cat-parents) too, regardless of prior R+ training experience!

2021-11-11 20:56:54

This course is absolutely awesome and I had a great  learning experience. Former question marks has been answered and it helped me understand some of the geekier details of foundation training. It is an in-depth foundation course and Agnieszka is a very good teacher who makes the material easily accessible and creates a safe place to learn. I highly recommend tis course.

Alamelu Sankaranarayanan
2021-04-13 20:47:56

Everyone will agree that attention is one of the most important components in a communication channel between two individuals, irrespective of species, or task. Funnily enough, it is also the skill that we tend to gloss over, because there are so many other *shiny* things that seem more important to work on. I think a big reason for this is that the concept of attention has a certain je ne sais quois, and it is hard/intimidating to motivate yourself to work towards a vague goal.

What I loved about this class how is thoughtfully Agnieszka has planned it, starting with helping you define exactly what "attention" means for your individual goals and then outline skills that can serve as building blocks to get to your definition of attention. There is a wonderful balance of these exercises and cleverly inserted theories of learning that help you make better choices for your team in terms of planning for efficiency, clarity and setting up for success.  You have the option to go as deep or wide with your skills, and her excellent and pointed feedback helped me iron out some wrinkles that I was struggling with for a while, or did not even realize I would hit :)  My newly adolescent dog loved going everywhere and trying the basic exercises, and by starting with this simple ask of attention and nothing else, training has started becoming something he looks forward to! Im really glad I took this class with him, and think it is a fantastic place to spend some time with your team mate, irrespective of where you are in your training journey. 

Thanks Agnieszka!
Janina Gmiter
2020-12-19 20:51:29

I trully recommand this course!

Fredzio is my first dog and as a novel handler, my main goal was and still is to build close, thoughtful relation with my dog...but actually I didnt know what doesit mean tome and how to make this "beautiful relation" happen. We were "loosing" each other on every walk, I did not understand "why my boy is ignoring me?

On "attention please" we were working on building our relation in ethical and systhematic way. Step by step from session to session we we were getting closer to each other. Course was very individualuzed. You do not need to rush to follow the program, Agnieszka adjusted exercises to our needs and level so we keept progressing from first to last day of the course. After 6 weeks we really keep in touch during walks...I did not expect that

2020-05-17 18:41:25

Great course that sets ground for systematic and positive approach to the training session you always dreamt about! This course is not "simply" about getting the attention of your dog during training, it's about looking at yourself and discovering all the little and big mistakes that you do as a handler and that don't allow your dogs to develop their learning skills. I should have done this course years ago! I'm amazed with the results and despite my journey just began I already see how much my dogs (and of course myself) changed their attitude towards training. 

If you're taking this course be aware that you'll need matt, kongs, several places with & without people/ dogs/ smells where you can record and train with your dogs. During Covid 19 I struggled a bit to find good/ legally open and safe places where I could train - even for such short sessions. The teacher was very supportive and provided very constructive feedback at all times. 

This is the first time I find a teacher who truly understands mutts and rescues and who respects their timing!


2020-04-14 19:43:20

An awsome basic course! I took it as an auditor, but practiced all of the excercises with my dog. The perfect step by step instructions, a perfect combination of written and video instructions helped me build my skills and in turn also a perfect attention of my dog in challenging environments. Highly recomend! 

2020-03-25 09:37:33

Great course with excercises for building engagement in training session. Also, nice introduction to ABA in animal training. I would probably have better experience as a Premium student but even as an Auditor I managed to improve my training after this course.

2020-01-15 23:51:57

Great course. My dog and I have struggled with focus and motivation and have "read all the books" but couldn't crack the code on our own.

At the end of the course I have a dog, that is happy to start work and has even started to initiate it himself when out and about.

Course material breaks it all down in manageable steps and that plus instructur feedback has given us a foundation and tools to move forward.


Lukas Maurer
2019-10-07 09:39:40

3 months after taking the course I couldn't be happier with how the training with my rescue dog Tobi has developed. Not only can we have regular focussed training sessions now that are fun for both of us and feel like something we're engaging in as a team, but also has Tobi's behavior improved in a variety of everyday situations. I already worked with +R marker training before the course, but only now that I learned more about behavior analysis and structure my training it's really starting to be effective. Introducing elements of choice and clarity has totally changed the game for Tobi and I feel empowered now to take responsibility for my training rather then blame his character for something not working the way I hoped.
I recommend this foundation course to anyone - at first I wasn't sure whether it would be the right course for us, but it was definitely the course we needed!

2019-08-12 16:44:20

Jax is a lovely dog to work with but his joy is even more noticeable now than before the course and I am thinking more about how I set up sessions. Admittedly, it has also crept into other parts of my life, the other week I had some clean laundry to fold and as I decided to do just a few items every night to make it easier to overcome the boredom of it I thought to myself: "small approximations towards the end goal of all the laundry being folded and put into the drawers"... And I have started to set up everything I need for a workout session beforehand, very neatly, making it easy to get started when it is time, just like any dog training session!

Kaitlyn Wiktor
2019-08-08 04:30:02

I would highly recommend this course for anyone looking to build their technical skills. As a learner, I had a very enjoyable experience. It was the perfect combination of confidence building while also really challenging me. I work in the zoo community, and I'm leaving empowered with exercises that I'll use with exotic species at work and with my pets at home. (I took it with my cats!)

Rachel Blackmer
2019-04-19 21:55:51

This was an absolutely fabulous course. It took all of the powerful basics that I know about training and gave them Ninja skills. It really was so helpful for taking my training to the next level. It also helped me understands some of the geekier aspects of training that help the really successful trainers be so successful. I highly recommend this course!
-Rachel & Seeker (6-month-old puppy)