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Keep distance

Working far apart!

Catja Pedersen Catja Pedersen
Start: 01 May 2024
Next: TBA


  • Duration: 6 weeks.
  • Learning materials: Written lessons with video tutorials.
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Get clean, precise, and fluent behaviors – even at a distance. If you are ever in a situation where you need your dog to do certain behaviors at a distance, this course will help you get there.


Even if you are working at longer distances, you can still get your behaviors as perfect as if you were standing right next to your dog. Usually, I focus a lot on the behaviors that are happening close to the handler. In this course, that will be turned a bit around.


In these six weeks, we will discuss the following in the lessons:

  • Which basic skills do we need to get started with distance behaviors?
  • What equipment do we need – or can have great use of?
  • How do we teach the dog an “Off cue” stay?
  • How do we define our criteria, and why is this even more important when we are working at a distance?
  • How do we get the dog to go to a certain point of distance?
  • How do we get the desired pace when the dog is running to a certain point?
  • How can we start and perfect stationary behaviors at a distance – like position changes?
  • How can we start and perfect speed behaviors at a distance – like picking up the dumbbell?
  • How can we teach the dog to have precision in behaviors in motion – like down and stand during recall and send away?
  • How do we make a training plan, take some data, and use this information to get progress?
  • How do we get fluent behaviors “off cue” when it is at a distance?
  • How do we choose the best cues for our distance behaviors?
  • And how do you teach those cues in a way that makes them very reliable?
  • How can we make the behaviors shine in a back chain?
  • And how do we use back chaining?
  • What is the best way to reinforce the behaviors when we are working at a distance?

We will cover the different tools we can use, discuss how to get these behaviors started, and we will go into dept with directional targets and platforms and the fading of these tools. There will be video examples of the behaviors – and how to get there and text lessons explaining the process.


We will also have a closed Facebook group for all participants, where we all can discuss these concepts and connect more over this topic. For premium participants, there will be homework with your dog each week, with both set tasks and tasks that you decide on. This course is suitable for all levels. We will work from the level you are at and adjust the criteria so that they are matching you and your dog.


I can´t wait to get to work with this fun and awesome topic that always gets the creativity going.


Course Testimonials

Awesome course! I learned so much and got extremely valuable feedback! Catja is a wonderful instructor and I really enjoyed the structure and content of the course. I recommend it to everyone interested in teaching the dog to work on distance. The layout of the Tromplo platform is also easy to navigate and use but I would lite to be able to upload more than one film clip per post. In sum, it has been the best online course I have attended!

Maria Eidenskog

June 30, 2023


  • Week 1 14 Jul 2024

    • Welcome!

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson!…

    • General thoughts

      The idea for this course, has been in my head for a while, as I often find my self in…

    • What do we need

      When we want to work with our dogs at distance, we need to make sure that there are some behaviors…

    • Schedule

      I have below, added a lesson from “off cue – off control”, so that you will have a bit of…

    • What is fluency?

      What fluency is Fluency looks effortless! When we talk about fluency, there are a lot of material online about what…

    • How do we get fluency?

      How do we get fluency There are 3 very crucial things we should look at when are trying to…

    • Homework week 1

      For this week, I would like for you to upload a video of some of the behaviors you wish to…

  • Week 2 14 Jul 2024

    • Quick on cues pt 1

      I hope you have had a nice few days off   First of all I want us to have…

    • Quick on cues pt 2

      Ideas for testing the cue When we have successfully added the cue and done the steps described in the previous…

    • Choosing the cue

      Digging deeper..  If we look at the last lessons, where we discussed how to add the cue to a behavior,…

    • Homework week 2

      Next lesson, we will start focusing om getting speed in running to the distance position, where it is needed.  Therefore,…

  • Week 3 14 Jul 2024

    • Full speed!

      Welcome back! Today we will visit the topic of directional targets.  Directional targets does basically cover everything, where…

    • Fading directional target

      Now we have the direction! After the lessons on “directional targets” and “getting speed” we know how to use a…

    • Homework week 3

      For this week I would like you to show me a video of your dogs running to target. If you…

  • Week 4 14 Jul 2024

    • Stay at distance

      Welcome to a new week. Today we will start with by practicing the stay at distance. That is one…

    • Starting positions at distance.

      When we have worked on the dog being able to stay in a given position at distance, it is time…

    • Mistake – then what?

      In the next lesson, we will talk about what we do, if the dog gives a different response at distance,…

    • Homework week 4

      For this week, I would love to see a video of you training the behaviors at distance, (only the distance…

  • Week 5 14 Jul 2024

    • Ideas for adding distance – slowly

      Welcome back to a new week – where we will have a bit of mixed topics, and digging a bit…

    • Other behaviors at distance

      Up until now, we have focused on how to get the dog to go to a certain distance, in the…

    • Hold it – and sprint!

      To pick up where we left the retrieve, we will look at the next behaviors.  From last lesson, we…

    • The entire exercise

      Since we now has worked through a lot of the behaviors needed for the retrieve, how do we then put…

    • Homework week 5

      This week, I would like you to upload video of your hold behaviors. I would also like you to inform…

  • Week 6 14 Jul 2024

    • So far…

      I can almost not believe that we are now at our last week of this course.  Times always flies. …

    • Reinforcement

      When we are working with the dog at distance, we sometimes need to get a bit more creative in how…

    • Whats on your mind

      As we are getting very close to the end of this course, I wanted to dedicate this lesson, for you…

    • Final Thoughts: Celebrating Achievements and Continuing the Journey

      Farewell and Keep Moving Forward! Mega Cheers and…

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