My Dog Camp 6 Week Online Course Syllabus

We have greatly expanded our online course with new lessons & material!

See our comprehensive syllabus below!

Each week you’ll get videos, handouts, contracts, forms and E-books along with weekly quizzes and homework to keep you motivated and on track for an amazing learning experience. There is also a weekly Zoom call with your instructor/trainer, Rhonda. Here you can ask questions, learn from other students, connect and share success stories for motivation and inspiration! You’ll also have access to our private facebook group with direct access to Rhonda. You’ll be able to ask questions along your journey, post videos, and connect to other graduates!

INTRODUCTION
Introduction to your teacher
History of how Rhonda started hiking dogs off-leash
Dog training evolution from a dominance based model very common in the industry to a  behavioral based training model

Week 1 – Dog Pack Psychology Breakdown 

HOW DOGS LEARN
Timing and connection
Learning in pictures
Different phases of learning
Supporting dogs and teaching relaxation
Phases of teaching the sit, downs, recall and pack walk

TYPES OF RELAXATION ON THE TRAIL
Dominance based relaxation vs learned relaxation
Types of forced relaxation
Types of learned relaxation
Pros and cons of learned relaxation and forced relaxation

MARKER TRAINING
Classical conditioning & the Pavlovian effect
Charging your marker
Delivery
Overshadowing
Rewarding relaxation instead of using obedience
Charging and classically conditioning a marker word at dog camp

EXERCISES THAT TEACH RELAXATION
Releasing frustration
Learning to relax
Implementation
Increasing challenges

TRAINING YOUR DOG PACK MANUAL
Training Your Dog Pack Members E-Book

Week 2 – I Speak Dog Pack

EMOTIONAL STATES
Eustress, distress & adrenaline
Different emotional drives
Aggression
Preventing aggression
Classifying aggression
Creating predictability
Dangerous drives
What types of dogs are suitable for dog camp
Adrenaline and safety on the trail

DIFFERENT TYPES OF COMMUNICATION
Verbal communication
Spatial communication
Physical communication
Pros and cons of each
Different drives of a dog in the pack walking

DOG COMMUNICATION MANUAL
Understanding Dog Communication E-book

DOG BODY LANGUAGE
Evaluating & reading dog body language
How breed plays a role in finding the perfect dogs for dog camp
Recognizing fear, phobias and anxiety
Supporting and having empathy for dogs with anxiety

BREED MANUAL
Breed Biddability for Dog Camp E-book

PACK WALKING
How to begin your pack walk
Why pack walking is important

Plus our Building your Complete Dog Camp Business in 6-Weeks

INSURANCE AND PERMITS
Insurances/licenses/permits considerations
Establishing your business entity
Forms & downloads section

FINDING PRIVATE LAND
How to find suitable public or private land
Using technology to find private land
Best practices for connecting with land owners

Week 3 – Dog Camp Essentials

TOOLS
Your most important tool
What makes a great leader
Food delivery
Marker words
How to use food
Different types of leashes and their benefits
Different types of collars and their benefits
Treat pouch
Squirt bottle
Verbal praise
Breaking up a dog fight
GPS vs satellite collars

FIRST AID
First aid kit considerations
Dealing with emergency situations
Health check
How to avoid bloat
Kibble vs raw
Flea and tick prevention
New shelter dogs

HUSBANDRY BASICS FOR DOGS MANUAL
Diseases
Vaccinations
Health check

WHAT FOOD CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT DOGS
Motivating & relaxing
Benefits of using food
Classically conditioning for reliability
Food hierarchy
Testing resource guarding

HOW TO START TRAINING WITH FOOD
Charging your marker word
Shaping & luring
Sits
Downs
Recall & name recognition
Name recognition and better recall on the trail
Loose leash walking to support your pack walking
Interrupting play and a ‘no’ marker word
Why we reward after a correction
Creating space around feeding
Benefits of creating space
Supporting dogs to eliminate aggression
Teaching the stay

Week 4 – Easy Evaluations

EVALUATING DOGS AND SELECTING DOGS FOR YOUR DOG PACK
The Golden Rule
How to start your dog packs
Evaluating their prey drive, defense drive and social drive
Evaluating a dog’s history
Good behaviors and bad behaviors at dog camp
Puppies & growth plates
Puppies & attention span

TYPES OF PLAY STYLES IN DOGS
Types of play styles
Which play styles work well together

TRAINING YOUR PERSONAL DOG FOR DOG CAMP
Classifying your personal dog
Listing your personal dogs triggers in each phase at dog camp
Dogs suitable and unsuitable for your personal dog
Training plan for your personal dog

TRAINING YOUR FIRST DOG MANUAL
How To Train Your First Dog  E-Book

Plus our Building your Complete Dog Camp Business in 6-Weeks

BUSINESS SECTION
Building your website
Creating business cards
Creating a business logo
Business administrative tasks
Choosing a vehicle for camp
Taxes and deductions
Mileage tracker

Week 5 – Construction of the Dog Pack

BUILDING YOUR PACK AND INTERVIEWING CLIENTS
Phone interview
In-person evaluation
Signing up a new client
Choosing which dogs to put together
Realistic expectations for adding in a new dog

WHAT TO TEACH A DOG ON THEIR 1ST ‘TRIAL’ DAY
What is a trial day?
4 ‘most important’ concepts to teach a new dog out on the trail
Rewarding relaxation in every phase

DOG TRAINING
4 Key Exercises
Golden Rule
Sit stays & down stays
Trouble with dogs that don’t listen
How to control dogs with high play drive
Instigators
Dog behavioral problems
Getting your dogs to come back sooner
Stick play

CAR TRAINING
How to manage a car full of dogs
Whining in the car
Letting your dogs out of the car
Opening the door
My camp car
Pickups & releasing dogs on trail
Letting your dogs out of the car calmly & why it’s important
Practicing impulse control right out of the car
Why it’s important to pack walk back to the car
Parking considerations & safety

TRAIL TRAINING
Good trail etiquette
Importance of good etiquette on the trail
Creating your own distractions in the woods
Name calling impulse control exercise
Dogs that bark at people coming on the trail
Marking and peeing a lot on the trail

Plus our Building your Complete Dog Camp Business in 6-Weeks

MARKETING
How to write a compelling ad or website
Photo enhancer tools
Facebook marketing
Instagram marketing
Email marketing & newsletter
Physical flyers
Online marketing classes

Week 6 – Pack Socialization Success

THE TRAINING BETWEEN THE EARS (TBTE) SYSTEM FOR INTRODUCING NEW DOGS & DOG SOCIALIZATION
Why people should never mimic dog behavior
Creating a positive association and appetitive response to the squirt bottle
How to implement the squirt bottle during greetings and feeding
Why we don’t allow dogs to correct other dogs
1 Dog, 2 Dog and multiple dog feeding
Using fences and gates
Creating & reinforcing boundaries
Greetings between boundaries
Testing for resource guarding
Creating boundaries around dogs
Rewarding for pro social behavior
3 second hello
Slowing dogs down

AIMEE SADLER’S DOGS PLAYING FOR LIFE
DPFL manual
How our socialization programs differs from DPFL

RECALL GAMES + ADVANCED TECHNIQUES ON THE TRAIL
Advanced recall games
Frog hop
Recalling out of the sit stay

RECOMMENDATIONS
Dog training books
Dog training schools
Dog training workshops

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