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90 Days to a Well-Behaved Dog
Shift from struggling to get your dog to listen to having a dog that happily responds the first time you ask even around distractions.
Have you ever found yourself saying “my dog is so stubborn”, he just won’t listen to me. Are you frequently yelling in frustration at your dog because he runs away from you, doesn’t listen to you and doesn’t come when called. Throughout your day are you saying ‘NO’ or ‘STOP’ as he disobeys and ignores you?
How does that make you feel?
Instead, would you like to brag to friends and family about how well your dog listens to you, wouldn’t it feel better to say ‘YES’ to your dog ‘that’s exactly what I want’ as you go about your day?
When Eleanor and Joseph brought Hodgey and Sissy home from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the spring of 2017, Hodgey was 10 months old and Sissy was 3 years old. Neither dog had any prior training and they loved to pull on leash, ignore their humans, steal food from the counter and definitely didn’t come when called. Eleanor and Joseph contacted me for help.
Life is full of wonderful synchronicity. The first iteration of my core course wasn’t bringing my students the results that I wanted for them and I knew that I needed to do something different so I undertook the task of rewriting my course content. I had just finished reworking the material when I received Eleanor and Joseph’s email.
They enrolled in the revised course, did their homework and practiced with their dogs and saw results. They were stoked and so was I!
Then I had a brilliant idea! In exchange for permission to use the videos in my course, I offered to come to their home once a week to video me working with Hodgey and Sissy on each layer of each exercise throughout my entire course. They agreed and an amazing opportunity for you was born!
You now have the unique experience of watching two different dogs, just like yours, learn and progress through my course. You can share their successes and observe some of the challenges that we faced along the way.
90 Days to a Well-Behaved dog consists of 4 core modules that will be delivered over 10 weeks through small group classes and on-line video content delivered via our private membership site. You will also practice your new skills ‘dog-free’ before you try them out on your dog. Over the next 10 weeks, here’s what you will learn:
Module 1: Establishing baseline knowledge: This module is available to you one week before classes begin so that you can start learning right away. In this module, you will learn 2 basic concepts that will change how you interact with your dog and will turn your dog into an engaged and willing learner. You will also learn your first new skill; something that will help your dog focus on you when you are training.
Module 2: The training basics: In this module, you will apply the 2 basic concepts and your new skill to training foundational obedience behaviours including: sit, down, attention to you, whiplash response to their name, leave food on the ground and loose leash walking. Once you and your dog master these skills, you will have the foundation needed for the more challenging skills to come.
Module 3: Asking for more and getting it!: Now that your dog has a solid foundation, you are going to combine what your dog has learned into more advanced skills that will give your dog the ability to respond to you no matter what is happening in the environment; including coming to you when called.
Module 4: Pulling it all together; responding to you around real world distractions: By now your dog is learning that listening to you is fun and worthwhile even in the face of distractions. In this module, you are going to build on this new found enthusiasm. You will be introduced to the 2 key concepts, the 3 core skills and the ultimate reward and will learn how to apply this knowledge when you are outside around all the ‘real world’ things that your dog finds distracting.
We are offering these special bonuses:
1. The Top Ten Training Concepts. Get the answer to 10 commonly asked training questions. You will receive one email a week with an audio file that will deepen your understanding of what you are learning in class. ($30 value)
2. Video your training and submit up to three 90-second videos per week for personalized feedback. ($250 value)
3. Life-time access to our Off-Leash Freedom course. Imagine a world where you have such confidence in your dog staying near you that you don’t need a leash! ($140 value)
My Frenchton Jaxx was 10 months old when we started Heather Fox's "90 Days to a Better Dog" course via Zoom. And, yes, without question Jaxx is a better dog!
Jaxx is a very sweet easy going dog but was showing signs of not always coming when called and being overly excited about visitors. I wanted to bring out his potential and make sure that I was confident in my handling of him and his responses to important commands.
Working with Heather gave me the tools to successfully build on the important foundational commands and leash techniques.
Heather is very easy to work with. She is knowledgeable in training and dog behavior.
Very importantly Heather is also a great teacher. She listens to any questions or concerns you may have, provides helpful feedback and suggests resource material to learn more.
The course is interesting and challenges the owner as well as the dog.
Jaxx really enjoyed our training sessions. We have incorporated training into our daily routine and the mental stimulation is great for Jaxx. Needless to say I highly recommend taking this course.
Joan and Jaxx
Heather provides a learning experience for both humans and dogs. Her online resources and in-person support are exceptional. She also is extremely understanding of how challenging the training process can be. She is flexible with her training and will cater it to where you and your dog are at. I can confidently say that my pup always has fun in her classes!
The most instrumental skill was simply learning how to teach me and my puppy to relax.
Learning how to pick up on specific cues from my dog about when she was aroused or stressed, helped me control her environment and temperament.
Having the ability to work on relaxation with my puppy, not only helped reduce my stress but made my day-day routine much smoother.
Heather worked with the specific abilities and temperament of each dog and their human.
She made accommodations for each dog in order to promote a more relaxed learning environment. For example, my extremely hyper 7-month-old puppy was given a special area with blankets in order to minimize distractions.
Heather allows you to teach new skills from the ground up in a way that will generate reliable and consistent results.
Jasmine and Irma
Heather, Thanks for your expertise, and instruction on the course ‘90 Days to a Well-Behaved Dog’. It has made a world of difference to our dog Norbu. We truly became proud of our dog as we marveled at his capacity!
Before class Norbu was anxious, inattentive and unfocused. After class more relaxed, attentive, and focused.
All the learning and training fit together nicely. Everything seemed important. Seeing and learning about the big picture – how dogs perceive their world, a dog’s intelligence and their capacity to learn went a long way when using tools and techniques in supporting our dogs learning.
My increased awareness towards our dog’s capabilities helped me train more effectively. In turn, Norbu learned new behaviours quickly.
My day with Norbu is better as I don’t fear him biting me or others; he doesn’t chew personal belongings and furniture (still working on outdoor furniture); he stopped stealing food from tables and counter tops; he waits for his meal patiently on a mat; doesn’t beg (too much); sits to be leashed and unleashed or dried off; he behaves on walks, and, is more easily controlled from jumping up to strangers and children – just to mention a few.
He’s only 6 months old so we look forward to more progress!
Marialena and Norbu
90 Days to a Well-Behaved Dog additional student testimonials
How old should my dog be to take this course?
This class is suitable for dogs 6 months of age and older
My dog barks and lunges at people and/or other dogs. Should we enroll in this class?
I would recommend taking the on-line version of this class when it is offered. This will allow you to train your dog where they are most comfortable which is in your own home.
I understand that the dog training industry is unregulated. How can I trust that you will keep my dog’s welfare in mind?
I have sought out certifications that will give you confidence that I know and understand how dogs learn and how to positively change a dog’s behaviour.
My certifications are:
AnimalKind Accredited: BCSPCA AnimalKind Accreditation program
Fear Free Certification: Take the ‘pet’ out of petrified
KPA-CTP: Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Training certification program
ProDog Trainer: Using concepts and games to get real-life results
TAGTeach Level 1 Certification: How to teach human learners with easy to follow instructions
I keep my skills current by taking a variety of continuing education courses and webinars each year. In 2022, I attended:
Super Trainer Live Absolute Dogs annual 5 day conference (3 days general public + 2 ProDog Trainer days)
What are some pointers to consider when looking for a good dog trainer?
Check out this article by Companion Animal Psychology: How to Choose a Dog Trainer
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