FE460: Training Levels -- Level 2

Instructor: Sue Ailsby

Course Details

If Level 1 was kindergarten, Level 2 is all of elementary school.

Everything you and the dog learned in Level 1 now becomes more solid and more useful. You'll both be introduced to many new behaviours, with all training resting firmly on the basics from Level 1.

The "4 Ds" - distance, duration, difficulty, and distraction - will now make up a large part of your training. You can make any behaviour stronger by working on any or all of those 4 parts, and thinking about them as separate parts of every behaviour will help you remember the need to split everything you teach her into the smallest possible lessons.

Every behaviour the dog learns teaches her the actual behaviour, but there are also incidental lessons built into each Step. You AND the dog will learn to trust each other, to have faith in the performance of your partner, and to see that you can accomplish anything if you approach it in small enough steps and don't lose your cool.

In Level 2 you'll also start to see the enormous potential each behaviour has to support what the dog knows about other behaviours.

Sit and down may be different, but they each teach the dog to assume a position. Sit, Down, Zen, Focus, Lazy Leash, Go To Mat, Crate, Relax, and Handling are all behaviours that require duration - the dog must not only perform, but CONTINUE to perform for a period of time.


If Madrid can learn to retrieve, your dog certainly can! We're getting a firm foundation in Level 2!

Come, Sit, Down, Lazy Leash, Go to Mat, Distance and Jump require distance - she'll have to respond when she's a specified distance away from you, or go a specified distance to perform.gabe.jpg

If Gabriel can learn to walk on a loose leash, it shouldn't be a problem for your sensible dog, eh?

Communication encompasses several behaviours, starting with keeping the leash untangled. All the behaviours will get harder and more useful as you work through the Steps.


Next session starts: June 1, 2017
Registration starts: May 22, 2017
Registration ends: June 15, 2017

Registration will begin at 10:30AM PDT.


COME – increasing the reliability of the recall

COMMUNICATION – learning to stay out from underfoot and untangled from leashes

DOWN – increasing distance and duration on the down stay

FOCUS – beginning eye contact

LOOSE LEASH WALKING – adding distance, duration, and distraction

GO TO MAT – teaching the dog to park herself

RELAX – teaching the dog to calm herself on cue

TARGET/RETRIEVE – beginning the trained retrieve

TRICK – planning and executing a new behaviour of choice

ZEN – beginning floor Zen

Prerequisites and Equipment


For a gold or silver spot in Training Levels 2, you need to have taken Training Levels 1 at any level (gold, silver, or bronze). There is no prerequisite for a bronze position; however, students must recognize that the class will assume knowledge of skills and training methods taught in Training Levels 1.


A hungry, willing dog, clicker, delicious treats.
A 6-foot leash.
A buckle collar or martingale, limited-slip, or similar type of collar.
Doors to outside.
Sticky notes.
A mat big enough for the dog to lie down on that is at least 2 inches thick.
Plastic, wood, and metal dowels. Mixing spoons are good for this, or any similar objects.

Course Testimonials

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