Instructor: Sarah Stremming
Based on Sarah's concept, The Four Steps to Behavioral Wellness, this course digs deeper into what our dogs really need. The Four Steps are: exercise, enrichment, nutrition, and communication. Learn how to exercise your dog in a way that truly feeds his mind and body (and how you can tell!), how to provide enrichment that emboldens the shy or fearful and encourages thoughtfulness in the adrenalized, how to be sure you are on the right nutrition path, and how to communicate effectively in life and sport. Also included are the foundational skills most foundation curricula leave out: waiting as a concept, happy crating, handler-attention in the face of social enticement, and more!
Next session starts: December 1, 2017Registration starts: November 22, 2017Registration ends: December 15, 2017
Registration will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time.
For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.
Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Silver: 25 students, Bronze: unlimited.
If you are interested in a bronze level subscription, you can sign up at any time during the registration period.
Gold level access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions and videos to the course forum, and feedback on all questions asked in the forum as well as feedback on both written and video assignments. Silver Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions to the course forum, and feedback on questions asked in the forum. You will not submit video or written homework for feedback. Bronze Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, and the ability to read all questions and answers posted in the class forum. You will not post questions or submit written or video assignments.
Gold level access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions and videos to the course forum, and feedback on all questions asked in the forum as well as feedback on both written and video assignments.Number of slots:12
Silver Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions to the course forum, and feedback on questions asked in the forum. You will not submit video or written homework for feedback.Number of slots:25
Bronze Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, and the ability to read all questions and answers posted in the class forum. You will not post questions or submit written or video assignments.Number of slots: unlimited
Pre-class: The Four Steps to Behavioral Wellness
“Mind your Beeswax” game
“Happy Crating” exercise
Effective communication—marker signal for life and sport
“Reinforcement stashing part one” exercise
“reinforcement stashing part two” exercise
I+R for pesky behaviors
“Waiting is part of life” exercise
Decompression for Urban dogs
“waiting is part of sports” exercise
A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...
BH305 Testimonial: I took this class with a reactive flyball dog, looking for techniques to help her be calmer and improve her well-being both in the ring and at home. Sarah's treatment of the dog's well-being through multiple aspects of enrichment and decompression were illuminating and provided me with more tools to help my dog. She is doing much better, both at home and in the flyball ring, and I look forward to continuing to help her improve and be happy and well-adjusted in the future. -Joy A
Before I took this class I thought my dogs had a pretty great life. Now I realize I was doing a good job looking after their physical needs but not as good a job providing enrichment in their lives, including challenging them mentally. What I learned in this class has made a significant difference for my three dogs. We've been dealing with inter-dog aggression issues and since I've been implementing my learning they've become less anxious and are playing together nicely. Life with them still has its challenges but they are my life and their lives are better now because of Sarah and this class. Thank you. Laurel B
Sarah concentrates on the well being of the dog and the rest falls into place. What an awesome class! I hope her attitude towards dogs' emotional states catches on like wildfire so more dogs can benefit. Anyone who has taken this class and worked through the material is coming out with a much stronger relationship with their dog. Thanks for offering such a great class. Stacey M.
We as dog trainers are generally so concerned with training skills and getting our dogs competition-ready, sometimes we forget that they still need to be dogs. Incorporating Sarah's steps to behavioral wellness into our routine has had a huge positive effect on my dog and on our relationship. Simply relaxing and having fun together on a decompression walk and improving my communication have done as much recently for our ring performance as time spent training actual skills. And we are both much happier! I would encourage everyone to take this class. Kara K.
This course has really enriched my relationship with my dogs, the way I regard them, the way I consider them, the way I train and play with them. In turn my feelings for them have changed...deepened I guess. And in turn I can see that they too have picked up on these new lines of communication and thoughtfulness and have become so responsive and attentive. Cathy C
This class should be a required course, no matter your dog's age or temperament. After years of struggling with the crate, my dog is finally seeking it to relax in rather than seeing it as a working space. This course got me out into the woods on decompression walks, which probably helped me just as much as they helped my dogs.
This is a great class for all dogs owners, regardless of which sport(s) you play in (if any). This class teaches you how to be better observers and caregivers to our faithful and forgiving friends. Their lives will be much better for it. Molly B
This is a phenomenal class. I cannot sing my praises enough here! Every dog can benefit from this class. The results for my dogs have been amazing. They seem happier and more relaxed in general and our recent trial results have really reflected all the positive changes to their lives. JoAnna F