Want to get a solid grounding in clicker training? Easy, look for the Foundation-level courses.
Want courses in particular topic areas like dog-sport competition or teaching others? That’s easy, too. Every course has an associated topic area, such as Competition, Aggression and Behavior Management, Teaching, Skill Development, Science, and more. Still need more help? Glad you asked, check out our guide to choosing courses.
The most common reason for schedule conflicts is not realizing that a Learning Lab (an interactive course where you reserve a spot) may have a prerequisite Session (a lecture-style course with open seating). How will you know? First, that requirement is indicated in the description of the Learning Lab. Second, a clue is in the Learning Lab title. Labs with prerequisite Sessions have titles that include the lingo “In Action.”
For example the Learning Lab with Sarah Owings, Right On Source - Clicker Training and the Nosework Team - In Action!, has a Session that precedes it.
If you are participating in a Learning Lab, be sure it’s a good fit!
The description header of the Lab will detail the kinds of solid skills or behaviors you and your dog will be expected to have in order to participate. For example, here is the header to Hannah Branigan’s Precise Heeling Deconstructed - In Action!
We will have approximately 10 dog/handler teams. Teams should be clicker-savvy and have experience with both front-foot and full-body platforms. Dogs should have fluent chin and nose target behaviors with at least 3 seconds of duration, and experience with rear-paw targeting. Dogs must be experienced working successfully in a busy group setting and in close quarters with other working dogs, even when excited. You may participate with your dog or you may attend as an observer. Observers should not bring their dogs to the Lab.