Training School Syllabus:
THIS IS 12 WEEKS OF 2 DAYS A WEEK DAYCARE/School FOR PLF to teach the dog its cue words using the other trained PACK dogs that reside at PLF. Cost is $750 (includes snacks and training packet) for a weekly charge of $58.33 in payments with a $50 for training packet the FIRST week only should you wish to not pay for everything at once. The $750 includes: the required training package for everything your dog will need for the 12 week daycares, Cesar Milan book, 2 forms of training gear, squirt bottle, toy, PLF notes, final exam written, etc (you provide the treats at home).
WARNING: IF YOU’RE NOT PRACTICING WITH YOUR DOG, YOUR NOT GOING TO PASS THIS FINAL EXAM! DO NOT COMMIT TO THIS PROGRAM IF YOU ARE GOING TO GET HALF WAY THRU AND QUIT ON YOURSELF AND YOUR DOG BECAUSE LIFE GOT TO HARD!
PLF is here and committed to your dog, if you think you are going to not see this thru, sign the dog up for Boot Camp (See the end of this handout).
Week 1: Introduction and Play Time. Dog learns Social greeting skills of being in a Pack, proper ritual, dog door use and migration instinct, Pack Walk formation and training with PLF staff, and what a boundary is. PLF will send home Cesar Milan’s book “Be the Pack Leader” with assigned reading chapters (if you don’t want to read the whole book). Please have this completed by the beginning of week 3.
Week 2: Heal while walking and learning to refocus that nose/eyes on YOU!
Week 3: Sit, stay, Come and stay from a distance all in one week! Begin implementation of Pack Leader rules in your green folder. All of them!
Week 4: Quiz 1 done on the SECOND day of the week. Be ready!
Week 5: Down command. This will be worked in Conjunction with stopping counter surfing behavior
Week 6: Down from a distance. This is a convenient command to use from your chair! :) Riding in the car.
Week 7: Greeting a Guest/Stranger. Begin performing Sit, stay, come, down, and down from a distance with JUST hand signal, no food by the end of this week! Practice hard! You can wean to a toy here (See Quiz 2 in your green folder)
Week 8: QUIZ 2
Week 9: Watch me. Begin recognizing the state of mind your dog is in and correcting it FIRST before giving a command. This is also an off leash advanced command to refocus the dog from ALL distractions (Farm animals, squirrels, other dogs, kids, anything). Then give a hand signal for them to get up on a chair or couch.
Week 10: Leave it. Pick up your WRITTEN take home exam! Wean off the training collar onto a show lead. The FINAL EXAM IS WITH NO TRAINING GEAR PER AKC RULES.
Week 11: Turn in your exam. Schedule a public meeting with the trainer at Rural King. We want to make sure you can handle your dog ANYWHERE and under ANY circumstances! .
Week 12: Turn in your written exam. Take your dog on a 2 mile HIKE. Work them with a backpack. Watch the YouTube video by AKC so you know what you are training for.
Graduation! Certificate issued by PLF, photos taken, and your test results scored. Got an AKC number? Even dogs that have no papers can get one! Any certifications or titles your dog then receives, will go under that number.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOOT CAMP AND TRAINING SCHOOL?
Well, it's about the brain. Who old is it? How much impulse control does the dog have? Bad habits? High drives? The older a dog gets, the more effort the brain needs to be shaped. A puppy, though it has the attention span of a Goldfish, is easy to focus with food and is eager to please it's human. An adult brain, used to care about all that, but now a squirrel is funner than you are and the dog's focus is now not on pleasing you. So back to the main question: the difference. In Training School, we can Socialize, manage Energy need, and teach the eager to learn pup something new easily. Boot Camp requires more focus of discipline--sometimes shaping the animal every 2 secs. Literally staying so consistent the dog can't go back into its old behaviors. Let face it, what human has this kind of time?