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Dog Training All-In-One: Beginner to Advanced Techniques

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Throughout this course, we'll dive into the world of dog training, first by starting off with a bit of dog training history and breed recognition, which will offer insight to breeds' intelligence. You'll not only learn basic dog training guides, but also learn the common advanced commands like stop, steady, back up, and give, and then determine whether or not you and Fido are ready for Off-Lead Training, which can be fun and tedious at the same time. We'll explore various methods of advanced training including Clicker Training and the theory of the Monks of New Skete.


This course will train you above and beyond the basics of sit, come and stay, to show you dog training that includes understanding your dog in dog terms. By knowing the traits of your dog's breed and taking full advantage of the attributes of that breed, you will create a fulfilling and fun relationship with your furry friend.
  Topics Include:
  • The Importance of Dog Training
  • History Of Dog Training
  • Dog Intelligence
  • Setting the Stage for Training
  • Becoming a Master
  • Sit, Shake and Play Dead
  • Simple Solutions to Problematic Behaviors
  • Advanced Commands In Detail
  • Off-Lead Training
  • Clicker Training
  • Monks Of New Skete Training Theory
  • Working Dog Training
  • Dog Sports
  • Fun Tricks And Games
  • Training Programs & Approaches You Can Put Into Practice
  • Organizations And Clubs
  • Where to Turn: Additional Dog Training Resources


Toward the end of the course you'll learn more about some of the advanced tricks like bow, roll over, through the hoop, the four-footed fax, and wiggle, giggle, freeze! Lastly, if you're still yearning for more information about your dog's breed, where to find competitions or more training information, we'll talk about the major dog clubs and organizations that exist today. Grab a bag of treats, your leash and your pooch, it's time to have some good ol' barkin' fun!

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Lesson 1: The Importance of Dog Training

This lesson discusses the benefits and rewards that come from training your dog. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Basic Training; The Importance of Dog Training
  • Take Poll: Your Dog
  • Complete: Assignment 1: Your Goals
  • Complete: Exam 1: The Importance of Dog Training

Lesson 2: History Of Dog Training

Know your breed and its capabilities. Some breeds simply are more trainable than others. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Six Basic Rules of Dog Training; Dog Training by Breed; Evolution of Modern-Day Dog Training
  • Review 2 Videos: Teaching Sit and Down; Stay, Come, Roll-Over
  • Take Poll: First Command
  • Complete: Assignment 2: Beginning Commands
  • Complete: Exam 2: History of Dog Training

Lesson 3: Dog Intelligence

The capacity to learn basic obedience is inherent in all dogs. Dogs want to learn; you simply need to give them the tools and structure to do so. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Dog Intelligence; Dog Intelligence Test
  • Complete: Assignment 3: Dog Intelligence
  • Complete: Exam 3: Dog intelligence

Lesson 4: Setting the Stage for Training

This lesson teaches you how to gauge your dog's personality and the tools needed to start training him. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: dog_profile.pdf
  • Review 2 Articles: Types of Dog Collars; Dog Breed Characteristics
  • Complete: Assignment 4: The Ideal Dog
  • Complete: Exam 4: Setting the Stage for Training

Lesson 5: Becoming a Master: Mastering the Basics of Dog Training

In this lesson, we will discuss leash training, chewing habits, and housetraining. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Train Your Dog to Heel; Destructive Dog Chewing
  • Take Poll: Prior Experience
  • Complete: Assignment 5: Your Plan
  • Complete: Exam 5: Becoming a Master

Lesson 6: Sit, Shake, and Play Dead: Tips for Successful Trick Training

This lesson will teach you how to train your dog to fetch, shake hands, and perform other basic tricks. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Love Your Dog
  • Complete: Assignment 6: Develop a Training Plan
  • Complete: Exam 6: Tips for Successful Trick Training

Lesson 7: Angry, Annoying, or Aggressive Dog? Simple Solutions to Problematic Behaviors

This lesson discusses how to control some of your dog's bad habits, including barking and running away. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Guide to Invisible Fences; Barking: A Common Behavior Problem
  • Complete: Exam 7: Angry, Annoying or Agressive Dog Solutions

Lesson 8: Advanced Commands In Detail

Advanced training, or obedience training, usually refers to going above and beyond the basic training of commands like sit, down, stay, heel, and come, to high level competitions with the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Dogs and Language; Dog Training
  • Complete: Assignment 8: Advanced Commands
  • Complete: Exam 8: Advanced Commands In Detail

Lesson 9: Off-lead Training

There are a few tools to use and they simple promote the act of graduating from one very short walking leash, to a long leash or line to ultimately off-lead fun. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Off-Lead Training; Off-the-Leash Training
  • Review Video: Video on Off-Leash Heal
  • Complete: Assignment 9: Off-Lead Training
  • Complete: Exam 9: Off-lead Training

Lesson 10: Clicker Training

When it comes to training equipment, the clicker has taken the accessories market by storm and has become one of the most popular methods of positive reinforcement training in recent years. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Clicker Training; Clicker Training Resources
  • Take Poll: Clicker Training
  • Complete: Assignment 10: Clicker Training
  • Complete: Exam 10: Clicker Training

Lesson 11: Monks of New Skete Training Theory

Renowned for breeding German shepherds, the Monks train according to a unique program based on understanding canine behavior and enhancing the bond between the dog and the owner. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Video: New Skete Video 'Stay' Demonstration
  • Complete: Assignment 11: New Skete Training
  • Complete: Exam 11: Monks Of New Skete Training Theory

Lesson 12: Working Dog Training

Many dogs today are put to work, assisting both professionally and personally in the day-to-day life of others. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Working Dogs; Therapy Dogs International; Herding Training for Dogs
  • Complete: Assignment 12: Working Dog Training
  • Complete: Exam 12: Working Dog Training

Lesson 13: Dog Sports

Whether it is advanced training for play, competitive sports, or dog showing, the specialties mentioned in this lesson are some of the most common. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Agility; Frisbee Dogs
  • Complete: Assignment 13: Dog Sports
  • Complete: Exam 13: Dog Sports

Lesson 14: Fun Tricks and Games

Cool tricks to teach your dog to impress all your friends! 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 101 Fun Dog Tricks; Cool Dog Tricks
  • Take Poll: Fun Tricks
  • Complete: Assignment 14: Fun Tricks and Games
  • Complete: Exam 14: Fun Tricks And Games

Lesson 15: Training Programs amd Approaches You Can Put into Practice

This lesson discusses the difference between positive reinforcement and punishment. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
  • Complete: Assignment 15: Using Negative Reinforcement
  • Complete: Exam 15: Training Programs & Approaches

Lesson 16: Organizations and Clubs

There are many clubs across the country and some that span the globe, all offering specific and useful information about your dog's breed. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review Article: American Kennel Club
  • Complete: Assignment 16: Organizations and Clubs

Lesson 17: Where to Turn: Additional Dog Training Resources

Here are some books and additional web sites that will help you with training your dog. 42 Total Points
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Dog Training All-In-One: Beginner to Advanced Techniques
Course Number: 7550117
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of dog training.
  • Compare and contrast different types of dog intelligence among different species.
  • Know the proper environment for making dog training conducive.
  • Know the methods used to train your dog to follow the basic commands.
  • Describe methods for training your dog to sit, shake, and play dead.
  • Describe methods for reducing annoying or problematic dog behaviors.
  • Know advanced commands.
  • Describe procedures and benefits of off-lead training.
  • Describe procedures and benefits of clicker training.
  • Describe the Monks of New Skete Training Theory.
  • Know working dog training, dog sports, tricks, and games, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "What was most helpful was the behavior issues, understanding command words, and becoming pack leader. I was a great help for me and my dog. Being a pet sitter, also helped with becoming a pack leader." -- Karen T.
  • "It was a great class, my instructor very nice, very helpful, and Always there for me. I feel like I know her. She gave a lot of positive reinforcement and made me feel like she was working with me, and in my cornor. She answered all my questions, and I hope she is the instructor in my next class." -- Bonnie G.

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