Sundance Dog Team

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Kyra Sundance: (661) 942-2429  
kyra@sundancedogteam.com

Dog Training Seminars and Speaking Engagements

  • KYRA SUNDANCE...

    is a world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Show performer, celebrity dog trainer, and internationally bestselling author.

    Kyra offers a variety of seminars and dog training workshops. Choose one of the topics listed below, or request a custom topic.

    Kyra has conducted seminars for the Assoc. of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Intl Assoc. of Canine Professionals (IACP), and the Canadian Association for Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT).

  • Tricks and Dog Games Workshop

    Tricks and Dog Games Workshop

    A one-day, 2-hr Workshop, $55 per dog

    Bond with your dog as you help him succeed at simple 10-minute training games. Games are designed to build coordination, confidence, intelligence, and mental focus.

    Your dog will have the opportunity to try a variety of games and challenges such as: weenie bobbing, tunnel, memory game, wobble board, soap bubbles, find the hidden treat, jumping through a hoop, bang game, cavalettis, and teeter totter. Every dog will make a pawpainting which you can keep and frame!

  • 101 Dog Tricks® Seminar & Workshop

    101 Dog Tricks® Seminar & Workshop

    One-day seminar: $2,500. Two-day seminar: $4,000.

    Trick training provides physical and mental challenges for your dog... but it also does much more. Trick training builds relationships by deepening communication pathways. It offers a way to bond with your dog as you strive toward common goals and delight in your successes. The trust and cooperative spirit developed through this process will last a lifetime.

    In this workshop you will learn the specific steps to teach over a dozen new dog tricks (spin, fetch, wipe your paws, shake hands, roll over, shell game, hoop jump, and more). And more importantly, you will learn the tools and the strategies to teaching and correcting ANY behavior in your dog.

    Topics covered include:
    1. Timing:
      Marker training, clickers, "cue, action, reward", brain plasticity, "hints", upping the ante, regression, consistency.
    2. Technique:
      The 5 methods for eliciting a behavior (luring, modeling, mimicking, capturing, shaping), adduction, optimal verbal cues and hand signals.
    3. Motivation:
      Positive reinforcement, playtraining, jackpot, prey drive motivators, setting goals, keeping focus.
    4. Building
      Chaining behaviors, optimal schedules of reinforcement, "praise, touch treat —in that order", stress indicators, properly using eye contact.
  • Dogrobatics™ Workshop

    Dogrobatics™ Workshop

    One-day seminar: $2,500. Two-day seminar: $4,000.

    Dogrobatics: In this athletic sport, dog and handler perform choreographed synchronized acrobatics. It features energetic tumbling maneuvers, such as the dog jumping over the handler’s back, or through his legs while the handler is in a handstand. Hoops or batons may be used. The dog runs back and forth between diago- nally placed targets, executing an acrobatic jump over the handler, who is located in the center of the square. Dogrobatics was first developed by the Sundance Dog Team.

  • Pedestal Training Seminar

    Pedestal Training Seminar

    One-day seminar: $2,500. Two-day seminar: $4,000.

    Pedestal training to improve focus, distance, & work ethic

    Circus animals and trick horses are traditionally trained with pedestals—not just for show, but because of its advantages in building focus, drive, and work ethic. The pedestal has many uses in training: to build distance, as a reward, as a penalty, as a time-out for distracted/low-working dogs, as a NRM, and to manage multiple dogs.




    1. What makes an effective pedestal
    2. What are the rules for the pedestal
    3. Pedestal to build distance
    4. How to use the Pedestal as a reward
    5. How to use the Pedestal as a penalty
    6. How to use the Pedestal as a time-out for distracted/low-working dog
    7. Use the Pedestal as a NRM, so you don’t encourage sloppiness
    8. Pedestals with multiple dogs
    9. Why the Pedestal is better than a crate
  • How to Teach a Dog Tricks Class / How to Do Live Stunt Dog Shows

    How to Teach a Dog Tricks Class / How to Do Live Stunt Dog Shows

    One-day seminar: $2,500. Two-day seminar: $4,000.

    Teach a Dog Tricks class: Inspire students, motivate students, retain students

    In this seminar for dog trainers, Kyra teaches presents a 7-week class syllabus with accompanying Training Workbook. Kyra shows trainers how to structure their class with a goal of each student earning their Trick Dog title. Kyra demonstrates effective teaching methods, incorporating strategies such as rotating stations. Kyra also goes over each trick, showing how to teach it and discussing common trouble spots. Trainers can earn their Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) title.


    Attract new clients/ media coverage with live public demos

    Learn how to create and present your own stunt dog show!

    1. Where to perform shows
    2. Licenses and insurance
    3. How to develop your act
    4. How to get gigs
    5. Tips for live shows
  • Do More With Your Dog!® Seminar

    Do More With Your Dog!® Seminar

    One-day seminar: $2,500. Two-day seminar: $4,000.

    Retain existing students and attract new ones by offerering a variety of dog sports and activities.

    This seminar will expose you to 101 dog sports and activities. It will cover the rules, gear, competition organizations, and how to teach them. Sports/activities cover everything from: treibball, flyball, dock diving, canine musical freestyle, pet detective, tracking, search and rescue, herding, scootering, dog surfing, freestyle disc, doga, creative grooming, therapy dog, and many more!

  • The Dog Rules™ Seminar

    The Dog Rules™ Seminar

    One-day seminar: $2,500. Two-day seminar: $4,000.

    There are rules! There are actual rules!

    Whether you're frustrated trying to get through to your dog, or whether you're training competition-level precision, there are definable rules that will get you to your goal. And they work!Now you can learn the 14 secrets to developing the dog you want, with The Dog Rules. The Dog Rules does not suppress behavior and teach subservience. It develops joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm and self-control. It fosters confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than fearful of making a mistake. It inspires dogs to listen to us and work with us as a team, trusting in our leadership and recognizing the need to respond appropriately. Too often, dog owners live in a war zone of battling bad behavior after bad behavior. The training we do to correct each behavioral issue is like laying an individual brick of a structure. But bricks are laid upon a foundation, and if the foundation is weak, the entire structure will be weak. By cultivating a foundation of a loving, trusting, and respectful relationship, we develop our dog's motivation to be our willing partner. This is the solid foundation upon which real training can stand.Successful dog trainers today recognize that treating a dog like a rat in a Skinner box is short-changing him. The Dog Rules looks beyond sterile training methods that manipulate a dog solely through reward and punishment, and instead takes a "whole-dog" approach that recognizes the broad spectrum of your relationship with your dog. At the core of the whole-dog approach are the five pillars of the successful dog/owner relationship:

    1. Encourage trust
    2. Instill a desire to please
    3. Teach behavior
    4. Expect respect
    5. Build the bond

    The Dog Rules uses tried-and-true behavior modification concepts that don't involve intimidation or escalating corrections. With principles such as "Focus on the solution, not the problem," "One command, one consequence," and "Praise, touch, treat—in that order," you'll have the rule set to navigate any training challenge. This seminar answers questions such asWhy should we always reward our dog with praise, touch, treat—in that order?

    1. How do we focus on the solution rather than the problem?
    2. How are "horse whisperers" able to achieve with gentleness what traditional trainers were able to achieve only with force? And how do we use these same methods with our dog?
    3. What motivates police dogs and Search & Rescue dogs to work enthusiastically and without treats?
    4. How do we teach our dog to manage his frustration?
    5. When should we use our dog's name ("Buster, heel") and when should we not ("Stay").
    6. What does a dog's blink, yawn, or lip lick tell us?
    7. How do we "hypnotize" a dog with our eyes?
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Dog Training Seminars and Speaking Engagements

Kyra's Training Philosophy:

Kyra Sundance—world acclaimed Stunt Dog Team performer, nationally ranked dog sports competitor, and movie dog trainer—holds the human-dog bond at the heart of her training method. She cares for her dogs with tenderness, trains them thoroughly, and inspires them to excel. Each behavior we train is like laying an individual brick of a structure. But bricks are laid upon a foundation, and if the foundation is weak, the entire structure will be weak. Kyra’s revolutionary “whole-dog” approach builds the solid foundation upon which real training can stand. It looks beyond sterile training methods that manipulate a dog solely through reward and punishment, and instead advocates humane behavior modification techniques—which don’t involve intimidation nor escalating corrections—to establish expectations without compromising love. Kyra’s reward-based method does not suppress behavior and teach subservience. It instead fosters confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than fearful of making a mistake. Kyra shows us how to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm and self-control.

Summary:

Kyra’s reward-based approach to dog training fosters confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than fearful of making a mistake. Kyra's positive and force-free methods rely upon lure-and-reward training, marker training/ clicker training, bridge and target, shaping, and mark and pedestal training. Instead of traditional pain and intimidation techniques, Kyra teaches discipline with the kinder "pressure and release" method popularized by the gentle horse whisperers of the natural horsemanship movement.

Workshop Testimonials

  • Kyra Sundance, I just wanted to thank you for a fantastic 3-day weekend. Your Stunt Dog and Canine Conditioning Coach workshops were fun, engaging, and very informative! I've been training dogs for over 40 years, but I was still able to learn something from both of these workshops! Thank you for all of your time, commitment to the sport, your friendship, and your generosity. The fact that you spend so much of your personal time helping so many people, in such a positive and energetic way, just shows how much you truly care for the sports of Trick Dog and Stunt Dog.
    Jonanne LaRe Thompson
  • As I went to her seminar. It changed directions of my training programs. She is like solid positive energy. If you can't come away from her with ideas you need to go back to the start. Because she is great at what she does. She is more real then most trainers I have been too. Kyra thank you
    Martin Lee
  • Thank you for validating the art of trick dog training and providing all the info and support. I'm forever grateful.
    Lisa Lanser CTDI
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Phone: (661) 942-2429

kyra@sundancedogteam.com

Experienced Performers

Sundance Dog Team performed for audiences worldwide and are regular performers at circuses, fairs, and halftime shows. Television audiences across America, Europe, and Japan have been amazed with their incredible teamwork, athleticism, and intelligence.

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We carry $2M liability insurance and offer the option of adding your event to the policy as "additional insured."

Licensed Animal Act

Licensed by the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act.