Weekend Certification Workshop
Join our Team of Qualified, Humane, and Enthusiastic Trainers
BECOME A CERTIFIED TRICK DOG INSTRUCTOR...
Upon successful completion of this weekend workshop. Work directly with Kyra Sundance, world-renowned trainer and author of bestselling 101 Dog Tricks, to learn the academic knowledge and hands-on techniques of successful, positive dog training. Each trick is explained and demonstrated on stage before you try it. Kyra will help you troubleshoot any problems right there on the spot. All props and meals supplied for you. Free gift bag full of books, DVDs, training tools, and more! - $499 Early Registration
ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME:
Our goal is to help each person at the level that they are at. You will not be singled nor judged on the performance of your dog; in fact, many trainers choose to bring their more difficult dog.
Become a "Certified Trick Dog Instructor" (CTDI)
Do More With Your Dog!® is the official sanctioning and governing body for the sport of Dog Tricks, with over 14,000 trick dog titles awarded and 1,000 instructors certified.
With the fast growing interest in dog tricks and positive training techniques, Do More With Your Dog!® recognized the need for a certification program which vetted instructors. Do More With Your Dog!® established guidelines for instructor certification to ensure that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport to handler/dog teams. The CTDI dog training curriculum program focuses on teaching tricks in a step-by-step method utilizing positive reinforcement techniques.
Make Your Passion Happen!
- Lead classes and officially certify the trick titles of your students
- Perform live Trick Dog Shows as team captain of an All-Star Performance Dog Team™
- Become a coach of an online Spark Team Class
- Collect points and redeem for free merchandise
Entertain others as part of a professional trick dog demo team, performing at fairs, shopping malls, parades, shelter fundraisers, schools, and other venues.
Do More With Your Dog!® sponsors the official All-Star Performance Dog Team™. All-Star teams are supported with a Team Captain handbook, uniforms and gear, and giveaway promo items.
Each team is captained by a CTDI, who organizes and choreographs a routine for the team, and sets the criteria for membership on his/her team.
A Spark Team is a Facebook group that runs like an online tricks class. The goal of the month-long class is to teach 15 new tricks so the students can earn their Novice Trick Dog titles.
The CTDI is the coach and makes instructional videos and interacts with the students. CTDIs earn credits as students earn their titles. Credits can be redeemed for free stuff.
Learn from the Best: Kyra Sundance
Kyra Sundance is an internationally bestselling author of dozens of books, DVDs, and training kits including the industry standard "101 Dog Tricks." Her clear, step-by-step instructions made training a snap. With 40 workshops under her belt, Kyra's programs are tried-and-true, well organized and professionally presented.
Each trick is intended to illustrate a particular training concept, explained by Kyra. Each trick is explained and demonstrated on stage before you try it. Kyra will help you troubleshoot any problems right there on the spot. This time with Kyra ensures your success to becoming a Certified Trick Dog Instructor at the workshop.
Certified Instructors will also be on hand to test your dog for his Trick Dog title, if you wish.
Kyra Sundance is a world-renowned dog trainer, lecturer, and international best-selling author. With over a million copies in print, Kyra’s award-winning books, DVDs, and activity kits have inspired dog owners worldwide to develop fun and rewarding relationships with their dogs. Honed through decades of professional experience, Kyra’s easy to follow step-by-step training methods are the most effective and humane way to train. Her positive methods foster confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than fearful of making a mistake. As professional performers, Kyra and her Weimaraners starred in shows for the king of Morocco, Disney’s Hollywood stage shows, circuses, halftime shows, on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Animal Planet, in movies, and in their own television series.
Theory and Techniques of Positive Animal Training
All of animal training can be defined in a handful of rules. We elicit behavior (using one of five methods); we mark the event (with a marker or clicker); and we reinforce the behavior. In this workshop, we learn the rules and acquire the tools in our toolbox to teach ANY behavior. Kyra Sundance presents the content in a logical, incremental format which steps you through each concept as you gradually build on previous knowledge. At every stage during the day, Kyra will explain a new training concept and then demonstrate the teaching of a trick using that concept. This will help you understand and remember the lesson. You will then try that method with your own dog, and have Kyra troubleshoot any problems with you right there on the spot.
(Breakfast and Lunch provided free)
After the first day, join Kyra Sundance for dinner at a local eatery. Locations TBD.
Trick Training to Build Enthusiasm, Drive, and Focused Attention
Pedestal training is an invaluable tool used by all animal trainers (think of circus animals, horses, and trained dolphins). Kyra Sundance is a leading proponent and expert on Pedestal Training, and has long shared her passion for this training method at seminars around the world. Pedestal training is used to manage behavior (by providing a "home base"), and to improve training (by improving focus, drive, and precision). It is invaluable in working with multiple dogs, and in improving motivation and work ethic.
End the day with photos and diploma/certificate presentation.
(Breakfast and Lunch provided free)
CEU (continuing education credits)