First day of the fall semester

I teach a dog training class at The Family Foundation School, a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens, 3 days a week. This semester i have written all new curriculum and I have 15 students enrolled.  I also write for the blog linked to the Dog Corps. program there.   Below is the post written for the other blog.


Today was the first class day of the fall 2012 semester. We had 13 Dog Training students in class, ready and eager to learn! I always get excited about passing on my dog training knowledge to other people because i believe every person and every dog deserve to have the ultimate relationship, and i have the tools to do it!

It was orientation day, meet the book, meet the cirrculum, meet the dogs, and see what its like to enter the world of dog training. For me i know once i stepped foot into it i never looked back, and i can honestly say my recovery was successful because of the canine companions in my life.

So everyone got a small lesson in obedience commands, what they are (in the german language) how to give them, when to give them and they even got to practice with a few of the shepherds.

Charles working with Ripley

I explained the importance of having good focus, and how when working with high drive shepherds you need to control your situation and not allow any unsightly obbessions develop!

Teaching Raina to target without obessesing on the object she is targeting.