Tough Dog Camp is total immersion dog training and an unparalleled opportunity for you to
learn. Depending on how much stamina you and your dog have, theoretically, you
two can have as many as 16 training opportunities (or more) per day. Your dog
will receive as much down time to rest or exercise as he requires to make him a
more efficient student. During your dog’s down time, you will have the
opportunity to remain busy and sharpen your skills by observing, helping, and
role playing with other students. You will also listen to lectures, watch
demonstrations, and watch videos. Besides all the training, depending on the
interest and suitability of activities, we may-- with or without canines-- go
swimming, hiking, or shopping.
We take a baseline measurement of each dog at the beginning of the camp and at
the end so that you can see your progress. We cannot guarantee that your dog
will be completely cured of all his bad habits by Friday. However, we can
guarantee that you will see measurable, significant improvement if you
follow-through on the training principles that are presented to you in Tough
Dog Camp, and by the end of camp, you should see measurable improvement.
One of the main objectives of the camp is to make sure you the handler are
proficient in the many areas that need to be addressed in order to rehabilitate
the tough dog.
Focused discussions and demonstrations will address:
zen, arousal, displacement behaviors—sharpening your awareness and
recognition of these behaviors.
Five Keys for
Observing a Dog
The rules of the flight zone and how to apply them to stimulus presentation.
Evaluating a stimulus—neutral, attractive, arousing, or calming—and changing
its value for your dog.
Default behaviors—recognizing what is not desirable and identifying what is
desirable. How to elicit desirable default behaviors from your dog.
Practice in debunking dominance, pummeling the importance of punishment, and
negating negative markers.
Practice in applying positive operant and associative conditioning principles.
Establishing the basic communication building blocks-- Practice in suggested
training exercises—the fab five and beyond.
Desensitization training scenarios.
|Limit Number Dogs per Camp: 6|
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Fees: Main Dog & Main Handler Registration ($1,000) per camp.
2nd Dog Same Handler ($375) per camp. $90 late fee per dog applies unless completed registration form with payment is received 2 weeks before camp.
A la carte dog & handler registration ($240) per day, ($130) per 1/2 day.
A la carte 2nd dog registration ($130) per day, ($65) per 1/2 day.
A la carte $25 late fee per dog applies unless completed registration form with payment is received 2 weeks before the first day of the camp.
Deposit 50% of total amount due for camp and B&B room 2 weeks before beginning of camp session*
Deposit is non-refundable within 2 weeks of beginning of camp, with exception of cancellation of event by organizer.
BALANCE DUE BY FIRST DAY OF CAMP;
* A La Carte Day Campers pay in full at time of registration.
PRIVATE CAMP: For owners who prefer a week of private
training, a Monday through Friday Private Tough Dog Camp can be arranged
subject to availability. No prerequisite required. Training Fee: $2500. Talk to
Carolyn about this.