Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC

Laura Donaldson, PhD, CDBC, KPA CTP

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, IAABC
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Lead Behavior and Training Consultant,
Cayuga Dog Rescue

Control Unleashed Class

This eight-week class is based on Leslie McDevitt’s books, Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog, Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program and her new training program and book, CU2: Dogs in Control (Unleashed), soon to be published by Clean Run.  The original Control Unleashed® (CU®) program has successfully helped many dogs, including pet dogs needing more focus and confidence as well as dogs training for performance sports such as agility, herding or fly ball.  CU® is not an agility class, although it can help your dog perform better in any sporting venue.  It is not an obedience class, although it incorporates positive reinforcement training for many skills found in obedience work.  CU® is primarily a behavioral program because its underlying principles are based on the behavior modification techniques of desensitization and counterconditioning.  It is both a dog training philosophy as well as a set of exercises designed to enable stressed, sniffy, distracted, lunging, snapping, and barking dogs build confidence, focus and drive.  It teaches these dogs how to cope with the presence of environmental stressors like other dogs, unknown people, unfamiliar surroundings, fast moving vehicles (or dogs on a course!), and loud noises.  This list is only limited by your imagination!

This CU® class offers the building blocks of the original program like passive and active attention building, mat work and box work, but also presents McDevitt's new model of "conversational" training, which teaches dogs to make good behavioral choices.  Participants should have a working familiarity with CU® concepts and are encouraged to read any and all of the CU® books before enrolling. For more detailed information about whether or not your dog is ready for CU®, please consult the description attached below.  To register, please contact me using the "Contact" button on this website.

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