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Lesley McDevitt has designated me as one of the first "certified" Control Unleashed® instructors in the nation! I now proudly add "CCUI" -- Certified Control Unleashed Instructor -- to my list of certifications. McDevitt’s Control Unleashed® (CU®) program has successfully helped many dogs since the original book was published in 2007. It is a great fit for pet dogs needing more focus and confidence, as well as performance dogs training for 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 dog behavior class because its underlying principles are based on the behavior modification techniques of desensitization, counterconditioning and positively transforming the way that dogs process their environments. It is both a dog training philosophy as well as a set of exercises designed to enable stressed, anxious and distracted dogs build confidence, focus and drive. It teaches 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, just to name a few. This CU® class will offer the familiar building blocks of the original program, like passive and active attention building, mat work, pattern games and box work. It will also present McDevitt’s new model of “conversational” training that emphasizes teaching our dogs how to make good behavioral choices.
If your dog exhibits any of the following behaviors, then CU® is for you:
If your dog exhibits any of these behaviors, then he is not ready for CU®
"I was so excited to find Laura doing a CU class in my area. I have a hyper sensitive, leash reactive, young Border Collie that I had been looking to find help with his issues. Quincy and I have gone through the beginner and advanced classes. Laura has been able to teach me how to keep my dog under threshold and how to respond when he has an outburst. The CU games I learned in class have been such a help in desensitizing Quincy to different stimuli. Quincy is not there yet, but I now have the tools needed to continue to help him improve. I am so thankful for Laura's calm teaching and guidance and Quincy is thankful too. "
"I endorse and recommend this class to anyone with a reactive dog. It definitely helped [my dog] with reactive problems at home and at trial sites, and inside the ring. I learned a lot about how to use positive methods in teaching him to be calmer and to look at me before he goes over threshold. Laura is calm and easy to understand. She gives clear demos and is very in tune with canine behavior."
I can definitely endorse this class. My 2 year old bearded collie . . . and I took it this summer and it has made a difference in our ability to function in the presence of exciting people and dogs. Laura uses only positive training methods and works with each team's unique issues. She structures the physical environment in such a way that each dog has its own safe place and then she adds distractions as they are ready....I think the class is perfect for a happy, friendly reactive dog . . . but it would also be great for a dog with aggressive reactive tendencies.