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This six (6) week, totally online class is based on Leslie McDevitt’s book Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed. The Control Unleashed™ (CU) program has successfully helped dogs that are training for performance sports such as agility, herding or fly ball as well as pet dogs and just plain couch potatoes. CU is not a performance class, although it will help your dog perform more confidently and efficiently in any sporting venue. CU is primarily a behavioral class because its underlying principles are based on the behavior modification techniques of desensitization and counterconditioning. It will help your dog learn to cope with such environmental stressors as unfamiliar people and surroundings, fast moving dogs on an agility course or kids on bicycles or the dog down the street. It teaches worried and distracted dogs to build confidence, focus and calmness in any environment. It offers a model of “conversational” training that teaches our dogs how to make good behavioral choices.
In the online version of this class, we will go through the foundational Control Unleashed exercises, one by one. I will post videos of the exercises weekly and will explain the use of each exercise. You will train the exercises at home and then post videos of your training in a private Facebook group that I will create for the course (this will be available to all members for one year beyond the ending of the course). The course Facebook page is where I will post the videos and written handouts for the exercises each week, offer detailed feedback on your videos and where course participants can have extended discussions with each other. We will also have a weekly live Zoom session where you can ask me questions and we can work through training scenarios in real time. I know that many people have told me over the years that they wanted to take the in-person version of my Control Unleashed class but couldn’t fit it into their busy schedules. This is an awesome opportunity to take the class on your own time and do it on whatever schedule suits you and your dog. For those who have never taken a Control Unleashed class, this will become the foundation for taking your relationship with your dog to a whole new level.
If you are interested in the online CU class or the in-person version of it, please contact Laura using the contact form provided on this website.
"Last week, I walked Luna within five feet of an off-leash dog, and Luna did great. We did 1, 2, 3, Treat, and it worked, it literally worked. I wish I could hug you . . . I am so happy. A dozen trainers couldn't get Luna past management. Luna rocked it! Thank you so much for teaching this course [Control Unleashed]. You have changed our lives." (Dodie S. 2021)
"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 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.