We couldn't be happier that you're interested in joining our Student of the Dog workshop.
This workshop includes 9 days of total instruction over a three-day progression. Each day of the workshop is slightly different than the day before.
We'll also include homework to work on in your own time with your dog. If and when you complete it is up to you, but the more effort you put in, the easier each day with your dog will become.
Just like a student learning something new in school, no dog is expected to "get it" right away. We're all about progress and small wins—and they'll need help from their teacher.
The method we'll apply throughout this workshop is founded on the way dogs inherently understand the world around them and communicate with each other. You'll discover quickly that, while you are training your dog, you will also be learning alongside him or her.
Throughout our time together, handlers will be strongly encouraged to exhibit patience, maintain calm energy, and manage realistic expectations for progress with your companion.
All exercises covered during the workshop are on-leash and will progressively increase in difficulty as comfort and trust is seen in both the handler and in the dog.
Ideally, we will move your dog through each exercise with a nose band ( also known as a 'figure 8') which we'll provide for all students at the start of the workshop. If a particular dog or handler is not comfortable with a nose band, we will begin with a simple "slip lead" until comfort and trust is gained.
The use of a nose band is ideal as it allows for better control and "feel" of your dog. This will help garner ease and clarify communication through the exercises; however, its use not necessary for success in our method.
To offer our students the best experience, this workshop is capped at 10 handlers with one dog allowed per handler.
*We ask that the handler and dog remain the same throughout the whole weekend.
**This workshop is not currently open to "red zone" dogs at this time. If you have a red zone dog and are looking for guidance, please request a 1 on 1 training session here.
Dates and Time
Each day of the workshop, we will begin at 9:00am and end at 12:00pm. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshop.
Once we approve your application, students must complete a non-refundable deposit of $100 in order to reserve your spot.
The remaining balance of $350 is due two weeks prior to the workshop date.
Family members or friends of workshop students may join at an additional cost of $25 per human. You'll be able to add this option upon completion of your final payment.
Your workshop reservation will be finalized once your $100 deposit is paid. This deposit is non-refundable. The remaining cost of the workshop is due two weeks prior to the workshop start date.
If you wish to cancel your reservation and receive a refund of your payment, you must notify us via email at email@example.com two weeks prior to the start date of your workshop. Please include your full name and workshop dates in the email.
Cancellation requests with less than two weeks of notice before the workshop start date will not be refunded. Please email us if there are special circumstances such as a medical emergency.
This workshop takes place on our Dog Ranch in Scappoose, Oregon. You can find us on Google Maps or by using our address is below:
52200 E. Honeyman Rd.
Scappoose, OR 97056