Question #1: “I have tried other trainings before, how is this different?”
Most trainers use inefficient methods when working with reactivity, which results in poor outcomes. Our course however teaches a unique method combining counterconditioning and sniffing. In this process we change how your dog feels about his triggers. As a result, he will be calm, relaxed and focused. Because we help you change your dog’s behavior at the root, the training will transform him.
Question #2: “What happens if I get stuck and need extra guidance?”
Every dog is an individual and every situation is unique! With that comes the need for personal feedback during training.
Our course includes unlimited feedback from our professional trainer. Ask as many questions as you like – we are happy to help and want to watch you succeed!
Question #3: “What if this course doesn’t work for my dog?
Our purchases are risk-free! We have a 100% money-back guarantee and will gladly refund your money within the first 60 days if you are unhappy for any reason.
Question #4: “I don’t want to punish or correct my dog. Does this course use these methods?”
We do not utilize or recommend any kind of physical or verbal corrections.
This course does not make use of corrective collars, leash pops, harsh words or other means of intimidation or punishment.
Question #5: “My dog is not food-driven, will this still work?”
Every animal is food-driven – if they were not, they would be dead.
The reasons many dogs refuse treats are either that they are too stressed to eat or that we have not yet found the treats they REALLY love.
In this class, we discuss in detail how to address both possible causes. We teach you about how to find the right treats for your dog, as well as how to react if your dog refuses treats during training.
So far every single student has succeeded in getting their dog to take treats!
Question #6: “I don’t want to just bribe my dog with treats to behave!”
Good – because we also don’t want you to do that!
In this course, we use treats to change the dog’s “CER” (conditioned emotional response). In the beginning you will use many treats, but over time the dog’s actual feelings about his triggers change and you can fade the treats – your dog will still behave.
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Over 74 000 dog owners are using the SpiritDog training method!
Matthew Chilewich recommends SpiritDog Training.
I’ve had a great experience with SpiritDog training over the past 9 months. I purchased the Ultimate Puppy program along with several add on classes related to recall and leash walking. What I appreciate is the short and easy to follow videos with Q&A available in each section. And Steffi and her team have been so responsive, even following up to make sure things are going well. You can spend a fortune on dog trainers and while in home training is useful, its just not practical to get the amount of help that someone would need for a reasonable price. These videos and the progression through the classes are all very useful and sensible. I think you will see the thoughtfulness Steffi puts into her answers to all of the questions her customers post on each training module - she really cares and wants us all to have success training our puppies.
I highly recommend SpiritDog Training to anyone looking for assistance without the use of in-home training
Ana and Timothy are the proud owners of Enni. Enni is now 11 months old and grow up to be a wonderful companion dog!
Thank you for this class. Before buying it, I was regretting getting a puppy!!
Enni was a lot to handle and being retired, we didn't think we had the energy to raise a German Shepherd mix puppy!
The enrichment games were especially helpful to keep her smart brain occupied and keep her out of trouble. We play them every day.
Inge Blytherecommends SpiritDog Training.
I am SO happy we signed up for this course! I learned more about my dog's reactivity in the first two lessons than I did in multiple sessions with a private dog trainer. My dog Moka and I are about halfway through the course and not only do I now understand her reactivity better, we are also seeing slow but sure results!! Steffi is amazing not only in how she presents her material, but also in the fact that she responds personally to every single individual who might have specific questions about their dog, which is pretty unheard of especially in an online class where thousands of people take it. She is truly dedicated to helping us and I am so grateful. I'm looking forward to trying some of the other classes when we finish this one. I know I will be coming back to the information over and over again. Thank you Steffi 🙏🙏🙏
I am absolutely loving this course! I have learned so much already and cant wait to put it all into practice. My dog is calmer and I know how to avoid situations that would cause her to become reactive and more importantly how to handle those situations when they may arrive. I am thrilled to have found this course and recommend it 100%.
Renee Bolz via facebook comments
Recently completed this online course and found it so informative – has helped so much with my reactive dog! We continue with our training daily but now I feel like I know what to do and understand her behavior!!
I was a little suspicious about online training, I have to admit, but SprititDog blew me away. First, the content is positive, science based, takes into account your dog as an individual and the methods just work! Steffi has some really incredible ideas. Second, I had never had things explained to me so well before. The lessons are so well thought out and everything is structured and presented in a way that's both really smart and easy to follow. Third, customer service is incredible. You can ask questions and you get help and answers quickly, and you can just feel how passionate they are about helping us help our dogs. I found a few hours here already more helpful than any trainer I've ever hired in person. I really wish I had found SpiritDog years ago!
Pernille Joost Highly reccomend! Great course and trainer!
We are about 1/2 through the course - and already loving it! Everything is very simply explained - From the theory behind, the practical stuff, preparation, what to expect and the actual training. I love that it has text, illustrations, videos, comments and answers and short quizzes. Steffi (the trainer) seems very empathetic and conveys great patience and understanding of the struggles and frustrations that come with having a reactive dog. We've only just started, but I've seen changes, and my whole attitude to working with my boys reactivity has changed - I feel confident, optimistic and in safe hands with this course and trainer! I highly recommend this course for anyone struggling with a reactive dog - and who does not wish to use aversive methods 🙂
natGreat course with practical tips and…
Great course with practical tips and solutions to raising a puppy with videos examples and pdf downloads. Really recommend for any dog parent and those interested in becoming a trainer as a starting point.
Robert Fornangorecommends SpiritDog Training.
Last weekend, we added an 8-week old cairn terrier to our family after have several other cairns in the past. surprisingly, it is my first time raising a puppy from that age. I thought I knew what I was doing but also knew there were a lot of gaps in my knowledge. The Ultimate Puppy Course has proven to be extremely useful, including showing me why my original plan would not have worked as well as I had hoped. After 1 week, a few days our girl is no longer having accidents in the house, and her biting has toned down a lot (not completely...she is a puppy after all). We are also starting training on other behaviors and socializing her to other dogs and environments. Spirit Dog Training has a real winner here that is far less expensive that your typical in person training courses. I strongly recommend this course for new puppy owners. and anyone who wants to be a better trainer for their own pups!
Steffi is AMAZING! We have an 11 mo mini aussie and have been working with her for the past few months. She is extremely knowledgeable and very dynamic and patient. We are very grateful at all we have accomplished in such a little amount of time. We have decided to continue training indefinitely at this point.
My husband and I bought this class because our puppy Elli was a BITER. My arms looked torn up all the time and it was frustrating and I was actually regretting getting another pup at my age. After implementing the lessons on biting ... she stopped!! This class is worth its money, just for no more biting alone!!
Love their approach to training with your dog. They only use science based reward training and positive reinforcement. They focus on the long term bond and communication with your precious pup. So many tips to make daily life easier as well!
Natalie via email
I started your course 14 days ago and in the first lesson you do talk about 'prevention' first and foremost. My puppy was reacting to trucks and tractors on our road; chasing and barking along our fence. He is 9 months old and this behaviour just started.
When I did lesson one, I immediately ordered a black screen for our fence. It arrived in 2 days and we put it up. I also started supervising his time outside (brought him in when I heard a truck or tractor coming) and began our counter conditioning training. I have been walking him daily slowly letting the trucks and tractors get closer (with an escape route planned of course).
We have made HUGE improvements. Today lots of tractors and trucks went by when he was loose in his yard. He can see shadows through the fence and of course hear them loudly. Only glances towards the road but NO reactions!!!
Woooo hoo Steffi your course is wonderful!
Photo attached of Casper.
There's so much to love about the SpiritDog training! After having read many books, followed many courses and sought help of in-person trainers, we were still struggling with behavioral issues of our canine companion. The clear, extensive online course and very responsive staff of SpiritDog, has been most supportive to us and our reactive dog of everything we have tried thus far. Thank you!
Training a pup is not an easy task, it takes time, consistency, patience and the right people leading the way. After my first few lessons I have already seen a huge change in my pup. The course, Steffi, and Elise are amazing. I truly enjoy logging in to learn how to help my pup. The lessons are extremely informational and the feedback to questions is like having a trainer right here with us! I am not even half-way through the course and can't wait to see what the rest of it brings!! Thank you all for helping me learn how to help my pup....you are amazing!!!
JaciIn the past and present I have always…
In the past and present I have always had adult rescue dogs, so a puppy is a new adventure. I have found the course so far interesting and informative and I have high hopes of training my new puppy to become a great well behaved companion. Stay tuned for updates!
Carol O'Hanleyrecommends SpiritDog Training.
I've only just started this training and already have found so much useful information about puppy training! I love that the videos are short but informative and have PDF versions as well so I can share information with other members of our household. Highly recommend this training platform!
Jill Moorerecommends SpiritDog Training.
Have finished the puppy course, loved the format and keep referring back to some sections... Having a lot of fun training Luna. Thank you for a clear and concise course.
Erika Millerrecommends SpiritDog Training.
Training a pup is not an easy task, it takes time, consistency, patience and the right people leading the way. After my first few lessons I have already seen a huge change in my pup. The course, Steffi, and Elise are amazing. I truly enjoy logging in to learn how to help my pup. The lessons are extremely informational and the feedback to questions is like having a trainer right here with us. I am not even halfway through the course and can't wait to see what the rest brings. Thank you all for helping me learn how to help my pup... you are amazing!!
Gigi is a Goldendoodle and owned and loved by Dan and Linda T.
We got this program from friends as a gift for our 10 week old Goldendoodle Gigi.
The tips on puppy biting helped instantly with her incessant nibbling and chewing. Within a week she was only chewing on her toys and not on our arms anymore - PHEW!
Gigi is 8 months now and we still refer back to the course. Recently we worked on loose leash walking and socialization. We feel that Gigi got a great start because of this class - thank you!
Zaidee and Sophie via email
I just wanted to share with you a little celebration. I started the reactive dog program back earlier this summer. My, now 18 month old border collie was very reactive to other dogs and some people.
And while we are not entirely through this behavior yet, she can keep herself composed enough to pass the AKC canine good citizen test. This includes meeting another person with their dog and walking on a loose leash (which I learned how to help her with from your blog about loose leash walking). Without going into lots of details…because as you know there are always little triggers everywhere…
Sophie was able to be in an arena full of other dogs and people she didn’t know and stay focused on me while still being able to look at and sniff in the direction of other dogs. It was amazing. I’m so happy.
So thank you for your offerings. You make things simple and no big deal which is perfect for her breed and my temperament, too!
Here’s Sophie with her ribbon (she also passed her trick novice and intermediate tests that day!)
Rebecca Adelmanrecommends SpiritDog Training.
Wow! we've seen such drastic improvements with our reactive dog by just implementing some of the suggestions in the first couple of lessons. I can't wait to see how far we will come after finishing all the lessons with our girl! Thank you Steffi for these amazing classes and helping us tackle our dog's reactive behavior! I wish we would have found you sooner!
Karen Astlerecommends SpiritDog Training.
Recently purchased the reactive dog course and was very pleasantly surprised. Great layout, easy to understand course. The best part though is the customer service and feedback. Access to trainers that actually respond quickly to any questions or concerns. LOVE IT. Keep up the good work
Kelly MacleodI am currently doing this course & it’s…
I am currently doing this course & it’s so much better than I expected. So much great advice & it’s given me loads more tools to help dogs. Extremely professional, so responsive & dedicated. If you’re thinking of doing this course, do it. You will seriously love it & there’s heaps of additional info that is just so awesome. I’m delighted with it & will definitely be doing more. Results have been fantastic 🙏🏼🐾♥️
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