The Nuts & Bolts of Teaching Dogs

Your Step by Step Process to Successfully Train Your Dog Using Positive Reinforcement

Is your dog misbehaving or not listening to you?
As a dog 'parent'...

    • Do you want to train your dog and have them LOVE you for it?
    • Do you wish your dog would respond joyfully to you - even around exciting things and in busy places?
    • Are you looking for the keys to unlock your dog’s best self: the happy, responsive pet you know is lurking within – if only you could reach him?

Do your goals include your dog:

Happily going to a mat and settle calmly when asked?
Enthusiastically coming when called, even from fun stuff?
Walking nicely on a lead, without having to bribe every step with a treat in your hand?
Being able to sit or lie down when asked - without a food lure in your hand – and stay there?
YES?  If those results sound good to you, read on!


Why do I need this course?
To change your dog’s behaviour from ‘independent’, ‘stubborn’ or ‘disconnected’ you need to build a collaborative relationship with him. You also need to be able to communicate what you’d like him to do AND motivate him to go along with your ideas.  
Additionally, for real world success, you need to be able to progress your dog’s training in a way that allows him to learn with minimal mistakes and little stress.  This is the piece of the puzzle that many dog trainers fail to give you – which is why so many dogs remain ‘badly behaved’ outside of the canine classroom.
As you're the more thoughtful half of the dog/human team, this course focuses on your learning, rather than your dog’s.  Once you’ve worked through the material you’ll be able teach your dog what you want…
…AND be able to adjust your training to different situations and challenges to maintain everyone’s success.
The Nuts & Bolts of Teaching Dogs takes you from the very first steps of understanding your canine team mate, to building a communication system with him.  It then explores how to explain to your dog what it is you want him to do - and takes you through the steps of progressing his learning incrementally so he can do it reliably and joyfully.

What will I learn?

What do I get?

6 sections of 4-6 lessons each; 6 downloadable PDF workbooks containing 25 activities; 24 lessons as text and downloadable audio files; 38 demo videos.

Downloadable PDF ‘Recipe Book’ of 3 example training plans
Instant access
    • Free Facebook support group, in case you have questions; and learning with others is always more fun.

What's my investment?

  • The Nuts & Bolts of Teaching Dogs

    $57 USD

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If you don’t like The Nuts 'n' Bolts of Teaching Dogs for any reason, you're covered. Enrol today and you can simply ask for a refund anytime within the next 30 days.

Why now? 

What a dog learns first, they learn best – teach them the wrong thing at the outset and you could be cursing your mistake for the rest of your dog’s life.  
Already made some booboos?  It’s never too late to improve your dog's behaviour, even if you have a bit of ‘repair work’ to do. The faster you start, the quicker you can turn things around and the less work you’ll have to do to see the results you dream of.

What others have said:

"...excellent wording and explanations, but also doesn’t talk down to you. It gave me the basis for how to teach ANYTHING.  And why something works or why it doesn’t."
Amy M. and Sprocket
"First I want to thank you so much for all the hard work you do to give us these amazing courses. I’m learning so much and you make it easy to understand.

My ratbag terrier is really benefiting from your training methods."
Trish O. and Bonnie
"I found the videos really helpful. As a visual person, verbal and written instructions don't always make sense to a novice dog owner like me.

It's also good to see the 'not quite perfect' outcomes to see how to handle those as well - just as important I think."
Lynne D. and Chip

 "I had just taken on a complicated rescue dog so was looking for a course that we could work through in our own time. I also couldn't commit to travelling to town to participate in a regular class so when The Nuts 'n' Bolts  of Teaching Dogs online course was recommended to me, I didn't hesitate to enrol. 

I was hoping to go back to basics with my new rescue dog as he hadn't had the best environment during his first couple of years and this is exactly what we needed - to understand how dogs learn and make sure I was helping my new mate out.

By going through the Nuts and Bolts course I have released that almost everything is teachable and rewarding the good behaviour is much easier than checking the undesirable behaviour. We have made huge progress and I have a happier much less confused dog. I would 100% recommend this course to any new or experienced dog owner." 

Helen T and Red

"…without Sarah’s guidance I don’t think we could have successfully helped Tui learn the ways of the world so well."
Hannah S. and Tui
 "Sarah – you are an excellent instructor with obvious skill in this area. You are generous in sharing your knowledge and I look forward to us working together some more!"
Megan B and Ziggy
"You gave us the tools to navigate our way to sanity."
Jo I. and Gretal

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't like the course?
No problem. I'm confident you'll love this course, but, if you don’t like The Nuts & Bolts of Teaching Dogs for any reason you're covered.  Enrol today and you can simply ask for a refund anytime within the next 30 days.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you enrol and finishes when you're done. There's no time limit on how long you have access so you can take a break, or return to refresh your skills, whenever you like.
How long will the course take me to complete?
The videos are very detailed and you’ll need to watch them more than once to take in all the information.  There are detailed notes to support your learning and you’ll get the best out of the material if you put it into practice.  You probably want to allow a minimum of two months.
What if I get stuck or don’t understand something?
You can always ask me questions in the free FaceBook group.  You're encouraged to ask questions, share epiphanies and celebrate successes - that's what the group is for.  I check it daily so you're never left hanging wondering what to do next.
Will this course help me fix my dog's anxiety/fearfulness/aggression?
    • Although you may gain a greater understanding of why your dog behaves the way he does, this course is NOT designed to walk you through the complex task of changing emotional problems such as anxiety, fear or aggression.  Please see a qualified in-person trainer for that.
Will this course help me stop my dog _____ (fill in the blank)?
    • This course covers ‘teaching what you want’.  This is the biggest part of training your dog.  We do have a book available to help you with those persistent, fun, but unwanted things dogs do. However, there's no point in 'stopping' a behaviour unless you know how to teach your dog to do something else in it's place! 
Will this course help me teach my dog to fetch a beer from the fridge?
Unfortunately not!  Any behaviour that requires an “and” to describe it is a chain. E.g. "go to the fridge AND open it AND grab a beer AND bring it back".  
This course will help you to teach individual parts of a chain so that when you're ready to put them together each link is nice and strong but building chains is a topic for another course.