Aged and engaged live!

WITH lori stevens

A KPA LIVE!™ Class featuring real-time training and coaching WITH Lori

Available to Watch On Demand

Your Dog is only as old as they feel

Join Lori and help your dog retain or regain skills and energy for their whole life.  
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Enrollment Opens on January 17, 2024 at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. Spots are Limited!

Hurry! Registration for Engage experience closes June 22 and Dog/Handler (Excel) Spots are sold out.

Enrollment is Open! Spots are Limited and Available on a First-Come, First-Served Basis.

Engage Enrollment Closes on February 6 (Excel Has Sold Out)!

Tuition: $5,300 (see course page for prices in other currency)

LEARN, PRACTICE, SHARE

LIVE learning brings concepts to life

  • LEARN

    Six weeks of training, a week-by-week curriculum integrated with four LIVE virtual classes with real-time coaching, interactive learning, and Q&A. Super educational, super fun.

  • PRACTICE

    The LIVE week-by-week curriculum integrates with, and prepares you for, the weekly LIVE class. New levels of advancement each week!

  • SHARE

    Ask questions and share insights, pics, and your training videos. Celebrate progress together!

Let's Begin This Fabulous Journey, Together

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See What's Covered in Each unit

COMPARE STUDENT LEVELS

CHOOSE YOUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Enroll for the Engage or Excel student experience.

  • In the Engage experience, you receive the four LIVE classes over Zoom; the integrated weekly course curriculum with both video and written exercises to train your dog; the class discussion forum for comments, questions, and video sharing; access to the class recordings and curriculum for one year.
  • In the Excel experience, you get everything above plus you are one of six students that the instructor will personally coach week-by-week through the class material. Instructor support includes feedback on your video submissions, coaching, prioritized Q&A during each LIVE class, and a detailed written assessment of your progress.

Compare the differences below and choose the experience that works best for you!

Excel

SOLD OUT

$399

Only 8 spots

Engage

$199

limited enrollments

SOLD OUT

4 LIVE Classes over 4 weeks, 2-2.5 hours each, 8.5 hours total

LIVE Class

Real-time coaching during LIVE classes

full participation

observe only

Q&A during LIVE classes
Recordings available post-class

4-unit curriculum coordinated with LIVE class. Includes:

  • Weekly skill videos, webinar-style (pre-recorded)

Coordinated
Curriculum

  • Fun, weekly training exercises and training challenges (downloadable)
  • Written weekly feedback on practice training videos
Weekly training time recommended for exercises

1.5-2 hours weekly

1.5-2 hours weekly

Access to class discussion forum for sharing comments, questions, and videos
Share comments

Discussion
Forum

Ask the instructor written training questions

Share practice videos and receive Instructor feedback

Up to 2 minutes per unit and 8 minutes total

Observe instructor feedback on
student videos

Share practice training videos with
the class
Unlimited submissions
Unlimited submissions
Eligible for SkillCheck assessment

SkillCheck

Evaluation
from Ken Ramirez

Submit assessment video for up to 30 days
after the class ends

Eligible to earn SkillCheck designation in Snake Avoidance (must meet set criteria)
LIVE class recordings - 1 year

Post Course
Access

Unit video lectures - 1 year

Unit exercises and training challenges - 1 year

More

Course-completion certificate
CEU-eligible

Side by side comparison

CHOOSE YOUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Enroll for the Engage or Excel student experience.

  • In the Engage experience, you receive the four LIVE classes over Zoom; the integrated weekly course curriculum with both video and written exercises to train your dog; the class discussion forum for comments, questions, and video sharing; access to the class recordings and curriculum for one year.
  • In the Excel experience, you get everything above plus you are one of six students that the instructor will personally coach week-by-week through the class material. Instructor support includes feedback on your video submissions, coaching, prioritized Q&A during each LIVE class, and a detailed written assessment of your progress.

Compare the differences below and choose the experience that works best for you!

LIVE Class

4 LIVE Classes over 4 weeks, 2-2.5 hours each, 8.5 hours total

Real-time coaching during LIVE classes (observe only)

Q&A during LIVE classes
Recordings available post-class

Coordinated Curriculum

4-unit curriculum coordinated with LIVE class. Includes:
  • Weekly skill videos, webinar-style, pre-recorded
  • Weekly fun training exercises and training challenges, downloadable
Weekly training time suggested for exercises (1.5-2 hours weekly)

Discussion Forum

Class discussion forum for sharing comments, questions, and videos
Share comments

Observe instructor feedback on
student videos

Share practice training videos with the class (Unlimited submissions)

Post Course Access

Unit video lectures - 1 year
Unit exercises and training challenges - 1 year

More

Course-completion certificate
CEU-eligible

LIVE Class

4 LIVE Classes over 4 weeks, 2-2.5 hours each, 8.5 hours total

Real-time coaching during LIVE classes (full participation)
Q&A during LIVE classes
Recordings available post-class

Coordinated Curriculum

4-unit curriculum coordinated with LIVE class. Includes:
  • Weekly skill videos, webinar-style, pre-recorded
  • Weekly fun training exercises and training challenges, downloadable
  • Written weekly feedback on practice training videos
Weekly training time suggested for exercises (1.5-2 hours weekly)

Discussion Forum

Class discussion forum for sharing comments, questions, and videos
Share comments

Ask the instructor written training questions

Share practice videos and receive Instructor feedback Up to 2 minutes per unit and 8 minutes total

Observe instructor feedback on
student videos

Share practice training videos with the class (Unlimited submissions)

SkillCheck

Eligible for SkillCheck assessment
Evaluation from Ken Ramirez
Submit assessment video for up to 30 days after the class ends
Eligible to earn SkillCheck designation in Snake Avoidance (must meet set criteria)

Post Course Access

Unit video lectures - 1 year
Unit exercises and training challenges - 1 year

More

Course-completion certificate
CEU-eligible
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SHOW YOUR SKILLS
EARN YOUR DESIGNATION

SkillCheckTM assessment with Ken

Meet the criteria to earn the designation during the course or up to 30 days after the course ends

Snake biological shipped to you to help your training (USA)!

Available only to the Excel experience and included in tuition 

You earned your KPA SkillCheck: Snake Avoidance digital badge!

SkillCheckTM is a formalized KPA method for teachers to provide feedback to students on the skills taught in a specific course. SkillCheck criteria are developed for each KPA course or class.

In this course, SkillCheck is available only to students in the Excel experience. You will receive an easy-to-digest assessment of your skill progress on the Snake Avoidance protocol and, if you demonstrate proficiency, you will earn the SkillCheck designation for Snake Avoidance!

KPA Aged and Engaged Learn with Lori Stevens

LEARN WITH Lori stevens

Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC) uses humane and scientific methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. She continually studies the interactions among animal behavior, movement, learning, and health, and this effort is reflected in her innovative approach.

Lori teaches online courses called “How Movement Works: Training Skills for Building Confident & Balanced Learners” (see BehaviorWorks.org) and “Aged and Engaged” (see KarenPryorAcademy.com). She also teaches workshops and presents at conferences worldwide, including ClickerExpo where she has presented on movement (e.g. fitness) and aging dogs. Lori is the creator of the Balance Harness. Learn more about Lori on her website or on Facebook or Twitter.

Here's What You'll Be Learning UNIT by UNIT

1

On Target

Behaviors:

  • Baseline and Data Tracking for Aging Dogs
  • Chin Rest 
  • Chin Rest Variations
  • Consent-Based Touch/Introduction to Bodywork

In Unit 1, Lori coaches you through establishing baseline data to capture where your dog is currently so that you can track progress accurately over the next four weeks and beyond. You will also teach your dog multiple variations of a chin rest behavior and, together with Lori, explore how this behavior can be used in consent-based care as your dog ages. You will practice consent-based tactile contact with your dog using short and intentional strokes like those used in tactile physical exams or massage. The groundwork that you lay in Unit 1 will have you right “on target” to meet the class goals!

Make your way to the discussion forum on groups.io as soon as possible. There, Excel students will share videos of their training from Unit 1 and receive feedback and coaching from Lori in preparation for the first Zoom class. Engage students can follow each Excel student discussion thread, share their progress, and offer kudos to their classmates.

In the first week’s virtual LIVE class, Excel students will get to know the other Excel teams as they practice the skills and exercises developed during this Unit. This will be Excel students’ opportunity to show off progress with the Unit material and receive coaching from Lori on any roadblocks that have appeared. Engage students will be encouraged to bring questions from Unit 1 to the Zoom class; Lori will answer each question and guide your transition to the next Unit. At the end of this Unit, all students will be ready for the next three weeks of engaging exercises. 

2

Paws up  

Behaviors:

  • Longer Strokes - Bodywork
  • Paws-Up 
  • Paws-Up Variations
  • Consent-Based Nail Care 

In Unit 2, Lori will teach you how to build on the consent work that you taught your dog in Unit 1! You’ll learn “longer strokes,” a bodywork technique used to encourage restful relaxation that helps keep your dog limber and helps reduce anxiety. In Unit 2, Lori will also introduce you to a Paws-Up exercise and variations of that behavior. The Paws-Up positions help aging dogs maintain or regain strength and balance. You’ll learn how to shift your dog’s weight in this position to further challenge his balance. Lori will also discuss the importance of nail care in this Unit.

In the groups.io forum, Excel students will be exchanging ideas and receiving coaching from Lori on their video submissions for the week. Engage students are always encouraged to share their progress. All students will be preparing questions for the Zoom class. 

In the second virtual LIVE class, Excel students will demonstrate their progress with both the Unit 2 behaviors and the Unit 1 behaviors. Lori will coach each Excel team individually and will help troubleshoot the work they have done for the week. Engage students will bring training questions to the class for Lori to address live during the Zoom call.

3

more than a shake

Behaviors:

  • Paw-to-Hand
  • Paw-to-Hand Variations
  • Getting Into and Out of Cars
  • Circular Body Work

In Unit 3 Lori coaches you to train a paw-to-hand behavior, a behavior that helps your dog regain or maintain balance and strength. It is a useful component of consent-based care for dogs of any age. As getting a dog into and out of cars, or on and off of sofas or beds, becomes more challenging as a dog ages, Lori will also provide a range of ideas to help your dog maintain behaviors and ensure that your dog continues to achieve all that he can through proper exercise and thoughtful environmental arrangement. 

Finally, Lori will coach you in a circular bodywork technique that will help your dog’s muscles and nervous system relax. 

Post your training progress video links and cheer on your classmates with comments on the class forum! Lori will provide feedback on Excel students’ videos for everyone to learn from.

In the LIVE Zoom class, Excel students will demonstrate their successes and receive further coaching from Lori on the Unit 3 exercises. Lori will also answer any questions from Excel and Engage students.

4

In reverse

Behaviors:

  • Hind-Paw Targeting and Variations
  • Backing Up and Variations
  • Skin-Lift Bodywork Technique

In Unit 4, Lori demonstrates how taking a step back leads to leaps forward as she coaches students through behaviors involving hind-end awareness and movement. Lori will work with Excel teams on exercises that help their dogs develop hind-end awareness and increase hind-end mobility. While many older dogs struggle with hind-end weakness, behaviors to strengthen that area are not typically taught as specific skills.

Lori will teach you how, in just a few minutes a day, you can help your dog maintain basic and critical skills such as directional movement by focusing on the muscle groups that are engaged during these behaviors. Many senior dogs lose the confidence to back out of an area and end up getting stuck; this exercise helps them maintain or regain this ability. 

Hind-paw targeting teaches dogs to use their hind legs and paws deliberately and thoughtfully. Backing up takes it a step further to encourage even more confidence and function. 

For this Unit’s bodywork exercise, Lori will coach students to perform a relaxing skin-lift bodywork technique. 

In the final LIVE class meeting on Zoom, Excel students will demonstrate their progress on the behaviors built throughout the course, with a focus on the behaviors from Unit 4. This is also the last opportunity for Engage and Excel students to ask questions, receive coaching, and share experiences. You won’t want to miss it!

Remember, you retain access to the course content, including the class recordings, for a year from enrollment so that you and your dog can keep on learning together after this final LIVE class.

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