But First, Fun! Cooperative Care Training

with Sara mcloudrey

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

Available to Watch On Demand

A fun way to build skills and behaviors for canine cooperative care!

Join Sara McLoudrey and learn to make cooperative care fun for everyone.
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Enrollment Opens on August 30th, 2023. Spots are Limited!

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

Enroll in an Engage Spot by September 26 (Excel is 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 eight 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 5 minutes per unit and 20 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 eight 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
See Melissa's 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 Melissa written training questions
Share practice videos and receive Melissa's feedback Up to 5 minutes per unit and 20 minutes total
See Melissa's 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!

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LEARN WITH Sara mcloudrey

Sara McLoudrey is the founder and owner of Decisive Moment Pet Consulting. She specializes in Care with Consent (cooperative care), a variety of behavioral struggles and aggression, helping senior dogs thrive, and living with intact dogs. Sara is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), CPDT-KSA, Fear Free Certified Professional Level 1 and Certified Trainer - Elite, Low-Stress Handling Certified, Pet End of Life Doula, FitPaws Master Trainer, and TagTeach Level 3.   

Since 2001 Sara has been competing with positively trained dogs in retriever field tests, high-level competition and rally obedience (Utility and RAE level), conformation, and elite-level nose work. She founded ROOT Dog Training in 2004 and opened the first positive reinforcement training facility on Chicago’s North Shore in 2012. In 2016 Sara moved to Portland, Oregon, and joined Synergy Veterinary Behavior. There she was instrumental in expanding their Behavior Modification services and mentoring the growing team of trainers.

Over the years, she has seen how our relationships with dogs have changed and even how the “positive/force free/clicker” training world has evolved. For Sara, it is inspiring to help continue and promote this growth mindset for fellow trainers, behavior consultants, and pet guardians. 

Even though Sara’s behavior consulting practice focuses on complex and sometimes dangerous behavior struggles, she is known for bringing fun, creative problem-solving, joy, and laughter to her classes and sessions. Sara is an optimist at heart, a perpetual Pollyanna, and loves teaching clients they have the power - they are their dog’s magic wand! 

For more information about Sara, check out her Website, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

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

1

Foundation For fun!

List of Behaviors:

  • Intro to the shaping game, capture game, luring chair game
  • Middle/Peek-a-boo game (sit, stand, duration, and look up - possibly adding duration)
  • Pop (moving out of peek-a-boo while moving backward, and staying behind)
  • Face in Things (pre-muzzle/pre-cone) - put face in all the things
  • 4-Paws On (how to build it and how to add release/change body position/change surfaces)
  • Stand on Cue
  • Release Cue (primer - adds over class)
  • (BONUS BEHAVIOR) Shake-off

Welcome to Fun! 

Unit 1 jumps right into fun, foundational tricks and skills. These behaviors serve as the foundation for other behaviors in the weeks to come. For example, “Face in Things” is a precursor to wearing a muzzle or a recovery cone. “4 Paws On” builds core body positioning skills that are utilized in Unit 3. In this unit, you will receive detailed instructions for building these behaviors and discuss whether to shape, lure, or capture them. These behaviors are not only fun, but they help prepare you and your dog for an easy transition to muzzles/cones, injections, scale training, and so much more. 

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

In the first week’s virtual LIVE class, you will get to know each Excel Team and practice the skills developed during this Unit. This will be the time to show off your progress with foundational skills and receive expert guidance on any roadblocks that have appeared. At the end of this Unit, you will be ready for the next three weeks of Cooperative Tricks! Engage experience students will be encouraged to bring questions from Unit 1 to the Zoom class; Sara will answer each question and guide your transition to the next Unit!

2

Heads up!

List of Behaviors:

  • Open mouth with or without an object
  • Focus: duration on staring at treats (hold still)
  • Recovery Cone Training (building upon “Face in Things” to using a cone/box/posterboard) and cued back out with “pop” behavior
  • Head Target (lift chin/raise neck)

Heads up! Week Two is all about tricks involving the head. These skills are a blast to train and help you and your dog transition more easily to practical behaviors for dental care, ear and eye care, and wearing the recovery cone. In the groups.io forum, Excel teams will share videos from both Week One and Week Two to receive feedback and coaching from Sara. 

In the second virtual LIVE class, Excel students will show off their newly acquired Unit 2 behaviors and the progress they have continued to make with Unit 1 behaviors. Sara will coach each team individually and troubleshoot generalizing these fun tricks into veterinary and husbandry contexts. Engage students should bring training questions to the class for Sara to answer live during the Zoom call. 

3

fancy feet

List of Behaviors:

  • 2-Paws On (variety of surfaces, duration, adding inspection of undercarriage) 
  • Paw targeting (to objects - from all positions) - add pressure 
  • If ya’ fit’ ya’ sit - 4 feet in objects (different positions and box sizes, and varying duration)
  • Cookie Sheet fun (stay in positions until released; mimic exam tables and scales)

 Unit 3 is all about fun with feet. All of these tricks revolve around learners doing things with their feet in preparation for scale training, paw soaking, cleaning, nail trims, and exams. The community discussion over groups.io will focus on these new skills while continuing to build on Unit 1 and Unit 2 skills as needed. 

During the third LIVE Zoom class, Excel students will demonstrate their fancy footwork. Sara will work with each team on problem-solving, and discuss how to expand the new skills beyond the class setting. Sara will also answer any questions Engage experience students have.

4

Level up!

List of Behaviors:

  • Backward peek-a-boo(ty) - for nails, injections, hind-end inspections)
  • Bandage a leg or paw (build from paw targeting an object)
  • Clothing - build on head target and cone
  • (BONUS BEHAVIOR) Hold Still and Freeze in the position in which the student/dog team excels at 

Unit 4, our fourth and final unit, takes trick training to the next level. This Unit introduces a few new skills and explains how to level up the skills learned in the earlier Units and how to bridge them into cooperative care behaviors that remain fun and engaging for you and your dog.

In the fourth and final LIVE Zoom class, Excel students will demonstrate their progress in incorporating the skills from the previous Units into their care routines as well as the progress with any of the prior Unit behaviors. This fourth Zoom session is the last chance for Engage or Excel students to ask questions or receive coaching from Sara. 

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