muzzle matters

with Sara mcloudrey

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

Available to Watch On Demand

beyond safety - muzzle fun for your dog, start to finish

Join Sara and learn fun, positive, and fumble-free muzzle training.
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Enrollment Opens on April 16th, 2024 at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. Spots are Limited!

Hurry! Registration for Engage experience closes May 6th and Dog/Handler (Excel) Spots are sold out.

Enroll by April 29th for Excel (dog/handler) spots or May 6th for Engage! Spots are Limited and Available on a First-Come, First-Served Basis.

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 Sara will personally coach week-by-week through the class material. Support from Sara 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 any written exercises to train your cat; 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 Melissa will personally coach week-by-week through the class marterial. Support from Melissa 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

Introduction to muzzle training

Skills/Behaviors Covered:

  • Head-In-Things
  • Sniffari, or Nose-In-Things 
  • Movement with Nose-In-Things

Unit 1 Curriculum: The first week will begin with a discussion that uncovers the many uses for a muzzle and then explores both the broad range of muzzle options and the appropriate use-cases for each type. Next, Sara will start students on games with their dogs that will help make putting on a muzzle an opt-in game. These pre-muzzle games set the foundation for both choice-based muzzle success and fun for students and their dogs. 

Unit 1 Discussion Board: After working through the Unit 1 curriculum video lecture and the practice exercises, students should head to the discussion board as soon as possible. There, Excel students will share videos of their Unit 1 training and receive feedback and coaching from Sara in preparation for the first Zoom class on May 7. Engage students can follow each Excel student discussion thread, share their own progress, post videos of their dogs and training, and offer kudos to their classmates.

Unit 1 Real-Time Virtual Class: In the first week’s real-time Zoom classroom, we’ll get to know the dog-handler Excel teams. Excel students will practice and demo the skills and exercises developed during this Unit, receiving coaching from Sara. While Excel students demonstrate progress with the Unit material, Sara will coach them on overcoming roadblocks, training refinements, and natural next steps. Engage students are encouraged to bring questions from Unit 1 to the Zoom class; Sara will answer each question and guide the transition to Unit 2 of Muzzle Matters. 

2

desensitization and counterconditioning

Skills/Behaviors Covered:

  • Opting into the Muzzle Time
  • Fumble-free techniques putting on the muzzle  
  • Movement games wearing the muzzle: Two-Handed Feeding, Sit, Stand, Down, Spins, and other tricks 

Unit 2 Curriculum: Sara helps you build on the reinforcement history you established in Unit 1 and begin shaping muzzle-wearing duration. Sara will introduce the first of her “muzzle-training hacks” that make putting a muzzle on your dog less cumbersome and more fluid for you, and easier for your dog. These muzzle-training hacks offer handlers a clean, easy, and repeatable process that reduces fumbling and resizing. The techniques will be useful not only for the dog in front of you now but also for any dogs you may work with in the future. The Unit 2 video curriculum and practice exercises cover foundational desensitization and counterconditioning skills as well as gradual exposure techniques. Additionally, you will learn to identify signs of stress and discomfort in your dog, quickly and accurately, so that you and your dog have fun and positive associations are built throughout the muzzle-training process.

Unit 2 Discussion Board: In the groups.io forum, Excel students will exchange ideas and receive coaching from Sara on their video submissions for the week. Engage students are always encouraged to share their progress. All students will prepare questions for the Zoom class. 

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

3

Practical Applications and Real-World Scenarios

Behaviors with the Muzzle on:

  • Relaxation
  • Walking and Sniffaris 
  • Various Food-Delivery Options 
  • Drinking Water

Unit 3 Curriculum: In this third Unit, Sara will coach you through teaching your dog that muzzles mean more freedom to do the things they love. You will add duration to muzzle wearing and your dog will learn critical skills like drinking water, taking treats, and relaxing while wearing a muzzle. The skill of relaxed behavior while wearing a muzzle is pivotal; it allows for generalizing the muzzle into everyday situations like grooming, vet visits, or social interactions. Sara will also reintroduce the games you and your dog played earlier, this time with your dog wearing a muzzle,  so that we can strengthen the behavior of muzzle-wearing through familiar and fun behaviors. 

Unit 3 Discussion Board: Post video links of your training progress and cheer on your classmates with comments on the class forum! Sara will offer feedback on Excel students’ videos so that everyone can learn from them.

Unit 3 Real-Time Virtual Class: Excel students will demonstrate their successes and receive more coaching from Sara on the Unit 3 exercises. Sara will also answer any questions from Excel and Engage students.  

4

Advanced Skills and After-Class Success

Skills/Behaviors Covered:

  • Muzzle Maintenance Mode 
  • Enrichment Games Muzzled 
  • Play while Muzzled 

Unit 4 Curriculum: This week, Sara will teach you how she incorporates even more behaviors, games, and skills that dogs love, all while they are muzzled. For example, she will demonstrate how to continue to play games like fetch, tug, chase, and more with your muzzled pup.  Because muzzle training should continue beyond the end of this LIVE class, Sara will help you fine-tune your muzzle-training skills, build on the momentum you’ve created, and maintain the skills your dog has acquired with a wealth of new games and exercises to use with your dog or clients’ dogs. Sara will wrap up the class by helping all students create a long-term, personalized plan for muzzle-training success. Excel students enjoy direct individualized feedback as they develop their plans.  

Unit 4 Discussion Board: In the discussion board on groups.io, Sara will coach Excel teams directly on continuing to build duration and further incorporating games their dogs love as a part of the muzzle-training experience. Watch as the long-term planning and preparation unfolds, and share your own plans for continued muzzle-training success. 

Unit 4 Real-Time Virtual Class: In this last Zoom class, Excel students will demonstrate their progress with the skills and behaviors that have been built throughout the course, focusing on those from Unit 4. This will also be 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 one year after your enrollment date; you and your dog can keep learning together after this final LIVE class.

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