Puppy socialization & Adolescent Dog familiarization

with laura vanarendonk baugh

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

Available to Watch On Demand

Don't leave home without it!

Join Laura VanArendonk Baugh and learn the skills to provide your dog with the lifelong benefits of top-tier socialization and familiarization!

Enrollment Opens on June 27, 2023. Spots Are Limited!

Engage Experience Enrollment Closes July 17. Spots are Limited and Available on a First-Come, First-Served Basis. Excel enrollment Is Closed.

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

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LEARN, PRACTICE, SHARE

LIVE learning brings concepts to life

  • LEARN

    Four 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; and 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 who will be personally coached by Laura week-by-week through the class material. Support from Laura includes feedback on your video submissions, coaching, prioritized Q&A during each LIVE class, and written assessment of your progress.

Compare the student experiences 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
  • 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 Laura written training questions

Share practice videos and receive Laura's feedback

Up to 5 minutes per unit and 20 minutes total

Observe Laura's 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 Laura will personally coach week-by-week through the class material. Support from Laura 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 laura vanarendonk baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh was among the first to certify as a CPDT and again as a KPA CTP. She is the bestselling author of Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out, about reactivity and Social, Civil, and Savvy, about socialization, and Dragons, Unicorns, Chimeras, and Clickers about clicker training for fantastic beasts. She is a Fear-Free certified trainer, faculty at ClickerExpo and Karen Pryor Academy, and grateful for a job that lets her sit on the floor and schmooze baby talk to puppies without shame.

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

1

getting started

In the kickoff unit, we’ll establish a foundation for top-tier socialization and begin putting the principles into practice.

Laura will begin by defining the class goals and exploring the benefits of achieving them. You will learn the key periods of neurological development that are crucial for socialization, examine the periods during which negative experiences can have a significant impact, and clarify the distinction between socialization and familiarization, highlighting the expected outcomes of each. Moreover, you will learn about common misconceptions and ineffective practices and begin to put best practices into place. This includes purposefully establishing the appropriate emotional tone for early experiences and addressing observable behaviors as opposed to assuming a puppy's emotions.

In Unit 1, you will practice the first set of training techniques that facilitate socialization, including targeting, recall, and orienting to the handler. Laura will provide you with best practices and practical tips for implementing these behaviors. In our first weekly LIVE Zoom class, Excel students will have the opportunity to show off their puppy training progress from Unit 1 and receive coaching on further skill development and preparation for Unit 2. Both Excel and Engage students can also seek clarification from Laura regarding any remaining questions from this Unit or in anticipation of the next. 

2

Environments 

In Unit 2, we will delve into environments and situations that can either help or hinder the socialization process. We will talk about the significance of exploration and why clicker training is particularly suitable for this type of socialization.

You will have the opportunity to experiment with different surfaces and textures, with video examples illustrating both formal training sessions and informal exploratory sessions. Laura will teach you simple setups that you can use at home. Field trips will be organized for puppies to engage in people-watching and active experiences, with specific goals for each excursion. You will also learn how to provide a safe base camp for exploratory puppies and, if necessary, teach matwork. 

Furthermore, we will begin working on reducing your pup’s startle response by fostering positive associations. Homework assignments will prepare us for the next unit!

During the Unit 2 LIVE Zoom class, Excel students will continue to develop the skills learned from Unit 1, integrate the environment-based training from Unit 2, and receive coaching on further skill development and preparation for Unit 3. Both Excel and Engage students will have the opportunity to seek Laura’s guidance, addressing any remaining questions from this unit or in anticipation of the next. 

3

Meet & greet, and care

In Unit 3,  we get to what most people commonly associate with socialization! However we don’t just want to just let our puppies interact freely in social situations and hope for the best. This unit explores how to create positive experiences and develop good habits, while also familiarizing puppies with a wide variety of people and animals. You will learn why following common advice, such as having strangers feed the puppy, may not be the best approach and discover alternative strategies. 

We will also address emergency management, preparing you for unexpected situations during socialization experiences, and discuss appropriate goal setting for individual puppies.

Additionally, we will normalize routine grooming and medical care, teaching our learners that husbandry behaviors are just another game. 

During the Unit 3 LIVE Zoom class, Excel students will continue to develop the skills acquired from Units 1 and 2. They will discuss and practice the new skills and behaviors from Unit 3, receive coaching on how to continue developing these skills as well as preparation for Unit 4. Both Excel and Engage students will also have the opportunity to ask Laura any remaining questions they may have about this unit or in anticipation of the next.

4

Ignoring others

Why would we want to teach our dogs not to meet people as part of socialization? Top-tier socialization extends beyond mere interactions with people and dogs. It encompasses knowing how to navigate society and social situations safely and politely. A well-socialized human does not greet or hug every passerby on the sidewalk. We apply the same principles to our dogs.

Unit 4 teaches you to establish expectations and utilize cues for either meeting or ignoring people, dogs, and other stimuli. You will learn how to teach our young learners when to approach, how to do it politely and safely, and when to disengage or ignore potential social interactions. 

During the final Zoom class, Unit 4, Excel students will continue to develop the skills acquired throughout the entire class, discuss and practice the new skills and behaviors introduced in Unit 4, and receive coaching on how to continue developing these skills and behaviors as their dogs continue to grow and learn. This LIVE Class will be the last opportunity for both Excel and Engage students to seek Laura’s guidance and clarification on any remaining questions they may have regarding our socialization practice.

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