Raise the bar: reliable dog behavior anywhere LIVE!

with amber Quann

A KPA LIVE!™ Class with a twist! featuring real-time training and coaching WITH amber 

Available to Watch On Demand

GENERALIZATION FOR ANY ENVIRONMENT - WITH A TWIST

Join Amber Quann and learn to train rock-solid behaviors inside and outside the home.

Enrollment Opens on May 10, 2023. Spots are Limited!

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

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

Sold out! Sign up below to get notified when a future class will be offered.

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!

A week-by-week curriculum guides your learning every step of the way. Each week, join your classmates for one of four LIVE classes for real-time training and personalized interactive coaching, plus Q&A with Amber. You will see other students practice the behaviors, hear Amber's feedback, make adjustments, and improve their training. Each of these Zoom-based classes is two hours long. All students get access to the full week-by-week curriculum and class forum. In each Zoom class:

  • Engage students watch training and Amber's coaching and can ask questions through Zoom chat.
  • Excel students get personalized real-time coaching and feedback on their training during the Zoom class PLUS on-screen Q&A.

Miss a class? No problem. LIVE classes are also recorded.

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 Amber will personally coach week-by-week through the class material. Support from Amber 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 Amber written training questions

Share practice videos and receive Amber's feedback

Up to 5 minutes per unit and 20 minutes total

Observe Amber's feedback on
student videos

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

SkillCheck

Evaluation
from Amber Quann

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

Eligible to earn SkillCheck designation in Raise The Bar: Reliable Dog Behavior Anywhere (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 Amber will personally coach week-by-week through the class material. Support from Amber 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
  • Fun, weekly training exercises and training challenges (downloadable)
Weekly training time recommended for exercises (1.5-2 hours weekly)

Discussion Forum

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

LIVE class recordings - 1 year
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)
  • 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)

Discussion Forum

Access to class discussion forum for sharing comments, questions, and videos
Share comments
Ask Amber written training questions
Share practice videos and receive Amber's feedback (Up to 5 minutes per unit and 20 minutes total)

Observe Amber's feedback on
student videos

Share practice training videos with
the class (Unlimited submissions)

SkillCheck

Eligible for SkillCheck assessment
Unit exercises and training challenges - 1 year
Submit assessment video for up to 30 days after the class ends
Eligible to earn SkillCheck designation in Drink With Your Dog® (must meet set criteria)

Post Course Access

LIVE class recordings - 1 year
Unit video lectures - 1 year
Unit exercises and training challenges - 1 year

More

Course-completion certificate
CEU-eligible
KPA Live Classes Raise the Bar Skillcheck

SHOW YOUR SKILLS
EARN YOUR DESIGNATION

SkillCheckTM assessment with Amber

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: Raise The Bar 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 generalization process and, if you demonstrate proficiency, you will earn the KPA SkillCheck designation in Raise The Bar: Reliable Dog Behavior Anywhere!

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LEARN WITH Amber quann

Amber Quann is the founder and CEO of Summit Dog Training and the creator of the Drink With Your Dog® Project. She is passionate about helping dog guardians live their most adventurous lives with confident and skilled dogs by their sides. Amber’s interests and expertise include dog training for outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and paddle-boarding, and the popular start or end of many adventures—the brewery or restaurant patio. Amber and her team at Summit Dog Training have helped thousands of families live the active lives they desire with their dogs as their adventure companions!

Amber created the Drink With Your Dog® Project after working with brewery teams that wanted to host dogs in their brewery spaces. Through continued work with brewery and restaurant staff members, as well as with countless dog owners who want to be out in breweries with their dogs, Amber has honed a formula for what an excellent “dog-in-a-brewery” experience should be.  The Drink With Your Dog® Project focuses on creating more dog-friendly spaces and brewery-friendly dogs that have the skills to navigate the spaces like pros!  

A trainer for dogs and their humans for almost 20 years, Amber is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), and a TAGTeach Level 1 instructor. 

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

1

SET THE FOUNDATION AND DISCUSS RELAXATION

In Unit #1 we will be brewing up foundational behaviors that are essential to brewery and café manners. Remember that you can adapt what you learn in this Unit to the setting of your choosing! Whatever you and your dog are into, these concepts can be applied to help you and your dog refine your skills and succeed together. Amber will build on these skills each week to help you craft your dog’s “brewery-behavior sequence” and add the specific environmental cues and distractions you would expect to encounter in brewery and café settings. 

You will also learn about the Drink With Your Dog® Project, and how a partnership among dog trainers, dog owners, and brewery staff is creating more dog-friendly breweries and brewery-friendly dogs nationwide. Amber will share her personal tips for setting up your dog for the most success when you bring your dog to public spaces like restaurants or bars. 

The lecture, discussion, training plans, and exercises in this Unit help you build several foundational behaviors that will be put together into the brewery-behavior sequence later in the course. The main focus of this week will be a discussion of relaxation—what it is (and isn’t) and how to teach dogs to truly relax in a public setting. You will also begin to work on the skills that get you and your dog from the parking lot to the venue door, including calm in the car while parking, engaging with you in a new environment, and leash-walking skills to reach the venue door with composure.

The training plans and associated exercises in this Unit will organize and focus your training time and be your indispensable guide as we “meet” in the discussion forum and until we join in the virtual classroom.

Follow the recommended training plan because Unit 2 builds on the skills in Unit 1! We can’t wait to see everyone’s training video links and comments posted to the class forum; Amber will provide feedback on student videos and answer questions from Excel students. Everyone should follow along and learn!

In our virtual classroom, Excel students will demonstrate progress with their foundational skills, receive coaching from Amber, share their experiences, and ask questions about these early steps. We will also look ahead to the skills taught in the next unit (progressing from the door).

2

FROM THE DOOR...

In Unit #2, you will build on the skills you established with your dog in Unit #1. The lecture, discussion, training plans, and exercises in this Unit help you advance your brewery behavior sequence from the door to the bar, focusing on leash walking past distractions and a duration stay at the bar that is cued by the brewery environment! Amber will challenge you to consider how this sequence might fit into your next outing and what environmental cues may already be in place that can help make the generalization process easier from the start. You will also continue building your dog’s relaxation skills by adding a cue and increasing duration.

As a Bonus Skill, Amber will teach a behavior chain for helping our dogs recover from startling experiences that might happen in the brewery or café, like someone dropping something, a child running by, or another dog barking. You will begin to work on this “recovery-from-a-startle” behavior sequence during your hands-on practice with your dog in preparation for your second live class meeting.

In our virtual classroom, Excel students will demonstrate skills progress, receive coaching from Amber, share their experiences, and ask questions about these next steps. We’ll take a look ahead to the skills taught in the next unit as well and Amber will answer questions from Engage experience students.

3

THE FULL SEQUENCE

Unit #3 will add the last few steps of the generalization puzzle and the remaining steps of the brewery behavior sequence so that you and your dog can progress from the car to the door, to the bar, to the table, and finally, to your dog relaxing under the table while you enjoy your time together. You will learn how to add in additional behavior cues that are specific to the environment so that picking up your beer (or your coffee) from the bar is a clear cue for your dog to leash-walk by your side (yay for no spilled drinks!). You will continue building on your skills by getting your trained behavior sequence under stimulus control for the brewery environment. Lastly, we will begin to add distractions and additional duration and really raise the bar! 

As a Bonus Skill, Amber will discuss Leave It for the brewery context. You and your dog may already have a Leave It skill; we will build on that to make sure that our dogs are ready for different brewery-specific scenarios, like a dropped and shattered pint glass or tidbits of delicious food dropping to the floor!

In our virtual classroom, Excel students will show off their progress on the skills built up to this point, demonstrate the process of putting their behaviors on brewery/café-specific environmental cues, receive coaching from Amber, share their experiences, and discuss how this part of the training process applies in other contexts. We will talk about the links to the skills taught in our next unit, too (including some creative ways to practice in new environments). Amber will answer questions from Engage experience students in the chat. 

4

TIME TO HOP!

In Unit #4, Amber will encourage you to take your brewery and café skills on the road to practice in new environments with your dog! We will discuss the best ways to generalize your dog’s skills to any bustling public environment, and how to handle common environmental and training challenges found in these scenarios. This final unit will help you understand how to fine-tune your training plan so that you can help your dog maintain social outing skills for many years to come!

The last Bonus Skill will be a discussion of calm greetings with other people and dogs in public spaces. Amber will share her thoughts on how often, when, and how we should encourage our dogs to greet others in these settings, as well as how to get the type of polite greeting that you desire between your dog and approaching friendly strangers of both the two- or four-legged variety.

In our final virtual classroom, Excel students will demonstrate their brewery-behavior sequence skills progress in new environments and receive expert tips to prepare for their final SkillsCheck evaluations. This is the last chance to receive live coaching from Amber, share your experiences, and, for both Excel and Engage experience students, ask questions about continuing a generalization process that fits your needs.

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