Saying Goodbye to separation anxiety

with terrie hayward

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

Available to Watch On Demand

Help your dog transition from anxious to independent when you leave home

Join Terrie Hayward and learn how to leave separation-related distress behind.

Enrollment Opens on July 12, 2023. Spots Are Limited!

Engage Enrollment Closes August 1st! 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 the instructor 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 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 (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; 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 the instructor 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 student experiences 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 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 5 minutes per unit and 20 minutes total

See 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 Live Classes Saying Goodbye To Separation Anxiety Terrie Hayward

LEARN WITH terrie hayward

Terrie Hayward has an M.Ed. and is a Faculty Member of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) through the Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Additionally, she is also certified in Canine Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. 

She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and has written articles on training for BARKS magazine, Pet Business, and Grooming Business magazine and is the author of three books: A Deaf Dog Joins the Family," co-author, “Grooming Without Stress: Safer, Quicker, Happier,” and “Your 10 Minute a Day Dog” and two courses on Separation Anxiety and Deaf Dogs.

Terrie works with families and their animal companions, presents workshops, travels, and consults focusing on positive reinforcement interactions and modifying behavior through applications in behavior analysis.

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

1

Foundation

Unit #1 examines the various definitions of separation anxiety (SA) and how they manifest as anxiety-related behaviors. We will discuss why the “team” approach is needed and then outline the behavior sequences and plan you will use to help your dog relax in your absence. We will examine the big picture to identify end goals.

The lecture, discussion, training plans, and exercises in this unit help you build foundation behaviors that will be put together into the “separation anxiety mission” plans later in the course. The main focus of this week’s curriculum will be understanding relaxation vs. stress, SA truths vs. myths, how and where a “diagnosis” may occur, and what to do if your dog is assessed as suffering from SA-related behaviors.  You will also get organized this week and start building, with your dog,  the skills needed to implement this protocol.

In the Unit #1 Live Zoom class, Excel experience students will be fully immersed in the process as Terrie walks you through individualized initial consults and works with each team to build a plan moving forward. Engage experience students, this is your first chance to ask Terrie any questions you may have about the Unit #1 content or how this practice sets you up for success in Unit #2.

2

desensitization and arc of success

In Unit #2, Terrie will teach you the skills to read the subtleties of dog body language. This will enable you to identify the cues that tell your dog that a departure is imminent and examine what that means to your pup. We’ll also discuss operationalizing and quantifying behavior. From this, you will learn how and when to adjust criteria to keep you progressing at a rate that your dog will be successful. You will begin implementing your desensitization plan and tracking your dog’s progress towards relaxed alone time.

You will continue to build on the skills you established with your dog in Unit #1. The lecture, discussion, training plans, and exercises in this unit advance your understanding of your dog’s behavior and set you up to gather the information that will influence the selection of desensitization and training exercises used in your plan for success.

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

3

Adding Distance, duration, and distractions

In Unit #3, you will take the next step into the protocol, incorporating the more challenging criteria related to distance, duration, and distractions. Terrie will teach you to recognize how and when to adjust each of these elements in your plan. Understanding your dog’s feedback to these criteria changes through careful observation of your dog’s body language is an important skill practiced in this unit (and needed throughout this protocol).

The curriculum will help you improve your ability to interpret your dog’s body language and use that skill to help you decide when to drop, stick, or push forward new behavioral criteria. You will learn to read and interpret even the subtle signs that your dog is ready to move forward, needs to take a pause or even a step backward. Importantly, you'll also learn proven strategies that you to avoid the rehearsing of undesirable behaviors and the creation of associated behavior patterns. One of the key goals this week is to become more proficient at creating the small approximations that help your dog smoothly adapt as new behavioral criteria are added.

In our virtual classroom, our Excel students will show off their progress on the skills they have built to date and their progress putting their plans into action while getting coaching from Terrie and guidance on the next steps. Terrie will discuss the skills taught in our next Unit, including creative ways to practice desensitization and the next Unit’s confidence-building skills;  Terrie will answer questions from Engage experience students in the chat.

4

final setup and strategy

In Unit #4 you will continue to practice the skills you’ve developed and teach your dog new confidence-building behaviors such as targeting, stationing, and non-follow behavior. Terrie also covers effective ways to help your dog generalize relaxation to different areas of your home and how you will address anticipated behavioral plateaus and regressions. In this final Unit, you’ll also learn how to fine-tune and adjust your training after class has ended. 

In our final virtual classroom, our Excel students will demonstrate their criteria-slicing skills, their recent progress implementing the protocol, and teaching this week’s confidence-building behaviors. As Terrie coaches the students, she’ll prepare them for the next steps in implementing the Separation Anxiety protocol. Before wrapping this Unit, Excel and Engage experience students have this final opportunity to ask their questions about working through the protocol after the class has ended.

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