This class has transitioned to an online, virtual environment via Zoom. Join us from the comfort of your own home!
We meet one Saturday per month ~ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$250 for sessions, including books and supplies
Email the office (email@example.com) if you are interested in this course.
Are you fascinated by dog behavior? Have you ever wanted to be a dog trainer? Then the Greater St. Louis Training Club’s Dog Behavior and Training Basics Course may be perfect for you. Designed for those interested in becoming dog trainers, volunteer trainers for the club, or just interested in dog behavior; the Dog Behavior and Training Basics Course exposes students to the latest in the cutting-edge science of canine behavior and psychology!
The full course consisting of six sections is taught twice a year. Students can start at any time and make up any missed classes during the next class offering. Using this format, students can expect to complete the course in a minimum of 6 months if starting at Session 1.
Taught by Certified Professional Dog Trainers – Knowledge Assessed and graduates from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, this course teaches the fundamentals of applied animal science, ethology, dog and clicker training, and includes apprenticeship with experienced trainers and assistant work.
- Learn to effectively teach R+ (positive reinforcement) clicker training methods
- The science of learning
- Canine ethology
- Animal husbandry
- Coaching people
In addition to rigorous classroom work, students apprentice in classes taught by GSLTC trainers. Students can register to start the course at any time, and after completing the course, can apply to become volunteer assistant trainers with the GSLTC, and possibly progress to head trainer status. (All current trainers who teach and assist our public classes have completed the Dog Behavior and Training Basics Course.)
BAT101 is now available as an on-demand, online video or you can register for one of our in-person sessions offered periodically (please leave your dog at home for this one)
The course is $25 per household for either format.
This includes 1 clicker and 1 treat apron, available upon check-in at your first class with your dog
If attending in person, arrive 10-15 minutes early and bring a pen and notebook for taking notes
The Behavior and Training 101 seminar (BAT 101) is required for all new students enrolling in the Puppy and Family Dog classes. The BAT 101 will get you prepared for our puppy and family dog classes, as we cover state-of-the-art training methods, leadership, and training equipment. You’ll learn the most effective way to train your dog, how to manage common behavior problems, and how to prepare for class. This two-hour presentation includes video examples and live demonstrations, and provides you with a solid foundation for your first class.