Basic Manners

Calmness training for dogs

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Stop jumping up, pulling on leash, running away and more.

In this course, you’ll go step-by-step with a certified dog behavior consultant to improve your dog’s behavior. Whatever behavior problem your dog is experiencing, you can improve it by regularly practicing what you learn in this four-week training course.

The Four Basic Manners

These four lessons, practiced regularly, will help you gain control over your dog, and they are fun to train! No pulling, yanking, yelling, pinching or nagging is required.

This class is ideal for dogs 15 weeks and older who haven’t yet received training or that need a solid foundation to build on so they can learn more complex and detailed commands.This four-week course takes you and your dog through basic obedience training, as well as skills needed for house manners and socialization. We’ll give you a primer on common training problems and how to solve them, too.

What you’ll need:

  • A computer with an internet connection.
  • A four-to-six foot cable with heavy-duty snaps on either end.
  • A six-foot leash and harness or non-metal collar.
  • A variety of treats your dog loves, such as hot dogs, chicken, cheese or liver treats. Check with your veterinarian if you’re not sure what kinds of food your dog can have.
  • Your dog’s regular kibble.
  • A food-dispensing toy (like a Kong) and fillings such as peanut butter, canned food, cream cheese; or chew treats such as bully sticks.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to get your dog to pay attention to you, in spite of distractions
  • How to channel your dog's abundant energy into healthy outlets and avoid destructive habits
  • Useful obedience commands: Settle, come when called, heel position
  • Teaching your dog to be calm and content in the vet’s office or grooming salon
  • Creating a dog who is polite with visitors and strangers
  • Training your dog to walk well on a leash without pulling
  • Avoiding common training pitfalls, so you get the most from your time with your dog

Your Instructor

Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ
Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ

I believe that an educated trainer is a dog's best friend. Whether you're a passionate dog lover, a training geek who plans to go pro, or an established trainer who wants fresh ideas and approaches for your current clients, my courses are designed to help you work at your highest potential and create meaningful change for dogs.

I have seen clients professionally and been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001. I teach the APDT’s popular course, Dog Training 101: What Every Dog Trainer Should Know, and offer a Beginning Behavior Consulting mentorship at the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

My resume includes service as past president of and a five-year board term at IAABC, fostering dogs for local rescues, and membership in APDT and the American Whippet Club, for which I write a monthly behavior column. I'm a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with IAABC, where I also work as member services coordinator and on the Education Committee. I hold a degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University.


I believe all dogs deserve a humane education, and to enjoy the Five Freedoms set forth by the Farm Animal Welfare Council. My training adheres to the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive approach, which requires both competency and skill, and the treatment of every animal and client as an individual.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome and Before You Begin
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  Lesson 1: Settle
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  Taking your training on the road
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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