Course Overview (Syllabus)

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If you haven't already signed up for ABBA membership, consider doing so because it is a great way to stay motivated. One thing members get is access to Grisha's ABBA Facebook group. You can post videos and ask/answer questions in a discussion with your fellow ABBA members. The group is moderated by our teaching staff to keep the conversations on track.

How to Use These Lessons

This agenda is listed with weekly lessons to match the Live Video Group Classes (when offered), but you can take whatever time you need for self-study. These courses don't expire.

For example, you could read through it all before you even get your puppy and then go through it more slowly when you have your dog.

I recommend that you purchase the Ahimsa Dog Training Manual eBook to read with this course. After this course, try these follow-ups: Two-Way Communication, Cooperative Care, Essential Skills, Leash Skills courses (can also be taken at the same time, if you have time).

When live group classes or recordings are available, a link will go here. Even if we do another round next year, you'll still get access, because courses don't expire. Pretty cool!

Week 1: Empowerment

  • The perfect dog
  • Philosophy of Empowerment
  • 2-way Communication with your dog, including body language
  • What cooperation looks like and how to get it
  • Training: Head through harness
  • Training: Take treats gently

Lesson 2: Social Skills

  • People
  • Dogs
  • Other species
  • Play, conflict resolution, and social consequences
  • Training: potty outside

Lesson 3: Needs & Problem Solving

  • What does your puppy need?
  • How do you know?
  • How needs lead to problems
  • Frustration Tolerance
  • Food puzzles
  • Which skills help with which problems
  • Another dose of philosophy
  • Training: Food bowl

Lesson 4: The Environment

  • Surfaces
  • Sounds
  • Moving objects
  • Balance & proprioception
  • Parallel play
  • Training: Crate