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Watch the difference. Quality training, even on difficult dogs, should be reliable as well as enjoyable for the dog, owner, and trainer. Our goal is to improve the lives of both ends of the leash through streamlined education and resource collection.
Here, you will learn what separates the hardest working dog trainers from the most successful dog trainers in the industry:
Why is Knowledge the most important investment you can make?
Knowledge is what separates the trainers who mimic what other trainers are doing vs trainers who can create their own training plans.
Knowledge is what separates the trainers who are insecure about certain training jobs vs trainers who confidently and successfully work with any dog if needed.
Knowledge is what separates the trainers who need to justify techniques that make people cringe vs trainers who can use any technique and all tools at the right time and in a humane way that they feel proud to show anyone.
Knowledge is what separates the trainers who cannot keep long term clients vs trainers who have many long term projects with happy clients.
Learn from an experienced mentor that consistently produces highly skilled professional dog trainers.
Your primary instructor will be K9-1 founder, Michael D'Abruzzo, who with over 26 years experience as a dog training student, professional trainer, system developer, and supervisor of many high volume training projects, has the credentials and experience to provide you with the education you deserve. He is the creator of a patent-pending system for behavior modification and training of all animals, as well as a certified career and technical education teacher of Animal Related Careers in New York. The support forum on this site has been helping serious dog trainers since 2008.
Here, you will find an affordable online education and support site that will exceed what is found in many commercialized options because it is created out of an honest passion for educating better-qualified trainers in an otherwise unregulated field. The public is in desperate need for better qualified dog trainers.
Membership will give you access to K9-1's entire educational video archive with 100s of hours of video including the latest Foundation Style Dog Training Course v.4.0, weekly live-streamed classes with Q&A, 1000s of forum posts, a curated selection of reference books and articles, and most importantly, a community of professional trainers and serious hobbyists.
We are passionate about what we do!
Mike D'Abruzzo has and continues to study the history of dog training methods dating back to the dawn of formal dog training up to the most current, scientifically-sound, modern training techniques. These include reward-based training and the humane use of all compulsive methods, including prong style and e-collars. He strives to be as unbiased as possible in the search for the most humane AND results-based techniques.
While we do provide extensive demonstrations, the goal of Foundation Style Dog Training is not to teach trainers to "mimic" any other trainer. Instead, we strive to teach students how to understand the science of expert dog training, for any task in a streamlined process, which will empower them to create better, more versatile training plans, customized to the needs of individual dogs and their owners. The Foundation Style Dog Training Course consistently produces skilled and successful trainers, who truly understand the profession.
Successful students have come from a variety of backgrounds: from the completely inexperienced to graduates of the most expensive and established dog training schools. Even with formal schooling, many trainers still feel as if something was "missing" to feel confident about their new profession. This site is designed to fill in those gaps.
Current and former students are successful in humanely training dogs for virtually all aspects of the industry; including military, law enforcement, humane societies, aggression rehab programs, personal protection projects, media projects, extreme behavior problems, competition, and more. This site is geared toward the real world, where training contracts exist and lives are often at stake. Failure is not an option.
Regulation In the Profession is Inevitable
Ultimately, the reversal of training tool bans in certain municipalities and prevention of future bans will rely on qualified trainers that can explain and demonstrate the ability to use tools as responsibly and humanely as possible without sacrificing results or making false claims.
Licensing and government regulation for dog trainers is at the doorstep of the industry. Tools are being banned in many municipalities and on the national level because of their misuse. Dog trainers are in the spotlight of public scrutiny due to the many examples of professional negligence reported in the media. The process has already started.
Dog training is a profession that puts dogs and the general public at risk if done by an underqualified person. This is an undeniable fact. It is front and center to be regulated.
Animal training is now offered in state-sponsored career schools and universities. After these students are educated AND experienced in the field they will also demand to protect their profession. Who do you think will be considered the experts? Sooner rather than later, professional trainers will be required to prove their knowledge in order to be "grandfathered" into the profession before the door closes.
Trainers will then be required to prove formal credentials from accredited schools. This is the path that ALL newly regulated trades have taken ranging from veterinary technicians to cosmetologists and even barbers.
If you plan on accepting money for your services, it is recommended to be prepared with a thorough education before regulation hits. K9-1 keeps its courses on the cutting edge of new information in the field of dog training science and mechanics. Don't be left behind!
Here knowledge about dog training is accumulated and streamlined in the best order to learn. The collected knowledge is based on the most relevant information in dog training since the birth of ethology, applied animal behavior, and dog training up to the present day.
What does it cost to be a member?
In most cases, this membership will pay for itself after one client and is tax deductible for most pet professionals.
Your biggest investment will be your TIME. It takes time to acquire knowledge. But this site allows you to learn at your own pace, without wasting your valuable time.
Weekly live-streamed classes and group discussions with K9-1 founder Michael D'Abruzzo (will also be archived for later viewing).
Currently, there are over a 100 hours of instruction placed in the best order to learn the Foundation for Training ANY dog for any task.
Access to the full video library
Access to over a decade of private forum posts and posting privileges!
Access to a curated and frequently-updated knowledge base of training plans, books, the most recent scientific articles in the field and more!
Chat and video chat with other members
Record profiles and training logs for unlimited dogs
New! Personal Protection Training Instruction from A-Z! (done the responsible, reliable, and accurate way!)
Learn how to make dog training blueprints for the most complex behavior problems
- fear aggression
- "dominance" aggression
- resource guarding
- territorial aggression
- complex housebreaking plans
- separation anxiety
- and more...
- More class series planned!
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|At K9 Heeling we understand that each family and each dog have a unique story and unique needs. Over the last 15 years we've utilized the following approaches to help thousands of dogs and their owner's thrive...
All of our training programs are battle tested and built on the basis of "Foundation Style Dog Training".
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|In my past, there was always a doubt lingering in my mind if I should truly accept being called “Dog Trainer.” This was because my standard was so incredibly high.
And I didn’t even know what that standard was!
Today I enjoy that skillset.
Something that would have taken me many years to put together through a multiplicity of other programs. Not to mention attempting it on my own.
From vaccinations to dog-to-human aggression, Mike’s given me the tools to create complex training plans for clients. Plans that keep people safe.
Using the systems and information, I've learned to troubleshoot the most difficult problems with dogs.
Understanding what relies on what.
If you are Contemplating this program versus any other, you would not go far into this system before swelling with appreciation.
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K9-1 has developed a patent-pending system that has been evolving over 20 years of research and development.
K9-1 Specialized Dog Training LLC was established in 1998. The mission of the company is to create modern dog training systems to improve upon incomplete or non-existent models. This has been accomplished by mapping out the path to all aspects of dog training from the scientific, mechanical, and practical points of view. Done in this fashion, common problems in the field can be pinpointed, much like a software error code, allowing trainers to address the underlying issues. K9-1 advises professional dog training organizations, government agencies, rescue organizations, service dog providers, and pet owners in mass with these systems. Mike D'Abruzzo teaches these exact systems in New York State sponsored Career Technical Education programs.
The Whole Plan
Full training blueprints are streamlined by prioritizing common denominators that will lay a foundation for the success of many different behavior modification and training plans. These blueprints are used by professional trainers and government organizations internationally. Feedback from the Foundation Style Dog Training Community is regularly used to update these and improve upon training plans. These systems can only live by the trials and successes of many that help create the most current version. Currently we are teaching version 4.0.
Built for Reliability
Liability is always an important concern when it comes to the performance of a working dog, and reliability often means the difference between life and death for a dog. When dealing with aggressive dogs, the prevention of injury to both people and other animals is a serious matter. Therefore, K9-1 utilizes the best combination of scientifically proven reinforcement schedules and principles for both encouraging and discouraging behaviors. Used in conjunction, this produces the most scientifically reliable training possible for the demanding, ever-changing real-world environment.
Command Structure Optimization
Communication through a comprehensive, fair, and predictable command structure is essential to reap the full benefits of a proper handler/canine relationship. Missing pieces or sloppy command structures cause countless side-effects that may not be obvious in a controlled training environment, but will show up during live deployments, when the communication is needed most. Not only should a command structure clearly communicate what is being asked, attention, right, and wrong, it should also incorporate scientific rules to obtain the highest possible reliability.
It is in the Training
Not only must the dog present well as a trained dog, but the process in which it is trained MUST include proper scientific principles taught in the correct order. If done correctly, the dog will have a smooth training experience and will all the benefits of obeying a trained handler with more comprehensive command structures. Done in the wrong order, or without significant attention, a finished dog will show side effects. This will limit the depth of understanding the dog has about the training and will ultimately affect the handler’s performance with the dog. Quality control helps with the process of pinpointing side effects from skipped or incomplete training steps.
The Gold Standard
In an unregulated industry, where most trainers follow plans based on simple observational learning, “the school of hard knocks,” “being good with animals,” and various broken and ill-defined plans, K9-1 uses rigorous standards that are usually only associated with applied behavior analysis in humans:
Applied: Training focuses on the social significance, in the real world, of the behavior being modified or created.
Behavioral: Training is practical; it asks how it is possible to get a dog to do something effectively? To answer this question, the behavior itself must be objectively measured.
Analytic: Training is successful when the trainer understands and can manipulate the events that control a target behavior. This may be relatively easy to do in theory or in an empty training room, where a trainer can arrange the relevant events, but it is not always easy, or ethical, in an applied situation. The effectiveness of the intervention is revealed by changes in just the behavior to which the intervention is being applied.
Technological: The description of a training plan must be clear and detailed so that any competent trainer can repeat it accurately. This is the standard way to check this: Have a trainer read the description and then act out the procedure in detail. If the trainer makes any mistakes or has to ask any questions, then the description needs improvement.
Conceptually Systematic: Dog training should not simply produce a list of effective interventions. Rather, to the extent possible, these methods should be grounded in behavioral principles. This is aided by the use of theoretically meaningful terms, such as "conditioned reinforcement" or "generalization" where appropriate.
Effective: Though training methods should be theoretically grounded, they must be effective. If an intervention does not produce a large enough effect for practical use, then the training has failed.
General: Training should aim for interventions that are generalizable; the methods should work in different environments, apply to more than one specific behavior, and have long-lasting effects.
Accountable: To be accountable means that a training outline must be able to demonstrate that it is effective. This requires repeatedly measuring the success of plans, and, if necessary, making changes that improve their effectiveness.
Published: The methods, results, and theoretical analyses of training plans must be published and open to scrutiny. There are no hidden treatments or mystical, metaphysical explanations. References and statistics should be used whenever possible.
Doable: To be generally useful, training plans should be available to a variety of individuals, who might be pet owners, working dog handlers, or animal shelter workers. With proper planning and training, many plans can be applied by almost anyone willing to invest the effort.
Empowering: Training plans should provide tools that give the trainer feedback on the results of interventions. These allow trainers to assess their skill level and build confidence in their effectiveness.
Help for an Unregulated Profession
The results of these systems and those who use them have helped the company become recognized as an influential leader in the industry.
Good dog training plans are smooth, scalable, humane, modifiable for each unique situation, and can be transparent without any fear of exposing inhumane or questionable treatment to the dogs. If the "blueprints" make sense the results will follow.
The best-trained dogs are trained by the best-trained handlers.
The best-trained handlers are trained by the best professional dog trainers.
The best professional dog trainers are serious about their profession and education.
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