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The History of Foundation Style Dog Training

Michael D'Abruzzo April 13, 2021

What we are going to cover today and what you should know by the end of the video.

  • About Me and Foundation Style Dog Training
  • An overview of what you will learn
  • An overview of what you need to do here
  • What you will be able to do
    • while taking the course
    • After finishing the course
  • How to take the course
  • Conduct

About Me

Working with chimpanzees in 1996, but still dreaming of becoming a professional dog trainer.

My buddy Jax, in his senior years.  All trainers have “that dog” that they learned most about dog training with.
Me and Heri, working at the top of the Empire State Building, before the World Trade Center Attack. He would search the loading docks, sweep the tourist areas, and any place a suspicious item was found.
This photo is after the attacks and while we were contracted to work for FEMA at the recovery sites. I learned a lot about what can be accomplished with an aggressive dog through working and living with Heri.

Dog Training Area 51 Was Born

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Foundation Style Dog Training Concepts in Schools

About Foundation Style Dog Training

  • Technical with flexibility
  • Updates are tracked
    • single number changes
    • partial number change
  • Built upon the back of giants
    • Improved upon the feedback of many
      • requires practitioners
    • Changes based on a cynopraxis and LIMA base
  • Model to be used for standards in career schools and/or higher education institutions

How to take the course

  • Saturday updates
    • New videos
    • New questions and evaluations
  • Wednesday Q&A
    • priority to course questions
  • Use forums to help each other
    • unresolved questions will be escalated to the Q&A
    • Interaction is tracked in your profile
      • will be part of evaluations
  • (Optional) Watch version 4.0 to know where we are going, jump ahead, and where the course is improved from.

Conduct onsite, offsite, and professionally.


off-site conduct

  1. We focus on innovative ways to strengthen the relationships between dogs and humans through education. The welfare of both must always be considered.
  2. When we are not satisfied with the present, we will search the past. If we cannot find an answer, we will create a new way.
  3. We teach those that seek to learn. Those that do not want to learn will be influenced by our example. We will be respectful and considerate to those that are less informed than us.
  4. We are committed to making each new generation better than ourselves.

On-site conduct

  • No bashing rule – it is ok to post a video and ask a specific question as to how something may relate to FSDT or how it can be improved by incorporating FSDT, but it isn’t ok to post a video for the sake of bashing . 
  • Political talk is forbidden on the forums, chat, or any service hosted on the website . There are individuals from every continent of the world with varied personal beliefs . This will website is ONLY to be used to support our common task of dog training .
  • Be polite and respectful in all interactions . This includes general comments when observing other posters videos . 

We will be “good bacteria”

On site conduct

Code of professional ethics

To be posted in coursework “Ethics in the Dog Training Business”.

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