|This site is an invitation to dog owners of all kinds to participate in K9joy's Introduction Course "Bonding with Your Dog" with their dogs. The Course will focus on methods to improve the relationship between owner and dog. This is done by teaching the owner how to train the dog in a variety of practical exercises with focus on usefulness for the owner and relevance for the dog's natural instincts. The owner will learn to improve his/her training skills, and the dog will learn to use its nose, its brain, and its body in ways that make sense for itself and are practically useful for the owner. This will inevitably cause both the owner and the dog to more fully enjoy being together.|
Dear Dog Friend,
Hello - this is Mogens Eliasen with an invitation to you and your dog. If the two of you would like to improve your relationship, read on! Would you like to get some practical insights in how you can build your relationship with your dog - on the dog's terms, but under your control? It starts with your understanding things from the dog's point of view - and I promise that is is fun when you do - for both you and the dog.
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What you get from participating in such an Introduction Course?
A total of 6 lessons (2½-3 hours each) where you will learn about the ways your dog can learn - and what it takes for it to bond with you. We will use the theories in practice - by instructing you how to use the principles in practical reality between you and your dog.
There are many small daily opportunities (thousands!) for you to use what you will learn - and every single one of them will compound the effect of strengthening the bonding between you and the dog. You need to identify them - and exploit them. You do not need to spend a lot of extra time on this. You really only need to spend the time you have in a wiser way, so it gives both you and your dog the maximum enjoyment.
Obedience training is about restricting the dog's natural behaviors and make it conform to some human robotic standards that do not make much sense for the dog. I do not blame neither you nor your dog for being bored with that kind of training...
I prefer to show you how you can develop the dog's natural behaviors into something that is both fun and possibly useful - but most certainly meaningful for both the dog and you!
I want your dog to get the job it did not even dare to dream about - and I want you to enjoy being the boss... "Bonding with Your Dog" will give you a serious head-start on that.
Ready to go completely "to the dogs"?
Come along and have a great time!
Here is the chance for you to learn how you can get your dog started on becoming "man's best friend" - which the dog will enjoy more than anything else in its life when you give it the right opportunities!
No previous experience with dog training is required. We will build on what your dog has at the end of the leash... Mind you, you might return home with some strong personal experiences you can build on in the future - and your dog will love you for it!
Both you and your dog will be busy with enjoyable activities that make sense. We will focus on stuff that is practically useful - not on what most people think a dog should learn...
What is this?
The Introduction Course "Bonding with Your Dog" is an opportunity for you to understand your dog better - and make yourself more understandable also for the dog. It is your opportunity to learn to use some very practical skills in regard to training, so that you can use the training for all kin of practical purposes and have it contribute also to a much improved relationship between you and your dog.
For sure, you will also learn a lot about what you can do to improve your training methodology. During the practical training, you "get it into your blood", and you will have a much better understanding of how you should train your dog.
Oh yeah, both you and your dog will learn some practical and useful skills too... maybe we will also find a few solutions to some of the problems you might have with your dog - or your dog with you... J
We will not train any standard disciplines, like competitive obedience or agility, but we will concentrate on useful exercises that make sense, both for you and your dog. These exercises include:
We will further dig into how you can curb/reverse unacceptable behaviors, and how you can use these exercises to create small daily rituals that will consolidate your leadership. And, sure, we will constantly pick up on interpreting the dog's body language and how your behavior impacts the dog.
There are three ways of arranging the logistics of this course:
For a complete course description, including specific generic schedule, objectives, contents, and testimonials from past student, in a form that is easy to print, please open this new browser window.
Who can participate?
In order for you to get value out of this kind of training, you must have an open mind and a dog you love. My training is not "main-stream" or "standard" in any other way than mine... I need you to have a desire for being in control of your dog - on the dog's terms of communication.
But, other than that, what kind of dog you bring along, and what kind of person you are, matters less, as long as both you and the dog are reasonably friendly....
Some courses are open for everybody, also new students with little or no experience as dog trainers. Other courses are exclusively for former students of mine. Please check the Course Overview for details on courses that are currently available.
Courses will only run with a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 8 per instructor for the practical work.
You should be aware that the training will be based on your having watched the video "The Dog's Social Behavior" or in another way acquired a solid understanding of how the dog's social instincts work and are connected with its behavior and fundamental needs (for instance through personal training in the past with me or with Human Dog Leadership Inc. or K9joy - no other training counts, no matter where you got it or whom you got it from).
I further recommend that you are well prepared in terms of Dog Language. We will constantly refer to what you can read from the dog's body language, and how you should respond. Anders Hallgren's little book "The ABC's of Dog Language" is a great overview of what you should know - and it is a nice reference to bring along.
When is it?
The courses are planned ahead as we can arrange it. Please check the Course Overview for details.
If we get overwhelmed with sign-ups, we will arrange more courses. If you would like to attend a course, but there currently is no course available that fits your schedule, then let us know, and you will be notified of the next course so you can book yourself ahead of anyone else.
Private lessons, of course, will be as directly agreed between you and me.
Where is it?
Most of the Introduction Courses Courses are in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada's Pacific Province - but they can be wherever else we can arrange it!
The specific locations will vary. Please check the Course Overview for details. If you would like to host a course somewhere close to you, then please contact us with your suggestion or inquiry. If you have a group of 6-8 people, a place where we can stay, not too far from some terrain where we can train, then we can do it! You may check out this page to get an idea of the practical and financial requirements.
Training will generally be outdoors, in the forest, preferably in shady forest terrain whenever possible. Crown land or State Forest is great to use. There is enough of it - we do not get disturbed by other people - it gives shade for the dogs. As long as it is not too dense or the terrain too steep and dangerous. For this course, we can also do the training on a parking lot though! As long as we can work undisturbed.
Remember, we can also do private lessons! If you live close to Creston, BC, or are willing to pay for my travel, or are OK coming to Creston for the lessons, then we can certainly arrange that. Please check this page for further detals on this.
What does it cost?
The specific cost of an Introduction Course depends on where it is held. My travel and accommodation costs are included in the price, so you get the lowest price when we can do the camps almost in "my backyard" or in conjunction with other activities, like a Camp Course....
The price you pay for the tuition depends on how many people and/or dogs you bring along for the training. You pay "one ticket" per nose, regardless the species of those noses. This means:
I will not allow more than two people to train one dog. It is too confusing and exhausting for the dog. So, if you are a family of two adults and three mature kids, then you have to pick the two that will train. They can then pass on the teachings to the others later but not during the course, not even during "off time"! It would be too much for the dog.
Please take into account that most people get fairly exhausted during the week - from training just one dog... So, bringing more than three dogs along is a no-no, even if you only want to train two or three of them. Unless you also bring a friend that can take care of the dogs when you are too tired.
The current ticket prices vary, depending on the location of the course (and my travel costs), but they are in the range $100-150 per ticket. This means that, for you and one dog, the total tuition will be in the range of US$200-300. You need to add your accommodation costs to this (one night, maybe two, if the course is run over 2½ days) - but you are not obliged to stay at any of the recommended/suggested locations. If you can make private arrangements, you are welcome. Most courses are arranged at locations where accommodation is available at reasonable prices - in fact, there is no point in staying at luxury hotels when we are going to be out working with the dog all day anyway!
The price for people who have trained with me in the past is a little less per ticket - the discount reflecting our expectations of my previous students remembering at least some of what they have learned... J
For conditions for participating, including fees and payment terms, please check
For guidelines to help you prepare yourself, please check
If you want to get a feel for what to expect, you should first of all check out
To reserve your spot, you need to pay your deposit. You can pay with any credit card or check through PayPal.
Whether or not a course will run depends on the number of deposits we receive, not the number of inquiries... And there is no mercy in regards to the maximum of 8 students per trainer, if you sign up too late...
It really doesn't matter what kind of dog you have. All dogs are welcome, as long as they bring a responsible owner! Whatever training you have done (or not done) in the past doesn't matter much either, except if you did the training with me. We will simply build on whatever foundation you have. The small class size allows me to work with every single student on an individual basis. So, you show me where you are at - and we take it from there!
I look forward to working with you - and to seeing your dog enjoy both you and itself.
If none of them fit you, then maybe you want to do Private lessons?
P.S. If you like the idea of this kind of training so much that you would like to spend a full week on a camp course with me, you should check out http://k9joy.com/dogtraining/campcourses.php - on such a full-week course, we can dig into a lot of extra stuff that is impossible to teach diligently in only two days....
Signing up for an Introduction Course
To sign up for an Introduction Course, you will need to pay one ticket up front as a deposit with your registration, paying for yourself.
The other ticket (or tickets) must be paid when you are requested to do so, yet no later than a full week before start. You can simply pay once again, by following the exact same procedure, this time paying for your dog, or confirming your participation. Please use the upper link for your first payment and the lower link for the next payment(s).
The deadline will be the latest day we decide the course's fate. If too few people are signed up, the course will get cancelled, and those who made a deposit will get they money back immediately. In the moment we get enough people to make it worth the while running the course, you will be immediately notified, so you can prepare the travel. So, if you miss that crucial deadline, you could very well become the reason for the camp course being cancelled!
Remember: each payment counts as one ticket - one for you, one for your dog. First ticket is your deposit/reservation. You do not need to pay the balance until we confirm that the course will run. This will happen immediately we received the critical minimum number of deposits, yet no later than the announced deadline (see below).
We will take the sign-up link down as soon as we either filled up or cancelled the course. If the link is still available after the deadline, we might still have room for you - you will be notified immediately when you pay.
For details about the terms and conditions for participating, including our full money-back guarantee, please check out
By signing up, you certify that you have read and understood these conditions and that you agree with the terms!
To book your spot, please select from the following options, choosing your dates and indicating if you have trained with me before or not:
Click on a date below to see the schedule for the camp.
Click on the location to learn more about the area, including accommodation options and maps showing you how to get there.
Clicking on a ticket payment in the table below will lead you to an order confirmation page where you can choose paying through PayPal or through MerchantPartners. Your payment information will never be seen by a human, other than yourself.
Visa, MC, AMEX are accepted worldwide. US checks also.
Schedule is not yet finished - the earliest time will be October 2007.
If you have any questions in regards to this, please contact us!.
Did you make your reservation?
Good! See you there!
Can't make it on those dates?
We plan our courses and seminars on the basis of the input we get from people who want to attend them or arrange them - so please let us know what you are looking for! We will be happy to take a look at your ideas and suggestions, and if we can make them happen, we will do it - and we will notify you.
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I will publish all news about new training activities in The Peeing Post, and you will also be able to get a lot of practical down-to-earth advice about all kinds of "dog issues" from that newsletter.
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