Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can enroll in the Course?

The course is limited to a maximum of 24 participants.

How many days is the Course?

The course runs for 5 days (Monday – Friday).

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for trainers with a deep interest in, or a professional requirement for, skills that are needed working in or getting prepared to work in environments requiring complex behaviors. These environments include, but are not limited to, law enforcement, conservation, research, search and rescue, guide dogs, high levels of competition and teaching, and behavior consultation. (The skills and issues covered in this course are ones that hobbyists and pet dog trainers typically do not need, use, or encounter).

This course assumes a strong level of competency working with at least one species and a solid understanding of the theory, tools, and application of positive reinforcement, so that we can take you to the next level.

What is each day like?

You will spend an average 8 hours daily in the classroom and 1.5 hours outside training and observing training. Dinner time will include open discussions of topics covered that day.

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Do I have enough experience/knowledge?

This course assumes that you have a strong level of competency with at least one species. You should be well-grounded in the training method, theory, and science of positive reinforcement and have already trained at least several complex behaviors to a high level of fluency using this method.

Here are sample programs and courses that provide a guide to readiness. It is not a comprehensive list.

  • If you hold any of the following certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, CAAB, Veterinary Behaviorist, ACAAB, or Certified in Behavior from IAABC in one or more areas, you will enjoy and benefit from this course.

  • If you have completed a formal program of education in positive reinforcement such as Training for Professionals: Across Species, or Susan Friedman’s LLA course, you you will enjoy and benefit from this course.

  • If you train, or aspire to train, in any of the environments such as those listed below and have a solid education/understanding of operant conditioning (see above) you will enjoy and benefit from this course.

    • Canine or Equine Sports Competition
    • Guiding Dogs, Service Dogs
    • Law Enforcement, Government Agencies
    • Theater/Television/Movies
    • Search and Rescue, Scent Detection
    • Zoos, Marine parks
    • Research Training
    • Adoption and Rescue Agencies
Will I get to choose my training partner animal?

We will match you with one of the animals we have on the ranch, depending on your experience level, training goals, and our animals. We find that most people learn best when they work with animal species that they haven’t trained previously.

Can I bring my dog?

We strongly recommend that you do not bring your dog (with the exception of a personal service dog). You will not have much free time to tend to your dog, and there is no course time dedicated to training your dog. If you must bring your dog, your dog must be well-socialized and comfortable around people and other dogs.

You must bring a kennel to house your dog while in class. Your dog will not be in the classroom with you; the kennel will not fit in the classroom. You will have to find the time to tend to your dog during the brief breaks in class. Classroom and training sessions will start promptly and we will not be able to wait for those who need to tend to their dogs.

What should I bring and wear?

The ranch can be muddy. You should bring boots that are waterproof and that can get dirty and muddy during training sessions. Please also bring indoor shoes to wear during classroom time. Wear jeans or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. The ranch can experience rain showers at unexpected times, so please bring rain gear and layers of clothing to deal with the cold weather.

Will there be food?

Students will be expected to have breakfast prior to arriving at The Ranch; breakfast is included in the hotel rate at the recommended hotels. Lunches and dinners will be provided for all five days of the experience. Coffee, tea, water, and selected soft drinks will be available all day. Please inform us of any special dietary needs during registration.

WILL I EARN CEU credits?

Students who take the Dive Deep course are eligible for:

      • 21 CEU credits from CCPDT for Certified Trainers (CPDT-KA)
      • 20 CEU credits from CCPDT for Certified Behavioral Consultants (CBCC)
      • 25 CEU credits from IAABC
      • 25 CEU credits from Karen Pryor Academy

Students will receive information on the application process at the conclusion of the course.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! Please visit our Pricing page for details and to enroll today.

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