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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.
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.
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
- Search and Rescue, Scent Detection
- Zoos, Marine parks
- Research Training
- Adoption and Rescue Agencies
Students who take the Dive Deep course are eligible for:
- CPDT-KSA will earn 21 Knowledge and 15 Skills CEUs (36 total)
- CPDT-KA will earn 21 Knowledge CEUs
- CBCC-KA will earn 15 Knowledge CEUS
- 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.
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.