Training Classes For Current Volunteers

The following classes are open to: MaxFund volunteers who have already been accepted as volunteers and have gone through the volunteer orientation process, including receiving their photo volunteer badge; MaxFund foster families; and MaxFund staff. Training beyond orientation is optional, but volunteers of all experience levels are encouraged to attend!

 

CHAMPS: Creating Homes for Agreeably Mannered Pups training program

The CHAMPS training program is open to all current MaxFund volunteers, fosters and staff. This program is designed to give you the information and tools needed to work with shelter/foster dogs to bertter understand them, handle them effectively, and not only increase their quality of life, but make them more adoptable, using positive reinforcement-based training methods.

Each CHAMPS participant must undergo the CHAMPS orientation before taking other handling and basic manners classes. All MaxFund volunteers must also undergo the volunteer orientation before participating. Please check prerequisites for all classes to ensure you’ve met them before registering, as some classes will have other prerequisites in addition to the CHAMPS orientation session.

Participants are also highly encouraged to join the Facebook group, Colorado 4-1-Woof, where all class materials will be uploaded for FREE download to all group members. Other great resources and discussions will also take place in the group

TIER ONE: CHAMPS Orientation Class

In this two-hour session, participants will be introduced to the principles of positive reinforcement training, required tools and equipment for the CHAMPS program, canine communication and body language, and how to positively interrupt and redirect unwanted behavior. Participants will also gain some hands-on experience right away by applying these principles on each other. It’s a fun, interactive format, and required before taking any and all other CHAMPS classes.

Clich here for the Spring 2015 CHAMPS Schedule: CHAMPS 2015 Schedule

Click here for the Orientation Syllabus: CHAMPS Orientation Syllabus

Click here for the Orientation Presentation Slides: CHAMPS orientation 2015 presentation slides handout

TIER TWO: Basic Handling & Manners Classes

Stress-Free Handling

This class covers classical conditioning principles and humane handling methods, including simple TTouch methods, so that participants can better understand how to help dogs get better accustomed to handling for real-life scenarios, as well as for lessening/eliminating stress, anxiety and nervousness while in the shelter system. The format will be part lecture, part hands-on with stuffed dogs as well as an approved 1 – 2 dogs in the shelter.

Click here for the Stress-Free Handling Syllabus: Stress-Free Handling Syllabus

Foundations for Fido I

Prerequisite(s): CHAMPS Orientation.

This class will cover basic cues training using approved dogs that are comfortable in a group class environment:

  • Watch me (eye contact)
  • Touch (hand targeting)
  • Sit
  • All Done (release)
  • Positive Interrupter

Click here for the Foundations for Fido I Syllabus: Foundations for Fido I Syllabus

Foundations for Fido II

Prerequisite(s): CHAMPS Orientation and Foundations for Fido I.

This class will cover basic cues training using approved dogs that are comfortable in a group class environment:

  • Down
  • All Done (release)
  • Stay
  • Wait
  • Come When Called (recall)

Click here for the Foundations for Fido II Syllabus: Foundations for Fido II Syllabus

Impulse Control

Prerequisite(s): CHAMPS Orientation.

This class will cover basic cues training using approved dogs that are comfortable in a group class environment:

  • Entering & Exiting Kennels Calmly
  • Take It
  • Leave It
  • Drop It
  • Capturing Calm Behaviors

Click here for the Impulse Control Syllabus: Impulse Control Syllabus

Loose Leash Walking

Prerequisite(s): CHAMPS Orientation.

This class will cover how to successfully walk dogs on a loose leash: choosing and properly fitting equipment, handling equipment, getting proper attention, addressing pulling, building distractions, using real-life rewards to your advantage, and heeling techniques.

Click here for the Loose Leash Walking Syllabus: Loose Leash Walking Basics Syllabus

Enrichment Classes

Don't Forget to Dance!

Prerequisite(s): CHAMPS Orientation, Foundations for Fido I, Foundations for Fido II

This ninety-minute class will cover basic canine musical freestyle (dancing with dogs!) and will cover how we can help shelter dogs to build their self-confidence, trust with people, and strong bonding as a team by teaching them a few tricks, as well as proper heeling techniques that will help with leash walking. We will put everything together and dance away with them while music plays! The shelter dogs will be more adoptable when they know a few cute tricks so that new adopters can teach more tricks! *Handlers do not need dancing experience.* :)

Click Here for the Don't Forget to Dance Syllabus: Don't Forget to Dance Enrichment Class

TIER THREE: Advanced Topics Seminars & Workshops

Prerequisite(s): CHAMPS Orientation and others as noted.

These classes are currently under development.

TIER FOUR: Train-to-Train (T2T) Program

Prerequisite(s): CHAMPS Orientation, Foundations for Fido I, Foundations for Fido II, Impulse Control, Loose Leash Walking.

These classes are currently under development.

For more information:

Diane Kirkpatrick, CHAMPS coordinator

dianemkirkpatrickatgmaildotcom  (dianemkirkpatrickatgmaildotcom)  

Laura McGaughey, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, RVA, CHAMPS Head Trainer

lauraatdelightfuldoggiesdotcom  (lauraatdelightfuldoggiesdotcom)  

303-550-5652

To register for classes contact:

Lois Wiersma, CHAMPS Registrar

lw16053atcomcastdotnet  (lw16053atcomcastdotnet)  

 

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