Online Basic Obedience Course

Thank you for purchasing the Thriving Canine Online Puppy/Basic Obedience Training Course. In addition to the pre-recorded online curriculum (videos below), some of you will be attending Live Video Chats. Locals may also be attending a free Humans-Only Seminar and 6 weeks of practice time with the dogs and Chad's coaching.

Please check back frequently, new videos will continue to be added over time. (Scroll down for more videos.)



Virtual Meeting #1 – Orientation Seminar: This video chat orientation covers the structure of the class, "balanced" dog training philosophy, the three step CPR process, what supplies you will need, homework for the week plus some Q&A.


Virtual Meeting #2: Reviewing the DVD chapters 1-4. Review exercises for teaching Sit and Down. Q&A from students.


Virtual Meeting #3: Reviewing the DVD chapters 1-6. Demonstrations and tips for Sit, Down, Come, Heel and Loose Leash Walking. Q&A from students.


Virtual Meeting #4: Checking in to review what we've learned so far and adding the Stay command. Demos and Q&A.



This section includes Chapters 1-7 from the 2010 DVD, "No Dog Left Behind". It is designed to be watched from start to finish, hitting PAUSE at the instructed times to practice each lesson before moving on. More current videos will follow in the next section but PLEASE WATCH AND PRACTICE ALONG WITH THESE FIRST. The information in each chapter lays a foundation for the next so please watch them in order.

Chapter 1. Introduction


Chapter 2. The Name Game – Getting Your Dog's Attention: Also scroll down to the Food Motivation and Luring video, it pairs well with this video. Before teaching "Come" (or any other command) you need to get your dog in an attentive, motivated, positive state of mind. Dog trainers often call this "engagement" and it is a very powerful and foundational part of good dog training. 


Chapter 3. Sit —– DO NOT SKIP THIS CHAPTER!!!! ——-

No matter what I say or do, 9 out of 10 people will skip this chapter thinking, "My dog already knows Sit." There are many more lessons in this chapter than simply teaching a dog Sit. Be an exceptional person and study this chapter carefully and practice completely.


Chapter 4. Down


Chapter 5. Come


Chapter 6. Heel


Chapter 7. Stay




The below videos carry on from where the DVD left off. They include details not included in the original DVD as well as some brand new tips, tools, commands and tricks to increase your dog training skills and knowledge.

Food Motivation and Luring


Leave It (Part One)


Leave It (Part Two)


Long Line Handling Skills


Teaching Tug for Beginners or Puppies


Tug Tips – Proper Presentations for Intense Tug and teaching the "OUT" command (aka Let Go)



The below videos are meant to show some real life examples of the above lessons in action. Please bear with me as some of the camera work may not be great. I am often giving commentary while holding the camera in one hand and training the dog with the other. I am pretty sure the information still shines through. Enjoy!

Max – Walk 'n' Train #1: Loose leash walking and Heel


Max – Walk n Train #2: Long line, socialization with my dogs, barking issues


Frosti – Walk 'n' Train #1:  Socialization, Flexi Lead (retractable leash), Agility


Frosti – Walk n Train #2: Loose Leash Walking, How To Fit a Martingale Collar, Dealing with Stubborness On-Leash