Calm & Cool Adolescents

Keep Growing Blind/Deaf Puppies Calm, Collected and Well-Behaved

Your adorable and cuddly young puppy is growing up - no longer a baby, but not yet an adult dog. Adolescent puppies are going through many changes physically, mentally and emotionally. These changes can affect their behavior and their responsiveness to our requests. They may seem more distracted by the world around them, and they seem to have boundless excitement and energy.

Understanding and providing for our puppies' needs during this time can help us to preserve all the appropriate behaviors we love while preventing other not-so-appreciated habits from developing.

This 4-week virtual class will help you understand the changes that your puppy is going through during adolescence. We will explore how to use tools and new skills to keep their focus even with distractions going on, using appropriate exercise and enrichment to provide for their needs and encourage calm, focused behaviors, and along the way we will teach some fun tricks and games to remind us not to take things so seriously.

This class is set up as a hybrid class, meaning that you have access to pre-recorded lessons and resources each week to watch on your own. Then you will have a live zoom session with your instructor to help you implement and practice the lessons with your own dog in real time. These zoom sessions will be scheduled with you once you're registered.

Class is suitable for puppies from 5-12 months, and instruction is tailored to puppies with visual and/or hearing impairments, but puppies of all abilities are welcome to join us!

Your Instructor

Deb Bauer KPA-CTP, TT-CAP 2, FDM
Deb Bauer KPA-CTP, TT-CAP 2, FDM

Deb is an internationally recognized expert in working with blind and/or deaf dogs. She teaches people to communicate effectively with their visually and/or hearing-impaired dogs to teach them effective life skills, fun tricks and to ensure a happy and wonderful quality of life. She has published several books - perhaps the most well-known book about living with and teaching blind and deaf dogs is Through A Dark Silence.

Deb Bauer has over 30 years of teaching and consulting experience working with dogs and their people. She is a holistic dog behavior and well-being coach. Deb assists and supports people who wish to give their dogs the very best lifestyle possible, meeting their needs, and also creating calm, well-behaved companions.

In addition to her focus on blind/deaf dogs, Deb has extensive experience teaching and competing with dogs in a variety of activities such as therapy and assistance work, agility, obedience and rally, media work, scent work, and more. She also has extensive experience rehabilitating dogs showing excessive fearful and reactive behaviors, such as those from commercial breeding facilities and hoarding situations. She regularly works with rescues and shelters to assist with getting dogs ready for new homes.

Deb holds multiple certifications in areas of training, behavior, wellness and well-being. This allows her to offer you and your dog the most useful and comprehensive plan for success. She is committed to continuing her education to stay up to date on the most current research and information to bring to her clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This class is ready for you and your puppy to start anytime! Once you register, the class material will begin to arrive in the classroom. You will be contacted to set up your live zoom class sessions to coincide with the online material.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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