Abundant Life Dog Training

Allows Dogs To Enjoy Life ~ Empowers Them To Be Their Best
With Andrea Dugan, K9 Coach, Author, International Speaker

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Enrichment Based Training

Dog training is ...

Setting up questions for your dog to figure out and making them easy enough for him to answer correctly

Champion Hawk du Josar

'Thunder Paws'

With professional horse trainer

Emily Olson

Abundant Life Dog Training empowers dogs to be their best as companions as well as competitive partners.  With my training methods, dogs are always emotionally balanced, allowing them to learn quickly and perform accurately. 

Dogs have been in my life for over 40 years.  They have been my companions, competitive partners,  protectors and life helpers, but most of all, my teachers. 

I don't use physical or verbal corrections of any kind.  Why?  Because dogs base their responses solely on:

  • The information we give them.
  • The opportunities they are given to rehearse the response until it is habit.
  • Proofing correct responses to insure they are confident in distracting situations.
  • Our making it reinforcing enough for them to want to offer the response again.

How do you tell your dog he's wrong?  By reinforcing him when he is right!

Understanding How To Communicate With Your Dog

By learning as much as I could about what is behind the beautiful eyes of dogs, discovering and implementing the laws of learning, and studying the science behind training, my unique dog training program is extremely effective, and I have been using it with my dogs and teaching it to my student's for 40 years.  We have all had amazing results.

Dogs are not born with the ability to understand vocabulary.

How dogs respond to training questions provides you with extremely valuable information. If he offers a behavior other than what you are looking for, that behavior often has a stronger positive reinforcement history. Since he is only performing a behavior that he thinks will earn reinforcement, the onus is on you to figure out what you did that caused him to answer that way.  It is your job to figure out a better way to ask the question, so he is correct the next time.

Having a dog that does not respond is very different than offering the incorrect response. Two of the reasons why a dog does not respond are:

  1. Something is affecting his emotional balance.  He is in survival mode.
  2. He is so distracted by the environment that your signal/cue does not stand out.

They offer undesired responses because:

  1. They do not know what response to offer to that signal/cue.
  2. They are confused in what we are asking them to do.
  3. You mutated the signal/cue so much they no longer see it as information.
  4. They have not rehearsed the response enough times for it to become habit.
  5. The response has not been proofed.  
  6. They are not confident what to offer around distracting circumstances.

And the list goes on and on.

Wildland's Indiana Jones

Earning her Canadian TDX

(Tracking Dog Excellent)

My dogs and I have competed and earned numerous titles in 9 different venues:

  • Agility - AAC, USDAA, NADAC
  • Conformation - AKC/CKC/UKC 
  • Herding - AKC/CKC 
  • Obedience - AKC/CKC/UKC/WKC 
  • Rally - AKC/CKC/CARO/WRCL 
  • Scent Detection - AKC
  • Schutzhund - USCA
  • Tracking - AKC/CKC
  • Trick Dog - AKC/DMWYD

They have passed their Canine Good Citizen, Virtual Home Manners, the American Temperament Test as well as being registered Therapy Dogs.  Indiana received the JET Award of Merit for heroism from the Belgian Sheepdog Club Of America.

I present workshops across the US and Canada.  Each workshop includes Problem Solving And Proofing and is specifically based on the needs of the participants. ($250 per day + travel expenses)

  • Introduction To Obstacles
  • The Course - Reading And Strategy
  • Advanced Handling And Strategy

  • Training For A TD And TDX

  • Developing A Strong Foundation
  • Novice ~ Utility
  • Rally Novice Excellent

Help Me Cope! - A Unique Approach For Emotionally Unbalanced Dogs
  • Turning A Trigger Into A Cue
  • Understanding Drives & Sensitivities
  • Program Planning


Some topics include:
  • Understand The Science Behind
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Building A Reliable Cue System
  • The Science Of Choosing Cues 
  • Teaching Foundation Skills
  • Understanding Focal Points
  • The 'What If ...' Theory
  • Proofing & Problem Solving

TRACKING STUDY GUIDE (Getting ready for publication)
  • Foundation Skills
  • Environmental Influences
  • Leash Handling Skills
  • Proofing & Problem Solving

DOGS IN NEED OF EMOTIONAL SUPPORT (Getting ready for publication)
  • Understanding Emotional Instability
  • Teaching Foundation Behaviors
  • Using Reinforcement Appropriately
  • Developing A Game Plan

AGILITY (Out of print)
  • Introduction To Obstacles
  • Obedience For Agility
  • Handling Skills
  • Course Strategy

RALLY-ON (Out of print)
  • Negotiating The Signs
  • Handling Skills

  • Training Skills
  • Proper Interaction With Clients

I wrote articles for Front & Finish magazine (10+ years), and had numerous articles published in UKC Bloodlines as well as various breed-specific magazines.  The topics ranged from competing in Agility, Obedience, Tracking, and Rally to understanding and working with dogs who are emotionally affected by their environment.