There are several dog training programs on the market. Each one claims to make your dog behave better and smarter. Unfortunately, many are outdated, nonsense, or even downright dangerous. In this post, I will be reviewing the Brain Training for Dogs program by Adrienne Farricelli.
I have used this program for my dogs, and although it isn’t perfect (nothing is), the techniques and training philosophy is sound and reliable.
In this review, you will see what to expect from the program, why the program is excellent, and things that can be improved. So, sit back, relax, and read this in-depth review of Brain training for dogs by Adrienne Farricelli.
About the Author
Before using the program, it is essential to trust the author. Who is Adrienne Faracelli, and what credentials does she have? Let’s see.
Adrienne has worked with dogs for more than ten years. She is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. Hence, she has a good background in dog training programs.
Aside from being a highly trusted dog trainer, she is certified by the Italian Association for Dog Trainers and Canine Consultants.
Additionally, she is a certified CPDT-KA in the USA. This certification requires constant learning to be maintained; hence you can rest assured that she knows the latest techniques and a firm grasp on the tools for training dogs successfully.
She is a published writer, with her works appearing in prestigious magazines and websites like USA Today, Nest Pets, Paw Nation, Every Dog Magazine, and more.
She knows her onions!
What is Brain Training for Dogs?
This program is an e-book and online training program that aims to improve your dog’s mental acuity, focus, and ability. The program is based on the belief that dogs are naturally obedient animals, who are too distracted to obey instructions.
What the program is built on
Before purchasing this program, it is essential to discover the underlying principles of the program.
When it comes to dog training, there are various schools of thought. Some trainers prefer the ‘pack theory’ school of thought, while others recommend a science-based approach. Best Training for Dogs uses a science-based approach.
Science-based training has been discovered as the best method for training your dog. Science-based training is a means of shaping your dog’s behaviors using a consistent, conditioned marker.
It is a force-free training. This means that you do not have to force your dog or hurt him in any way. Unlike other training programs built on dominance or force, the Best Dog Training uses force-free training and positive reinforcement to train your dog.
It makes training fun for you and your dog, stimulates him mentally, and generally produces better results.
What is inside Brain Training for Dogs Program?
Best Training for Dogs is an online course that offers dog owners a package that comprises of seven modules. The book begins with an introduction to force-free training techniques. It features 21 different exercises and games that can help to teach your dog. Along with the text, a training video illustrates how to accomplish your goal.
The program is set up like a school. The seven modules are:
- High School
The modules contain exercises and puzzles that get harder as the program progresses.
Structure of Each Module
Each training module follows the following format:
- Introduction – This contains information on the supplies you need and the objective.
- How To Train – This section provides information on a systematic method for training your dog’s behavior.
- Troubleshooting – This section deals with any problems you might have
- Increasing the level – In this section, you will learn how to reinforce the behavior and ensure your dog imbibes the skill
- Exams – As with regular classes, the exams grade the progress made. You will evaluate your dog’s performance and know how well it has adopted the behavior.
The exam is graded from A to F. Marks are awarded based on how quickly your dog completes the challenges and exercises.
Once your dog has mastered a module, you can increase the level of difficulty. This will reinforce the lesson and make your dog accept and display the wanted behavior.
To help you to understand better how the program works, let’s see the first lesson in the program.
Lesson – Targeting
The objective of the lesson – The dog must touch a target object with his nose when told to.
A target, for example, a blunt pointer
A clicker and treats
The program aims to make your dog look to you for guidance.
How to do it
- Make the dog touch your hand with his nose
- On the first successful attempt, hide your hand, click and give him a treat. Ensure he hears the click immediately he touches your hand
- Repeat the exercise severally without using a cue
- Once he does it severally, name the behavior
- Call out the name, present your hand, click and reward
- Once mastered, transfer the skill by offering a different target like a blunt pointer or post-it note
Increase the challenge by teaching him to touch Post-it notes with his paw.
Using this training module, you can teach your dog how to switch lights off and on!
This is just one example of a training module found in the program. Simple, right?
There are other advanced lessons contained in the program. These include:
- Leg weaving
- Name discrimination
- Tidy up game
- Playing the piano, and many more.
What is the format of the program?
The program is in an easy-to-understand format.
The courses are laid out sequentially. Hence, each session builds on the previous one. The modules each come with an introduction page that has the links for each lesson. Therefore, you can easily continue from where you stopped.
As an online program, the website is intuitive and responsive. The lessons come with forward and back buttons at the bottom of every page. You can thus move to the next or previous lesson.
Adrienne provides a bonus book. It contains information on how to deal with behavioral issues like whining, jumping at people, barking at people, and so on.
How to get the program
Best Dog Training program can be found on the official website. It costs just $47, which is a steal considering the benefits you will get from the program.
After you sign up, you will get a PDF of the main book, the bonus book, and unlimited access to the member section of the official website. The website is where you can find the training videos.
Illustrated videos are immensely helpful
Muffled sound in the videos
This training program is not a scam. It is a beneficial resource that can strengthen the bond between you and your dog while making him smarter. At $47, it offers excellent value for money as you’ll be getting top-notch advice from an expert in the industry.