Fabulous Focus Workshop: Focus & Attention Skills for Both Ends of the Leash


Foggy Mountain Morning Hiking

Escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a dog training workshop in a stunning natural setting. What could be better? Hone your dog training skills, have fun with your dog, enjoy morning hikes along trails in pristine forests.  At the end of the weekend, you’ll return home refreshed, inspired, with a bounty of lovely memories…..and a better-trained dog!  Approved for 17 CEUs for certified trainers.

Katie & Kathleen, All Smiles!

Fabulous Focus
All dog training begins with your dog paying rapt attention to you. You’ll learn tips, techniques and strategies for creating Focus on Both Ends of the Leash.  • Build your skills with a solid foundation of learning theory and knowledge about clicker training, dog body language, and stress signals.  • Learn to use the technique of shaping to help your dog deliver the focus and attention you want. • Find out how best to pair distractions and reinforcers so you set your dog up for success in every training session.

Photos from prior Workshop

Fun Learning in the Mountains

Next dates:  May 31-June 2 and October 17-19, 2014 Murphy, North Carolina
Who for: Anyone who enjoys learning with their dog!
Duration: 2.5 days; Friday evening, full days Saturday & Sunday
Class size: 10 working teams (handler and dog); 10 observer spots
Cost: $295 includes lunch Saturday & Sunday

  • Fri­day Evening (5-7pm) — Hone Your Han­dling Skills: Learning theory, clicker mechanics, strate­gies for enhancing your han­dling skills  (crisp up your tim­ing, clean up your cues and more).
  • Sat­ur­day morn­ing —  Focus & Shap­ing Tech­niques:  Stragetiges for get­ting and keep­ing your dog’s atten­tion, indi­vid­ual assis­tance for each student/dog and intro­duc­ing shap­ing techniques).
  • Sat­ur­day Mid-day:  What’s Your Dog Telling You? Iden­ti­fy­ing your dog’s body lan­guage and rec­og­niz­ing stress signals.
  • Sat­ur­day After­noon — Agility for Fun: Held at our coun­try home w/20 acres for Agility, fol­lowed by hik­ing opportunities.
  • Sun­day Morn­ing – Proof that Behav­ior: Build a reinforcement hierarchy, pair distrations and reinforcers; multiple exer­cises designed to help you proof behav­iors in a dis­tract­ing envi­ron­ment; loca­tions depend on abil­ity of dogs, per­haps hik­ing the Mur­phy River­walk or other loca­tions in the local area.
  • Sun­day After­noon – Play in the Pas­ture: An off leash/outdoor social, held at our prop­erty in a secure fenced area.
  • What you and Brad offer is not only outstanding, but effective. And you are both “naturals” at what you do. What a difference a workshop makes! First, Bella loves her “working” sessions. I had her targeting yesterday and one of our cats kept walking slowly right in front of her and she stayed focused on her target…and hotdogs! She gets so excited when I ask her if she “wants to work”. She’s a smart little girl and we owe you & Brad a big debt of gratitude for her fabulous focus workshop! Bill & Jan Gaines, Georgia
  • I’d like to express my great enjoyment and gratitude in attending your workshop this past weekend.  You and your staff were pleasant, friendly and a pleasure.  It was an eye opener for learning and experiencing a variety of interesting and diverse exercises for my dog and me.  We learned through positive and fun methods and have a better concept of behavior. The care and concern for all dogs and their individuality really is very evident.”   Laura Nastro, South Carolina
  • Where does this dog trainer from Atlanta go for an edu­ca­tional and pos­i­tively fun weekend…to the moun­tains for Moun­tains of Learn­ing!! Through Lisa and Brad’s hands on classes,  I was able to improve on my train­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills as I trained with my own beloved dog.   The time we spent out­side of class…walking the River Walk, free play in the pas­ture, agility, and morn­ing hikes cre­ated a fun envi­ron­ment, where both dog and owner had to learn to work, play, and focus on each other. Pos­i­tive Train­ing plus Pos­i­tive Fun equals A Pos­i­tive Rela­tion­ship for both dog and owner.…..thank you Cold Nose Col­lege!!  Mara Whitacre, Georgia
  • Cold Nose College reminds me of that ad slogan….you’ve tried the rest, now try the best!  It’s rewarding to find trainers with common beliefs and philosophies.  I learned so many different ideas and techniques that in the days following the workshop, I continually flipped through the class syllabus to recall everything.  In reflecting back on the weekend, one word comes to mine….golden.”  Jane Morton,  Tennessee

To book your spot now, call 828.644.9148 or email lisa@coldnosecollege.com

Lisa Lyle Waggoner is the author of The Original Rocket Recall™: Teach Your Dog to Come. She’s a CPDT-KA, a CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer Level 2, Faculty for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior, a dog*tec Certified Professional Dog Walker and the founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, North Carolina. The company’s trainers enjoy providing virtual behavior consulting and training solutions to clients around the globe and offers coaching, mentoring and behavior case support for pet professionals. www.coldnosecollege.com


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