Shaping Behavior

Perhaps you are looking for some more clarity in your training, or you are interested in teaching your dog some complex behaviors. You may be stumped on how to go about doing this. With shaping, the dog will be offering you behaviors which you can then chain together. It may just the technique you have been looking for!

Course Details

Shaping is a powerful and effective way to train your dog. Essentially, it is similar to playing charades with your dog, asking them to offer you behaviors and you then mark and reward the ones you like.

The dog understands immediately what is expected of them since they are the ones who offered the behavior! This invitation for active participation and even experimentation on behalf of the dog can increase their confidence and liven up your training sessions. Moreover, shaping is fun.

In this 6-week online course, we will delve into what shaping is and how you can use it with your dog. Fun will be had!

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What You Will Need:

  • your dog
  • flat or martingale collar
  • back-clip harness (optional)
  • 6'-8' leash
  • mat or towel for the dog to lay on
  • box that will fit the length of your dog
  • LOTS of high-value and smelly treats

Course Outline

  • What is Shaping?
  • 101 Things to Do With a Box
  • Work With Your Dog's Strengths
  • Can You Shape It?

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor




 AKC Scent Work Judge

 USCSS CSD and Judge

 AKC CGC Evalutor and Instructor

 C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

 Associate Trick Dog Instructor

Student Enrollment

Intensive learning experience

Full access to all course materials

Full access to course forum

Submit homework and videos

Detailed review from instructor


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Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


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Watcher Enrollment

Self-taught option

Full access to all course materials

May view general forum

May view homework forum

May not post or ask questions


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NOTE: You will be directed to the Online Dog Training University website to complete your purchase.

This is where you will login and access your course and forum.

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