Amy Ammen, owner of Amiable Dog Training, offers six workshops that can be presented as stand-alone events or combined into complete weekend workshops.
- Training the Average Dog to Win (tw0-day workshop). Click here for detail
- The Infinite Instructor (half-day workshop). Click here for detail
- From Average to Extraordinary (half-day workshop). Click here for detail
- Training in No Time (half-day workshop or two-hour seminar). Click here for detail
- Come Here and Stay Home (half-day workshop). Click here for detail
- Aggression in Dogs (half-day workshop). Click here for detail
Download a sample workshop/seminar contract with pricing for two-hour, half-day and two-day events.
- Getting the Utmost
- Puppy Selection, Manners and Training
- Sneak Away From Inattention
- Using Distractions to Teach Focus
- Law and Order
- Sit, Down, Stand
- Why Train an Average Dog?
- Heeling, Line Ups, Figure Eight
- Communicate By Concentrating on Contrasts
- Flawless Fronts and Finishes
- Training Isn’t What You Teach – It’s What a Dog Learns
- Stays, In and Out of Sight
- Drop on Recall
- Blessed with Problems
- Off Leash Type Corrections
- Handling (verses Cheating) and Holding Up Your End of the Team
- Methods, Goals, and Game Plans
- The Real Difference Between Novice, Open and Utility
- Strategic Training Verses Prayer
- Jumping for Joy – High, Broad, Directed
- “Who’s Dog is This?” – Surviving the Learning Stages
- Moving Stand
- Fine Art of Manipulation
- Retrieving Woes
- Combating Dog Trainer’s Depression
- Gloves and Tricks
- Articles – String Him Along
- Fast Work to Give Your Training Program a Boost
- Go Outs
- Piecing Together the Performance
- Showing Strategy
- The Award Winning Attitude
Designing a Program
- What’s the Point?
- Turn the Maze Into a Path
- Keeping Them Informed and Happy
Building and Maintaining Your Credibility and Clientele
- Who Are You Anyway?
- Advertising and Promotion
- Phone Finesse
Love Thy Student
- Evaluating Your Audience
- Perception is Reality
- Dressing the Part
- It’s Not What You Say and It’s How You Say It
- Working Dogs
Handling Problems Without Making Enemies
- Dictator or Mentor
- Marriage Counselor, Child Psychologist and Referee
- Student Sabotage
Caution: Living With Your Dog Could Be Hazardous To Your Training Program!
- Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say
- Treat Every Command As If It Is Scored
- Subliminal Dog Training
Ingredients of a Head Turner
- Make Them Aware
- Loose Lead
- Stay Aware
- Now You Can Stare
- Heavenly Heeling
- Fabulous Fronts and Finishes
- Pinpointing and Motivating
- Please Release Me
- Precision and Attitude – the Delicate Balance
- Star Power
- If You Think Your So Good – Proof It!
- Rain, Wind, and Heat
- Ring Wise or Wives Tales
- Tournaments, Run Offs and Dog Worlds
“Training isn’t what we try to teach, it is what the dog learns”
— Amy Ammen, author Training In No Time
Quality Versus Quantity
- Instant learning
- Subliminal dog training
- Living with your dog doesn’t have to be hazardous to his behavior
- Multiple dogs
- Good news: behavior is variable
- Creating contrast – find his buttons
- Implementation – Just Do It
- Bad news: maintenance is necessary
Time Saving Strategies
- Fast work
- Random commands
- One change
- Three things every dog should know
- Four-stages of learning
- TNT – dynamite or death?
Come Here and Stay Home (half-day workshop)
This workshop is of interest to instructors and all dog owners wanting to solve problems, teach better manners, boundary training and a reliable off-lead recall. It picks up where Infinite Instructor ends for individuals interested in the business aspect of training.
Respect Builds Control
- “He’s So Excited!”
- Consistency Defined
- One Command
- Every Command Helps or Hurts
- All In The Family
- Freedom and Safety
- Leave Positive Impressions
- Take a Load Off His Shoulders
Open Boundaries – Teaching Your Dog to Stay in Unfenced Areas
- Cross the line
- Go solo
- No more Mr. Nice-guy
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Directionless or Dangerous
- History Lesson
- Liability Limit
- Doctor Feel Bad
- What Does It All Mean?
- Twisted Signals
- In The Mood
- You Can’t Have it
- Who Do You Think You Are?
- You’re Scaring Me
- Catch Me If You Dare
- Perfectly Puppyish or Naturally Naughty
- Under 5 Months of Age
- Build a Foundation
- Emotional Control
- Management, Awareness, Responsibility, Denial
Amy Ammen started training her first dog, Tess, in 1975. Four years later, at the age of 15, she began instructing classes and private training at all levels and eventually trained dogs while boarding. In 1980, Amy opened Amiable Dog Training.
Since 1990, dozens of organizations throughout the United States and Canada have have hosted Amy’s weekend workshops “The Infinite Instructor” and “Training The Average Dog To Win”. These well attended workshops for obedience enthusiasts receive enthusiastic reviews from participants and hosting organizations alike.
Amy is the author of Dual Ring Dog – Successful Training for Both Conformation and Obedience Competition (Howell Book House, 1991), Training in No Time – Effective Techniques for Hectic Life Styles (Howell Book House, 1995), Dog Training (Howell Book House, 1997), Everything Dog Book (Adams Media, 2002), Everything Puppy Book, Adams Media, 2004) and Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs (Howell Book House, 2007).
Amy has hosted several TV and Radio shows including Dogclass TV and The Everything Pet Show and is a frequent expert on-air commentator.
Amy’s success with breeds (rarely seen in the winner’s circle) speaks for itself:
- Siberian Husky, Tess, Am/Can UD – Multiple All Breed HIT and Dog World Award winner
- Australian Cattle Dog, Huzzi Bear, Am/Can UD – #2 AuCaDo 1978-81
- Briard, CH Weaselle, UD – Dog World Award winner, #1 Briard 1982 (the only year he competed in obedience)
- Flat Coated Retriever, OTCH Digger – Dog World Award winner, multiple All Breed HIT winner, #1 FCR 1985-87
- American Staffordsire Terrier, CH and OTCH Shaker – Specialty and multiple All Breed HIT winner, #2 Terrier 1987 all systems, first CH and OTCH American Staffordshire Terrier
- Cocker Spaniel, Jack, CDX – #3 Cocker 1985 (the only year he competed in obedience)
- Japanese Chin, Ch and OTCH Kiwi, UD – First UD Chin, multiple All Breed HIT winner, Dog World Award winner, #1 Chin ’88, #2 Toy ’89.
- Whippet, Orbit, CDX – Dog World Award winner, #1 Whippet, #3 Hound 1989 (the only year she competed in obedience)
- Tibetan Spaniel, CH. BJ – Specialty HIT winner
Just for fun
- Chihuahua, Amiable Able CDX, aka Able the Dancing Chihuahua
- Rat Terrier, Obey the Polka Dancing Rat Terrier
Amy Ammen is the Director of Amiable Dog Training in Milwaukee and Honolulu. She began instructing in 1980, is the author of six books, two workbooks, three DVDs and is a TV and radio host. She offers personal, expert, customized training, behavior counseling, and diverse services for dogs of all ages, breeds, backgrounds and levels. Her dogs have won over 50 titles and are High in Trial winners.
For more information contact Amy at: dogclass.com or call/text: 414 289-7785.