First Day of Course: Whenever you choose!
Course Length: 8 lessons that you can complete at your own pace. There are no fixed deadlines or due dates.
When training a stopped dogwalk, Tammy strives for an independent end-behavior, forward drive over the obstacle, lateral handling distance, sendaways, and strong verbal release cues. If you have to manage your dog’s performance on the contact, you are not free to handle the course in the manner you wish. An independent dogwalk behavior gives you control of your movements on course and allows the dog to feel confident and in control of his choices, which in turn creates faster, more fluid performances.
By dissecting the dogwalk performance into small pieces, Tammy has been able to develop a method that makes sense not only to her students but also to their dogs! There are no props or targets used in her methods to teach the stopped end-behavior except for the board itself—so no luring, physical manipulation, or fading is used.
The program includes homework that you can do at home away from the equipment, and help teams not only feel successful but also feel like they are making progress.
Note: Although the class focuses on the dogwalk, the behaviors and exercises transfer to the A-frame if you also want to do a stopped A-frame. The teeter has different criteria so this class will not help with teeter training.
What is included with your purchase?
- Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
- Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
- No expiring content—you can go back any time to read and watch lessons. There is no time limit.
- Dog's age: Although you can start the rear-foot targeting in this program with a 9-month-old dog, the dog should be at least 1-year-old before starting the dogwalk training in lesson 7 of the course.
- Clicker or verbal marker understanding
- A wait or stay, a cone wrap behavior, and tunnel understanding are useful skills, but not mandatory.
- Treats and toys
- Travel plank/contact board: You need a training plank that is 12" wide and 3' to 6' in length. It should have a nonslip finish and lie flat on the ground, with no lift or angle.
- Tunnel: Access to a tunnel (even a play tunnel will work) is needed for the lesson on discrimination work.
- Jumps or cones: Access to jumps or cones is required when working on sending, entries, and exits.
- Dogwalk: Access to a regulation dogwalk is required once advanced training begins.
How do I access my Learning Center purchase?
After you complete your purchase using your credit card or PayPal, you will receive 2 email confirmations: the first is a receipt acknowledging that your order has been received and the second email contains the link for your Clean Run Learning Center program. Just click on the link in the email to complete enrollment. If you already have a Learning Center account, then you will go directly to your educational program. If you do not, then you will enter your email address and a password to use for this Learning Center program and any future ones your purchase. Please be aware that this is a separate account you are establishing on https://cleanrunonline.com/home and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts).
If you have a Clean Run website account, then you can also access your program at anytime by signing in at cleanrun.com and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu.
Please be aware that there are no refunds for on-demand/self-study courses, on-demand lessons, or webinars.
We suggest that you read the information provided carefully before making your purchase. If you have any questions about whether the content is right for you, please email us.
Tammy has been training dogs for more than 30 years, getting her start in 4-H obedience in middle school. Tammy found her love for agility in 1999 and started teaching agility in 2002. She opened her own training program in 2006 when she founded Oregon School for Clever Dogs. Tammy is best known for helping her students create happy working relationships with their dogs. All of Tammy's own dogs enjoy working with her and it is obvious through the joy and engagement they show on course.
Tammy likes to focus on trust and clear communication between dog and handler. As an instructor, she puts heavy emphasis on the understanding of partnership on and off the course using reward based training and play.
Tammy’s background as a Veterinary Technician and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner allows her to see when problems on course may be due to physical limitations and not necessarily training issues.
"I am SO GLAD I took this course. I will admit I was skeptical. I thought my dogwalks were broken forever... [After finishing the course] I can honestly say we are at a 90% success rate right now and I know that the more I continue to practice the planks, the better and better it will get."
"This course has literally been a game-changer for us. It’s all due to Tammy's clear step-by-step approach, and even more by her quick and thorough answers to every question."
"This class was amazing!!! Loved it. I ran my dog in a seminar today and every dogwalk was fast; she nailed her end position every time. She self-released once. I handled it as you taught us, and she showed absolute understanding! I know we still have some finishing work to do, but will be working my young dog with your program as well. Thank you SO much."
"Thanks to this course, we are now on track to solving the #1 problem that was holding us back."
"Tammy, thanks again for an excellent course. I've recommended it to my friends looking to fix their dogwalks."
"[By the end of Tammy's course] my dog's consistency on the dogwalk has improved so much."
"Thank you Tammy. The course was excellent. I especially appreciated how quickly and thoughtfully you answered all my questions. That was incredibly helpful to our progress."
"Thank you Tammy! It was a great course!"
"Just wanted to thank you for a great course. Although I was a "lurker," not a "poster," I found it to be a great experience. I am just starting out with a young dog (15 mo) and I can already see that she has a better understanding than any of my previous dogs. We did our first agility trial this past weekend and she nailed two dog walks with good speed and 2o2o. Needless to say I am very excited! Thanks for all of your help! P.S. I really liked how it was set up to release lessons once a week. I have done other on-line classes and realize now that I rushed through because all of the classes were released at the beginning. Your setup helped me to be patient and focus on the training. It definitely worked for us and I have recommended your course to several other people. Hopefully you will run it again!"