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Journey with Ernie, Lessons in Learning, Life Skills & Agility - Self-Study Course

Journey with Ernie, Lessons in Learning, Life Skills & Agility - Self-Study Course


NOT eligible for storewide discounts

First Day of Course: Whenever you choose!

Course Length: 12 lessons. They were originally designed to be done over 6 weeks (2 lessons per week), but you can complete them at your own pace. There are no fixed deadlines or due dates.

This self-study course covers Dudley Shumate's training of her newest puppy Ernie from approximately 8 weeks of age to 17 weeks. Dudley focuses on fun, making sure that her pup has a great time while learning the foundation skills he needs to have a great career as an agility dog and family pet. Some of the topics addressed include:

  • Reinforcement
  • Operant conditioning games
  • Modeling
  • Habit training
  • Recalls
  • Tunnel training
  • Driving forward
  • Get it
  • Jump up into arms
  • Perch work
  • Impulse control
  • Introduction to jumping
  • Introduction to contacts
  • Foldback down

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.


This course is appropriate for puppies. 

Equipment and space needed

  • Cardboard boxes, toys, food rewards, random objects for shaping games
  • There are also some videos for introducing agility jumps, a tunnel, and a low teeter
  • Minimal space is required

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 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 and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu. 

Refund Policy

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.

Dudley Shumate has been loving and training dogs of various breeds—including Cocker Spaniels, Standard Poodles, Border Collies, and most recently a terrier mix and a rescued All-American—for over 25 years. While enjoying competitive success in obedience, tracking, and herding, agility is their forte. Dudley and her pups have earned 126 top placements regionally, nationally, and internationally, 39 of them firsts including six National Championships. Before dogs, Dudley was an avid horse trainer and three-day event competitor. She lives on a farm in North Carolina, baking and doing yoga when she isn’t trialing or teaching seminars.