Great question! While we do have a variety of instructors teaching our courses from across the country, one thing is consistent: all the courses will use positive reinforcement and reward-based training techniques. The focus is on cultivating an engaged and happy learner (meaning your dog!) with each and every course we offer.
You can learn more about the particular instructor who is teaching a course by clicking on the Meet the Instructor tab for that course. You may also learn about all of our instructors here.
We completely understand your hesitation. Afterall, shouldn't dog training be done in person?!
In developing the courses for DSU, our goal was to provide high-quality instruction that not only provided the steps to complete a particular exericse, but would also promote the learner (you) to understand why an exercise was being done, and how adjustments could be made for each individual dog. All the courses offered at DSU are based off in-person group training courses, and we are extremely proud of our incredibly talented instructors who take great pride in being a teacher, first and foremost.
One of the biggest advantages of online dog training is you having access to so many talented instructors, regardless of where you live! Then there is the convenience factor. No longer do you have to try to squeeze a group class into your already hectic schedule. The days of rushing home from work, grabbing the dog, sitting in traffic to dash into class frazzled, stressed and worn out are a thing of the past. With DSU, you can go through the material at your own pace, and when it works best for you. By offering three enrollment options, DSU allows you to decide the type of experience you prefer: an intensive instructor interaction or something more relaxed and low-key. It is entirely up to you.
Online dog training is a wonderful option, and we hope DSU will provide a helpful service to as many dogs and handlers as possible!
Never fear, we've all been there! To reset your password, simply click on the FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD link within the login screen and follow the prompts. When you can access your account again, click on the YOUR PROFILE link, enter a new password, that you create, and then click UPDATE.
If you do have any technical issues, we are always happy to reset your password on our end. Contact us and we will get things sorted out for you as soon as possible.
It is super easy to access and go through your course at DSU! First, you want to login using the username and password you selected. You may then follow the steps outlined in this tutorial video from our sister online dog training platform, Scent Work University.
Here is a step-by-step video showing how easy it is to access, navigate and use the course forum:
Great question! The Student enrollment level is the most intensive, with participants required to complete and submit homework assignments and video submissions and will participate in regular chat sessions with the instructor. Students will also have full-access to the course-specific forum.
The Auditor enrollment level is the perfect intermediary. These participants do not need to submit homework or videos. However, Auditors do have full-access to the course material. While Auditors do not participate in the chat sessions with the instructor, they can receive feedback from other participants as well as the instructor on the course-specific forum.
Watcher enrollment is a perfect choice for handlers who are extremely busy and want to learn on their own and at their own pace. Watchers will have full-access to all the course material and may view the course-specific forum, but are not permitted to post any questions, videos or replies.