Frequently Asked Questions
Details About DSU
Dog Sport University does focus on all things dog sports, such as agility, barn hunt, CDSP, competition obedience, disc dog, rally obedience, tracking, treibball and tricks.
Are you looking for help with good manner training? Maybe you have a new puppy or your dog just needs help in the manners department. We've got just the thing! Our sister site, Family Dog University is devoted to helping your dog become the best canine companion possible. FDU offers two tracks: puppy training and dog training, and offers a variety of different programs to choose from. Go check Family Dog Unviersity out!
Perhaps you were looking for Scent Work or Nose Work training? Don't fret, we have a solution for that too. Our sister site Scent Work University has a laser-focus on all things Scent Work, whether for recreation or competition. SWU offers a variety of different online courses, seminars and webinars, as well as a popular blog and podcast. Go give Scent Work University a look, you will be happy you did.
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!
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 link for that course. You may also learn about all of our instructors here.
It is very easy! Here is a tutorial video showing you the step-by-step process.
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. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We've designed DSU to be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. In that vein, when you login and begin to work on your course, there are simple navigation buttons for NEXT LESSON and HOME, which will take you back to the main course landing page. Best part? You can leave, log out and when you login later, you may resume the course where you left off! How great is that?!
Great question! You can view your device on a desktop computer, a cellphone or a tablet! The DSU website and all the courses are responsive. When viewing the course on your cellphone or tablet, you have the option to use the iSpringPlay free app, which will allow you to download the lesson onto your device so you may view it offline. How convenient is that?!
Here is a step-by-step video showing how easy it is to access, navigate and use the course forum:
Enrollment and Requirements
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.