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Why Teach Calmness?

Teaching calmness helps to reduce pulling on leash, barking excessively, not listening when called, mouthing or biting during play, jumping on you or your guests, counter surfing, stealing objects, whining, humping, excessive digging, and more.

Learning Outcomes:

Help your dog understand when it's time to chill out.

Help your dog relax in even more situations.

Help your dog relax in even more environments.

Help build a solid foundation on which your dog can learn easier.

Help your multi-dog household live in harmony together. 

Help you enjoy your time with your dog even more.

Why is this course free?

Many of our behavior change plans or dog training programs include a relaxation protocol, go to mat program, or other foundation exercise designed to help your dog chill out.  We consider calmness a great tool for any dog to learn.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • What is Calmness and Why Should I Focus On It?

  • 2

    Setting Up For Success

    • An Environment that Encourages Calmness

    • Management 101

    • Enrichment 101

  • 3

    Calm Dog 1.0

    • Introduction

    • Beds and Boundaries

    • Ninja Feeding

    • Games to Promote Calmness

    • Achieving Calmness in Daily Life

  • 4

    Wrapping Up

    • Thank you & Next Steps


Behavior Consultant

Tara Houser

Tara Houser is the behavior counselor and owner of Real Pet Behavior. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, Pat Miller Certified Trainer and and Pro Dog Trainer (Absolute Dogs). She is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild and describes her training methods as science-based and fun for both the human and the dog. She has been around dogs all of her life, and has been training professionally since 2011. She specializes in working with noise sensitivities and separation anxiety. She shares her life with her husband, a Jack Russell Terrier named Tic Tac, an Australian Shepherd named Diesel, and two chihuahua mixes named Bandit and ABA-Lee.