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Fundamentals 1

Lay a Solid Foundation

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December 4-9th, 2019

Summary

In Fundamentals of Dog Behavior and Training I, Cesar Millan personally brings his exceptional insights into dog behavior to a hands-on training course ideal for dog owners and trainers alike.

In this five-day program, you will learn the subtle yet powerful physical and psychological language of canines and how to use it to build balanced relationships. You’ll discover how to address and resolve problem behaviors, achieve calm submission ans share these skills with friends, family and clients. It’s immensely practical yet filled with the values and ideas that made Cesar the world’s most renowned dog behaviorist.

Here’s an example of some areas Cesar will focus on.

  • The Four Worlds
  • The Building Blocks of Cesar’s Philosophy
  • The nature of Energy – and Dog Energy States
  • The differences between how dogs and humans experience the world
Cesar Millan & Assistant Trainers. Meet The TRAINERS

Dogs must be approved before attending class with you

COURSE details

  • December 4th – 9th, 2019 ​
  • $5450 without dog
  • $5950 with dog
  • Santa Clarita, CA
  • 5 days
  • 4 key focus areas

Take Fundamentals I back-to-back with Fundamentals II for a DISCOUNT!

Southern California: The Dog Psychology Center

Cesar Millan’s fabled Dog Psychology Center (DPC) is nestled in 45 acres of beautiful rolling hills in Santa Clarita, California. It’s the continuing evolution of Cesar’s dream for a facility where dogs can gather as a pack for training and rehabilitation in a ranch-like setting. With plenty of roads and trails for walks, a pool, substantial air-conditioned kennels, farm animals and more, it is the ideal location for Training Cesar’s Way. Click HERE to learn more.

Florida: The Country Inn Pet Resort

Cesar’s newest DPC at the Country Inn Pet Resort in Fort Lauderdale is a five-paws luxury destination. Featuring three acres of leash-free grassy recreation space, a bone-shaped swimming pool, relaxing “Pawcuzzi” and even a state of the art animal hospital, the Resort is an ideal location for the many activities of Training Cesar’s Way. You can learn more about the Resort at its Web site.

Every session of Fundamentals I is as unique as its two-footed and four-footed participants, flexing and adapting to meet the needs and questions of students.

The sample schedule provides an excellent example of the curriculum you’ll experience.

Sample Schedule​

Learning to Assess Energy

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Trainer Welcome
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Cesar Welcome
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Pack Walk
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 In the Tent: Understand Cesar’s Approach
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:00 In the Tent: Assess Your Dog’s Energy
  • 4:00 – 6:30 Tent: Colleen Demo and Dog Park: Todd Demo

Understanding How a Dog’s World Differs from a Human’s

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Head Trainer Demo
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Assistant Trainer Groups
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Pack Walk
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 In the Tent: 10 Principles for Achieving Harmony
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00 In the Dog Park: Experiencing the World as a Dog
  • 3:00 – 4:00 In the Tent: Treadmill Training
  • 4:00 – 6:30 Tent: Colleen Demo and Dog Park: Todd Demo

Becoming a Pack Leader

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Head Trainer Demo
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Assistant Trainer Groups
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Pack Walk
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 In the Tent: Five Pack Leadership Techniques
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Photo Session
  • 2:00 – 4:00 In the Dog Park: Sheep Herding
  • 4:00 – 4:30 In the Tent: Five Pack Leadership Techniques
  • 4:30 – 6:30 In the Tent: Q&A

Creating a Balanced Pack of Humans and Dogs

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Head Trainer Demo
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Assistant Trainer Groups
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Pack Walk
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 In the Tent: Addressing Unwanted Behavior
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Swimming
  • 2:00 – 4:00 In the Tent: Q&A
  • 6:30 Graduation

Taking it Home

  • 9:30 – 10:30 At the Hotel: Pack Walk
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 Taking It Home Closing Q&A
  • 10:45 Departure

Dogs @ Fundamentals 1

The number is limited by space, safety and other considerations. Because the course is not a dog rehabilitation program, every candidate dog is screened by Cesar’s trainers before being approved to attend.

Here’s an example of some areas Cesar will focus on.

  • Your dog must be spayed or neutered to attend Fundamentals I. No exceptions, please.
  • No severely dog- or people-aggressive dogs are permitted. Certain other behavior issues are also prohibited.
  • If your dog is approved for attendance, you must provide us with proof of current vaccinations and immunizations.
  • If approved, you are wholly responsible for your dog’s care, supervision, safekeeping and behavior during the course.
  • If you stay at our suggested hotel, you must bring a crate for your dog. No exceptions, please.
  • Misrepresentation of your dog’s suitability for participation in the course may result in dismissal from the program without a refund.​​

Thank you for understanding that we must provide the safest and most effective training program for all participants.

FAQs

Cesar Millan is the trainer for this program, teaching in-depth sessions each day. He actively participates in the hands-on afternoon sessions, assisted by his trainers.

Most Fundamentals I sessions are held at Cesar’s famous Dog Psychology Center, just outside Los Angeles, California.

Each class includes 50 participants – 20 with their dogs, 30 without.

No, we welcome all students over the age of 18, regardless of their level of experience with dogs.​

Cesar Millan is the instructor for four of the five days of this program, teaching in-depth sessions each morning. He actively participates in the hands-on afternoon sessions, assisted by his trainers.

Fundamentals I is held at Cesar’s two Dog Psychology Centers – the first just outside Los Angeles, California and the other at the Country Inn Pet Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Each class includes up to 45 participants – typically 20 with their dogs, 25 without.

No, we welcome all students over the age of 18, regardless of their level of experience with dogs.

Fundamentals I involves many physical activities, including Pack Walks and hands-on activities with dogs. Because many are outdoors, you should be comfortable in warm, bright sun for up to 30 minutes.

Fundamentals I is taught entirely in English. We are unable to provide translation services.

Due to space limitations, we can only accommodate one dog per person, up to a maximum of 20 dogs per session.

We must have proof of current vaccination records for rabies, Bordetella and DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus). For our Florida facility, we also need H3N8 inoculation plus a fecal test. Proof of vaccination must be received by us before you attend the course. Your dog must be spayed or neutered to attend Fundamentals I. No exceptions, please. We will provide you with instructions for sending proof of vaccination after you have registered.

We must have proof of current vaccination records for rabies, Bordetella and DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus). For our Florida facility, we also need H3N8 inoculation plus a fecal test. Proof of vaccination must be received by us before you attend the course. Your dog must be spayed or neutered to attend Fundamentals I. No exceptions, please. We will provide you with instructions for sending proof of vaccination after you have registered.

Fundamentals I is not a dog rehabilitation program, but a human-centered educational program. It is not designed to resolve a dog’s issues during the program (although many dogs are helped). Rather, the purpose is to teach you the Pack Leader skills so that you can be the leader your dog seeks and needs.

Although you may have opportunities for hands-on experience with dogs, we cannot guarantee it. The majority of our students do not bring dogs yet report the same satisfaction and benefit from the program as those who do.

For those not bringing a dog, we routinely approve participants within 24 – 48 hours of registration. Your credit card is not charged for the deposit until you are approved. If you wish to bring a dog, your registration will be pending while we review your dog’s suitability for the program. This may take up to one week. We will not charge your credit card for the deposit until your dog is approved. If your dog is not approved for attendance, we may offer you a non-dog spot in the course (if available).

The price includes program tuition, all program materials, four hot lunches and gala graduation banquet. Accommodations, transportation and other meals are not included.

We typically work with a local hotel that offers special rates for Fundamentals I participants – but you are responsible for making your own arrangements for lodging. We will provide you with hotel information when your registration for the course is approved. You are not required to stay at the recommended hotel.

No, we do not. We suggest that you rent a car since you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the airport as well as between the hotel and the DPC. Many participants organize carpools among themselves for traveling to and from the DPC each day. We encourage these carpools, but do not organize them.

While we welcome participation by couples or families, we do not offer family or group discounts. The program fee covers only one human (or human with dog).

We may occasionally offer discounts on course fees for various purposes. For example, we offer a 10% discount to those who register at least 90 days in advance. Should we offer discounts, only one discount may be applied to an individual course. The Cesar Millan PACK Project occasionally makes scholarship grants to qualified individuals. Please visit its site for more information

We may occasionally offer discounts on course fees for various purposes. For example, we offer a 10% discount to those who register at least 90 days in advance. Should we offer discounts, only one discount may be applied to an individual course. The Cesar Millan PACK Project occasionally makes scholarship grants to qualified individuals. Please visit its site for more information

We offer a convenient payment schedule. If you register more than 90 days before the course, you will pay $500 at confirmation of registration, $2000 at 90 days before the course start date, with the remaining balance due at 45 days before the course start date. If you register between 90 and 60 days before the course start date, you will pay $2500 at confirmation of registration with the balance due 45 days before course start date. And if you register 60 days or less before the course start date, you will pay the entire course fee at confirmation of registration.

Refunds (minus a processing fee) are available up to 30 days before the course begins. If you must cancel within 30 days of the course, we will work with you and schedule you for another session.

Yes, you may bring one guest to the graduation dinner for a nominal cost. Please refer to the registration form for details. We will politely decline requests for more than one guest.

We will do our best to meet your request, but cannot guarantee space in a particular session other than the one where you originally registered.

We will do our best to meet your request, but cannot guarantee space in a particular session other than the one where you originally registered.

Yes, we do! We offer a number of six-week (one meeting per week) Training Courses taught by Cesar’s trainers at the California and Florida DPCs. Topics include Mastering the Walk, Socialization, Obedience — even Search and Rescue! Check out the Courses here.

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