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The "Walk This Way" 2-Day Instructor Certification Workshop with Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge

  • Monday, October 22, 2018
  • 9:00 AM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL


  • This registration enables you to attend the full two day workshop and learn from Louise & Niki across the workshop curriculum.
  • Registration for registering for both Scent Work and Walk This Way
  • This registration enables you to bring your dog and work directly with Louise & Niki throughout the workshop


1 of 2 Events at the same location over a four-day period. Ask about a multiple event discount. This event follows a 2-Day Let's Coach Scent Work with Dr. Robert Hewings from the UK Canine Scent College. 

Your Walk This Way 2-Day Instructor CerTIFICATION Workshop

Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell & Niki Tudge

CEUS: PPAB 12, IAABC 16.25

Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available

Workshop Description

Teaching a client to teach their dog to walk nicely is one of the skills that is so often not fully mastered in a group class curriculum when trained alongside other important pet dog skills such as come, stay, sit, down etc. Walking nicely is a life skill that when missing can significantly and negatively impact the human-canine relationship resulting in fewer walks, less exercise and a decrease in social exposure for the dog. For this reason, DogNostics developed the "Walk This Way" workshop options to support you, so that you can support and educate your clients and their pet dogs.

During this two day workshop, we will cover the skills and knowledge that you need to successfully run ‘Walk This Way’ group or private classes and workshops, thus increasing your service offerings and business revenue! We will guide you through the ‘Walk This Way’ curriculum, sharing the tools that you need to effectively and positively teach your clients the skills required to make walking their dogs the pleasure it should be. We will not however, just share the requisite skills for teaching dogs to walk nicely on leash, we will also show you how to transfer the knowledge and skills that you learn to a group class setting, as well as sharing the core concepts of On Task Skill Coaching for pet professionals with you!

The knowledge you gain in this workshop can be applied across all your service offerings from group to private classes and will help you to differentiate your business from your competition. You will leave the workshop ready to launch new service offerings thus increasing your business revenue by fulfilling a demand for the one thing all dog guardians want – dogs who happily walk nicely when on leash.

The workshop will culminate in the opportunity for you to gain your professional ‘Walk This Way’ Instructor Certificate!

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the basics of Respondent & Operant Conditioning in the context of walking dogs. Including:

  • Understand how conditioning works
  • Get and understand the skinny on how to effectively use reinforcement, the types, schedules, delivery and importance of using the premack principle
  • Understand how setting events and motivating operations influence behavior and how you can influence them!
  • Learn the Train-Test-Train protocol and effectively baseline, track and manage your training data to accelerate your students' progression.

2. Understand and learn how to apply the key concepts of On Task Skill Coaching to effectively transfer knowledge and skills to ensure your clients reach mastery at the task

3. Learn how to teach the following key skills through practical exercises:

  • Clicker Games
  • Standing on a Loose Leash
  • Front - The Facing You Position
  • The Close Position
  • Alert Sound - A Positive Interrupter
  • Let’s Go

4. You will also conduct a group class with your peers.

  • The exercises you will teach include:
  • Close Encounters – With dogs and/or people
  • The Chatterbox Game
  • Time permitting, we will also play Musical Chairs!

5. Review the Walk This Way Instructor Program, curriculum, handouts, games, skills and knowledge.

  • Learn how to best launch this new range of products seamlessly into your business.
  • Earn your Walk This Way Instructor Certificate.

Your $275.00 Bonus 

When you complete the workshop, you will automatically receive a code to download The Walk This Way Comprehensive Skills, Knowledge and Proofing Workshop. 

Click here to review  all the workshop contents

Armed with all of the skills and knowledge you will be able to quickly and effectively teach this program and help clients in your area, positively impacting the lives of pets. 


Your Workshop Instructors

Louise Stapleton-Frappell & Niki Tudge. Developers of The Walk This Way Instructor Program & DogNostics Career Center Training and Behavior Programs and Workshops

Louise Stapleton-Frappell BA (Hons) PCBC-A PCT-A CAP3 CTDI CWRI DN-FSG1 DN- CPCT2 

Louise is membership manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles and a DogNostics Career Center faculty member. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards and science-based dog training. She was one of the first 20 people worldwide to become a Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited and is also a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant - Accredited, both through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Louise is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and shares her passion for tricks with her dog Jambo, who, at the age of just 16 months, became the first Staffordshire bull terrier ever to become a trick dog champion.

Louise gained her CAP3 with distinction and holds verified certification in animal behavior and welfare (Edinburgh University) and dog emotion and cognition (Duke University). She is a steering committee and education committee member of The Pet Professional Guild; regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and a co-presenter on PPG World Service Radio.

Louise is the creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certificate Program and TrickMeister Titles. She has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in southern Spain.


Niki is the president and founder of The DogSmith, an international licensing company for pet trainers and pet care providers, and president and founder of The Pet Professional Guild, an industry association for science based humane pet professionals. Niki also founded, and is a faculty member, at DogNostics Career Center, an online school for pet professionals, and currently serves as the president of Doggone Safe a, non-profit aimed at dog bite prevention through education.

Before following her passion into association management and non-profit administration, Niki enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry holding executive positions all over the world. This extensive experience managing luxury hotels serviced by hundreds of employees and management personnel provided her with incredibly broad knowledge in every facet of business.

Along with her business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University, England, Tudge is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, an HCITB TS1, TS2 and TS3 certified people trainer, and a certified facilitator and project manager. She is the author of People Training Skills for Pet Professionals, Get Coaching Now, Training Big for Small Business and A Kid’s Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! Niki has recently lectured at The Pet Professional Guild educational summits in Tampa, Florida, and the Dog Bite Prevention and Behavior Conference in London, England, hosted by Victoria Stilwell.

Workshop Location

This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air conditioned indoor training room on  24 acres with Kings Lake as a backdrop. 

RVs are welcome by appointment, but there is no water or power hookup. The event confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. 

9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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