Control Unleashed Classes – Online

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  • Control Unleashed Foundations
  • Control Unleashed Pattern Games
  • Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed
  • Control Unleashed: Cooperative Care and Counter Conditioning


Control Unleashed Foundations (Online)

Live, online via Zoom

  • We will use Zoom for this class, so you will need to have internet access and a smartphone or computer.  Before the first session, your instructor will send you log-in information and tips on how to prepare for the class.
  • Videos demonstrating the exercises will be provided in advance and should be watched prior to class.
  • Classes will include live coaching and discussion.
  • Homework will be assigned each week.
  • Written materials, video demonstrations and recordings of the Zoom sessions will be available on Google Classroom. throughout the 6-week class period.
  • Join us from anywhere!

About this Class:

The Control Unleashed program is based on the books and DVDs by Leslie McDevitt. Originally designed to help agility dogs learn how to relax, focus, and work reliably off-leash, CU uses “conversational” training to build a solid foundation of life skills.

We will focus on default behaviors that give your dog a repertoire of socially-acceptable methods of engaging with you and others. Through the program you will learn how to understand and empower your dog, and your dog will learn to make good behavioral choices.

Prior to class each week, you will be asked to watch a series of videos that demonstrate certain exercises.  During class, you will discuss these exercises with your instructor, practice them with your dog, and receive coaching and feedback on your efforts.  Homework will be assigned!

This class is great for dogs of all ages and skills, and helpful for dogs who:

  • Have trouble focusing in stimulating environments
  • Struggle with over-arousal (jumping up, leash-biting, nipping, etc.)
  • Are reactive, fearful, anxious, or worried

Prerequisite: None

Instructor:  Angie Madden (DogSpeak, LLC)

Fee:  $190

Number and length of class sessions:  Six sessions, 60-minutes each


Control Unleashed Pattern Games (Online)

Live, online via Zoom

  • We will use Zoom for this class, so you will need to have internet access and a smartphone or computer. Before the first session, your instructor will send you log-in information and tips on how to prepare for the class.
  • Videos demonstrating the exercises will be provided in advance and should be watched prior to class.
  • Classes will include live coaching and discussion.
  • Homework will be assigned each week.
  • Written materials, video demonstrations and recordings of the Zoom sessions will be available on Google Classroom throughout the 4-week class period.
  • Join us from anywhere!

About this Class:

The Control Unleashed program is based on the books and DVDs by Leslie McDevitt. Originally designed to help agility dogs learn how to relax, focus, and work reliably off-leash, CU uses “conversational” training to build a solid foundation of life skills.

This class will focus on pattern games to help your dog translate unfamiliar or overstimulating environments into a familiar, predictable framework that allows them to process the environment while remaining engaged and able
to focus.

Prior to class each week, you will be asked to watch a series of videos that demonstrate certain exercises. During class, you will discuss these exercises with your instructor, practice them with your dog, and receive coaching and feedback on your efforts. Homework will be assigned!

This class is great for dogs of all ages and skills, and helpful for dogs who:

  • Have trouble focusing in stimulating environments
  • Struggle with over-arousal (jumping up, leash-biting, nipping, etc.)
  • Are reactive, fearful, anxious, or worried

Prerequisite: Control Unleashed Foundations or trainer approval

Instructor:  Angie Madden (DogSpeak, LLC)

Fee:  $150

Number and length of class sessions:  Four sessions, 60-minutes each


Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed (Online)

Live, online via Zoom

  • We will use Zoom for this class, so you will need to have internet access and a smartphone or computer.  Before the first session, your instructor will send you log-in information.
  • Classes will include live coaching and discussion.
  • Written materials, video demonstrations and recordings of the Zoom sessions will be available on Google Classroom throughout the 6-week class period.
  • Join us from anywhere!

About this Class:

Build on the skills you learned in our Online Reactive Dog Class and increase your dog’s ability to relax and focus when in stimulating or stressful situations. In this course you will learn how to structure counterconditioning sessions to set your dog up for success. The class is based on Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed​, the third book in the CU series by Leslie McDevitt. This program uses “conversational” training, with underlying principles based on the behavior modification concepts of desensitization and counterconditioning.

Some of the class participants will be doing live counterconditioning sessions with a helper/helper dog while the other participants observe. Each CC session will be followed by discussion. Participants will be required to arrange for their own helpers on days they are assigned to do CC exercises in class.

Participants will need the following: 

  • Portable device with a camera and internet (such as a smartphone)
  • A tripod or a separate person to hold the device during CC sessions
  • Bluetooth headphones (if using a tripod) to hear the trainer’s instructions when away from the device

Prerequisites: Control Unleashed Foundations, Control Unleashed Pattern Games, and Online Reactive Dog Class

Instructor:  Angie Madden (DogSpeak, LLC)

Fee:  $190

Number and length of class sessions:  Six sessions, 60-minutes each


Control Unleashed: Cooperative Care and Counter Conditioning (Online)

Live, online via Zoom

  • We will use Zoom for this class, so you will need to have internet access and a smartphone or computer.  Before the first session, your instructor will send you log-in information and tips on how to prepare for the class.
  • Classes will include live coaching and discussion.
  • Homework will be assigned each week.
  • Written materials, video demonstrations and recordings of the Zoom sessions will be available on Google Classroom. throughout the 6-week class period.
  • Join us from anywhere!

About this Class:

The Control Unleashed program is based on the books and DVDs by Leslie McDevitt. Cooperative Care and Counter Conditioning means allowing the dog to control the process. In this 6-week class, we will focus on using Start Buttons to give our dogs the ability to say Start, Continue, or Stop a specific procedure. Each dog team will select a specific area to focus on during this course.

Some possible areas to focus on for Cooperative Care:

  • General body handling
  • Putting on or taking off equipment
  • Nail trims
  • Teeth brushing

Some possible Cooperative Counter Conditioning topics:

  • Getting comfortable with the vacuum
  • Car anxiety
  • Resource guarding (food, people)
  • Meeting new people
  • Prey drive

Prerequisites: Control Unleashed Foundations and Control Unleashed Pattern Games

Instructor:  Angie Madden (DogSpeak, LLC)

Fee:  $190

Number and length of class sessions:  Six sessions, 60-minutes each

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