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Welcome to the

PhD & Professional Course

Hone your out-in-public skills and prepare for higher level certifications.

Do you feel like your dog is making progress but still not "finished" with their training? 

Have you ever seen a well-behaved dog in public and thought "wow, I can't wait until my dog is like that"? This course is for you!

First of all, congratulations! You made it all the way to this point with your pup! That is no easy feat - but, guess what, there's still more to learn in this course!

The PhD & Professional Course is the "Doggie PR Class". The main focus of this course is teaching your dog how to navigate a crowded, chaotic public place with calmness, and confidence. All of the Life Skills, Relaxation Skills, Safety Skills, and Social Skills will be elaborated on and advanced in this course, plus we will add in a few new skills to make navigating the world an effortless experience.

Do you have dreams of Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog, or Service Dog titles in your future?

The entire PhD & Professional Course is broken down into the individual test items on the AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation. We will cover each test item in detail, and discuss what will and will not pass in an evaluation. Often, therapy and service dog tests follow a similar format, so this will be a great foundation for owners training their own working dogs. 

I have a soft spot in my heart for therapy dogs and have built an entire business around using dogs to support emotional wellness. This course takes the skills used in my Comfort K9 Program and makes them available for dog owners.

-Kelsey Weber


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In this course, we will address:

  • Greeting people in public
  • Sitting calmly for petting
  • Grooming and vet visits
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Refining obedience skills
  • Ignoring distractions in public
  • Passing by other dogs easily
  • Maintaining a stay in high arousal situations
  • Navigating a working environment for a service or therapy dog
  • Waiting patiently without supervision
  • And more!

This course is recommended for owners who are ready to advance their skills even further and have the "well-behaved family dog" that everyone envies.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 4: Social Skills in the Membership

PhD & Professional Course is available in-person at the Studio

In-Person Group Course: includes 5 1-hour sessions with the trainer

$250/Course Level

 This course is generally available as waitlist only. Once approved, you will be given access to the course schedule. 

All Pawsitively Trained courses are designed with 4 components in mind.


Our training program does not require physical strength or endless willpower. You will learn easy-to-implement training exercises that you can simply incorporate into your normal daily routines. We want to help you eliminate the struggle and make life with your pup a walk in the park.


Our methods are currently being used by top trainers around the world and the techniques have been proven effective by numerous experts in the industry. We have seen the positive results in hundreds of dogs that have gone through our program and can't wait to help you with your training successes.


We are continuously updating our training programs to make sure that you reach your training goals as efficiently as possible, while still giving you the long-lasting results you are looking for with your dog. We pack our programs full of bonuses that allow you to access training material anytime, anywhere.


We want training to be fun for BOTH you and your dog! All of our programs include games that make training engaging for the entire family. Even for those stressful problem behaviors you may be facing, our methods will help you eliminate the headaches quickly, allowing you to truly enjoy your canine companion.


This course comes with exclusive access to a members only Facebook discussion group. We would love to welcome you to the Pawsitively Trained Community!

  • Community discussion, exclusive to Pawsitively Trained dog owners
  • Post training questions, struggles, and successes 24/7
  • Immediate Trainer answers and feedback throughout training program
  • New training videos, tips, and advice posted weekly
  • and much more!
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