Course Outline

Here's what you and your dog will learn!

  • 01

    Welcome to Tricks, Tricks, Tricks!

    • A Message from Your Instructor, Melissa

    • How This Course Works

    • Join Facebook Group!

    • Podcasts, Books, and More!

  • 02

    Training Basics

    • Marker Training Basics Overview

    • Marker Training Basics FAQs

    • Different Types of Markers & Rewards

    • Marker Mechanics

    • Capturing, Shaping, Luring

    • Adding a Cue

  • 03

    Week 1

    • Tricks, Tricks, Tricks! Week 1 Overview

    • Tricks, Tricks, Tricks! Week 1 Overview with Melissa

    • Teaching Pirate: "Spin" Using Luring

    • Teaching T-Rex: "Roll Over" Using Luring

    • Teaching Jamie: "Up" Using Shaping

    • Teaching Pirate: "Go Through the Hula Hoop" with Shaping

    • Teaching Pirate: "Get Into a Box" with Shaping

    • Now it's your turn!

    • Week 2 - Coming Soon

  • 04

    Week 2

    • Week 2 - Welcome Back!

    • How the ABCs can improve your training

    • Reward vs Reinforcement

    • Criteria & Cues

    • Teaching Pirate: "Go Around a Cone"

    • Teaching Maybe: "Crawl"

    • Teaching Pirate: "Nose Target"

    • Teaching Maybe: "Wave" Using a Cue Transfer

    • Teaching Pirate: "Back Up"

    • Now it's your turn!

    • Week 3 - Coming Soon

  • 05

    Week 3

    • Week 3 - Welcome Back!

    • Stimulus Control

    • Loops in Training

    • Fading a Prompt, Lure or Prop

    • Adding Duration to Behaviors

    • Generalization

    • Record Keeping

    • Now it's your turn!

  • 06

    Week 4

    • Week 4 - Welcome Back!

    • Back Chaining

    • Put Your Toys Away

    • Behavior Chains (& How They’re Different Than Sequences)

    • Putting It All Together

    • Now it's your turn!

  • 07

    Class Wrap-Up

    • Thanks for joining us!

    • We LOVE Great Reviews


Melissa began training dogs as a teenager, first in junior showmanship/conformation, and then in obedience. While living in Europe after college, she found and fell in love with the sport of dog agility. In addition to competing with six different dogs of her own over the last 20 years, she has enjoyed teaching other people and their dogs about agility, rally, canine manners and tricks. Melissa is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed through CCPDT. She has a TAGteach Level 1 certification (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance), and recently finished a 21-year career as a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. She is fortunate to live with four great dogs: Georgie Girl, Ruby, Maybe and T-Rex, who range in age from five to fourteen.

Melissa Bishop KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

Associate Trainer


  • How old does my dog need to be to take this class?

    This class is ideal for dogs of all ages!

  • How long will I have access to the course?

    You'll have access to the course for one year from your enrollment date.

  • What if I have questions as I'm working through the course?

    We have a private Facebook group just for students of our online classes. You can post videos and ask questions there!

  • How long does it take to get through the course?

    It takes a minimum of 4 weeks, as new content is released to you every 7 days. Many of our students take more than one calendar week on certain course weeks of content. It's up to you how fast you and your dog move through the material!