Brain Training For Dogs Review
Develops your Dog’s “Hidden Intelligence”
To eliminate bad behavior and Create the obedient,
well-behaved pet of your dreams…
Brain Training for Dogs Review: How is it going to help You and what is it about?
Dog just like humans need mental stimulation and quality time with their owner to be at their best and this deficiency in dogs can lead to boredom and anxiety and the results can lead to mental and physical problems. This dog brain training program was designed to address the many challenges that dog owner have when it come to being in control when dealing with their dog.
There are lots of dog training programs being sold ,and they all promise the best outcome after going through their training, but it never pans out as most of them are just no good and mostly outdated and they can produce results that can sometimes ruin your relationship with your dog. Adrienne Faricelli’s Brain Training for Dogs is the real thing with solid techniques and philosophies.
I am today going to share with you an amazing review about this program.
I’ll share with you what you get, what you can expect from the program and of course what I’d like to see improved.
I know you want to do right by your dog. We all do!
So grab a cup of java, turn your phone on to silent, kick up your feet and read this review from top to bottom!
Brain Training for Dogs Review
Adrienne Faricelli’s Brain Training for Dogs is a force-free training program. In this program, you’ll train your dog with positive reinforcement.
This is in direct contrast with dominance training, where dogs behave to avoid punishment.
If you don’t know this already, dominance training causes;
- Low self-esteem.
- A lack of trust.
- And slows down learning.
Positive reinforcement training sets your dog up for success, every single time!
- Your dog will be a problem solver.
- You’ll have a dog that actively takes part in training.
- Learning is accelerated through positive reinforcement.
In my review of Brain Training for Dogs, you’ll see exactly what’s under the hood. I’ll also give you a peek into how it works and my experience with my own dogs.
And why it’s one of the best dog training programs out there.
As of the writing of this post, the program is a one time charge of $47. And there are no extra monthly fees.
Adrienne and her team have overhauled the program. So now you have access to an exclusive member’s area.
Now it’s even easier to follow along since each step has its own description of what you need to do and the video to go with it.
You still get the cutting edge training information in the ebooks and short videos that were offered like before. But now they are offered in an easy to use member’s area. The reason I like this change so much is that following along with the videos and written information is so much easier than before. It’s all there in one place.
But there’s more…
The program is still as solid as ever but now you have access to things like:
- Case Studies.
- Ask Adrienne (where you can direct question to her).
- In-depth case studies.
You can log into the member’s area from anywhere. So as long as you have your pooch and an internet connection you’re good to go.
I’m especially happy about the community forum and the case studies. The forum is new, but I highly recommend registering and getting into discussions.
The case study now available is about Sadie who’s a dog that is earmarked for a service or therapy dog. So Adrienne works on things like pacing and whining.
You’ll also get a range of trick training videos included. This will not only be a great way to show off your dog’s abilities, but these will spill over into building confidence in your pooch.
- Take a Bow
- Cover his Eyes
- Shake hands
- Play dead
The training program is still selling at $47 once off, even with all the upgrades and bonuses. I think it’s a total steal considering how powerful this kind of training is and how much information Adrienne provides.
But Adrienne’s team has mentioned that they might start charging monthly. So I definitely recommend getting it before that happens.
Adrienne Faricelli’s Training Philosophy
Adrienne Faricelli’s dog training philosophy is science-based, force-free and kind.
She will also show you how to use positive reinforcement in the form of rewards to train your dog. This is a BIG win-win situation for you and your pooch.
Because it boosts the canine-human bond. And sets your dog up for success at every step.
And the best part is Brain Training for Dogs can be used at any age! From puppies to adults and also senior dogs.
Adrienne’s method will challenge both you and your dog physically and mentally.
The training exercises are a progressive course of games and puzzles that your dog will need to figure out. As with humans, there is a learning curve. but remember, this is not a race, it’s about developing your dog’s mental agility and skill.
And no, using treats is not a bribe! It’s payment for learning and getting it right!
With each of the 21 exercises, she includes troubleshooting guides to help you help your dog learn each exercise.
Adrienne Faricelli’s Professional Credentials
Having worked with dogs for more than 10 years, Adrienne Farricelli is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant.
Adrienne also actively works with dogs who are intended to work as service or therapy dogs. So she’s a highly trusted dog trainer.
She holds dual certification in dog training. In 2010, she became certified by the Italian Association for Dog Trainers and Canine Consultants.
She is also a certified CPDT-KA in the United States. The CCPDT requires continuing education credits in order to maintain her certification.
Her work has been published online in;
- USA Today
- Daily Puppy
- Nest Pets
- Paw Nation
- And E-how
Adrienne is also an esteemed writer for;
- Every Dog magazine
- And the APDT Chronicle of the Dog.
So you can be sure she knows her stuff!
Training You, the Dog Owner
Right off the bat, I need to tell you that much of dog training is actually about training dog owners.
So, I’m impressed with Adrienne’s clear writing and instructions that teach you the skills you need. And makes using her program a breeze.
You and your dog are unique. And neither of you are robots. So training doesn’t always go smoothly.
So you’ll be happy to know that Adrienne has included a handy troubleshooting section.
This is an excellent feature to help you and your dog figure things out when there are bumps in the road.
Adrienne will also show you how to master clicker training. And believe me, learning to clicker train is a skill not to be underestimated!
You’ll also learn the best way to hold treats to avoid having your fingers chomped off.
Tip: Luring is the only time you’ll ever hold treats at the tips of your fingers!
Polishing Up Your Training
Adrienne has gone to great lengths to give you all the tools you need to round up your training as though you are working with a trainer one-on-one.
She deals with things that are often overlooked and that can end up causing your dog to only listen when it suits them. Below are just a few of the crucial secrets she shares in her training program.
- Fading food lures, so your dog doesn’t become dependent on treats.
- Simplifying hand signals, and taking the mystery out of teaching them.
- Adding verbal cues, at the right time to avoid causing confusion if you add them too soon.
- Hand signals vs. verbal cues, when and how to use them successfully.
- Fading continuous rewards, so your dog reliably offers any behavior even without the presence of rewards.
It’s worth remembering that training your dog is a joint venture. It is a give and take activity which is a great bonding experience for you and your pooch.
- It also strengthens your dog’s trust in you.
- It’s fun.
- You’ll spend some of the best quality time with your dog.
- And your dog will learn faster with this training method.
What You’ll Need to Follow Brain Training for Dogs
Brain Training for Dogs does require a few supplies. But most of them are free and can be found in your home. So you won’t need to spend a fortune to get started.
The first thing you’ll learn is that in a reward-based training system, not all food is created equal!
Kibble is one thing, but yummy, cooked chicken is another.
There is also a difference between small, quick-chew and larger treats. Both kinds are important and Adrienne shows you which to use and when.
Other items include a clicker. Adrienne suggests that you can use a verbal marker rather than a clicker. Personally I use both. But I trained clicker first and later verbal.
But do yourself a favor and get a clicker. For about a buck, this is an invaluable tool, and I strongly recommend that you buy one. I actually have about 20 of them around my house.
Other items include muffin tins, rugs, and plastic bottles. A treat bag is also handy, a pointer and a stopwatch, but I just use my smartphone for this one.
Brain Training for Dog’s Structure
All the lessons in Brain Training for Dogs are structured in the same way.
Here’s a quick breakdown…
Introduction – Here you’ll see what supplies you need and what your objective is.
How to train – Here you’ll learn step-by-step how to train your dog the behavior.
Troubleshooting problems – If you’re experiencing a bump in the road, this is where Adrienne shows you what you are doing wrong and how fix it.
Increasing the challenge – Here’s where you learn to reinforce the behavior and make it a transferable skill.
The exam – Now you’re ready to test your dog’s skill and evaluate how well your pooch is doing!
Brain Training for Dogs starts with an introductory Obedience section.
Don’t skip this part!
It’s the most important part of the training program because here’s where you teach your dog basic obedience commands.
Without this foundation, you and your dog will fail at everything else.
Some of the most essential things you’ll both learn are;
- Using a lure
- Lie down
- Take / leave it
- Drop it
- Recall (AKA Come)
These commands a vital part of the later brain games.
Also, they are healthy behaviors that will make you and your dog happier.
You find your dog on the verge of munching away at a poisonous mushroom they found in the woods. Untrained dogs will likely wolf down that mushroom before their owner can reach them to take it away.
But if your dog knows the “drop it” command, you can be 100% sure they’ll drop that mushroom like a hot potato!
Now imagine this…
Your dog is moving at breakneck speed towards a busy road in pursuit of a squirrel. If your dog is not 100% trained in a recall, you’re going to have 10 different sorts of trouble on your hands.
But, if your pooch knows when you recall everything else but you disappears, you have 100% control of the environment. No matter where your dog is or what distractions there are.
I’m sure you’ll agree this is a very powerful skill for you and your dog.
Pre-School to Einstein
Brain Training for Dogs is set up in a school-like structure. The exercises and puzzles become more challenging as the program progresses. Levels include:
- Preschool – Very easy
- Elementary – Easy
- High School – Intermediate
- College – Difficult
- University – Very difficult
- Graduation – Expert
- Einstein – Genius
At the end of each task, you grade your dog anywhere from A-F. The grade is based on how fast your dog completes the challenge.
Each exam has it’s own grading curve. And each level has its own criteria for what grades will allow your dog to progress to the next level.
Once you and your dog have mastered a lesson, there are suggestions to “up the game.”
This reinforces what your dog learns, and also makes your dog more fluid at the task. Which means they will start using their skill in other ways and situations.
For example, once you have taught your dog to lie down, you can then teach them to lie down while you’re eating, while there are strangers in the house, or while you are preparing his meal.
Adrienne suggests that you can pick and choose the exercises at random. But I recommend that you follow the program in sequence.
This is because each exercise builds skills that are helpful in successfully completing the next level.
Also, some great advice is that if your dog starts to slip or needs a little reinforcement, you can always revisit an earlier lesson.
Force-Free Dog Training
In this part of my review, I’ll breakdown the first 2 lessons in the program at the Preschool level. You’ll see just how amazing force-free training is and what you and your dog can accomplish.
Lesson 1 – Targeting
Your dog must touch a target object with his nose on cue.
What you need:
A target like a pointer with a large blunt end or a Post-it note.
A clicker and treats.
The larger goal is that this exercise teaches your dog to look to you for guidance. It also increases your dog’s self-esteem. Which is awesome in itself!
- Have your dog touch your hand with his nose.
- The first time he does this, you hide your hand, click, and reward him. It is vitally important that he hears the click the instant his nose touches your palm.
- You repeat this exercise several times without adding a cue.
- Once he has the hang of it, you name the behavior by adding a cue.
- Use a word like “target,” present your hand, click, reward, repeat.
- Once your dog has mastered this, you can present a different target like a Post-it note. This is how you transfer the skill as I mentioned earlier.
The troubleshooting section is where this program really excels. Suggestions for a dog who has problems learning this skill include ideas like; breaking it down into smaller tasks. Or, increasing the value of the treats.
Increasing the challenge is where it gets fun!
Now you teach your dog to touch Post-it notes with his paw. The Post-it can be placed on the floor, the walls, furniture, light switches. You can actually teach your dog how to turn the lights on and off.
The exam is where you put your dog to the test.
You start the timer and have your dog touch your hand, or the target stick or a Post-it note three times in quick succession.
It can be with his nose or his paw, his preference. Check the time after the third touch, and there you have it! Passing grades for this challenge is 3 C’s.
Adrienne reckons your pooch will need to complete 3 executions in less than 17 seconds to make the passing grade.
The video shows you how to conduct the exam. But, more importantly, it shows you how to use the clicker and treat to reward your dog.
If you have never done clicker training, I pay very close attention to how Adrienne uses the clicker and treats. It might look easy but handling a clicker, treats and an object while training is a skill to learn.
It takes some practice to master the skill, but you and your dog are lost without it.
Lesson 2 – Look into my eyes
This in my opinion one of the behaviors is right up there with emergency recall If you can get and maintain a complete focus from your dog just on a tap, then you must have placed yourself in a position where you can avoid very dangerous situations. Just imagine a situation involving a dog fight or a roadway accident.
This is how it unfolds:
On cue, your pet has to look deeply into your eyes
What You need
Some treats and a clicker
To open the lines of interaction between your dog and yourself as well as promote bunding and trust
Making eye contact with your dog is a vital basic skill. when your dog looks into your eyes directly, it makes it easy for him/her to be distracted from other things she is focusing on which might create some problems for her.
When this skill is mastered by your dog. you can easily draw your dogs attention from other scenarios when she gets nervous.
Here you are going to look foe some kind of audible noise that your dog can always recognize and respond to. Adrienne recommendation is a noise that is smacking that sounds like kissing the air in order to het her attention.
You should start by holding a treat close to your eyes and then making that hissing sound. Immediately the puppy makes contact with your eyes make a click and then reward and repeat.
Tip: This exercise should be done in a quite room.
In the troubleshooting issues section, Adrienne reveals to you the way to connect the reward with the kissing noise.
- As you make the kissing sound you immediately follow it with a treat. Do this numerous times.
- As soon as you have actually established the kissing noise as needed, then you should start rewarding even flirting looks Oh, so enchanting!
- As this continues. you should try to reward glances that are longer and longer. Adrienne breaks has a complete breakdown of a lot of the skills into smaller group skills.
This way of doing it is very effective particularly when its used on dogs that learn slower. timid dogs, or dogs that have had previous abuses.
In enhancing the challenge she does suggest that you train your dog by making her to hold the gave for a longer duration You accomplish this by constantly delaying the treats and clicks.
You should practice working in places with a lot more distractions, while walking and holding your gaze. This is known as “attention heeling”.
Adrienne stresses the importance of quitting to use the treat at eye level very early that is as soon as possible. This is known as “fading the appeal.” If this is not practiced to be done at the right time, your dog would get used to not doing anything without a treat around.
That is not the outcome you want!
The test is three ” check into my eyes” in quick succession. You can at eye level or not utilize the lure provided your puppy would exhibit the habit without it.
As soon as your dog makes contact with your eyes, you immediately click and reward. As slways the case, the routine is timed.
The test video clip will reveal you specifically how to execute the routine as well as how your dog ought to respond.
More Advanced Brain Train Games.
As the training advances, the levels get more and more interesting and fun.
The main goal of these exercises is to enable your dog to learn new routines made up of desirable behaviors.
The broader goal and purpose of this training program is the positive impact that the exercises provide to your dog to give it a better quality of life.
A few of some advanced exercises routines are:
Leg weaving – To dog should practice weaving through your legs. Because of the physical closeness that this routine provides, it creates great bonding between you and your dog. These exercise routine also great for smaller dogs to teach them not to be afraid of your feet and legs.
Name discrimination: The goal that this exercise accomplishes is to make your dog know the names of several of her different toys. She would learn to bring to you a specific toy by its name. This is designed to improve your puppy’s cognitive skills. Dogs can master as much as two hundred vocabulary words.
The tidy up game — I ENJOY this routine. You show your friend to pick up their play toys and also place them in a specific location!
Play the piano – This routine bring to conclusion the brain training for dog program. This exercise is to teach your dog to play several targeted notes, in a sequence, on an electric keyboard or a piano.
Habits Training for Dogs: Examples
Behavior Training for Canines is the second publication that comes as a totally free bonus. This is the following area Adrienne’s Mind Training for Pets discovers.
In the 2nd publication, she instructs you exactly how to treat some usual behavior concerns.
So let’s check out 2 of the most typical issues dog parents face …
Attention looking for whining and also barking at nothing.
Attention Seeking and Whining
They are born deaf, blind, and unable to control their very own temperatures.
So they need some method to tell their mother that they are hungry or chilly. Once the pups are weaned, their mothers end up being deaf to their whining and the behavior disappears.
When a puppies go to their new home right about 8 weeks old, it can be distressing. So whimpering is a method getting your atension.
For the pup, this is a proven way that usually works. In the past, whining was favorably imposed. Since mother reacted with a warm snuggles and also food.
There’re a couple of reasons why puppies whine. So it is necessary to identify the main reason for the whinning before begining an education to eradicate the habits out of your puppy.
Canines may whine due to the fact that;
- They are distressed.
- They are looking for special attention.
- Or because they feel excited.
The trouble is when the line between the desire for a real food like food or water and whinning for attention
And do you know what? This is generally the owner’s mistake for unwittingly favorably reinforcing the habits!
Dogs are not just like us.
We can distinguish between favorable as well as unfavorable attention.
Pet’s can not.
So, if we reprimand our dogs, we see this as unfavorable attension.
This is exactly how your pet dog sees it …
scolding + whinning = attention.
So, who is training who in this situation?
Adrienne teaches you that habits that are reinforced habbits do grow stronger.
And habbits that are disregarded or ignored do go away
This restates Thorndike’s Law of Effect.
Feedbacks that produce a rewarding effect in a particular circumstance end up being more likely to show up again because scenario, as well as responses that generate a discomforting impact become less even likely to happen again in that particular situation.
So if your pet is desperately seeking for your attention by whinning, you should simply jusy ignor them completely.
As quickly as the whining stops, you compensate the dog with play, deals with or a plaything.
Immediately it stops whinning, you should reward it with either a toy or a treat.
So, as an example, you crate your dog while vacuuming the house
Your dog whines.
- Ignor her.
- Finish the vacuuming.
- Immediately you finish, if your puppy is still in the whinning mode, disregard her.
- Don’t take a look at or speak with her. And do not let her out of her pet crate.
- Immediately the whining stops, let her hear you as you come towards her crate.
- If she start whinning when you are in a room with her, stop immediately where you are. Once she are quiet once again, proceed towards the cage, release as well as award her.
Here is one more situation..
If you are in any room with your puppy and find then whinning, you should immediately turn your back at her.
When she quit moaning, turn facing her.
Otherwise, turn around and start leaving the room. Any focus, even considering your dog when they’re moaning or whinning, is considered a possitive reinforcement.
Yes, it seems to be like the longer way around. But it is the most effective method!
If you act continually and persistently to alter this aggravating habits,
You are going to certainly be rewarded with a whine-free dog!
Barking at Nothing
It is a regular thing for our dogs to bark. When barking does get out of control, it can be very undesirable for us.
Although we might want to think that our canines are barking at nothing, that is probably NOT the situation.
Pet dogs have a strong sense of hearing as well as odor that absolutely overtake our own. So if they seam to be barking at nothing, then they are probably barking as something that we are not knowledgeable about.
Instances consist of:.
Barking at pests — This usually occurs during the night. If you believe your dog does bark for ths purpose, then call a pest control operator or an exteminator.
Pointer: You can likewise try sidetracking him with a fan, tv, or radio to drown out the other animal sounds.
Remote noises— Pets may listen to various other pet dogs or sirens that are too far for us to hear.
Adrienne recommends keeping your pet far from the home windows or utilizing something that makes a sound like a fan or a radio to distract them from the noise.
Reinforcement — Like looking for our attention and focus, pet dogs can bark to get your attention
If your canine is taking a look at you when she is barking, and you respond, you are strengthening and reinforcing that actions.
The very same strategy of entirely ignoring them and also leaving the area is used to remedy this situation.
Adrienne likewise recommends that your dog could be tired. So, playing a video game -like the ones discovered in the program — provides psychological stimulation. Is a fantastic means to sidetrack your pet and also work with reconditioning the barking habits.
Obsessive-Compulsive Condition (OCD) — Some dogs do bark at nothing because they are suffering from OCD.
They bark for a long time, exaggerated or overstated, and also out of context. These are generally pooches who suffer from stress and anxiety. As well, some breeds are extra susceptible to OCD than others. A lot of mixed breeds fall under this classification.
The very best course of action is to speak with your veterinarian
Dementia — This normally occurs in older pet dogs. It’s additionally known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD). And it is like the Alzheimer’s disease in human beings.
Behavior changes include transformed rest or sleep patterns, pacing or moving around. Also, staring at wall surfaces, barking, and also whining. As well as also shedding their potty training skills and also not replying to their cues.
This is a progressive condition, however there are some drugs that may slow the development of the illness. This is another one of those “talk with your vet” circumstances.
A Lot More behavioral Topics in brain education for Dogs.
The 3 various other chapters in Habits Educating for Canines are:.
Digging — Our dogs dig for lots of reasons. Some breeds, like Terriers, are digging breeds. While others dig to have a great place to rest. Or to run away, or to whelp their puppies.
Chewing — Our dogs chew on things they’re not expected to for a number of reasons. Pups teethe, boredom, attention-seeking, stress and anxiety, or loneliness. Most of the products that your canine finds attractive to eat have your smell all over them. Adrienne provides some excellent suggestions and suggestions on exactly how to deal with chewing.
Leaping — Canines leap as a part of their greeting routine. When they are pups they do jump to get closer to us when they welcome us. We favorably strengthen the actions because we’re equally pleased to see them. Our puppies mature, and when they reach 80 pounds, leaping is already a substantial issue.
Leading 3 Negative Canine Behaviors
This is most common among pups and adult pets that missed out on lessons while young. Normally, this is a method canines make use of to normally ease themselves from stress and anxiety or to be bored. Additionally, in pups, it can be a way to reduce pain that is part of brand-new teeth development.
While it would not bother you much when your canine chews its rawhide or pet toy, it might be a bit different when it takes its frustrations on your shoes, electronics, as well as furnishings.
This is a common actions amongst untrained pets as well as among one of the most disturbing specifically if your dog has untrimmed claws or sometimes too heavy for your weight. Dogs jump as a method of sending greetings, but this can in some cases, lead to injuries or awkward falls.
Nobody wants to take care of viewing of his/her dogs slobbering. In many cases, over salivation is brought about by swelling of the mouth or the location around it, rotten or shed teeth, and also lots of other dental associated issues. Besides, some breeds such as bulldogs are also known to salivate excessively. In many cases, this is not a behavior that can be corrected although you can encourage your canine to minimize slobbering.
Other usual negative canine behaviors:
Too much aggressiveness
And so on
Q. What games can stimulate your dogs brain?
A. Give your dog some time to work out how to play the game, however, if the dog gets and understands how the game works, it is great excitement for them. One of the easiest game that could stimulate your dog’s brain is the game “find it”. All you need in this game is some tasty treats, that’s all.
Q. Are brain training and mental stimulation games effective?
A. Brain training and mental stimulation games or workouts are efficient and more effective than a regular walk. In this article, we’ve gathered different workout ideas to challenge and improve your dog’s mental stimulation. Let’s get started. In this game, you will simply need an empty plastic bottle and string.
Q. What is a bored dog?
A. A bored dog can be a destructive, depressed or anxious dog. We want our dogs to be healthy and happy, so we want to keep them mentally stimulated. Brain training and mental stimulation games or workouts are efficient and more effective than a regular walk.