Train Like A Movie Star!

A fun class that will introduce you to the methods used to train many animal actors while teaching your animal some fun tricks. Ever watch an animal in a movie and ask yourself, ‘how did they do that?’, find out how, and how the same methods can make your training time fun and exciting for you.

Category: Foundation, Motivation, Puppy, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving
Level: Open to All
Class Length: 6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for working/auditing students for 6 months after completion of course)
Start Date: January 27, 2014
Registration Closed: February 10, 2014

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 10 ($198)
Number of Auditing Spots: 25 ($125)
Number of Observing Spots: unlimited ($85)

Course Description

Train Like A Movie Star! :: Frankie Joiris

A fun class that will introduce you to the methods used to train many animal actors while teaching your animal some fun tricks. Ever watch an animal in a movie and ask yourself, 'how did they do that?', find out how, and how the same methods can make your training time fun and exciting for you.

Animal actors have to be able to perform all kinds of novel behaviors, often with very little training time. Learning what is required of animal actors and how to train like a theatrical animal trainer can expand your current training program no matter what facet of animal training you are involved in.

While I assume that most people taking this class will do so with a dog, it is open to all domesticated animals as well as captive born animals who are acclimated to life with humans. The basis of animal actor training is creating building blocks of behavior that can easily be put together in many different ways to create novel behaviors quickly. The teaching videos will feature a dog who has not yet been trained as an actor, as well as cameo appearances by a tame but not trained parrot who will be introduced to basic behaviors. In addition to the basic building block behaviors, participants will learn how to create a training plan and how to get fast training results as well as many other tidbits from the industry.


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Foundation, Motivation, Puppy, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving


Level:

Open to All


Course Length:

6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for  working/auditing students for 6 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Written course materials.
  • Video lessons with assignments (students post videos of progress for critique and training assistance).
  • Questions answered and feedback on each assignment from instructor in the class forum.
  • Discussion with other students (working and auditing) in the Class Forum as well as access to the general AU
    forums.
  • Access to Class Chat

Equipment needed:

  • (working participants only): Household items (nothing special)

Space needed:

  • Anything

Office Hours:

TBD



Course Participation & Tuition Levels

Type of participation:

  • Working (posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in forum, chat and office) Limit: 10
  • Auditing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours) Limit: 25
  • Observing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students in documents, links, forum and chat but do not participate in class forum, chat and office hours other than to read instructor, worker and auditor posts). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

  • Working: $198 USD
  • Auditing: $125 USD
  • Observing: $85 USD