Brain Training for Dogs by Adrienne Farricelli Review – Every Dog owner must know the importance of having their pups trained, and there are actually millions of Dog Training videos that are uploaded online and are free to access.
But do they work? Is it the right method for your dog? Will your dog guarantee to keep that obedience in mind or are they doing it just for the treats?
I’ve watched a TV show a few days ago, where they interviewed a certified Dog Trainer. Said Dog trainer mentioned that it is possible to make your dogs extremely obedient, but your dog will be utterly depressed.
Which then he decided that he will let his Dog just be a Dog, and their training would not be too extreme, such as not being allowed to bark, whine, howl, etc.
I agree to this extent, sometimes when I make my dogs do tricks, I can actually tell how much he doesn’t want to do it, and a fair amount of time; he just doesn’t obey me! Especially when I do not have a treat to offer.
These are one of the reasons why I never really had any interest on buying any Dog Training Programs, because it can’t guarantee if these training will actually benefit for my Dog, or just add up his anxiety.
Then I stumbled upon Brain Training for Dogs by Adrienne Farricelli, which has a fair amount of positive reviews, one of the things which caught my eye was the fact that her training consists of distractions instead of scolding.
For example, when a Dog barks at nothing, could be a critter, or a sound he heard from outside, instead of scolding the dog, she will teach us on how to distract the dog from doing such behavior, which then is rewarded of course.
This helps the Dog learn that this “distraction” that was put up upon him is much more rewarding than barking at a certain trigger.
Me wanting the best for my pup was extremely tempted to purchase this program, and the tempt beat me. I have tried the “Brain Training for Dogs” program, and I will share my experience.
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What is Dog Training? and Why is it Mandatory?
Dog training is the application of behavior analysis which uses the environmental events of antecedents and consequences to modify the behavior of a dog, either for it to assist in specific activities or undertake particular tasks, or for it to participate effectively in contemporary domestic life.
A dog learns from interactions it has with its environment.
This can be through classical conditioning, where it forms an association between two stimuli; non-associative learning, where its behavior is modified through habituation or sensitization; and operant conditioning, where it forms an association between an antecedent and its consequence.
Training is an important part of any dog’s life, and is important for several reasons. It provides mental stimulation which helps to keep your dog happy, and if combined with morning exercise your dog will be mentally and physically tired at the end and far more likely to sleep during the day.
Teaching your dog basic manner skills and providing her with enough mental enrichment and physical exercise will prevent her from developing anxiety and other stress-related behaviors such as destructive chewing, inappropriate barking, and aggressive display.
There are a variety of established methods of animals training, each with its adherents and critics. Some of the better-known dog training procedures include the Koehler method, clicker training, motivational training, electronic training, model-rival training, dominance-based training, relationship-based training, etc.
The Brain Training for Dogs program uses the Science-based, reward-based training, as well as a little bit of clicker training.
What is science-based training?
Well, Science-Base training is based on the study of the dog, its behaviors, and how it learns.
Something can be considered scientific if it is directly observable. Directly observable means that we can see something happen with our own eyes, and recreate this scenario to see again and again.
I firmly believe keeping your dog mentally stimulated is critical to preventing, and even eliminating, unwanted behaviors.
A bored dog can do certain things that irritate the human but that might be the only way for him to get attention, and sometimes a dog may think that bad attention is better than no attention at all.
Brain Training for Dogs teaches us to provide certain activities that might help him to keep his mind off the bad behaviors, and the games provided will certainly activate your dog’s mind as well as the body in many cases.
What is reward-based training?
Reward-based training method is whereby the dog is set up to succeed and then rewarded for performing the good behavior.
Reward-based training is enjoyable for the dog and positively enhances the relationship between the dog and handler. This approach revolves around positive reinforcement – i.e. rewarding behavior that we like.
Rewards may be in the form of a tasty food treat or verbal praise such as “good dog!” in a pleasant tone of voice
Reward-based training also involves generally ignoring any unwanted behaviors. In this way, the dog is not rewarded for any unwanted behavior. If dogs are not rewarded (i.e. receives no attention or treats) for a certain behavior, then they tend to stop doing it.
Other than these two training methods, Brain Training for Dogs also provides the “Clicker Training Method” which will be provided as a course in one of their modules.
What is Clicker-based training?
Clicker training is a method that uses a unique sound, a click, to tell a dog that he has done something right. Because the click sound is hard to replicate in daily life it is a distinct sound that can be used to mark any action or behavior a dog does.
The sound is made using a ‘clicker'. A clicker is a small hand-held device that gives a ‘click' sound when pressed.
When he does what is asked, such as sits or lies down, the clicker is pressed and the click sound is immediately followed by a reward. This gives a dog instant feedback and reinforces the particular action, choice or behavior he has just done.
The dog soon associates the sound with something good and responds quickly again in anticipation of receiving a similar reward.
What is the Brain Training for Dogs Program?
The three training methods mentioned above (science-based, reward-based, and clicker training) are the types of training you will be able to find in the Brain Training for Dogs program.
The Brain Training for Dogs program aims to increase your pet’s intelligence without stressing or forcing your dog. This program tries to raise their awareness and ability to think through and solve issues.
The program can be useful in lots of ways, as dogs with sharper intellects are easier to train. The exercises and games provide in the program will also be helpful when training them about other subjects. Additionally, dogs need as much mental stimulation as they require the physical.
A dog that is not well stimulated will often get bored and during those times, may become destructive. Canines that get to exhaust their bodies and minds are generally better developed, both in mental health and emotion.
Moreover, this program incorporates games that make the training fun for both you and your dog. The games strengthen the bond between you and the canine which makes the training far much easier as the dog is more willing to learn when they know they can trust you.
The Brain training for Dogs program enables your dog to be more receptive to other forms of training. It develops them mentally as well as physically while having a lot of fun while you’re at it.
What is inside Brain Training for Dogs?
*Module 1: Getting Started
The first module is more of an introduction for you, which includes an article about Adrienne Farricelli, introduction to the course, program structure, support, and disclaimer.
This module will also tell you the things you will need for the courses as well as clicker training.
*Module 2: Obedience Training 101
Brain Training for Dogs starts with an introductory Obedience Section, which is the second module.
Do not skip this part!
It is very important for you to start with this part of the training program because here’s where you teach your dog basic obedience commands.
Without this basic foundation, you and your dog will fail at everything else. The essential things that will be provided for both of you to learn are:
- Using a lure
- Sit, Lie Down
- Take / Leave it
- Drop it
- Recall / Come
These commands are a vital part of the later brain games. The Obedience Training 101 also includes insider secrets of using a ‘food lure’ to train your dog to complete your commands.
*Module 3: Polishing up Training
This module shows you how to fade food lures so your dog listens to you even when there’s no food in sight, and the demystifying truth behind hand signals.
A very simple tactic to increase obedience with verbal cues is also provided as well as a how-to boost obedience levels by fading continuous rewards.
*Module 4: Brain Training
This module is set up in a school-like structure. The exercises become more challenging as the program progresses. The levels include:
- Preschool [ Very Easy]
This is the foundation for the whole course. Here your dog will learn how to tap into his awesome brain power to become super obedient to your every command. Inside you will discover the following…
- How ‘Target Train’ your dog so he/she keeps their attention on you. (You can even use ‘targeting’ to get your dog to open doors, ring bells or turn off lights).
- The ‘magic little way’ to get your dog to look into your eyes so the communication is strong as a foundation for super obedience.
- A very simple ‘airplane game’ to get your dog looking into your eyes and paying attention to you as the source of reward and pleasure.
- Elementary [Easy]
Now that your dog has mastered foundational training its time to improve his skills and use his senses to complete your commands. You will get games covering the following:
- The ‘treasure hunt game’ that gets your dog back to his evolutionary roots and relieves the ‘boredom’ that leads to so many problem behaviors.
- ‘The muffin game’ to keep your dog mentally stimulated and out of trouble.
- ‘The ball pit game’ to drain your dog’s energy and make him easier to work with – all while they have a ton of fun and exercise.
- High School [Intermediate]
Here your dog will learn about patience and impulse control with the following games.
- Inside ‘jazz up and settle down’ you will learn how to settle your Dog down quickly after being hyped up with an activity for a while.
- The bottle game will help provide mental stimulation plus a small amount of exercise so they behave better for you.
- Bobbing for treats will give your dog the excitement and reward he needs to behave well while helping to remove any fear of water.
- College [Difficult]
Here you will develop your dog’s motor skills and his ability to concentrate on your commands.
- The shell game to develop his mental agility.
- The open sesame game to develop patience and calmness despite an open door.
- The magic carpet game to develop even more patience and dexterity.
- University [Very Difficult]
Here you will develop your dog’s intelligence and patience. You’ll also be focusing on helping him with his impulse control to become a better-behaved dog.
- The hide and seek game to create a strong bond between you and your dog, and helps dogs who have trouble being alone.
- The look at that game to stop dogs barking at other dogs or people from the window.
- The hot and cold game to boost your dog’s ability to learn and build his confidence.
- Graduation [Expert]
Here your dog will develop advanced level motor skills and intelligence to obey your commands
- Advanced leg-weaving skills to impress your friends.
- The Serpentines and spirals game to help your dog stick by your side and follow your movements -no matter how erratic.
- The name recognition game where your dog will learn to pick out toys by their name, to boost his cognitive ability.
- Einstein [Genius]
Now, your dog is at genius level. Your dog can now impress your friends by his ability to stack rings, tidy his toys, and even play the piano!
- The tidy up game so your dog can tidy up after he is finished playing, A very impressive and useful trick.
- The ring stackers game to develop skill and patience.
- Play the piano game, that’s right. Your dog will actually play the piano on cue. In this exercise, you teach your dog to target several notes in sequence on a piano or electric keyboard.
At the end of each task, you can grade your dog anywhere from A-F. The grade is based on how fast your dog completes the challenge.
Each exam has its own grading curve. And each level has its own criteria for what grades will allow your dog to progress to 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.
*Module 5: Closing Words
This module contains two things.
7 Tricks Training Videos – This package contains videos of seven tricks that you can teach to your dog. These seven tricks include taking a bow, playing dead, rolling over, shaking hands, howling, dancing and covering eyes.
Adrienne’s Archive – This package contains many-in-depth articles about different dog behaviors.
It contains all the important solutions about the problems and topics that Adrienne considers to be most common and will help each and every dog enthusiast. It has a collection of all the articles related to the common dog problems like barking and aggression in one place.
Brain Training for Dogs Benefits
This program recommends friendly training methods, meaning punishment or scolding will not be encouraged in this program. So, the program is friendly and stress-free for your dog.*
The program does not only teach basic tricks and skills, but the training and activities provided will help boost your dog’s mental ability. This will make your dog smarter, be better at problem-solving, and understand you more efficiently.
This program encourages you to play games with your dog as part of the training. The games can make the learning process fun for your dog, as well as improving your dog’s intelligence.
Because some dog breeds are more intelligent than others, Adrienne included a troubleshooting chapter that will help you overcome the hardest problems of your dog.
The program offers you a money back guarantee. Brain Training for Dogs comes with a 60 days money back guarantee that shows how much confidence she has on her program.
Who is Adrienne Farricelli?
Adrienne Farricelli is a Professional CPDT-KA Certified Dog Trainer living in Arizona. She is passionate about dogs and absolutely loves what she does in Dogs Training Obedience field. She is the creator of many Amusing Dog Games.
Her work has been featured in several well-known publications including USA Today and Everydog Magazine Review.
She is a former veterinary hospital assistant, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of “Brain Training for Dogs Book”. Now she has condensed all her expertise into this Training eBook for dog masters.
She is a proud dog owner and has used efficient methods and new games to train her dogs to be intelligent and smarter.
Adrienne Farricelli has always been a strong advocate for friendlier training methods. She has been writing for Hubpages, Daily Pub, Nest Pets, Paw Nation, E-how.
Not only is the certified but she has to go through continuous training to uphold her certification. This program has trained thousands of dogs and has the reviews to prove it.
Who is Brain Training for Dogs suitable for?
This program is ideal for anybody with a canine friend.
Regardless of what training your dog has received or mastered, the training in this program will stimulate their brains and make them smarter, calm, and strengthen the bond between you and your canine even further.*
Playing games that mentally and physically stimulate your dog while having fun while at it, is a great way of teaching your dog new tricks.
This program is also suitable for those whose canines’ have anxiety and/or depression; the bonus copy is provided to help you treat your dog’s behavioral problems.
“Yes, this Training Course Worked for me. I am Super Satisfied with this and I know anyone who will be Patient to Learn and work hard towards Improving Bad Habits of his or her Dog can Achieve what I Achieved”*
-Katherine Williams, May 2018
“I love my dog so much but it constantly did the things that irked me most. It would chew on things that it shouldn’t or jump up and down out of the blue. Whenever I put on the leash, it would pull on it. Whenever it was out of the house, it would continue digging on the ground – I wish I could tell what it was looking for down there. All the things it did left me feeling depressed as if I failed it monumentally. But since I discovered Brain Training for Dogs and applied the system offered, it now behaves the way a beautiful dog I always expect of”.*
-Hannah Tomes, October 2018
“One thing for sure is that this program is an innovative dog training system that aims to engage my furry friend mentally, providing fun games to play and commands to learn so that I can bond with my dog, as well as tackle troublesome behaviors”.*
-Ashley Joseph, April 2018
Where to Buy Brain Training for Dogs
You can purchase the course for $47 by clicking the button below.
The program comes with a 60-day guarantee. You have full 60 days from the date of your purchase to test this program without any risk, and if you are not satisfied, or it is not up to your expectations, you can return the program and get your full money back.
You are at zero-risk to try this program.
If you’re still skeptical on purchasing the program, I suggest you take a look at free training videos provided by the author for a preview on what kind of training does the program offer. You can click the link below to access the free videos.
Final Verdict and Experience
I’ve tried using this course for about 4 weeks, and there are pretty good improvements. So far, I have only stepped into Module 2 and I’m looking forward to what the other modules have to offer.
My dog’s favorite training has to be the Clicker training. I see that he is always eager to be on his best behavior hoping to hear that click that comes with a treat, and he just loses his mind when he sees I’m holding the clicker.
I think that so far, the course has been very useful to me, teaching me new tricks and tips on how to handle when your dog is just not cooperating.
I have provided a few videos that include a few tricks using the clicker training method, as well as the “stay” and “leave it” trick, which he has never been able to do before.
However, something that I haven’t succeeded in is making my dog stop barking in response to my neighbor's dog's every morning.
He just seems so invested that he doesn’t even realize when I called him, or the distraction that I have provided for him. He even rejected the treats I offered!
I’ve seen improvements, but he hasn’t completely stopped. Now he glances at me before he starts barking, and tries to hold the bark if I make an upset face. However, sometimes he just can’t help it.
It probably also has to do with the fact that I haven’t done the tricks with him consistently, as there are days where I’m just packed with work and have no time to play or train with him.
I also provided a video on how my dog barks every morning.
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