Control Unleashed: Foundations

**For the health and safety of all participants, the in-person portion of this class will take place outdoors. Thank you for your understanding.***

Who should take this class?

  • Anyone who wants to develop a stronger relationship with their dog
  • Dogs who struggle to focus in stimulating environments
  • Dogs who struggle with over-arousal (jumping up, leash-biting, nipping, etc.)
  • Dogs who are fearful, anxious, or worried
  • Handlers who want to work with their dogs off-leash

Who should not take this class?

  • Dogs who are reactive to other dogs (check out Reactive to Relaxed Hybrid or our online class CU: R2R)
  • Dogs who are reactive to strangers (check out our online class CU: Reactive to Relaxed)

What is Control Unleashed?

The Control Unleashed program is based on the books by Leslie McDevitt. Originally designed to help dogs learn how to relax, focus, and work reliably off-leash, CU uses “conversational” training to build a solid foundation of life skills. 

What will you learn?

We will focus on default behaviors and pattern games. Default behaviors give your dog a repertoire of socially acceptable methods of engaging with you and others. Pattern games help your dog translate unfamiliar or overstimulating environments into a familiar, predictable framework that allows them to process the environment while remaining engaged and able to focus. Through the program you will learn how to understand and empower your dog, and your dog will learn to make good behavioral choices.

How does it work?

This 5-week class will incorporate online learning of the concepts to be used during the outdoor classes at Canine Humane Network. Participants will be assigned new skills to work on each week at home before applying those skills in a group class setting. They will have access to handouts, video demonstrations, and an optional weekly Zoom meeting for Q&As. We will meet outside at CHN on Saturdays for class.  

Upon completion of this class, you will be eligible for Control Unleashed in the Great Outdoors.

Trainer: Angie Madden, CPDT-KA, CCUI

Age Range:

6 months and up



Start Date:

September 18, 2021

Day & Time

Saturdays 10:00 am