Training Through Pictures with Dave Kroyer Video 1 and 4 Set

This set includes:

  1. Training Through Pictures with Dave Kroyer: Learning to Learn
  2. Concepts in Reinforcement: Training with Food with Dave Kroyer

Training Through Pictures with Dave Kroyer: Learning to Learn

This is the 7X International Award Winning definitive guide on the first 6-8 months with your puppy or working dog with 10 Time World Team Member Dave Kroyer! Known as a teacher of trainers, a competitor and coach, David Kroyer and his students have stood atop podiums in the arenas of Schutzhund/IPO, Mondio and French Ring Sport, Police K9, AKC Obedience, Agility, SAR and AKC Tracking. He has represented the United States Internationally on multiple World Teams while gaining notoriety both domestically and abroad. As a student of animal behavior, Dave's approach to training is intuitive, calculated and utilizes the tools and techniques of many disciplines and styles in a system of training that has helped his students achieve National and International success. 

In most systems of training, consistent reinforcement in proximity to the handler produces an artificial "tether" that is a constant barrier to successful distance work. Dave circumvents this issue completely from the very start with 7 week old puppies through targeting training. The very procedure of targeting training establishes the understanding of working away from reward to achieve it. This is the foundation element to successful motion exercises, the send-away, the object guard, scent indication, agility obstacle training, jumping and so much, much more.  

Once targeting is achieved, Dave demonstrates the first two stages of competitive heeling training at the wall and through an exercise he refers to as "Get In". Gymnastic skills are established through "The Spin" which teaches the flexibility and hind-end awareness required for left, right, about and pivot about turns. The establishment of motor patterns is conditioned as well to avoid the common pitfalls encountered when teaching the retrieve and recall. These foundation exercises form the basis for correct finished behaviors in puppies and adult dogs whether novices or retrains. 

Through detailed and systematic progression the dog is taught to fully assimilate the major concept of "behavior first, then reward" that many systems of training struggle to achieve. The inability to achieve fluency in this concept is one of the most consistent problems Dave sees in seminars. Many dogs never reach their full potential because of obstacles created through the learning process itself- driving toward reward (sign-tracking), learning behaviors or positions rather than true engagement, working BECAUSE of reward rather than FOR reward and more.  LEARNING TO LEARN is the first step in achieving not only competitive working dog goals, but in creating a powerful, interactive learner that understands his part of the process! 

Through a clear, systematic approach that yields a strong partnership based on trust, reliable, clean dialog and a habit of correct performance, the techniques in Dave’s system repeatedly demonstrate how to create a picture of excellence and shape your dog into an eager, willing, interactive learner capable of the success you strive for regardless of discipline.

Featuring detailed instructional footage throughout, beautiful illustrative graphics and a step-by-step progression of the first 8 months of Dave's system, this title is ideal for anyone wanting a broad, comprehensive foundation in dog sport. This title is multi-dimensional and the concepts taught are beneficial for ANY dog sport- Kennel Club Obedience, IPO, Ring Sport, Agility, Nose Work, Police K9 and more.  This title features rare footage of the father of Classical Conditioning, Ivan Pavlov, and his experiments on salivary secretions. Beneficial to puppy owners, trainers with problem dogs or anyone wanting a more clear understanding of how to isolate behaviors. To anyone wanting to create a dynamic, interactive worker while establishing a common language, this title is a must have!

Chapters include: 

Learning to Learn

  • The Tool
  • The Click
  • Prompting
  • Cues & Commands
  • The Release

Terminology and Approach

  • Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Active Learning
  • Luring 

Teaching and Establishing New Behaviors

  • Targeting
  • Shaping
  • Modeling
  • Chaining

In the Beginning- Opening the Mind: Engagement and Work Ethic

  • Charging the Clicker
  • Food and Play
  • Activity, Engagement and Barking
  • Safety, Reward and Durability

In the Beginning- Training the Body: 

  • The Spin
  • Targeting
  • The Food Toss
  • The Wall


Copyright Canine Training Systems® 2014, 16:9 Widescreen Hi-Definition, Podium View™ On Demand Streaming, 1 hour 45 minutes.


  • 2015 AVA Digital Awards Platinum Award Winner
  • 2014 MarCom Creative Platinum Award Winner
  • 2014 Davey Silver Award Winner
  • 2014 Videographer Award of Excellence
  • 2014 35th Annual Bronze Telly Award People's Choice Winner!
  • 2014 Communicator Award of Distinction Winner
  • 2014 Hermes Creative Gold Award Winner
  • 2014 DV Award Finalist

Concepts in Reinforcement: Training with Food with Dave Kroyer

The biggest obstacles to clean, high scoring exercises in obedience are often learned in the early stages of training.  Almost certainly unintentional, problems arise due to a lack of clarity in behavior creation and performing clean repetitions of behaviors at the correct learning stages.  The number of repetitions required for a dog to understand a desired behavior and commit clean, isolated behavior to long-term memory is very high.      

Ideally, we’d like a dog that will work for reinforcement over time with little variation in intensity with clear focus and very few extraneous movements or behaviors as a result of frustration.   As trainers, our job is to shape every dog to this ideal through clear communication and appropriate reinforcement at the correct stages of learning.  A large part of this equation is being clear what is desirable and communicating this to our dog.  Every dog is different and our goal is to provide satisfying reinforcement to the dog for a high degree of effort for the dog we have, whether it’s genetic makeup is “ideal” or not. We want to establish work ethic upon which solid performance can be built for our mutual enjoyment of the sport and teamwork.

In this title, Concepts in Reinforcement- Training with Food with Dave Kroyer, Dave demonstrates his techniques for establishing incredible work ethic with the use of food from the beginning.  Through an explanation of the many benefits of the use of food as a primary reinforcer for teaching behaviors, Dave also explains the pitfalls of using prey reward to establish behaviors.  Through understanding the stages of training, motivators in general, their relationship to communication and many misconceptions surrounding their use, we will introduce you to the tremendous benefits of food as a primary reinforcer.

By initially working completely on the dog’s agenda, Dave demonstrates how to mentally condition the dog to fully engage the handler for work while utilizing food predictability and reward schedules appropriately to shape and strengthen behaviors at the correct stages.  A variety of food types are discussed for both the benefit of nutrition and ease of delivery.   Reward presentation is covered and establishing cues as predictors for the work session rather than physical criteria like pouches, vests or clothing is discussed.  The 4 types of reinforcement are covered and the proper use of variable ratio reinforcement is discussed.

Chapters include:

  • Introduction 
  • The 3 Phases of Training 
  • Motivators 
  • Reinforcers- Primary Reinforcers: Toys & Food 
  • Reinforcers- Secondary Reinforcers: Signals & Markers
  • The Misconceptions - Starvation and Bribery 
  • The Truth About Food The Transaction -  How it Works
  • Types and Preparation 
  • Conditioning & Technique - Mental Conditioning 
  • Conditioning & Technique - Delivery Technique Reward Schedules 
  • Conclusion - Making it Happen 

Copyright Canine Training Systems® 2016, 16:9 Widescreen Hi-Definition, Podium View™ On Demand Streaming, 1 hour 14 minutes.