What Color is Your Dog Training Course #1 Curriculum

What Color is Your Dog?® Dog Training Course #1


Joel Silverman’s What Color is Your Dog?® Dog Training Course #1 is a five day hands on dog training course. When completed, attendees receive a signed certification from Joel Silverman that confirms they completed the required curriculum (both hands on, and written).

This basic dog-training course is geared towards people that simply want to hands on direction from one of the best in the business.

    • Professional dog trainers looking for continuing education with CEUs. In the past, our courses have been accredited by the IAABC and the CPDT.
    • Owners of dog day care businesses looking to expand their services by adding basic dog training.
    • Pet owners looking to learn about animal behavior, and get a better understanding of hands on dog training.
    • Employees of animal shelters and humane societies
    • Employees of veterinary hospitals


  1. Joel Silverman’s background and “hybird”  dog training style
    • Joel’s extensive background training dolphins, sea lions, and killer whales
    • A brief look at Joel’s 35 years of dog training, and some of the general principals he uses that are identical among dog and marine mammal training
  2. Joel Silverman’s What Color is Your Dog?® model
    • Personality-based dog training
    • Why this technique was created
    • The high percentage of dog trainers across the nation that use this technique
    • Learning the five-color spectrum
    • An in depth look at red, orange, yellow, green, and blue dogs
  3. Animal Behavior (PowerPoint)
    • Joel will go into the different styles of dog training, and explain how they have changed throughout the years
    • Behavior and science
      1. The history behind dog training
      2. How things have changed for the best
    • The basic principals
      1. How the personality of the dog plays a huge factor
      2. Building the relationship
        1. Getting to know your dog
        2. Developing a relationship
        3. Building the trust
      3. The training session
        1. Planning
        2. The length of time
        3. When to quit
        4. Keeping it fun and interesting
      4. Rewards
        1. Identifying the most reinforcing thing
        2. High value treats
        3. Low value treats
        4. When to use high and low value treats
        5. How to fade out the treat
      5. Corrections
        1. What is a correction?
        2. What is an interruption?
        3. how they vary based on the dog
        4. How they vary based on the situation
      6. Variation and change
  4. Dog Training (Powerpoint)
    • Training tools
    • Elevated areas
    • Training a “place”
    • Sit
    • Stay
    • Come (recall)
    • Lie down
  5. Dog Training (Practical)
    • This portion will be done with dogs that have three different levels of dog training. Each student will get the opportunity to work with dogs at all three stages
      1. Dogs right from the kennel from the Nevada Humane Society
      2. Dogs with some training
      3. Dogs that are seasoned animal actors that work in Hollywood
    • Elevated areas
    • Training a “place”
    • Sit
    • Stay
    • Come (recall)
    • Lie down
  6. Problem Solving (PowerPoint)
    • The most common problems
    • Getting to the source of the problem
    • The reason we have problem solving issues
    • Understanding “prey drive and reactive dogs”
    • Body language
    • How to correct early
    • Using redirection and interruptions
  7. Problem Solving (practical)
    • Working with dogs with no training from the Nevada Humane Society
    • Keeping slack in the leash
    • Keeping distractions far away, and redirecting and correcting
  8. Testing (fast day)
    • First half of day, written testing
    • Second half of day, practical testing