Brain Training For Dogs Review – A Detailed Analysis By A Certified Dog Trainer!

Hi, my name’s Tiara Nixon! I’m a certified dog trainer based in California and I currently reside on a farm with a horse, 3 cats and 2 French Bulldogs!

Today i’m going to be taking a look at the online dog training course, Brain Training For Dogs (Braintraining4dogs) and giving you my honest review of it!

Firstly, is it possible to train your dog on your own through online modules and videos? This review is going to answer that question from the perspective of a professional dog trainer.

A dog being trained

I’ll be honest, as a dog trainer and animal professional for over 20 years I’m always skeptical of training courses online.

I have been hands on with several hundred dogs, and it’s hard to fathom an inexperienced dog owner not having help when teaching something new.

With my guidance, my students have gone on to be therapy teams, show dogs, and AKC Canine Good Citizens.

I have always been an active participant in my students learning and problem solving, which is why I’m a bit unsure of online programs. 

But hopefully this Brain Training For Dogs review will help to install some confidence in online dog training programs!

So what is brain training for dogs? The creator, dog trainer Adrienne Farricelli, describes it as “developing your dog’s intelligence” but what it really means is training your dog through force-free activities designed to engage the mind.

Brain Training for Dogs uses a series of 21 fun games to reach this goal. The 5 course modules are taught in a series from easier to advanced, laid out in the form of traditional education: Preschool, Elementary, High School, College, University, Graduation, Einstein.

To get an initial idea of what the program is about, you can watch the video below!

So, let’s get into my Brain Training For Dogs Review!

Science Based Dog Training

To begin my review of Brain Training For Dogs, I think it’s important to look at the underlying principles that the program is built upon.

There are many different schools of thought when it comes to dog training. There are celebrity trainers who push “pack theory” and there are others who recommend a science based approach– which is what you’ll find in the Brain Training for Dogs course.

Recent evidence has shown that pack theory training is not the most effective training method; dogs are not wolves and the original basis for pack theory training was conducted on captive wolves whose relationships are not the same as dogs or wolves in the wild.

Just like the wolf evolved into the dog, training has rapidly evolved over the last 5 decades. While positive training is now the norm, in the 90’s and earlier most trainers taught dogs using choke chains and pinch collars. They promoted harsh, punishment based methods.

As a former zookeeper and someone who has trained many species of animal, I am all for science based training. Science based training is universal, positive and understandable by multiple species. Do an internet search for “clicker training chickens” and see what I mean.

A dog using it's brain with glasses on

So what is “science based training?” To put it simply, it’s a way to shape the behaviors you want through a consistent, conditioned marker. Huh? I know, it’s confusing. Let me break it down.

Have you ever heard of Pavlov’s dogs? For those who haven’t, scientist Ivan Pavlov realized his research dogs were accidentally trained to salivate. He was studying the dogs salivation response when being fed, but he discovered they were salivating before the food.

He surmised the dogs were responding to the sound of the assistants footsteps- which indicated food was on the way. Testing this theory, Pavlov conditioned the dogs to salivate at the sound of a metronome. Thus, classical conditioning (aka Pavlovian Conditioning) and science based dog training was born!

An Extra Thought: I’m all about science based training. As a progressive trainer I firmly believe keeping your dog mentally stimulated is critical to preventing, and even eliminating, unwanted behaviors. I often say “a bored dog is a bad dog”, and these games will certainly activate your dogs mind as well as body in many cases.

Who Is Adrienne Farricelli The Dog Trainer?

Next up in the review, let’s take a look at the founder of Brain Training For Dogs.

Adrienne Farricelli has impressive qualifications, she studied dog training in Italy and is a CPDT-KA trainer in the USA. The letters stand for Certified Pet Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed and are an earned credential given by the independent Council for Certified Dog Trainers.

To obtain the credencial, a trainer must meet strict requirements including: minimum number of hours training dogs (with proof), a rigorous multi-hour national exam, provide a reference from a veterinarian.

After a trainer has become a CPDT-KA he or she must participate in Continuing Education in order to retain the credential and to keep up on the latest developments in dog training.

Adrienne has written articles for many well known publications, including USA Today.

Here Is My Honest Review Of Brain Training For Dogs!

Ok, now we know the method of this course and who created it, let’s get into the Brain Training For Dogs course review itself. Right from the main page of the website you are offered a free game and a few helpful articles. As well as this, the site itself is simple and easy to navigate.

I love anything free, so it’s nice to see information and a fun starter game to get your training going. The game on offer at the time of this review was the “Airplane Game” which is included in a module of the course, you can see what the game is all about in the video below! To check if the Airplane Game is still available, click here!

An Extra Thought: When you click on the page Brain Training For Dogs button, there is no site menu or external links. The course info page is quite long, however, there is some interesting, helpful information amidst the sales page.