Alexandra Kurland, August 2020

Stay-at-Home Course

on 8-9th August 2020

or 22nd-23rd August 2020


These Courses will focus on Extinction and Loopy Training

How do these clinics work?

For this course we are using zoom.  This may change as better options are developed.  For now Zoom is really very easy to use, and with the upgrades they have added, it is a safe and convenient space.

What you need, IDEALLY
– a computer, tablet or mobile phone, with hi-speed internet connection/4G
– a web cam, either built-into your device, or connected to it
– ear phones/ear buds
– a microphone (built-in, or connected – some ear buds have a mic in the wire)

– a quiet place where you can participate with little or no interruption.

– we will be looking at video and presentations so you will want to use a device that lets you see the zoom meeting room screen.

You will be emailed ahead of time a link to the Zoom meeting, along with a security password.  Click for a video about how to join a meeting.

If you are on your computer, or tablet, you should click the link a few minutes before the designated start time. Zoom will want you to download a bit of software. Please do. It is safe. If you are using a tablet or mobile phone to access, you may need to install an app.

What is the schedule for the event?

Friday Evening

Friday evening we gather together via zoom for introductions.  The Friday night introductions are an important part of every clinic – real or virtual.  It represents your first shaping experience of the weekend.  We can’t possibly cover the whole of any topic in the time we have together.  Your introduction helps to guide me in selecting discussion points that will be of most use to you.  So you are literally shaping the weekend that is going to be unfolding through your answers to the following questions:

What is your background with horses? If you don’t have horses, what animals do you work with?  What is your clicker training background?

Are there particular training questions that you would like to explore? What has brought you to this clinic experience.  What are you hoping you get from it? After the clinic ends, you are saying that was just the BEST computer gathering I have ever had because . . .  What is the because that you are looking for?  You may not have the answer to this last one yet, but you may have some clues that can help us get there.

You can be thinking about these questions ahead of time.  We’ll share these introductions Friday evening.  Sharing them in a group is very helpful for everyone.  It’s a great way to get to know one another, and it also brings to light many training questions others may have as well (or may not have thought of).

For our virtual clinic the Friday evening gathering will have another function.  It will get us all comfortable using the zoom platform.  This will be something that is much more than a webinar that you watch passively.  We want to create the same back and forth exchanges that occur at clinics.

Saturday Morning (9 am to noon)

Don’t let these times scare you.  You won’t be sitting at the computer for three hours straight.  We will be taking breaks.  We’ll begin with a conference-style presentation that is related to the topic of the “Stay at Home Clinic” you are attending.  The presentation will be followed by discussion, video analysis and skill building sessions.

Lunch break  – During the lunch break, you should plan on some time to work on the morning’s homework assignment. This will require a short training session.  If you aren’t able to get to your horses during the day, you can always practice using the family dog, cat, or other available critters.  If possible, you should video this session.

Saturday Afternoon (2 to 4:30 pm)

We will begin with a wrap up of the morning session.  What questions do you have before we move on?  We’ll discuss the homework assignment and watch the videos people made during the lunch break.  Video length: 2- 3 minutes maximum.  This baseline video often functions as a check on general handling skills.  Are there details that can be changed that will make your training clearer and more effective?

After a short break, we’ll watch another presentation and then there will be a training assignment for the evening.  Again, if you can’t get to your horse, you can use a household pet.

Sunday Morning (9 am to noon)

We’ll begin with questions from the previous day, and a discussion and analysis of the video people made of the evening homework assignment.

After a short break we’ll have another presentation.  We’ll break for lunch at noon.  You’ll have another training assignment which you can work on during the break.

Sunday Afternoon (2 to 4:30 pm)

We’ll begin by discussing the any questions from the morning session and the mid-day training assignment.  We’ll watch the videos people made.

After a short break we’ll have the final presentation of the day.

We’ll conclude with a clinic wrap up – what were the highlights  and major “ah ha” discoveries from the weekend?


Note: Space is very limited at these clinics.  We want everybody to be able to participate fully.  That means there is time for your questions and your video. The group size will be small, so sign up early to be sure you have a spot.

Places will be on a first come, first served basis.  There are a maximum of 12 places.


Course Fees:

£199   Deposit of £100 payable to book your place

Course Place 22-23 August:       

Course Place 8-9 August:       

First come, first served so get in quickly! (You don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay, just a credit or debit card.)  Your deposit payment confirms your place.    The balance for the course fee is due on or before 10th August 2020

If you have any questions or queries, then please direct them to me, Mary.
You can email    or message me on +353 87 1370162.  or +44 75 90830594.  I don’t promise an immediate answer but will usually get back to you within 24-48 hours 🙂

Alexandra Kurland is one of the foremost trainers in positive reinforcement.  She is the author of many books and 19 DVDs on this work.  Her background is in training horses and classical work but trainers of all species have benefitted hugely from her expertise.  Her speciality is balance for the horse and handler/rider.  She is on the faculty of many International conferences, WOOF, ClickerExpo, ORCA etc and gives clinics in both the USA and Europe.