Advanced Foundations

(9 customer reviews)


This program is only available to existing clients. Please only purchase if you have connected with Emma about availability and scheduling first.


Prerequisite: Puppy Foundations or Foundations Plus+

In Advanced Foundations your terrier will learn relaxation exercises, self control, how to opt in and be engaged with common routines, and you will learn core routines that you will use for life with your best friend. All positive, terrier specific methods. More details here.

9 reviews for Advanced Foundations

  1. Katherine McGonigle (Verified Student)

    We immediately followed Puppy Foundations with this Advanced Foundations course, and I’m so glad we did! It’s honestly the best investment we could have made in setting both us and our pup up for success. Emma is such a capable and kind trainer; she tailored her approach to the specific temperament and pace of our 4-month-old pup, a “full-strength” Welsh Terrier! All training materials are clear and straightforward, and Emma was always there to answer any and all questions we had.

    I have spent my life with terriers, and have previously always run into behavioral issues that have taken a lot of time and effort to unwind. I have the utmost confidence that starting our pup out with Emma’s training from a very early age has allowed us to bypass so many potential issues, and truly understand our WT better — everything from how she’s thinking and processing things to concepts that weren’t even on my radar like body sensitivity. Our bond with our little girl is so strong, and we’re able to really enjoy her puppyhood thanks to Emma (and her amazing and esteemed assistant Miles)!

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  2. April Ward (Verified Student)

    We enrolled in the Advanced Foundation class after completing the Foundations Plus. Pippa is “full strength” Wire Fox Terrier who is now 7 months old. The Advanced Foundation was a great follow up for the Foundations Plus class because it built on and strengthened the skills she already learned. And are still working on….
    I can’t say enough about how caring Emma is about Pippa. Pippa had digestive issues that affected her health and had me very upset and worried. Emma patiently worked with us through the problem suggesting different food options and recipes for foods to try.
    She was always very prompt at getting back to us during this stressful time and sent lengthy text messages with her suggestions and ideas.
    She was also very helpful with house training Pippa. Also still a work in process…. It was a continuous struggle to get her outside to eliminate in a timely manner. We could spend 20+ minutes waiting for her to do her business. With lots of suggestions from Emma, we finally found a solution that is working.
    I highly recommend Miles and Emma Terrier Academy.

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  3. Hugh Hollister (Verified Student)

    We are so happy to have had Emma and Miles take us through Advanced Foundations. Our bond with Griffin has been accelerated through the training and games that have become a part of every day life now. A greater understanding of dog behaviors builds that bond, makes life easier and makes our love for Griffin greater. It’s been an amazing first 5 months, looking forward to that same enjoyment for years to come. Thank you.

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  4. Danielle Smith (Verified Student)

    We participated with advanced foundations after puppy foundations. Every week we see changes in our Walter! He continues to amaze us on how eager he is to learn new things and practice his exercises each day. We are so happy that at 5 months old he greets new people with all four paws on the floor. No jumping! Emma’s calming technique to help coach these wiggly bodies on how to settle and relax their minds is amazing. I am noticing that Walter will just lay down and relax while I am up moving around. O getting into mischief! I highly recommend this program to anyone who did the puppy foundation program and to those who are struggling with a strong minded terrier. They truly do want to work with their humans, they just need to be guided how to. It’s like teaching them a different language. This course is highly worth the investment.

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  5. Vincent Sagisi (Verified Student)

    Our little one is very aloof and this course has really helped get us on the right track with maintaining his focus and just overall good routines. Hello relaxation! If you have a terrier, Emma is the person you want on your team, no questions asked!

  6. Sara Baylor (Verified Student)

    Our 6 month old Welsh Terrier, Obi, completed Advanced Foundations when he was about 5 months old. He took it immediately after Foundations because he was on a roll! Emma reminds us that terrier stereotype about their unwillingness or inability to learn is NOT TRUE! As in Foundations, Emma trained us humans to train Obi and she helped us continue learning Obi-speak. She was able to interpret his more subtle behaviors for us. I feel like Emma’s programs stand out in that she trains owners and handlers to train the dog and gives skills that continue to be useful! Obi doesn’t like to do everything he’s learned (like going in his crate while its in his pen), but he still does it and he is always eager to practice every day! He’s a puppy and he still steals socks and shoes, but he can ‘drop it’ (most of the time 🙂
    Every time I had an issue or a question, Emma addressed it in a real way and never ‘sugar coated’ it, so-to-speak. She alerted us to behavior Obi might develop w/ age, even though we had not seen those behaviors at that time. For example, she taught us a protocol to help protect against resource guarding behaviors, even though Obi wasn’t doing that yet. He has since displayed that behavior… but when he did, we were prepared!
    Our experience with Emma (and Miles! 🙂 has been great! She is truly dedicated to making dogs’ lives and dog owners’ lives the best they can be together! She has always answered my questions about Obi’s behavior, even when we weren’t actively enrolled in a program. Her approach is methodical and she can provide data and information to support her methods and recommendations. Advanced Foundations is a great way to keep your terrier on the path to having his/her best life! Go for it!

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  7. Lindsey Riggs (Verified Student)

    I highly recommend taking the next step in training with Advanced Foundations. I agree with the previous reviews and will add how fun it is to watch Frankie work to learn a new skill and how cute she is when she is proud of herself for a job well done. Emma is patient, positive, and professional and every lesson is personalized and fun.

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  8. Elise Achenbach (Verified Student)

    We couldn’t agree more with the previous review!! Through Puppy Foundations, Emma is very clear that a terrier puppy – and in this case a Welsh terrier puppy – is really a diamond in the rough. Advanced Foundations is helping us to keep honing our “rough” puppy into the adult “diamond” he CAN be. At only 5 months, we know there’s plenty of work ahead of us until Archie is a finished gem. But what I really value about Emma’s training curriculum is that it’s helping us enjoy our puppy now – even though difficult puppy stages (mouthing, teething, jumping, short attention span, etc., for all of which we follow Emma’s protocols). Absolutely recommend!

  9. Amber Tsai (Verified Student)

    All topics in Advanced Foundations are based on the Puppy Foundations. It is so much fun that my puppy is so engaged with every exercise. We spend sometime everyday playing these training games, and I see progression in not only the exercise itself but in general life. Instead of rushing out the door before the walk, my wild puppy started to look at me and wait for me to release her at the door! Emma really helps me understand what my terrier is thinking and how to help her thrive. Emma provides detailed feedback for the footage of the exercises and answers all my general questions about my puppy. The biggest takeaway for me is to be able to communicate with my puppy and make the best decisions for both of us in our daily life. I highly recommend training terrier with Emma!

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