Are you struggling to get your dog to cooperate with you?

Have you gotten stuck at a certain point in your training?

Do you want to learn how to give your dog more of a say in what happens to them?

Learn everything you need to know to incorporate start button behaviors into your training and daily life with your dog

A start button behavior is like a green light - it's a dog saying go ahead. It provides a way for our learners to not just opt in to training, but to say "yes, please do more!" or "hold on, I need a break."

In this course, you will learn about the benefits of using start button behaviors, what behaviors can function as start buttons, and how to teach your dog the concept of a start button. You will work together with a certified professional trainer to develop start button communication with your own dog that will impact multiple areas of your life with them going forward!

Course participants will learn the background theory and skills they need to create and carry out their own start button training with their dog.

Working spots get:

  • 10 prerecorded modules with class materials, video examples, and resources

  • access to community discussion group

  • 4 live sessions with individual coaching and support

  • the opportunity to submit videos for feedback

  • a 1:1 success session with the trainer

  • email support throughout the course

Auditor spots get:

  • 10 prerecorded modules with class materials, video examples, and resources

  • access to community discussion group

  • 4 live sessions, camera and mic off

  • email support throughout the course

There will be 4 Auditor spots and 6 Working spots. There will be one free working spot for a BIPOC participant and one sliding scale spot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?​ This class is for dog guardians who have some knowledge of clicker/marker training, but want to take their training from cue-response to a more conversational method of communicating with their animal.  It is also for trainers who coach clients on desensitization and counterconditioning procedures, but want to discover an even better way. ​

What's covered in the course? We cover everything from defining start button behaviors, observing them in action, troubleshooting start button procedures, discussing the documented benefits of start button procedures, and more!

For what types of training are start button behaviors useful? Start button behaviors can be useful for almost any training goal. We will see many examples of their use in grooming and cooperative care, desensitization and counterconditioning, sound sensitivity, fear, reactivity, and more.

When and where is the course? The prerecorded material is hosted on the platform Thinkific and available at your own pace during the course. You will have access to the material for six months. Live sessions will take place every two weeks on Zoom.

What if I can't make the live sessions? Live sessions will be recorded and made available to you. You'll also have the opportunity to submit video for direct feedback throughout the course and schedule a 1:1 session with Jill, so you will still be able to gain a lot from the experience!

Is this course accessible to me? All recorded lectures are provided with subtitles. A PDF version of the slides will be available to you. You will also have access to an audio-only version of the recordings. Live sessions will have closed captioning.

How much does it cost? Working spots are $520. Auditor spots are $260. There is one free spot open to BIPOC participants and one sliding scale spot available.

How do I sign up? Enrollment will open to the public here on Tuesday, May 3rd at 9am EST. Space is limited to 6 working spots and 4 auditors. Early enrollment access will be given to members of the Jack and Jill Patreon.

To book a BIPOC or sliding scale spot, please get in touch directly. 

Who am I?

I'm Jill Hassevoort! I'm  a graduate and Certified Training Partner of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Pretty much any time I'm not training dogs, I'm out hiking with Jack.  Jack and I also enjoy cooperative care training and snuggling on the couch. Before starting my career in dog training, I graduated from the University of Michigan and then spent four years teaching Spanish in Detroit high schools. That experience prepared me to teach my clients how to live and work harmoniously with their dogs. I love helping my clients understand the “why” behind their dogs’ behavior and come up with the best solutions for their unique situation. 


— Katie & Peach

We loved working with Jill! My rescue dog Peach started working with her at 2 months old and is now a confident/social 1 year old pit/lab mix! We loved how she used positive reinforcement and force free techniques to train. Peach is confident in all environments including; new places, large crowds, lots of children, play dates with dogs (and cats!) and day-to-day home life! We highly recommend training with Jill!