Triple Planning: Enhance Your Teaching

Is lesson-planning confusing and stressful for you? It doesn’t have to be!

Trainers usually know what they want to teach the dogs, but often get stuck accounting for the human portion of the equation. To be effective, all three pieces of the learning team must work together: dog, handler, and instructor. With that many variables and moving parts, planning ahead can mean the difference between a screaming success and a total disaster.

But writing lesson plans for class is about as unsexy as it gets. It’s difficult and boring, and nobody ever compliments you on your amazing lesson plans. (Are you sold yet?) But by applying solid clicker training techniques, we can break down the skills you need to build efficient, effective, and well-organized lesson plans. (And have fun!) What we call triple-planning helps you create lesson materials, as you map out what you, your students, and their dogs will be doing at every step.

This Session combines learning and practice to make your job easier and your clients more successful through the triple-planning method! You won't just listen, you will DO IT! Learn to organize your content efficiently and how to create a plan to get your client involved and participating effectively. Receive concrete tips you can take home and start using in your business Monday morning!

You will leave this Session:

  • able to reach clients’ “pain point” successfully
  • having experienced the triple-planning process as the learner
  • understanding how to apply the triple-planning method to your own group classes and private instruction
  • able to apply shaping principles to an improved triple-planning lesson of your own creation
  • Come plan with Laurie and Hannah and experience how satisfying—dare we say fun?—lesson-planning can be!

    Hannah Branigan | Laurie Luck

    Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 12 years. In addition to being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), she is a faculty member for KPA, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). She is also a popular speaker and teaches workshops all over the country. As the owner of Wonderpups, LLC, Hannah is committed to training both dogs and people with positive reinforcement methods.

    She has titled her dogs in conformation, obedience, schutzhund, agility, and rally. Her dogs have multiple class wins, both AKC and UKC High in Trial awards, and scores that qualify for several Front & Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX).


    Laurie Luck has been involved in the dog world for more than 20 years. Her formal education includes a M.A. in psychology, but she credits dogs for teaching her the most important concepts of behavior and training.

    An entrepreneur (Smart Dog University) and social media enthusiast, Laurie delights in sharing her knowledge and experience with dog owners across the country. She is committed to helping improve the lives of dogs through education of the humans at the end of the leash. Laurie's YouTube channel offers free dog-training videos, and her blog details training experiences and ideas that every dog owner will find helpful.

    A member of the ClickerExpo faculty, Laurie is also a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy. She teaches the Dog Trainer Professional program at various locations in the United States. Laurie has spoken at regional and national conferences about both dog behavior and social media.

    Laurie has been a volunteer puppy-raiser for a service-dog organization since 2001. She has had a hand in raising and training more than 16 service dogs, and enjoys being involved in the education of dogs that go on to do so much good for their human partners. Laurie and her Labrador retriever, Tango, are a certified R.E.A.D. therapy-dog team and enjoy working in the classroom with elementary school students to improve the students’ reading skills.