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OCEAN FOUNDATIONS: Dog Training from the Inside Out

Six Week Foundations Course, Coaching, Live Q&As, Course Analysis, and a Whole Lot More

and Full Access to All OCEAN Specialty Courses

Discover How OCEAN Transforms the Lives of Dogs and People

OCEAN is based on the following premise: When communication flows freely and equally in both directions, dog-training becomes a shared language between dogs and humans. -- Dev Sperber

OCEAN takes SEEING to a whole new level, so you can respond to the subtle ways your dog communicates her ever-changing mental and emotional states, which leads to happier, more satisfying dog-training experiences for dogs and people

OCEAN unlocks each dog’s highest potential by uncovering miscommunication blips that may be stunting your dog's progress and success.  

OCEAN solves perplexing performance and behavior problems by helping people identify the root causes and providing simple actions that create clear paths to progress.

OCEAN transforms impulse control from drudgery to a source of upbeat motivation, resulting in increased resilience, better teamwork, and a whole lot more fun for dogs and people!

OCEAN improves 2-way communication through simple actions designed to help people notice and respond to the subtle ways their dogs communicate their ever-changing inner states (through body-language) before small ripples turn into tsunamis.  

OCEAN deepens the connection between people and dogs by providing simple, positive training techniques you can start doing at home, to build a foundation on which progress and growth happen naturally.

OCEAN provides a supportive community of like-minded individuals. Once you embark on the OCEAN Journey with your dog, you'll recognize fellow OCEAN Goers by their easy and relaxed manner with their dogs and the joyful engagement being expressed in both directions.

OCEAN deepens the bond between dogs and people by improving 2-way communication and creating more joy and spontaneity in training, for better teamwork and a deeper connection, so that progress becomes a natural byproduct of joyful collaboration. 


Begins with a Series of Simple Actions that Create Astonishing Results


EXPLORE is the first step towards creating more joyful and satisfying training experiences with your dog.  In this stage you are focusing on your dog’s attitude and responsiveness to help you define “where you are today” and “where you want to be” so you can track your dog’s progress during OCEAN.


In this stage, you are connecting the dots between your dog's behavioral hiccups and performance problems. You are using your eyes and hands with a heightened sense of awareness that is resulting in clearer, deeper 2-way communication with your dog.


In this stage, you are deepening your connection with your dog by observing and responding to subtle nuances in your dog's body-language while engaging in simple actions designed to uncover your dog’s likes and dislikes so you can do more of what she likes and less of what she doesn’t.


By this point, training sessions have reached new levels of light-hearted spontaneity, and are filled with joyful engagement as a result of focusing on Observing your Dog and Connecting with Compassion while training simple behaviors.  


By now, Observe you Dog, Connect with Compassion, and Engagement with Joy are becoming habit and as a result, your dog is bringing higher levels of EPIC Joy to training sessions which is accelerating learning and making training more fun than ever! 


You have experienced first-hand how OCEAN's techniques improve 2-way communication and deepen the bond between dogs and people.  You have clarity about any core issues that have been getting in your dog’s way in agility or in other activities. You are ready to put OCEAN principles into action in all areas of your dog’s life.


The OCEAN Community is here to support you by providing an inspiring and encouraging space where we can connect and support one another in envisioning and creating happier, more satisfying lives and training experiences with our dogs. It's also a place for continued learning to help you and your dog progress along your unique OCEAN Journey.

OCEAN is Experiential.  You can't see what you can't see until you see it, then you can't unsee it. -Dev Sperber

Dawn Kovell

Behavior &  Training
Marin Humane

Adding Mark Training to my agility toolbox has been a transformative experience. This simple training technique has been useful for all three of my wildly different dogs. My sensitive Border Whippet needs very fine behavior slices as he feels most comfortable with a methodical "error free" training plan, and using mark buckets has provided handling clarity for my rocket ship Tervuren who stresses up with late cues. Finally, the simplicity of Mark Training has made foundation work much easier for the puppy as we could focus on the relevant behavior.

However, the intangibles may prove to be even more beneficial as Ocean has subtly altered my thinking and training. As a goal-oriented trainer, it proved fruitful to reexamine my priorities. And, they have been found wanting. Ocean has moved my dogs' emotional and mental needs to the forefront of thinking without sacrificing any of my goals. I am on a more harmonious and intuitive path. 

Peter Hill

Oakland, CA

Your work creating OCEAN is really changing the way I see myself and Bryn. Still beginners mind in all respects. Thank you for all you do.

Heather Harris

Boulder, CO

My dog Echo has always been super sonic fast and just could never seem to learn collection well. But I have seen a HUGE difference in her since doing more Mark Training and as a result of progressing through OCEAN Foundations. Echo had already been trained on MT since puppyhood, but not to the extent that we have worked it now. It has made a world of difference and she has finally, after 5 years of struggle, learned how to collect, be more focused, watch me better instead of taking her own course at break neck speed.  

OCEAN has also changed Echo's demeanor in the house with the other dogs; she is happier, less stressed and more confident!

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