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CAAWT Online Group Class

Constructional Affection

​Currently, registration for this class is closed.

Hello, this is Sean and Maasa! This group class is ideal for anyone concerned with behavioral challenges, such as a hyperactive dog who jumps, nips, gets mouthy, or is destructive. This class is also ideal if you would like to learn more about Constructional Affection or the Constructional Approach. In the group class, we will share the steps of the Interaction Guidelines, how to build Affection Loops, many applications of Constructional Affection, and how to apply this material to meet your goals with your own animal companions!


**If you are concerned with fearful behaviors or aggressive behaviors, please contact us for a private consultation. If you are interested in or want to learn more about the private consultation, please reach out to us at

**Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All the profits from the group classes will fund free programs that CAAWT offers for individuals and facilities that oversee the care of animals. For every third registration, CAAWT can provide one free spot for someone in need! 

⚫︎ Class Description

In the 4-week group class, you will learn the underlying philosophy, the basic knowledge, and training techniques of Constructional Affection. You will learn how to design constructional programs which align with their goals. You will receive individualized feedback as you implement programs with your dogs. At the end of the group class, everyone will share their accomplishments and what they discovered. This provides an excellent opportunity to learn together and support each other. 

In the group class, we will start with a lecture, Q&A, and discussion, and then review any footage from the participants. If any participants and their dogs are ready during the group class, they can practice training and receive feedback. But, this is not mandatory. We want participants to do the training when they and their dogs are calm and ready. 


⚫︎ Learning Objectives 

  • Learn the philosophy and concept of the Constructional Approach

  • Learn Degrees of Freedom

  • Learn how to help your dog or your client's dog using Constructional Affection 

  • Learn what kind of benefits the Constructional Affection has

  • Learn how to establish calm behaviors using the Interaction Guidelines

  • Learn how to transfer those calm behaviors to new situations important to you and your dog through the Affection Loop



⚫︎ Instructor

Sean Will, M.S.

Maasa Nishimuta, M.S.


⚫︎ Place

The group class will be held via Zoom. You can join group classes wherever if you have secure internet. We will send you the Zoom meeting link and the detailed information via email before the first day of our group class. If you are not used to using Zoom, Maasa can have a practice session before the group class so that the participant is ready to learn in the first group class.



⚫︎ Date and Time 


⚫︎ Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the group class, please reach out to us at

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