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CAAWT Online Group Class

Training for Bonding with Constructional Affection

Do you live or work with an animal that can get too excited and jump, mouth, or scratch people, destroy furniture and objects, or struggle with separation anxiety?


If we don't do anything, these behaviors can become problematic for dogs and humans... It can lead to dogs being surrendered to animal shelters or rehomed, fewer interactions or outings for the dog, and changing our daily routines, etc.

However, there is good news! When our dogs behave like this, they are telling us something important - that we have something they really want... OUR AFFECTION!


To fulfill the dog's needs and teach more desirable behavior, we can give the dog what they want, our affection, for doing easier and more desirable behavior that we want. And we have the perfect training technique to do this!

Constructional Affection teaches our dogs how to appropriately ask for and receive our affection so they can be the ideal companions we always knew they could be! 

The benefits of Constructional Affection include:

  • Builds mutually enjoyable relationships between dogs and the people who care for them

  • Establishes clear communication with our dogs

  • Great tool for help with separation anxiety

  • Teaches dog how to relax in many settings

  • Helps shelter dogs get adopted and stay adopted

  • It is fun and easy!

  • And more!

Constructional Affection has been able to successfully help dogs and their family establish the kinds of relationships they dreamed of. It also has helped shelter dogs learn the kinds of behaviors that get them adopted. If you want to learn more about how we teach, join us for the free webinar! You will see some befores and afters of Constructional Affection! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the group class as well!

Class Description


Constructional Affection is a training procedure that uses affection in the form of petting, stroking, gentle scratching, or other similar tactile contact, as a reinforcer to build desirable behavior. Companion animals live with us, and by delivering our interaction and affection in a specific way, we can effectively teach desirable behaviors and be able to obtain the kind of life we dream of.

You will learn the behavior analytic concepts and training procedure through our lectures, exercises, sharing your training, and discussion. Throughout the class, you will learn the Constructional Approach (Goldiamond, 1974/2002; Layng, et al., 2022) - the approach that we take to understand behaviors, how to conduct and interpret assessments to understand what the animal is after, Constructional Affection - the training procedure to turn undesirable behaviors maintained by our attention and interaction into desirable behaviors maintained by our interaction and affection. At the end of each class, we will leave you with an actionable assignment. You can follow along with the weekly assignment by applying the assessment and Constructional Affection with your animal or your client's animal! You can share assessment and training videos in the group classes and Open Houses and get our advice and feedback to improve your next session! You will have a deeper understanding of how Constructional Affection works by actually doing it! 


*If you are concerned with aggressive or fearful behaviors and want to learn how to solve them, we recommend registering for the Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT) group class. 



CAAWT provides training and works with shelter dogs so that they can find their furever family and stay adopted. We have huge success helping shelter dogs find their furever home through Constructional Affection. Below are the success stories with the Constructional Affection of two shelter dogs, Carmel and Sammy!

◼️ Learning Objectives

  • State the five components of the Constructional Approach 

  • Plan, conduct, and interpret assessments

  • Describe what Constructional Affection is and the two phases

  • Describe the benefits of Constructional Affection in building better relationships and clear communication between animal companions and humans 

  • Practice applying the Interaction Guidelines (first step of Constructional Affection)

  • Practice applying the Affection Loop (second step of Constructional Affection)

  • Based on the exercise of Affection Loop, state what the trainer does in the program step

  • Describe what Degrees of Freedom are and their importance to animal welfare and training


◼️ Group Class Dates

The group class is every Thursday. It is a two-hour class. However, since we love discussions with the students, we may exceed 2 hours.

  • 5/2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time

  • 5/9 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time

  • 5/16 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time

  • 5/23 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time


◼️ Open House Dates

During the four-week group class, you are invited to two 2-hour Open Houses. Open House is one of the programs in the CAAWT Membership where you can share assessment and training videos, ask questions, and bring discussion. You can bring any assignment from the group class and get feedback on the assessment and training videos.

  • 5/15 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm Eastern time

  • 5/29 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm Eastern time

Sean Will, M.S.

Maasa Nishimuta, M.S.

Group Class Registeration

Save your spot for the Training for Bonding with Constructional Affection group class!

◼️ Who is this group class for? 

This class is ideal for anyone who does not have training experience or does not know Constructional Affection to professional trainers! We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about training, building mutually enjoyable relationships with animal companions, and helping to solve behavioral challenges! 


◼️ Group class fee

Early Bird pricing ended on April 21st


  • Non-member: $340 

  • CAAWT Premium Member: $170

  • CAAWT Basic Member: $305

To learn more about CAAWT Membership, click HERE

Group Discount - Buy two, get the third for free!

◼️ CEUs

CCPDT: 7 CEUs (4 Knowledge and 3 Skills) for trainers and 6 CEUs for behavior consultants

KPA: 12 CEUs (8 Lecture and 4 Hands-on)

PPAB: 10 CEUs for Working, 8 CEUs for Auditor

If you are applying for CEUs, please write your certificant number in the registration form

◼️ What is included?

  • Attend group class live (group class dates are written above)

  • Lecture slides and worksheets 

  • Group class recordings 

    • You will receive the recording within 48 hours after each class

    • The recordings are available until 9/30/24

    • If you miss the class live, don't worry! You will receive the recording, so you can watch it before the next class!

  • Attend Open House live (Open House dates are written above)

    • When you share assessment and training videos, you will get advice and feedback to improve your next session!

    • Access to Open House recordings

  • Ongoing support throughout the group class period

    • If you are a CAAWT member, you will receive ongoing support after the group class 

    • We provide individualized feedback. For us to provide feedback, we will need videos. We will explain how to take the videos and what to include in the first group class!


◼️ Place

This is an online group class held on Zoom. You can attend classes from anywhere as long as you have secure internet. 


◼️ How to register for the class

① Please fill out the registration form. Click the registration button below to fill out the registration form. 

② After we check your registration form, we will send you an invoice from PayPal. Please make a payment within a week. You will receive an invoice from an email address: 

③ After we confirm your payment, we will send you the confirmation email. 

④ Three days before the group class starts (4/29), we will email you all the information you need to join the group class!


◼️ All the profit from the group class will fund free training we offer to shelter dogs ♡

CAAWT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove financial barriers to behavior support and training for individuals and organizations who need training but cannot afford it. As you learn with us, you are saving shelter dogs! We thank you for your support! 


◼️ Cancelation

After you submit the registration form, we will send you an invoice from PayPal. If you do not make a payment within a week, your registration may be canceled. Once we receive your payment, we are not able to refund the money. If we have to cancel the group class, we will refund you in full.


◼️ Contact Us

If you have any questions about the group class, feel free to email us!

We are looking forward to meeting you in the group class!

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