Absolute Dogs’ Games Club vs. the Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge: Which Is Right for You?
Absolute Dogs has transformed the world of dog training education with its high-level programmes, challenges, and resources. Two of the company’s most popular offerings are its Games Club and Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge. Both offer industry-leading training advice focused on exciting games, rewards, and positivity — but which is the better dog training for you? Here, we’ll explore what game-based training online is, the two digital programmes, and which may suit your needs best.
Games are at the heart of all Absolute Dogs training. Co-founder Lauren Langman and her team have created games that delve into why a dog behaves a certain way and help owners reshape these behaviours. The games teach dogs the same concepts in multiple ways to reinforce positive behaviour and help them bond with their owners. Playing games is fun for dogs. As a result, dogs are far more likely to respond positively to game-based training than training that is boring or stressful.
Games Club is Absolute Dogs’ first online training programme. Since its launch in 2014, over 7,000 members have joined the club, which is widely known as the Netflix of dog training solutions.
The game-based training helps owners and their dogs master loose lead walking, recall, and socialisation. Owners can train their dogs to overcome separation anxiety, reactivity to people and other dogs, and nuisance barking. In addition, the training helps owners improve their dogs’ fitness and well-being.
Owners can even add on agility training if they’d like to give this fast paced dog sport a go. Aside from being a dog training pro, Lauren Langman is a multi-award-winning agility champion. She has competed with various dogs at high-profile competitions like Crufts, Olympia, and multiple World Championships, where she represented Team GB.
The Games Club training follows a Success Path, which guides dog owners through foundation games in the Games Club Vault. Members access the training videos in this extensive library whenever they like on a computer or mobile device. Members work through over 300 videos that target various training challenges. They collect points and rewards as they complete these videos, working up to Games Master level. The Success Path places the videos in a logical order to get members started. However, members can access videos that are specific to the training outcome they want to achieve at any given time. They can also create video playlists to customise their training approach.
Aside from the core training, Games Club members have access to:
- Live sessions with Games Club Champions. In these sessions, the Club Champions share training tips and knowledge.
- A weekly video with a challenge to teach their dogs even more new skills.
- Downloadable resources, such as workbooks and e-books, to support their training.
- Five of Absolute Dogs’ bestselling courses, which are worth over £200 in total: the Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge, Relationship Success, 10 Days to Stop Barking, 10 Days to Stop Pulling, and 10 Days to Stop Jumping.
- A community of over 8,000 like-minded dog owners and trainers in a private community group. These individuals come from all over the world and support each other with their training challenges and questions.
- Super Trainer Live archives. Super Trainer Live is Absolute Dogs’ annual training conference. The archives are full of days’ worth of valuable content.
- Special offers throughout the year.
Absolute Dogs also adds new training content to the Games Club platform every week at no additional cost to members.
Games Club is £30 or $40 a month, and members can cancel at any time. Absolute Dogs offers a 90-day money-back guarantee for anyone who feels the Club isn’t right for them after completing the Success Path foundation training.
Absolute Dogs has created lessons for virtually every training difficulty that dog owners experience in the Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge. The 25-day challenge helps owners overcome training difficulties by making these owners appear “sexier” to their dogs than distractions like squirrels, half-eaten hamburgers, old socks, and children playing ball games.
Over 85,000 people worldwide have taken the challenge to train their dogs out of:
- Pulling on the lead.
- Stopping on walks and refusing to continue.
- Acting as though their owners don’t exist when called.
- Lunging and barking.
- Overreacting, being overexcited, and getting distracted.
- Jumping up.
- Poor household manners.
- Not listening.
- Rescue dog struggles.
Training experts demo the games with different dogs — Jasper, Magma, and Bet — and the training suits dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes.
Every day for 25 days, Sexier Than a Squirrel participants gain access to a new game demonstration. Each demo comes with an explanation as to why the game works and how it can rewire a dog’s brain. These games form a pathway to help owners overcome any training struggle.
Participants have lifetime access to the game demonstrations. This means that after 25 days, they can re-watch the demos whenever they like. Aside from the core challenge content, participants also have access to exclusive resources that help them streamline the training process. On top of this, they can join a private community. This online community is full of supportive dog owners who are going through or have been through similar training challenges.
Valued at £99 or $114, the Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge is available for £27 or $32.
If you’re looking for an immersive, long-term training strategy, you’ll have access to more training resources and support in Games Club. You won’t miss out on the Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge, either, as this is included in the package. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a budget training solution that lays down the basics, the Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge is a great place to start.
Games Club and the Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge are just two of the programmes in Absolute Dogs’ huge suite of training products and additional offers. Dog owners and trainers will also find a wealth of training tips and strategies in the Naughty But Nice and Pro Dog Trainer courses, plus the Pro Trainer Club. There’s also the Naughty But Nice Revolution book, Sexier Than a Squirrel podcast, and free training videos. Lauren Langman has played a key role in the development of these resources and others, like the Leash Off, Game On DVD. On top of this, dog owners can pick up more tips at the annual Super Trainer Live conference and purchase health-boosting A-OK9 supplements for their dogs. Learn more about Absolute Dogs here.