5 days of immersion in Bridge and Target training technique

SATS Bridge and Target Training Technique marries the best of operant conditioning and the best of cognitive training,  for efficient, effective, and virtually errorless, learning.


When animals get a clear understanding of the mission requirements, they often align their goals with ours,  driving their own success and excellence.  To motivate animals to align with our goals, we must be able to clearly communicate those goals.  SATS Bridge and Target empowers trainers to be expert leaders and communicators WITHOUT depending on luring..   Professional trainers have reported 25-75% faster training results.  Certification is an opportunity to work directly with Kayce Cover, the developer of these techniques, toward mastery and fluency.  For more information, click here:    Why get certification?

NOTE:  There is a class required for this camp.  It is online, and open now.  When you register for the camp, you are automatically registered for the class.  Registration for this camp includes the cost of the prerequisite online class, which has materials which are delivered upon registration, and weekly group discussion and coaching sessions (Mon 7 pm – 9 pm).  If you want this camp, get enrolled in the class right away, and you can add the camp, paying the remainder of the camp cost at that time (price goes up $100 on March 31).  Click here to enroll in the class only.  Click here to register for the certification camp – including the class.  If you have taken the required class in the last two years and want to register for the camp, email kc@synalia.com for a coupon code for a discount.

*The goal is for each participant to earn certification, which requires demonstration of mastery of the skills, and passage of a written test with 95% or better score. Students collaborate to accomplish this as a team.  The result is better skills, and greater comfort than when passing at a mediocre level.  This may sound daunting, but it is doable!  Come ahead.  If you are not generally comfortable in a class or test environment, come anyway.  This will be a new experience, and others report the experience has helped them to resolve test anxiety.

SATS and working dogs:  More dogs make the cut, less time to learn, more thoughtful engagement, more collaboration  Dogs drive their own excellence.

SATS and the dedicated pet owner:    Train like a pro and experience relationship at a new level.  Live your dream with your dogs.

SATS and the professional trainer:    Virtually errorless learning is possible.  We become guides and colleagues, rather than enforcers.   We spend more time working in complex environments and ensuring the dog is prepared for actual work and independent of our support.  We see more dogs qualify.  We have a broader choice of candidates.


Who:  YOU study directly with Kayce Cover, developer of SATS Bridge and Target Training Technique.  Kayce has been a professional exotic animal trainer and manager for over 40 years, with experience with many species and many disciplines and applications, from training monkeys as service animals, to teaching cows to communicate with scientists.  Kayce has also contributed to the professional development of hundreds of trainers of all kinds of animals.

What:  Five full days (10 am – 4:30 pm) of immersion study and application of SATS Bridge and Target Training Technique principles and protocols, leading toward earning certification at Level I*.  (see details below).  Bring any non-disruptive, well adapted dog you can handle safely in public** (see details below). As space permits, participants can bring multiple dogs.  If the dog you want to bring is not already focused and attentive when learning in new situations, you can get help in attaining that here!

Where: In the Tidewater marshes, at the beautiful One Red Maple Farm, 1628 Mill Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457  (contact:  kc@synalia.com for questions)

When:  Wed, May 15, through Sun, May 19, 10 am to 4:30 pm.  

How:  Fill and submit the dog registration form below.  Then, to register, go to https://synalia.com/store/courses/btcc/ and pay for the certification camp.  

Cost:  Early bird price $2199.99 for the Bridge and Target Training Techniques Camp until March 31, 2019.  Then the cost is $2299.99.; (If you want to pay in installments: the price goes to $2299.99 ($2399.99 after March 31, 2019), $800 immediately secures your place, with another payment of $800 due by April 15, 2015, and the balance of $699.99 due by midnight, April 30, 2019. Class discounts:  If you took the class within the past two years, the price of the Bridge and Target class will be credited toward the cost of this certification camp, reducing your certification cost by up to $600. email kc@synalia.com for your coupon code before purchasing.  International payments: please write for instructions (kc@synalia.com). US payments can be by check, but full payment must arrive by April 15, 2019 to Kayce Cover, 1719 Kingston Ave., Ste. D, Norfolk, VA 23503. No refunds.


** Dogs:  All can bring a dog(s) as approved.    You must certify, signed and in writing, that you will manage the dog safely in public, and will bring and engage whatever equipment required to do that (see form below).   If any dog is disruptive, he will be excused from the camp until he is no longer disruptive.  (this has not ever happened!)

All dogs must be on lead at all times when out of crates or cars, and in crates or cars the remainder of the time. No dogs are to be brought into contact except in accordance with the class activities.  Please bring private water bowls, crates, and crate covers and proof of rabies. 

How to choose the dog to bring:  Bring a dog experienced enough with being in public that they can focus on learning at a seminar.   If you do not want to bring a dog, you will still have the opportunity to work with other trainers and dogs.


DOG REGISTRATION FORM  Certification Camp, Perception Modification:  Copy, complete and return to kc@synalia.com , 1 form per dog.


“I,  _________________________________,     hereby certify that I can and will manage this dog in such a way to ensure the safety of all other people and dogs at the seminar and that I have been truthful in divulging the aggression history of the dogs I am bringing..  I will respect the dog rules.  I will bring and engage all necessary safety equipment, such as crates and muzzles, and will have the equipment on the dog/ready as appropriate” (type name to certify and you will be asked to sign a copy at the  event).  Proof of rabies vaccination is required.


Session location/date: __________________________


Your Name:_________________________________________


Address: __________________________________________




Phone: (Home) ____________________ (Work) ______________________




Dog Name:_________________________________________


Issue: __________________________________________




Aggression/reactivity: ____________________ ______________________






Safety equipment you will be bringing:________________________________


DOG(S): No extra fee.  All dogs must be pre-registered and approved.   All dogs admitted as space and safety allow.  Problems of aggression or reactivity must be discussed prior to bringing dog. For best experience, Bridge and Target seminar dogs need to be calm and alert in public and ready to focus and learn.  Contact Kayce Cover :  kc@synalia.com.


QUESTIONS? E-mail kc@synalia.com