Friday, May 7th
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Separation anxiety is a profoundly prevalent issue that affects millions of dogs around the world. It is also the most researched behavior problem in dogs over the last four decades. Most of the research has concentrated on the risk factors, medication options, and symptoms of separation anxiety; however, we see more recent studies pointing more […]
Every training system needs to entail strategies to accomplish desired learning while dealing with mistakes and mishaps in a productive way. The better thought-through and prepared you are, the better your chances are of responding to various errors or less desired behaviors in a way that is beneficial to your learner and your behavioral goals. […]
As trainers and behavior consultants, we all wish that we could be 100% successful at helping our clients and their dogs live harmoniously together for the long haul, in every single case. But the truth is, it isn’t always possible to “fix” dogs with serious behavior problems – and sometimes, there may be situations that […]
Traditionally, positive reinforcement focused pet dog trainers have lumped all client dogs together and trained THE pet dog and THE pet dog client. We’ve followed recipes for training and living together. However, there is a lot of variability when it comes to the needs of both dogs and humans – and it’s time to do […]
In this talk, Jessica explores the current and future landscape of the acquisition of dogs. An increase in demand for dogs has made finding a good dog challenging and this looming crisis has come to a head as demand has spiked during the pandemic. A lack of puppies or behaviorally sound adult dogs in shelters, […]
You’ve worked hard! Online classes, in person classes, you and your dog LOVE to learn things. It’s fun and Diogee has a wagging tail and bright eyes looking only at you. In the house. In your front yard. At your training class. You start thinking how awesome it would be to take your dog out […]
This presentation focuses on a topic near and dear to Suzanne Clothier’s heart: the physical dog. She first published her award winning video, “Your Athletic Dog: A Functional Approach,” way back in 1995, before sports medicine was common place. Her work as a trainer incorporates her knowledge of conformation, movement, functional assessment, and how all […]
In this presentation we’ll discuss the history of deafness in dogs and review how working with means other than verbal cues can enhance your communication and training skill set. We will review the basic behaviors which can help positively increase the human-animal bond and set everyone up for success. Also, we will talk about how […]
What does “arousal” have to do with aggressive behaviors in dogs? In some cases, arousal can be the catalyst for an intense, aggressive response, sometimes redirected at something a dog may not even be focused on. We may also see cases where a dog in a highly aroused state spill over into aggressive behavior. Michael […]
Lunch Time Panel Discussion (Via Facebook Live)
How We Deal With Errors in an R+ World
Hosted by Amy Cook, with panelists Catja Pederson, Héléne Lawler, and Sarah Stremming.
This lunchtime discussion will be streamed via Facebook Live on the event’s Facebook page, free and publicly available, even to those not paying to attend the conference. Our panelists will discuss how trainers can handle errors in training in a positive way.
Few things are more frustrating than trying to get through to a brain on overdrive. From the unfunny trope of slapping a hysterical woman to escalating shouting matches, we have ample cultural evidence that attempts to reach an overwrought mind are doomed to fail. That doesn’t stop us from trying it with our animal learners. […]
Traditionally, models of animal welfare have focused on the prevention of harm. Now that we are used to thinking of dogs and other animals as sentient, it is recognized that good animal welfare also includes positive experiences. So what does this mean for dog trainers and animal behaviorists? This presentation will provide an overview of […]
Cooperative care has become a hot buzz phrase in the dog training world. And that’s a really good thing! Many owners and trainers are coming to recognize the value of training our dogs to be active partners in their physical care processes. Throughout their lifetimes, our dogs will need to have grooming and veterinary care. […]
If your professional role includes counseling pet owners through consideration of available intervention options for behavioral problems, it is inevitable that you will experience a situation in which the option of euthanasia is on the table for one reason or another. This is a complicated subject and it is important that the behavior consultant has […]
In horse training, if either horse or rider loses their balance, bad things happen! As such, balance is taken quite seriously in the equine world. In contrast, when we train our dogs, we don’t observe nearly as obviously unpleasant (or dangerous) results if either party gets a bit wobbly. As such, we don’t really pay […]
Fear of sudden or loud noises is a common problem facing dogs and working with it takes a specific approach. What may start out as a little startle response when an unusual noise happens can turn into a phobia very quickly in certain dogs, and fear of one sound can generalize to fears of related […]
Duration comes in many forms in dog training. Down stays, calm holds, or a sustained sit pretty are what we normally think of when adding duration to behaviors. However, performing motion behaviors such as heeling or leg weaves are duration behaviors too. For some dogs duration comes naturally. However, for others, every fraction of a […]
During this hour-long presentation, you will learn about the tools and steps for conducting successful and safe inter-dog introductions. Mara will address shaping appropriate behaviors for high-arousal greeters as well as foundational skills required for successful inter-dog introductions. These steps and considerations are relevant for dog day cares, pet owners, and shelters.
When we refer to a dog going “over threshold,” we are referring to the point at which the dog transitions from high arousal, into a state where the thinking part of the brain is dulled, and the dog’s behavior becomes driven almost exclusively by instinct and emotion. One of the features of going “over threshold” […]