Saturday, May 8th
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From the principal framework of the three-tiered cake (presented in “Our Take on Mistakes: The Cake!” on Day 1), Emelie and Eva delve deep into the practical aspects of dealing with mistakes. At the core of this presentation lies the notion that we unfortunately cannot rewind time – so instead we must find productive ways […]
Imagine teaching a cat to play cards. Or teaching a dog to show you what’s alike and what’s different on exactly the same set of objects in the same session on two different verbal cues. How often have we all watched an incredible training video and wondered how on earth that trainer managed to teach […]
Imagine if the only difference in what you say or do between your dog running from heel position to a target far away and doing a down in heel position is no more than an inch in where you feed the previous treat. What if you could teach a dog about 80 different behaviors without […]
So, it’s 2021 and the strain of 2020 has gone nowhere. As we continue to tread into this era of uncertainty, you are probably also dabbling in hybrid learning or trying to balance your virtual training alongside your in person training….it can all be extremely overwhelming. You’ve worked so hard to establish your new online […]
Competition is stressful for dogs and their human teammates. This stress adds a layer of complexity that is difficult for many teams to overcome. The good news is that we can teach our dogs to be confident and resilient. By thoughtfully and deliberately challenging them in ways they can successfully manage, we can build confidence […]
Behavior change is an individual process, not a one-size-fits-all event – no matter the species an animal behavior consultant is working with. When working with horses displaying behavior problems, behavior consultants must have knowledge of and experience in using a variety of techniques to address the behavior, depending on the needs of each individual. To […]
You may be using an intake form already for your behavior and training clients, but have you really thought about all the layers of information you have at your fingertips that the owner or caregiver has shared with you? Let’s dig into the information that will deepen your understanding of the animal’s behavior, illuminate the […]
Aggression cases present a lot of challenges and the first one is actually getting hands on the dog. After all, you can tell, tell, tell your clients what to do, but can you get them to actually follow directions? Are they already frightened and unable to safely interact with the dog? Using body language, posture, […]
This presentation is about how to use high-energy training and high-energy reinforcers. I’ve had well-trained Good dogs who could not rise to their potential without adding some Crazy. And I’ve had well-trained Crazy dogs who could not rise to their potential without adding some Good. What about your dog? In this presentation we’ll focus on […]
Lunch Time Panel Discussion (Via Facebook Live)
Socialization: What is it Really?
Hosted by Amy Cook, with panelists Kathryn Lord, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Suzanne Clothier.
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 socialization and what it means to “properly” socialize a puppy or young dog.
My dog could pull a cart? A sulky? A wagon? Me on skis? A sled? How cool would that be?! Oh, but what are all those straps for? What kind of harness do I need and how does it fit the dog? What’s the difference between skijorring and sledding and pulling a wagon? Are there […]
When you are dealing with many dogs in a household, you will have interactions of all kinds between the dogs. How do you know what is okay, what to watch for, or what is a big issue? Many times, there are lots of little things that add up to big issues that can be fixed […]
Sometimes, a puppy just isn’t wired right. Recognizing that a puppy isn’t normal, or isn’t a good fit for the family, can be challenging and heartbreaking. Social pressures of, “it’s all about how they’re raised” and “you must go to all lengths to keep this puppy” make it worse for the pet parents and professionals […]
Working with veterinary professionals is not just about training cooperative care or dropping off your business cards. Focusing on your work with veterinary professionals can help you grow and maintain a thriving business. Join me for a practical approach to being veterinary professionals’ preferred training and behavior provider while using those partnerships to bolster your […]
Does a dog’s breed, or breed mix, predict their personality or how they will be behave? Using information provided by owners of over 20,000 dogs who have participated in Darwin’s Ark, we explore common breed stereotypes. Dog breeds are often described as having particular personality traits and behaviors, and it can be tempting to assume […]
Socialization is not just about exposure to novel stimuli, it is about providing positive experiences. Over the years the importance of early experience has been recognized by professionals, which is a huge first step. It is maybe even more important to recognize that socialization needs to be a pleasant experience for the dog and to […]
This presentation focuses on what we know about separation anxiety risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment with reference to the scientific articles that support what we do.
Barking, lunging, snarling, snapping, and other behaviors lumped under the “dog-directed reactivity” umbrella are some of the most common pet guardians struggle with. In the world of pet dog training, management for life is a common prescription for these behaviors, but in the sport dog world dogs must be able to cope with their triggers […]
A common reaction to one’s first working breed dog is, “What did I get myself into?!” Yet, handlers who choose to stick with these dogs fall in love with them; they love their intensity, energy, phenomenal rate of learning and sheer enthusiasm for working, at which point they cannot imagine having any other type of […]