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Desensitization and Counterconditioning

May 24

10:00 am PT


Learn the practical application of desensitization and counterconditioning techniques to treat fearful behaviors. This presentation focuses on mechanical skills, navigating potential speed bumps, tracking progress, and troubleshooting. We’ll examine definitions (what desensitization and counterconditioning are, and what they aren’t); the recipe for success (a crucial ingredient list); how operant learning fits into the equation (are we just changing “feelings” or are we affecting behaviors too?); and answers to clients’ most pressing questions (“So how long is this gonna take?).

Presented By:

Nancy Tucker

Nancy is a certified trainer with the CCPDT, and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the IAABC. She teaches seminars, webinars, and workshops on dog training, dog behavior, and the business end of training throughout Canada, the US, and Europe. She has presented at conferences for the Pet Professional Guild, the IAABC, the Dog Event in France, and the WOOF! conference in the UK.

She is an instructor for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy where she teaches popular courses focusing on various topics including how to treat separation anxiety, how to use desensitization and counterconditioning to treat fearful behaviors, and how to tackle other common behavior issues. She also offers virtual consultation services to other professional dog trainers.

Nancy has written numerous articles on dog behavior and is a regular contributor to the Whole Dog Journal. She is a founding member of the Regroupement Québécois des Intervenants en Éducation Canine (RQIEC), a Quebec-based association of trainers and behavior consultants.

She shares her home in Quebec, Canada with her husband, Tom and their Border Terrier, Bennigan.