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From Distress to De-Stress: Teaching the Switch from Frantic to Focused

May 7

2:00 pm PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: CCPDT, IAABC, KPA


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.

We’ve all had the experience of trying to suppress a frantic dog’s escalating behavior or to coax a learned exercise from a panicky dog unable to respond. The answer is not only to teach the lessons when the brain is fully available, but also to teach the learner how to control that overwhelm and stay more available. We need to build fluencies in times of calm which can withstand times of stress, and we need to build fluency in coping mechanisms to handle stress.

Join Laura VanArendonk Baugh to talk about intense, anxious, and hyper-aroused dogs and how to help them in sport or in everyday life.

Presented By:

Laura VanArendonk Baugh, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Laura VanArendonk Baugh (she/her) discovered positive reinforcement training after a decade of more traditional models, and she’s never looked back. She has competed in obedience, agility, rally obedience, and protection sport, but her special love is helping novices and crossover trainers like herself get started with the science of behavior and the practical application of clicker training. She also has a tender place for high-intensity dogs, which led to her first training book, Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out. Her second training book, Social, Civil, and Savvy, emphasizes the role of socialization in setting a dog up for learning and life success. She also has authored a book for children which introduces clicker training titled Dragons, Unicorns, Chimeras, & Clickers.

She currently lives with doberman Undómiel and labrador Penny, who was part of a clicker puppy research program for guide dogs. Laura is faculty for Clicker Expo and for the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training & Behavior, and she is delighted to join the Lemonade Conference.