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The Play Way: Therapeutic Help for Fear, Anxiety, and Stress

May 24

10:00 pm PT


All dogs can experience stress at times, and some struggle with stress, anxiety, or reactivity routinely. Play is one of the best stress relievers there is in general, but it can also be used therapeutically to help a dog reframe its experiences and learn new responses to them.

Additionally, a social play habit increases our sensitivity to our dogs’ early signals of stress, and can allow you to more reliably identify “threshold” so you can make good therapeutic choices. Help your dog dismiss her fears while supporting her through social play!

Presented By:

Amy Cook, PhD, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Dr. Cook is an International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, a longstanding professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation. Dr. Cook received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, with her research focusing on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ. Dr. Cook is the founder and creator of the Play Way and a popular instructor for the online school, The Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. She has been training dogs for nearly 30 years, and has specialized in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for over 20 years.