Wait for It: Discussing Duration in All Its Forms

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...

Accessible Training: Making the Impossible Happen

Sarah Rodriguez was born with a severe neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and her childhood dog positively impacted her life in so many ways as she grew up with a disability. As she got older, she wanted to give back to animals by helping people...

Bark-Lunge 101

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,...

Arousal and the All-Important “Threshold”

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....

PULL!

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...

The Two Sides of Failure

Let’s talk about what failure could really look like in dog training. How important it is to embrace failure as an event rather than adopting it as a character flaw in yourself or your dog. I will share what strategic failure looks like in my program and how important...

When the Fur Flies: Inter-Cat Aggression

Inter-cat aggression is one of the most common behavior problems the presenter sees in her behavior consulting business. This distressing problem can occur with cats that are new to one another, as well as with siblings that have always been “best friends.” This...

The Lemon Puppy

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”...

The Science of Making Dogs Happy

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...

Pump the Brakes: What to Do When You’re Spinning Out on Stress

Reactive. Wired and tired. Running on adrenaline. Our fast-paced work, combined with the stressors of life in the age of COVID, can leave us feeling like we’re in constant overdrive. Long-term escalated stress pushes us into survival mode, impacting our quality of...

Where Will the Good Dogs Come From?

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...

Tight Budget, Big Problems

Depending on your area, many of your clients will not be able to afford all of the training they need and want, especially not for advanced behavioral problems. One of the skills trainers must develop is to learn how to adapt our programs and packages to what our...

Crazy Good! Self Control Games for the Wild Child

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...

The Power of Play

The use of toys as reinforcement is common practice in dog sports, but the use of play itself is often not fully harnessed. Join world renowned seminar presenter Kamal Fernandez, as he discusses the many ways in which play can be used to teach, create confidence,...

The Gift of a Gray Muzzle

Senior dogs are special. They capture our hearts and because of age-related changes to their bodies and brains, they often challenge our skills as caretakers and trainers. Kathy Sdao will draw material from her recent workshop The Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care...

Little to BIG: Issues in Multi-Dog Households

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...

Conducting Successful and Safe Inter-Dog Introductions

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...

From Roadblocks to Rainbows: Enhancing Client Consulting Skills

Are your clients rainbows—each unique and special? Or roadblocks—always in their own way, and yours? Would your work be more fulfilling if clients just did what you told them to do the first time? Do you feel frustrated that clients don’t comply with instructions...

Arousal and Aggression: When There’s Fuel Behind the Fire

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...

The I in Team: How Veterinary Partnerships Can Work for You

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...

Creating Confident Competitors: Dogs & Humans!

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...

Ain’t Got a Cue: Making Every Movement Count

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...

Interactive Toy Play From Foundations to Practical Reinforcer

In this delivery we will talk through a step-by-step system of how to introduce the foundations of interactive toy play to dog and guardian teams, catering for different preferences and abilities. We will then cover how and when to begin using this reinforcement...

Pain and Problem Behavior: Putting Animal Welfare First!

The potential role of pain in problem behavior is widely acknowledged, but there seems to be a lack of structure to recognizing the many ways which it can impact both normal acceptable activity but also problem behavior. From a scientific research perspective, it is...

The Secrets Behind Proper Canine Exposure to Novelty

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...

Getting to Yes: Encouraging Your Dog to Cooperate in His Own Care

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,...

Thinking About Dogs from an Evolutionary Perspective

Using evolution as a tool to better understand the dogs we share our homes with can be useful, but treating our dogs like wolves is not. It is the very fact that dogs have evolved to be different than wolves that allows them to live in our homes. It is much more...

The Layer Cake Approach: What are Complex Behaviors Made Of?

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...

Beethoven for Your Dog…Really?

The music for dogs industry is huge and makes claims that include “curing” dogs of anxiety, sound phobias, and separation anxiety. Much of the marketing explicitly offers the products as alternatives to the use of medication, training, management, and veterinary...

Sculpting the Cue

According to an old tale, a person once asked the artist Michelangelo how he was able to carve his famous statue of David from a single piece of stone. Michelangelo apparently replied that he simply chipped away every piece of stone that wasn’t David. Emily believes...

Our Take on Mistakes: The Cake!

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...

Practical Strategies for Dealing with Mistakes

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...

Sound Advice: Help for Your Noise Sensitive Dog

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...

Ruff ‘N Tumble: Martial Arts for Dogs

Ruff’N Tumble – Martial Arts for Dogs is an exciting dog sport that all dogs can do. It is an action sport that takes agility and teamwork to new levels for a dog and their handler. Obstacles are found in the environment and are limitless. Dogs can be on or off leash,...