Want to take the Academy but live too far away?
Here is one way you can do it - watch the complete 40 hour video course or the shorter behavior courses. All the courses are listed in the dropdown to the right.
The courses are done seminar style, with outlines you can download, as well as an audience. The class courses range from $85.00 for a 9 or 12 hour course, to $300.00 for the full foundation course. Should you decide to take the course, Trish will be available for questions via email. If you're interested, and would like to learn more, you can email Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the classes are eligible for CPDT CEU's. If you wish to work towards ADB Certification, you can do so by taking the online courses.
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Academy of Dog Behavior
Foundation Course in Behavior & Training
Teaching People, Teaching Dogs
Begin with Level 1, our fundamentals course. This is a 40-hour series. Classes include lecture, video, and demonstrations with dogs.
Canine Ethology, Body Language and Social Structure
• Theories on the origin of the species and its progression to the variety of dog breeds of today.
• Body language and communication - how to interpret dog behavior and communicate as clearly as possible. Discussion of the senses, capabilities and emotions of dogs.
• The natural social structure of the dog, and how it can be used in the human/dog relationship.
Safe handling and evaluation basics
• Development of observational skills in order to predict canine behavior.
• Fundamental development of skills to maximize safety while handling dogs.
• Process of assessing dogs in order to maximize appropriate placement with potential owners
• Fundamentals of the various ways dogs learn, from social facilitation to the four quadrants.
• Begin the process of judging which learning process is appropriate in the modification process
• Equipment usage, from collars to halters to harnesses, their efficacy and usefulness
• Utilizing various methods of teaching basic skills to dogs and assessing the effectiveness of the methodologies – clicker training, modeling, luring, shaping
Solving Behavior Problems
• Development of practical strategies to solve a variety of behavior problems, utilizing management, relationship adjustment and training
21 CPDT CEU's are available for this class
15 Hour Foundation Course - Instincts, Emotions and Body Language
If you don't have 40 hours to spare, you could go with this more limited foundation course. As described above, this course focuses on who our dogs are and
why they act the way they do. We examine their communication methods, and there are two consultations in the course. There is some homework in the course. $125.00 for the
Intensive 9 or 12 Hour Behavior Modules
These modules provide an optimal format for taking a "deep dive" into the topics of your choice. Each module is
9 or 12 hours, and the fee for each is $85.00
Shelter Evaluations -
Evaluating shelter dogs is more art than science. You need to understand the mental state of the dog you’re looking at and what the behaviors you see today might morph into tomorrow. In a very real way, you are deciding the fate of an animal, and perhaps of future owners. In this recorded course, we go through each of the types of tests currently being used, as well as actually evaluating a series of dogs, drawing conclusions and explaining our findings.
Fear is the most primitive and necessary of all emotions – but it’s also the one that interferes most with the lives of us and our companions. Fear can be the reason a dog is difficult to handle or aggressive in a shelter or in a home. Behavior modification can be subtle and time consuming, challenging for most people to deal with. As a result, fear issues can cause anxiety that wrecks havoc on our homes. This module recaps the various causes of fear, body language as displayed by different breed types, common mistakes and appropriate behavior modification techniques for both shelter and owned dogs.
Many of our dogs are living in stressful situations - some come from unfortunate, neglectful or even abusive backgrounds. Some have never
learned to be alone. This module focuses on anxious dogs, and how to help ease their anxiety and help them live comfortable lives. As with most of the modules, there are
live consultations as part of the class.
How Dogs Learn
In this course, we discuss how to teach dogs, and how they learn. Included in this module are operant conditioning, classical
conditioning, single event learning and observational learning,
Teaching Reactive Dog Classes
Reactive dogs are often removed from regular classes, where they - and everyone else - are overwhelmed. But they do need to attend classes geared just for them. In this intensive, we will discuss how to organize such classes, what to teach and how to provide the support the owners needs. We will also discuss the differences between small and large dog reactivity, and why one class won’t work for the other type of dog!
Real Life Behavior Modification - Conducting Consultations
There's an art to conducting a consultation. Of course, it includes gathering enough information to help the client. But it also involves gaining the trust of both the client and the dog. This module involves a discussion of the skills necessary, role playing and doing actual consults.
Working with Reactive dogs
This module is aimed at helping owners (or ourselves) with reactive dogs. These dogs can be just frustrated, afraid or truly aggressive. Their motivation will influence how we address the issues. It's also important to assess the response of the handler or owner, who might be inadvertently reinforcing what he or she doesn't want to. As with all behavior problems, there are no easy answers.
Multiple dog Classes
Multiple Dogs - There's generally both luck and skill involved when you own more than one dog. Luck in choosing dogs that are
compatible...skill in keeping them compatible and possibly adding more dogs.
Whether you work in a shelter or do home visits, it's good to know how to evaluate a dog in order to help you predict his or her behavior. In this course, we evaluate several dogs, and of course you see video of the full evals.
"Trish has an amazing way of sharing years of experience and knowledge on canine behavior; by serving as a translator of sorts between dog speak and human speak, her teachings are not only incredibly fun and entertaining, but have an enormous educational value that is helping bridge the gap between people and their dogs, improving relationships, quality of life and giving an insight into a wildly fascinating subject."