Independent Behavior Modules - recorded live and available for you.


Each module takes a deep dive into a particular kind of issue, or a particular type of dog.   Scroll through and decide which you might like to take.  You can sign up here.


 


Life Stages - Puppy, Young Adolescent, Adult

Part I: Puppies

Though many people would like to think that puppies are clay they can mold, each puppy is an individual, with individual personalities and needs. Guardians and owners can help them reach their full potential by observing who they are and helping them grow. This class will cover the first months of life—from birth to young adolescence—and the challenges along the way.

 

Part II: Aging Dogs

Age creeps up on dogs, and it can confuse people, who can't figure out whats going on with their companions. Sometimes personalities change—some get testy, others mellow—and physical changes can and do influence behavior. In this segment, we will discuss some of the special needs of the aging dog and how owners can help it be a pleasant time.

12 CPDT CEU's available

 


Leash Reactivity

Leash reactivity is often a perplexing, embarrassing, and frustrating behavior problem! An owner might feel like his or her dog has two personalities—one that hates other dogs, and the other that allows him to play with his friends and at dog parks.

 

How do you modify the behavior? Avoidance, punishment, desensitization, and counter-conditioning? Chances are, your clients have tried some methods with zero success. In this course, we’ll discuss how to assess the dogs’ motivations, as well as what techniques are appropriate based on the skill set of the handler/owner.

 12 CPDT CEU's available


Reactive Dog Classes - The Midnight Walkers Club

Classes for reactive dogs are intrinsically different from normal classes. First, it's a support system for people who have unreliable dogs.  Secondly, the goal is to teach dogs to be calm in situations which arouse, excite or terrify them.  In this module, we actually work with several reactive dogs in a classroom setting, as well as discuss the ways to run the class.

12 CPDT CEU's available


Shelter Dog Evaluations

Evaluating shelter dogs is an art as well as a science.  Evaluators must understand the mental and physical state of the dog and consider how the behaviors you see today might change over time.  Each evaluation is of utmost importance, and deserves due diligence.  In a very real way, you are deciding the fate of an animal, and, perhaps, of future owners. In this hands-on course, we’ll go through the types of tests currently being used, as well as actually evaluating a series of dogs, drawing conclusions, and explaining our findings.


Training Temperaments: Bullies, Terriers, Herding Breeds, & Guardians

Most dogs are kept in our homes as companions these days, but different breeds were actually bred for different purposes, and still retain many of the useful instincts of their forebears. Their jobs range from herding, to guarding to fighting pest control. In this module, we will discuss the behavior profiles of several different breed types: Bullies, Herding Dogs, Terriers, and Guardians. Plus what each of them might need in order to be great companions.

12 CPDT CEU's available

 


Conducting Consultations - Real Life Behavior Mod

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 Fear

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 home.  Behavior modification can be subtle and time consuming, challenging for most people to deal with.  As a result, fear issues can wreck havoc on homes and families.  This module recaps the various causes of fear, body language as displayed by different breed types, common mistakes and appropriate behavior modification for both owned and shelter dogs. 12 CPDT CEU's available