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Reactive and Unraveled: Behaviour Modification for the Performance Dog
As a performance dog owner, you’re a special kind of person. Not only is your dog a loved family member, but they are also your partner in sport. You love your dog and you love your sport- which is why it can be overwhelming to see your dog struggle with reactivity, anxiety, and pressure when training or trialing.
This workshop offers a new take on reactive or anxious performance dogs, that moves beyond just commonly suggested management strategies (which are often not effective) and addresses the core issue by examining how stress is experienced and modified in dogs. Taught by a veterinary technician and Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant, this workshop uncovers why common training strategies fail to address the dog’s underlying emotional state or effectively use learning theory to modify behaviour.
You will benefit from this workshop if your dog does any of the following while training or trialing:
Spins, jumps, and barks incessantly
Re-directs and lunges at other dogs or nips you
Frequently leaves you to sniff or focus on the environment
Shuts down or becomes overly worried or stressed
Has general reactivity towards dogs or people
Struggles with confidence and maintaining drive
This five hour workshop will cover:
Learning theory, including common errors in application
The role of the handler in causing stress, adding pressure, or demotivating a dog
The difference between drive and arousal and why it’s so important to understand
How to implement classical conditioning and systematic desensitization to change the dog’s underlying emotional state
Developing an effective off-switch for over the top dogs
Warm up routines for trialing that prepare- not overwhelm- your dog to perform at their best in the ring
Using tools like backchaining to create new routines and responses in your dog
Limited working spots will be available to dogs that are screened as appropriate and likely to benefit. Crating and ring set-up will ensure all working dogs are comfortable, including dogs which should be crated in cars for their comfort.
Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Location: Campaign Dog Academy, Georgetown, ON
Working spots (limited): $150. Working spots must be applied for and are not guaranteed. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
Auditing spots: $75
Lunch is included.
Individual assessments are available following the workshop. These one hour assessments will include:
A thorough history and background review of major behavioural and performance issues
A behaviour modification plan to address a behavioural issue of the handler’s choice, including practicing training exercises and discussing future progressions
Working and auditing spots eligible for a discount on individual assessments in person or via Skype.
For more information on details and pricing, contact us at email@example.com
Customize Your Learning
One to four hours in length
Workshop topics can include but are not limited to:
Puppy selection and training
Adopting from a shelter
Loose leash walking
Select topics on service dog training
Five to eight hours in length
Seminar topics can expand on workshop topics and also include but are not limited to:
Reactive and aggressive dogs 101
Advanced topics in proofing skills and generalizations
Advanced topics in service dog training
Sport dogs- arousal and drive
Advanced topics and strategies for reactive and aggressive dogs
Lunch and Learns
One to one and a half hours in length
Lunch and learn topics can include but are not limited to:
Force and fear free vet visits
Learning theory 101
Clicker training 101