Dog Behavior

Instructor: Amy Cook

Instructor: Amy Cook

(this course is the same as BH101 taught in the previous session, do not sign up for this class if you already took BH101)

If you wish to train a dog for performance and competition, you'll want to have a working knowledge of "learning theory," or the study of how animals learn and how we can best explain things to them. In this course, we'll take a look at the basic scientific principles that we use in our training. We'll talk about basic terminology so we can all be on the same page, and then we'll jump in with both feet, looking at operant conditioning, classical conditioning, their intersection, and the current state of animal learning since Skinner and Pavlov made their initial contributions.

Instructor: Amy Cook

In addition to having a strong theoretical basis for understanding shy or fearful dogs and how to support them, it's also important to learn how to correctly apply the techniques discussed in our fundamentals class - with your dog!

This class will teach you how to work with your fearful dog directly, and is ideal for students who wish to go beyond a theoretical understanding of behavior modification. Gold level students will videotape their dog's behavior under different circumstances, and will receive specific feedback on how to work with their dog to help them become more confident, and overcome their fears. If you wish to compete in performance events with your shy dog, this is a critical first step to working through the myriad issues that you will face along the way, and it will give you skills you can apply to new challenges!

Here is your chance to apply the techniques of desensitization, counter-conditioning, and threshold management in a controlled manner and under expert guidance!

Instructor: Amy Cook

Does your dog bark and lunge? Is she overly excited and difficult to control? Many performance dogs (and companion dogs, too!) develop challenges like these, and solving these issues positively will hinge on your understanding of the fundamentals!

Anyone who has a reactive or aggressive dog needs a thorough grounding in basic behavior modification concepts before attempting rehabilitation. What is counter-conditioning, exactly? When should I reward? What we choose to do can make things drastically worse if we aren't well prepared first! In this course we will go over the fundamentals of reactivity in dogs, how it arises, and how we can re-focus our dogs to get the best performances out of them! This will be a Silver and Bronze level course only, with lecture and discussion, and is a pre-requisite for the Practical Applications course. 

Instructor: Amy Cook

Sports competitors are no strangers to reactive dogs. Often, the dogs that give us those energetic and passionate performances can be the same ones that react first and ask questions later!

In this course, we'll take the practical information that you learned in the fundamentals class and apply it specifically to help your dog's behavior improve, addressing arousal and focus issues. It is ideal for students who wish to to receive specific feedback on their dog's behavior under different circumstances - Gold level participants will videotape their dog's behavior to learn how best to work with their dogs.

Here is your chance to apply behavior modification techniques with expert guidance!

Please note: If your dog's reactivity is severe, please seek professional assistance from a behaviorist near you. Before signing up for a gold level spot, contact Amy to determine if this class is suitable to your circumstances.

 

 

Instructor: Donna Hill

Instructor: Jamie Robinson

Instructor: Jamie Robinson