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Kellie Snider - Toward a New Understanding of the Constructional Aggression Treatment

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2022
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Since I released CAT in 2006 with Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, there have been some modifications to increase its effectiveness, and indeed, its palatability to trainers. As I have been known to say, Science-Based training is not about finding the One Big Eternal Truth to worship. It's about continued exploration and experimentation, and changing your behavior based on your (and others') discoveries.

This presentation will be an overview of the Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT) with an emphasis on how it has been improved. I'll go over what the Constructional Approach is, the importance of environment, and, importantly, adding the term "Alert" to our aggression vocabulary.

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Shade Whitesel - Connection: How to Build Loose Leash Walking in Sport and Real Life

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2022
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Wouldn’t it be awesome to let your dog out of the crate at the sports venue, have them orientate directly to you with nary a glance around at the busy surroundings and walk perfectly with you to the ring entrance?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to snap the leash onto your dog, exit the front door and go for a nice neighborhood walk, saying hi to the neighbors, passing dogs, cats and bicycles, stopping for your dog to sniff every once in a while?

Instead, your arm and shoulder hurts from the constant pulling, the constant yanking, you keep a death grip on the leash 6 inches from the dog’s collar on the way to the ring, you are embarrassed to exit the driveway, let alone go for a walk around the neighborhood, and you are looking sideways at the prong collars in the pet store aisle every time you go in to buy dog food.

Want some strategies? Want some joint relief? Want the dog to act like they are following you, rather than you following them?

I’m not a total miracle worker, but join me for this webinar and I’ll give you some skills to work on that will make walking much more enjoyable, whether that is from Pt A to B in the competition venue or outside in the real world.

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Note: This webinar is back by popular demand. Please check your webinar library before purchasing.

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Sharon Carroll - Improving Resilience and Perseverance

Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2022
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Why do some dogs instantly “bounce back” from a potentially stress-inducing incident, whilst others display ongoing issues from a similar event? Why do some dogs “push through” training challenges, whilst others lose interest, shut down, or leave? What factors determine an “appropriate level of challenge” for an individual dog? How do we know if our dog is being challenged enough, and how do we know if we are asking too much?

In this webinar we will discuss areas such as confidence, coping strategies, motivation, perseverance, and resilience.

Optimism is a common trait in dogs, hence most of the dogs we work with are optimistic; they see training and novel situations as potential opportunities for reward and enjoyment. These dogs not only anticipate good outcomes, but they also push through most challenges, and are typically able to recover quite quickly from any less-than-ideal situation.

Some dogs however are pessimistic, they approach unknown objects and unfamiliar situations / environments with skepticism, and/or they attempt to avoid unfamiliar circumstances / objects where possible. Many of these same dogs do not readily push through adversity or challenge, and once exposed to a negative emotional experience (e.g. a fear-inducing incident, a stressful situation, significant frustration or confusion, etc.) they do not recover rapidly and may actively avoid being placed in a similar situation in the future. Commonly this is displayed as a dog who is hesitant to join in with training, shuts down or leaves during training, or is fine during training but becomes unresponsive, shuts down, leaves, or displays displacement behaviors during attempts to compete. Successfully training and competing these dogs requires excellent observation skills, flexibility, and an understanding of why the dog displays this response.

Many factors that influence how our dog perceives a situation, their ability to problem solve a training challenge, their desire to remain working on a task through to completion, and how well they recover from adversity or emotional challenge, are intertwined; some contributing components are innate traits within our dog, but many aspects can be influenced through our actions/responses. With carefully planned skill building we can help our dog to become more resilient, more confident, and to display increased perseverance when undertaking a task.

In this webinar, we will discuss this topic in relation to sport dogs, and dogs that participate in regular training sessions, however the content will also be presented in a way that is applicable to building these same skills in pet dogs.

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Suzanne Clothier - Thresholds, Transitions, & Tincture of Time: Find Any Dog's Sweet Spot for Learning

Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2022
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Learning is facilitated when a dog is in the Think & Learn Zone (TLZ). Temperament, attention & arousal blend to create the individual dog's TLZ.

Thresholds define the use of the stimulus gradient (distance, duration & intensity) & distinguish management moments vs. training opportunity. Transitions are key to building & assessing the strength & fluency of a behavior.

Trainers who understand the dynamic interaction of these factors can effectively assess & meet the dog's needs in any situation.

Objectives

Attendees learn to:

  • Understand dynamic interaction of temperament, arousal & attention
  • Recognize threshold & TLZ behavior
  • Use transitions to build & strengthen behaviors
  • Applying the stimulus gradient using "thin slices" & Tincture of Time
  • Identify training opportunities vs management moments

Note: This webinar is back by popular demand. Please check your webinar library before purchasing.

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Dresden Graff - Four Tricks for Easier Outings

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2022
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Whether you're working with a service dog in training or are just wanting to make adventures with your social dog less of a circus routine- this webinar has something for you!

This tricks are easy to teach and make the post dog event social outings all the more enjoyable.

We will focus on some skills to smooth over the outing preparation, simple hacks for walking nicely, and savvy settling.

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Dense Fenzi - Whistle Recall: Creating a Fast and Furious Return to Handler

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2022
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

If you want to see the dust fly when you need your dog to come back RIGHT NOW, then you need this webinar. No matter what your dog currently sees, smells or is in the process of attempting to catch, you CAN get a fast and furious return to you - the handler - simply because you called!

This webinar will teach you how to condition your dog to recall under the most arousing and challenging circumstances - right from the start! By creating a powerful association between the sound of the whistle and your behavior, your dog will come back to you reflexively, without even thinking about it, simply because you called! And don't worry, you don't HAVE to use a whistle - your voice will work fine as well.

Whether your want this recall for dog sports or life, the process is simple, fast, extremely effective and....fun!

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