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Jessica Hekman, PhD - Stressed Out: Dogs, Hormones, and Stress

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

What happens in your dog's brain and body when something scares her? How long can you expect her stress response to last? In this webinar, Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will talk about the stress response in dogs. She will explain the original evolutionary purpose of the stress response; what the hormones involved in it (like cortisol) do in the body; the difference between acute and chronic stress and the different effects the have on dogs' health; and what we know about how long it takes the body to clear those hormones. You will definitely learn some cool stuff about how the brain works and what that means for your dog's ability to focus through the stress of something like a trial environment!

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Amy Cook, PhD - Stressed Out: Does it Look Like You Think it Does?

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Most of us know the overt signs of more extreme stress, but if you want to help your dog not get that stressed then you need to intervene early, and that means knowing it’s much more subtle signs! In this webinar we’ll go over signs of stress from the most overt to the most subtle, and consider strategies for lessening stress when it comes up from the environment and from your training choices.

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Nancy Tucker - Top 3 Solutions to End Doorbell Pandemonium

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

The doorbell. Ugh. If anything can cause the most canine chaos with the least amount of effort, it’s the common doorbell or a knock at the door. That simple musical chime (or knock-knock) triggers barking, racing through the house, and crowding the entrance. Even when the sound just comes from the TV!

What follows is often the addition of human voices shouting over the noise in an unsuccessful attempt to quiet things down.

There’s a better way. No shouting, no diving for the mute button on the remote, no wading through barking, hopping dogs at the door.

In this webinar we’ll cover the top 3 approaches to curbing the chaotic response to doorbells or knocking, with the aim to restore peace and calm in your home, even when the UPS driver shows up.

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Petra Ford - Mental Preparation for Competitive Dog Sports: From Freaked Out to Fabulous!

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Competitors are not born, they are made - with a lot of hard work, self reflection and effort! If you have 5 to 10 minutes a day to practice, Petra Ford can teach you the mental management skillset that took her from freaked out to international dog obedience champion. Learn how to set goals, manage feelings of failure, embrace visualization and work that mental management muscle - the more you train it the stronger it gets! Petra will help you understand ring nerves; what they are, how to use them to your advantage and how to overcome your fears that leaves you flustered and unable to enjoy the competition ring. Harness the power of habit, empower yourself to be confident and successful in competition, and so much more!

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Debbie Torraca & Lucy Newton - Help with Head Halters

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Under certain circumstances, head halters can be a useful piece of dog training equipment. However, their use is controversial in some dog training circles. Part of this is because, when not used properly, they can be either physically or mentally aversive to the dog. It’s important to fit the halter properly, allow the dog to acclimate to it and to teach the dog how to respond to tension on the halter.

In this webinar, Lucy Newton and Debbie Torraca will discuss the pros and cons of head halter use. Lucy Newton will describe how she uses them for the service dogs that she trains. She will discuss different brands of halters, how she selects which one to use and when she implements one in her training. She will also demonstrate how she acclimates the dog to the halter and how she teaches the dog to respond to halter pressure. Debbie Torraca will discuss the physiological risks and cover some of the biomechanics of halters and how they can potentially be harmful if not used properly.

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Petra Ford - Freaked Out to Fabulous: More Tactics for Combating Ring Nerves

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Missed Part One of Freaked out to Fabulous, or purchased it and want even more techniques? This webinar is for you!

Performance nerves. We all have them. They take the fun out of trialing and they often have a negative impact on our dogs. Why is it that some people seem to handle this environment so effortlessly? Are they born that way? I can tell you they’re not! And it is absolutely possible to learn to manage your nerves when competing.

When I first started competing, I had terrible ring nerves. With consistent practice I learned to manage my nerves to compete successfully at the highest levels.

This webinar will give you many tools and exercises that you can implement immediately to improve your mental game. Your dog deserves the best from you! With as little as 5-10 minutes a day of practice, you CAN learn to enjoy training and competition. And, as a bonus, these techniques can be applied to your everyday life as well!

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