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Irith Trietsch Bloom - I'm Afraid I Don't Know How to Help! Addressing Fearful Behavior

Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Do you have a fraidy cat, dog, horse, parrot, or other animal in your life? It can be heartbreaking, frustrating, annoying, and even embarrassing to deal with fearful behavior. Whether the animal in your life only acts fearful in limited situations or seems to find the whole world threatening, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and what to do.

Join Irith Bloom to learn how to reduce fearful behavior, including…

  • Why fearful behavior happens
  • When fear is OK (and when it’s not)
  • Tools and techniques for addressing fearful behavior in the moment
  • Interventions that improve the animal’s ability to deal with strange and scary situations

The ultimate goal? A more confident, resilient animal who has the cognitive flexibility to deal with whatever the world throws at them.

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Laura Donaldson - Sniffing is Lifesaving for Dogs™ (Part 2 of a 2 part series)

Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

This multi-part webinar offers a deep dive into the everyday practice of canine sniffing—not organized nose or scent work but rather, the behavior dogs engage in when left to their own devices in the backyard or just walking down the block. Sniffing is critical to canine welfare because is a form of Slow Thinking and social problem-solving in dogs, who navigate the world first and foremost through their noses.

Part Two: Everyday Sniffing as Healing from Trauma

Trauma is significantly under-recognized in dogs, partly because canine responses to trauma are often suppressed as “bad” or even “disruptive” behavior. A common feature of traumatic response is that the brain’s executive capacity—the pre-frontal complex enabling subjects to self-regulate—is deactivated. It is here that both the neurobiology and behavior of sniffing provide dogs with a powerful form of healing because sniffing not only helps dogs re-activate their cognitive abilities but also enables a critical experience of embodied balance. Part Two of this multi-part webinar tells the story of how everyday sniffing helped one incredibly special dog recover from more than a decade of overwhelming neglect and stress. In telling this story, Part Two will introduce viewers to a basic framework for thinking about canine trauma and extend the insights from Part One on dogs' everyday sniffing as Slow Thinking and social problem-solving.

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Becki Vander Weele - Grooming for Comfort

Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Feeling frustrated trying to care for your aging dog's coat? Want tips for keeping them clean and comfortable?

Grooming our dogs is such an important factor for their comfort and mobility and many owners struggle to manage changing coat conditions in our dogs as they age or go through medical conditions. Join professional groomer Becki Vander Weele as she offers information on how to best overcome these challenging situations.

This webinar will cover topics such as identifying which tools and products are most helpful to improve coat conditions. She will help you think through and decide when it might be best to clip coats shorter and if you do that, how you can still keep your breeds “look”. Many of our seniors struggle to physically handle the grooming tasks necessary and Becki will provide tips on how best to split and execute grooming tasks so your senior dog is most comfortable.

Join us for this webinar and help your coat challenged dog look and feel their best!

Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Tools and products that are helpful
  • When is it ok to clip coats shorter?
  • Can you clip coats and still keep your breed’s “look”?
  • How to split grooming tasks so your senior dog is most comfortable.
  • What to do if your dog can’t tolerate grooming tasks and how to help them.

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Kristin Rosenbach - From Forest to Fork: Truffle Hunting with Dogs

Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

What would it be like to forage for wild food with your dog? How about hunting for underground delicacies that only your dog can locate? Enjoy a magical partnership with your dog and nature followed by a tasty meal you can thank your dog for. Any dog can do it!

Join professional truffle hunter, Kristin Rosenbach, to explore the enchanting world of truffle hunting with dogs. She will answer some of the most common questions, including:

  • What is a truffle?
  • How do dogs find them?
  • What does the process look like?
  • How can you get started training today?

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

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Michele Pouliot - Can You Build Bravery? Developing Resilience in Young Dogs

Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2023
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Resilience in working dogs is commonly used label for a highly desired attribute in guide and service dogs. It is the ability to deal with stressful circumstances by quickly recovering and continuing effective work.

"Resilience" Definition:

noun: resilience; noun: resiliency; plural noun: resiliencies

1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

"the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions"

2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

"nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience"

Can we develop and, in fact, purposely train this attribute of resilience young dogs?

Michele Pouliot has worked extensively in the guide dog industry for over 42 years (still consulting worldwide after formally retiring). Michele received a lifetime achievement award from the International Guide Dog Federation for her extensive work in bringing positive reinforcement methods to guide dog training around the world.

Join this fascinating webinar by Michele, where she will share her experiences and thoughts on how to support and possibly develop more resilience in a working and/or sport performance dog.

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Michael Shikashio - Close Encounters of the Unwanted Kind

Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2023
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 USD

Join Michael Shikashio CDBC as he showcases a variety of defensive handling techniques for:

  • What to do when off-leash dogs approach or attack your on-leash dog
  • Handling a dog who has issues with people or other dogs in tight spaces such as city environments, apartment buildings, or vet’s offices
  • Managing sudden moments when distance from people or other dogs cannot be controlled

So pull up your computer, popcorn, and leash and learn how to keep your dog and yourself safe!

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

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