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Deb Jones, PhD - Consent at the Vet: Yes? No? Maybe?

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

Consent in dog training is a pretty hot topic these days. What is consent and how do we know when our dogs are offering it? How can we strike a balance between respecting our dog’s desires and preferences while also making sure that they have the care they need?

In this webinar we will explore the concepts of consent, cooperation, and tolerance combined with visits to the veterinarian’s office and common office procedures.

Some of the many questions we will discuss include:

  • How do you recognize the signs of consent?
  • What behaviors can you train to help your dog communicate consent to you?
  • What should you do in emergency situations when a procedure is simply not going to be optional?
  • How do you handle unpleasant situations and the fallout after the fact?
  • What do you do if you are starting from a place of fear and resistance?
  • Is it even possible to make a significant difference for an already stressed dog?
  • How should you approach training for routine vet visits?

We will consider all these questions, and more! Join me for a thoughtful review of the general ideas and concepts, along with some specific suggestions for training steps and problem solving common issues during vet visits.

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Stacy Barnett - Creating a Thinking Nosework Dog through Search Setups Part 2

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

In Nosework, the hides do the training. Placement and understanding the dog's thought processes should determine how you set your hides. In this webinar, we will help to expand your approach to setting hides that will build your skills. A hide is not a hide is not a hide! Either you are building skills or you aren't... which are you doing? Are you helping to sculpt your dog's search behavior or following along for the ride? Are you helping your dog to think differently or is your dog settled in his ways? We will talk about all of these topics and give you ideas for building your dog's skills in a way that stretches your dog, and in a way that respects who your dog is as an individual.

In Part 2 of this 2 part series, we continue to build our dog’s problem solving skills. In this part, we transition to covering the dog’s ability to work the search area in 3 dimensions. Part 2 will cover the second two problem solving scenarios: Using Geometry & Spatial Problem Solving.

A part of cognitive learning is understanding and applying patterns. We can utilize geometry and hide placement in order to mold and shape the dog’s search approach. If your dog needs to be more methodical, look here! Ideally, we utilize hide placement rather than handler intervention to encourage a logical approach to searching.

Spatial Problem Solving is all about toggling between eyes and nose in order to assess and react to the environment in order to find the hide more quickly. As our searches get more complicated, the more the dog is challenged to work out spatial problems. Can your dog work around objects to find source? When the dog initiates the spatial problem solving, the result is a faster, cleaner find and more joy on the dog’s part for solving the puzzle!

Note: Part 2 of this series will happen on Nov. 21, 2019 at 6pm PT. While it is helpful to take both webinars in this series, it is not required; both webinars are created to stand alone as well.

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U.S. Thanksgiving

There will be no webinar on Thurs. Nov. 28th due to Thanksgiving.


Jessica Hekman, PhD, DVM - To Spay or Not to Spay: That is the Question (Part 1)

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

Veterinarians used to routinely recommend that your dog be neutered (spayed or castrated) at 6 months of age. That recommendation has been questioned in the past decade as information about the possible health consequences of early age neuter (or neuter at any age) comes to light.

Jessica will discuss what we know about the relationship of spay/neuter timing and changes in the risk of development of cancer.  She will also talk about how spay/neuter can affect behavior, for better or worse.  She will specifically discuss some recent studies and will detail problems designing effective studies to ask these questions.

These will be two separate webinars given on the same day.  You can register for one or both of them.  There will be very little overlap of information.  If you are wondering when, or if, you should neuter your dog, make your decision based on facts, not emotions.  Join Jessica and Sue for two informative webinars.

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Sue Yanoff DVM - To Spay or Not to Spay: That is the Question (Part 2)

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

Veterinarians used to routinely recommend that your dog be neutered (spayed or castrated) at 6 months of age. That recommendation has been questioned in the past decade as information about the possible health consequences of early age neuter (or neuter at any age) comes to light.

Sue will discuss the effect of spay/neuter on orthopedic issues, including cranial cruciate ligament injuries and hip dysplasia.  Her webinar will include information about growth plates (what are they, when they close, why should we care), the various ways to sterilize your female dog (OVH, OVE, OSS) and your male dog (castration, vasectomy), the differences between a “regular” spay and a laparoscopic spay, and pediatric spay/neuter.

These will be two separate webinars given on the same day.  You can register for one or both of them.  There will be very little overlap of information.  If you are wondering when, or if, you should neuter your dog, make your decision based on facts, not emotions.  Join Jessica and Sue for two informative webinars.

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Bobbie Lyons - Design a Balanced K9 Fitness Plan

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

The webinar will cover:

  • A brief description of how to get started in fitness
  • A brief description of skills that could be trained to help communicate with your dog and make fitness more rewarding for both the dog and handler
  • Take what your dog knows and turn it into repetitious exercise
  • Focused exercise for the entire body
  • Focused exercise in all planes of motion
  • Exercise with and without balance equipment
  • How often should you change your K9 fitness plan

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Denise Fenzi - Acclimation and Engagement 2.0: From Training to Competition

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time. 

Do you feel like you’re working hard to make training exciting while your dog gives nothing back? Do you fight to keep your dog’s attention when you’re not holding a cookie or dangling a toy? Have you been told that you need to be “more exciting”?

If this sounds familiar, then your team needs Engagement training; a process that transfers responsibility for the start of work from the human to the dog. Now, instead of talking your dog into working with you, your dog will talk you into working with him; no visible food or toys required! The solution to a distracted dog is NOT to be more exciting; it’s to change the power dynamic to one where the dog understands that work is a privilege! Once you have worked with a fully engaged dog, you’ll never go back to bribing or cajoling again.

While this webinar will be similar to Denise's prior Engagement webinar (and the class she taught by the same name), she will introduce additional steps and concepts that will be useful for dogs that need more structure along with a plan for the advanced steps of Engagement. The goal is to create a trial ready canine partner who will not explore the competition space before being asked to work there.

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