This course will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to other dogs or people, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. S.A.N.E. Solutions is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to create a state of both physical and emotional balance.
Course Length: Eight Lessons
Course Objectives: This course will enable the learner to complete the following learning objectives:
*;Recognize and correctly interpret canine body language and communication signals.
*Understand the significant link between posture, physical tension, and behavior.
*Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
*Learn and correctly apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises. (Basic concepts of Tellington TTouch).
*Understand and apply the mechanics of using the leash with two points of contact to eliminate the opposition reflex. (Lead a dog on leash in balance).
*Identify and describe the benefits and disadvantages of various types of harnesses and head collars.
*Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
*Learn and perform specific exercises to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of giving choice.
*Learn and perform specific exercises to reduce dog to dog reactivity and/or reactivity to other objects, species, or people.
*Perform specific exercises to reduce separation anxiety and build confidence.