A SEMINAR FOR ALL PEOPLE WHO LOVE DOGS: DOG OWNERS, DOG ENTHUSIASTS AS WELL AS THE NEW DOG TRAINER OR SEASONED PROFESSIONAL.
Saturday April 13, 2013 9am - 5pm BUILDING OBSERVATION SKILLS
Exercises to build observation skills for appreciating & entering the "umwelt" (an animal's perception of its world), reading body language on a detailed and whole body basis. Focusing on the dog's sensory input, external body language, understanding breathing, use of space, orientation, geometry, tension & more. Demonstration dogs will be used for practice .Improve your observation skills, learn how to really see instead of just looking, and how to watch fine & subtle details from the dogs.
Sunday April 14th 9am - 5pm Drive, Enthusiasm, Brakes and Steering: Keeping Dogs in the Think & Learn Zone (tm) AND “Say Hi 1-2-3 Greetings”
On Sunday you will put your newly acquired dog observation skills to use in Suzanne`s `Say Hi 1-2-3` - her method of introducing dog to dog and assessing what the dogs think about that. Many dog owners as well as all trainers struggle with the wide range of training and behavior issues that have their origin in arousal, sensory stimulation and reactivity. You and your dog will benefit from Suzanne`s approach to understanding arousal, reactivity, behavior and performance, how dogs think & learn (or don’t!) when aroused, perfect performance vs. perfect train wreck, and how to help your dog be the best they can be. Her Relationship Centered Approach is sensible, humane and effective. Topics covered are, for example:The physiology of arousal (understanding ANS (sympathetic, parasympathetic & enteric), chronic stress & the damage it can do, productive & non-productive arousal, fear & anxiety & their effects on learning)The Think & Learn zone (tm) (why your dog needs to be in this zone, how to see when he’s leaving the zone & how to get him back, understanding the Stimulus Gradient) What the dog can tell you (how observable behaviors reflect physiological changes, the power of volitional posture shifts) Putting it all together (Promoting, provoking or preventing – handler contributions, Being the best handler & team-mate for your dog)
Saturday evening lecture 7pm - 9.30pm From Maddening to Maturity: Understanding & Helping the Adolescent Dog
Do you wonder where your once wonderful puppy went? And why has he turned into a sometimes maddening, unpredictable, maybe even out of control adolescent? Relax – you’re not alone. “Teenage” dogs are everywhere, and sometimes, driving their owners crazy. This evening lecture will help you better understand what adolescence means for your dog, for you, and for your relationship. Even with a great start in puppyhood – classes, socialization, play dates, training – many dogs hit adolescence and become frustrating, unruly. While puzzling to many owners, this is a natural progression. This lecture will help you guide your dog safely through teenage years into marvelous maturity!