Managing Dogs in a Group Setting

Instructor:  Ms. Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB.  Faciliated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB Whether you have a multi dog family, take your dog to a dog park, conduct training classes, or own a doggie day care or boarding kennel, you are managing dogs in a group setting.  The dogs in the…

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The Bite Threshold Model: Implications for Resolving Canine Aggression

Instructor: Ms. Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB Facilitated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB Few topics evoke as much controversy and emotion as dog bites and aggression.  Professionals often hear from owners comments that include: “I never thought he’d actually bite!” “He just seemed to bite for no reason.” “It just came…

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Cujo Meets Pavlov: Using classical conditioning as a foundation for resolving leash-aggression

Instructors:  Kathy Sdao, M.A. ACAAB, facilitated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D. and Daniel Q. Estep, Ph.D., CAABs Most neighborhoods have at least one dog that turns into a snarling beast when he sees another dog while on a walk. This dramatic over-reaction of barking and lunging could escalate to actual aggression, creating dangerous situations for dogs…

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Positive Reinforcement: Beyond Food

Instructor: Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB Facilitated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB To use positive reinforcement effectively, a trainer must thoroughly understand what reinforcement means. Too often, we equate positive reinforcement with a piece of food. While this works in many cases, it is useless when a dog is too full, frightened, or aroused to eat.…

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Using Behavior Chains

To Reach Your Training Goals Instructor: Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB Faciliated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB Did you know that chains are good for dogs? Behavior chains, that is. (Not choke chains!) Behavior chains are sequences of movements that follow, one after the other, without a time gap. They are governed by cues from the…

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Sacred Cows of Dog Training Part 2

Instructors: Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB, Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB After an educational and entertaining Part I, "Sacred Cows of Dog Training" is back for Round Two.  What are  "sacred cows?"  We define these as uncritically accepted "core" ideas in the world of dog training and pet behavior consulting that have not…

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Sacred Cows of Dog Training Part 1

Instructors: Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB, Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB When was the last time you took a step back, and really thought about the behavioral information you impart to pet owners on a daily basis? There are a number of "core" ideas in the world of dog training and pet behavior…

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