The Science of Socialization As Compared to the Stories We’ve Been Told

Instructors:  Dan Estep, Ph.D. and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists Much has been written about the importance of socializing our dogs and cats.  But what is socialization, exactly?  Is it a process?  Is it an outcome?  Both?  Something else as well? What sorts of experiences are required to “socialize” a dog or cat…

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How to Resolve Housesoiling Problems

Instructors: Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB Housesoiling behavior is among the most common of problems for dog owners.  At one time or another almost all owners have to deal with it, even if it’s just when housetraining a puppy.  And ongoing soiling is one of the main behavior reasons why dogs lose…

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Keys, Guidelines, and Protocols For Working With Pet Behavior Problems

Instructors: Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, CVJ and Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB Whenever you agree to work with a pet behavior problem, you have to have a plan.  A plan should give you a structure for thinking about the behavior problem and a systematic guide for how to approach it and troubleshoot it if things don’t…

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How To Take Behavioral Histories and Increase Your Consulting Success

Instructors:  Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., and Daniel Estep, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists   Click HERE to go to the Course Page with replays and course materials.  This link will take you to a “Not Registered” page if you have not purchased the course. Barking.   Aggression.    Fear.     Elimination.    Urine marking.    Destructive behavior.    …

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Puzzling Behavior Changes…. Could it Be Pain?

Instructor:  Dr. Jennifer K Rommel, DVM.  Faciliated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB We’ve all seen dogs and cats displaying behaviors that are hard to understand.  The cat or dog that is suddenly fearful of people, places or events that were previously easily tolerated.   Dogs that suddenly refuse to go on…

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Help for Home Alone Dogs

Instructors: Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, CVJ and Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB Virtually every dog kept as a companion is left home alone – some for more hours than they spend with their owners – yet few are correctly acclimated to the experience.  The result is all sorts of home alone problems and sometimes thousands of…

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How to Use The Scientific Method to Track and IMPROVE Your Behavior & Training Results

Instructors: Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, CVJ and Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB In recent years, there’s been a push to make dog training “science based”.  Yet the reality is that data about the effectiveness of training and behavior modification protocols are scarce.  As a busy trainer or behavior consultant just trying to help people with their…

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Canine Aggression to Non-Family Members

Instructors:  Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, CVJ and Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB No other canine behavior problem causes so much concern or attracts so much public attention as aggression to people. Communities struggle with how to keep people safe and at the same time allow dog owners to have their pets. Lawsuits are often brought by…

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Using Play To Treat Canine Aggression

Instructor:  Dr. Karen London, CAAB.  Faciliated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB Dealing with dog aggression problems can be frightening to pet parents and difficult for behavior consultants and dog trainers. In recent years, a variety of new therapeutic approaches have arisen as well as variations of older ones.  Some of…

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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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