Routines & Repeated Behaviors: Bringing out the Best in Dogs
Good routines can reduce canine stress, decreasing disease while promoting better behavior. Conversely, bad routines can perpetuate disease, create and promote misbehaviors and increase liability in multi-dog facilities. Canine handlers knowledgeable about good routines are in the position to be proactive and not simply reactive to issues. Seminar participants will be introduced to calming protocols that bring out the best in dogs - protocols that are effective, efficient, economical and even environmentally sensitive.
Understanding Energy and Association
To positively affect a dog's behavior, it helps to understand the associations and energy behind it. Seminar participants will be introduced to these concepts, and they will see them come together to bring out the best in their dogs.
Utilizing Movement in Canine Rehabilitation
A dog's instinct is to track movement, and it is his nature to be moving a significant portion of his day. For these reasons, knowing how to generate and use movement is valuable when communicating with dogs and in their physical and psychological rehabilitation. Seminar particiants will see how movement (in some cases, forward, and in some cases, backward) can be used to address common canine behavioral issues such as submissive urination, shyness, anxiety, hyperactivity, aggression, plus fears and phobias.
Non-verbal communication (Body language is the name of the game)
Verbal communication (Going beyond “good boy!”)
Dogs communicate with each other primarily through non-verbal body language, and they respond best when we communicate with them in a similar fashion. People who understand common canine social rules and who utilize their body language effectively, whether or not they are holding on to a leash, are in a good position to bring out the best in the dogs in their care. Verbal communication also has its place, but knowing how and when to use it is important. After this seminar, participants will better understand the whats, the hows and the whys of canine communication, and they will be ready to try what they have learned with the dogs in their care.
Matching the Response to the Behavior
When you don't want a dog to repeat a behavior, it is vital to match your response to the behavior carefully. If you are over the top, you can scare a dog, lose his trust or respect, or worse, you can create a challenge. If you under-respond, you will never stop the misbehavior, and you could even perpetuate it. Participants will learn how to best match their responses to behaviors, to bring out the best in their dogs.
Canine Aggression (Decoding the "bad" dog)
Aggression isn't aggression isn't aggression. It is a symptom that can be rooted in fear, hormones, prey-drive or, much less often, dominance. More often than not, it is situational (and therefore reversible). Identifying the underlying problem is pivotal in each and every case. Seminar participants will learn about different types of canine aggression and how to address each one quickly, safely and permanently.
De-stressing for Shelter Dogs (and the People Who Care for Them)
Stress begets more stress, and it also leads to a greater incidence of disease. Too, behavioral issues are perpetuated when a facility becomes a place of stress and not of peaceful, canine-savvy routine. Participants attending this seminar will learn how to de-stress their facilities, utilizing techniques and housing recommendations used successfully at Safe Harbor Farm’s K9 Rescue & Rehab Center.
Treadmilling for Good Behavior and Rehabilitation
Treadmills are a flexible tool with many applications. They can be used to address everything from hyperactivity to psychological shutdown. Participants in this hands-on event will learn how important it is to approach this tool correctly, and also how quickly dogs take to it when the approach taken honors how they think.
Troubleshooting Behavioral Issues in Multi-dog Facilities
Often problems seem complex, but their answers are quite simple. Reviewing the principles and correctly separating the symptoms from their underlying problems is a good way to start. Seminar participants will get the chance to put the principles that they have been learning into practice.
Ziggy (the Chihuahua from Hell) and Atlas (the anxious Doberman)
These case studies illustrate how knowledgeable animal handlers can turn dogs slated for euthanasia into psychologically balanced dogs ready for adoption. Seminar participants will get the chance to follow the rehabilitation of two at-risk dogs, the better to help them rehabilitate others in their care.
Building a Balanced Pack for Behavioral Rehabilitation
Sometimes the best guide for a dog going through some rough patches is another dog. Multi-dog facilities large and small can train their canine residents to help others in this way, and in doing so, they can enjoy well behaved, emotionally balanced and physically healthier dogs. Seminar participants will learn the elements of bringing dogs together, to maximize health and happiness.
Behavioral assessments and temperament testing
Like dogs, behavioral assessments vary. What one measures, another does not. What fits one circumstance will not fit another. The most predictive of behavioral assessments are canine-centric, as opposed to human-centric. Why and how this is is the focus of this discussion. Participants will get an appreciation for canine inherited behaviors (as opposed to learned behaviors), and they will learn a simple behavioral assessment used by the speaker for more than three decades to determine a dog’s suitability for purpose.