In this class we will cover the following:
-Stress in dogs and why it matters to us
-Body language and how to use it
-Clicker training and behavior modification
-Why we avoid corrections/punishment
-Management in the home for the reactive/hyperactive dog
-Activities and fun games you can have with a reactive/aggressive dog
-Ensuring your dog has a fulfilling life
-Exercises to increase your dogs’ focus and responsiveness to you
-Exercises to reduce your dogs’ reactions to other dogs
-Relaxation strategies in the home and out and about
-Common dog behavior myths and why they can hamper you
-Being prepared while out walking/training your dog
-Equipment for managing/handling your dog in a variety of situations
-Body handling and following the leash exercises
**Emphasis on this class will not be on “fixing” or “curing” your reactive dog, nor will it be on teaching your dog off-leash or play skills with other dogs. Instead the emphasis will be on teaching your dog coping skills, attention, trust, and foundation behaviors, and teaching you, the handler, how to modify behavior, train relaxation, and have fun together.**
This class is taught on dog-friendly training foundation, which means we will use clicker training principles, and avoid any sort of interactions intended to scare, intimidate, physically force, or cause pain or discomfort to dogs in order to modify their behavior. This includes a commitment to dog-friendly equipment (no shock/prong/choke collars) and avoidance of verbal or physical “corrections”. While we will explore a variety of rewards, we will primarily use food as rewards, and this will be needed at all classes. Please read more about this here:
· Your dog must be able to rest quietly and comfortably in your car, ideally in a crate.
· If your dog has any history of human aggression or a bite history, you must fully disclose this so we can make accommodations and ensure everyone’s safety.
The aim of the class is to be low-stress and fun for dogs and their handlers!
Allison Schaefer & Jacklyn Orza
Who's Allison? Glad you asked:
Allison Schaefer is a Registered Animal Health Technologist who graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2005. Her education as a veterinary technician included classes in animal behavior, and led to several jobs involving dogs, both in veterinary hospitals and at the Vancouver SPCA. She previously trained dogs professionally in Vancouver, teaching a wide range of classes, from puppy kindergarten to Reactive Dog. Allison is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association, and the Animal Health Technologist Association of British Columbia. Both the Pet Professional Guild and the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association memberships hold her to humane, science based training principles, which she values strongly.
Allison also enjoys continuing education in the dog behaviour field and pursues it whenever possible. During her career she has attended talks by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Patricia McConnell, Nicole Wilde, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Dr. Shelley Breadner and Dr. Sophia Yin. This year she is looking forward to learning from Suzanne Clothier and Chirag Patel, as well as attending the annual Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in Spokane. She has also received training in various dog sports and activities from a variety of talented people, including Rally Obedience, agility, K9 Nosework, Dock Diving, weight pull, tracking, and Tellington Touch. Allison lives with two rescued dogs who she learns from every day. She would not be where she is today if it was not for them.