Amy Cook, Ph.D
Dates: May 21 & 22, 2016 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Seminar Topic: How to use play therapeutically for stressed, fearful and reactive dogs.
To be held at: Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club W1314 Cedar Drive Ixonia, WI 53036
Registration Fees: $110.00 each day $200.00 both days
More Information Contact: Khris Erickson 262-542-8851 x118
13 CEUs awarded for: CPDT, CBCC, IAABC, KPA
CEUs awarded for Wisconsin Humane Officers
Introducing “The Play Way” Learn how Dr. Cook developed her approach to play therapy for dogs when food didn’t seem to be enough to break the fear barriers. This quest for an alternative way led her to pursue further education in the field of animal behavior.
Identifying Signs of Stress, Anxiety and Fear Dogs express all of these signs in various ways. You’ll explore common signs of stress, anxiety and fear be introduced to some not-so-common signs to help you better able to identify what the dog may be trying to tell you.
Personal Play as a Barometer Attendees will learn how to use play to gauge a dog’s level of fear so you can work with the dog at a comfortable level.
When to use Classical Conditioning Classical conditioning has been the foundation for working with fearful dogs with the intention to change their emotional state. It still has a place in The Play Way and you’ll learn how and when to use it.
Remove the Pressure Have you ever tried to work through something with a dog only to have them retreat into their fear further? Learn to recognize pressure and when to realize it is too much.
“Look and Dismiss” – what is it and how to use it Teaching your dog how to “look and dismiss” is a powerful tool that puts control into the dog’s paws. Your dog will learn how to look at things from a safe distance, assess what he sees and then dismiss the scary thing as nothing worth worrying about.
Set Ups – anyone can do them Conducting controlled set ups is a large part of The Play Way. Here you’ll learn how to work at the best distance for each dog’s particular fear so you’ll always be able to operate under threshold.
Troubleshooting Set Ups This session will focus on the potential pitfalls that could occur during set ups. You’ll be armed with information on how to solve the problems before they happen and think on the fly when issues pop up so each session is successful.
Dispelling Common Myths about fear How many times have you heard people say that comforting a fearful dog will only increase their fear? Or, a popular TV method is to expose the dog to a great degree of fear with the idea that the dog will just miraculously shake it off and no longer carry those fears. Prozac will fix my dog. Dr. Cook will address these and many more myths and discuss the science behind the realities.
Q&A Dr. Cook will be available to answer questions in an effort to help dogs realize their fears aren’t necessary and let them decide they no longer need to be worried