Spring Seminar

Amy Cook, Ph.D Dates: May 21 & 22, 2016

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

Hosted by HAWS with a professional speaker. This is geared towards animal professionals, but anyone is welcome!

eduAmy CookAmy Cook, Ph.D. has been training dogs for nearly 20 years, and through Full Circle Dog Training in Oakland, CA, has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for 13 years. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC, a longstanding professional member of the APDT, and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation. She is a graduate of the SFSPCA academy for dog trainers and has attended all 4 “chicken camps” in Hot Springs, Arkansas, taught by Bob Bailey. Amy also owns the “shy-k9s” list on yahoo, a 4000-member group dedicated to the rehabilitation of fearful dogs, and has moderated there since 2001. Amy has worked for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and has provided behavioral evaluations for shelters and rescues throughout the Bay Area of California. She currently works with the Anti-Cruelty team at the ASPCA doing behavioral evaluations and psychological enrichment of the dogs seized in dog fighting, puppy mill, and hoarding cases. In addition to working with dog owners through her own business, Amy also teaches on-line classes through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.


Saturday's Topics

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.

Sunday's Topics

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


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