Canine Behavior, Trust-Building, and Low-Stress Handling for the Canine and Veterinary Professional

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Canine Behavior, Trust-Building, and Low-Stress Handling for the Canine and Veterinary Professional

225.00

TO ARRANGE THIS 2-DAY HANDS ON WORKSHOP FOR YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION PLEASE CONTACT: INFO@CHICAGOSCHOOLOFCANINEMASSAGE.COM

In order to effectively and respectfully handle, work with, communicate with, and/or train dogs, we must understand canine language. For the most part, dogs “speak” using non-verbal cues, so being able to understand dogs and communicate non-verbally with them is crucial if we are to convey meaning, build trust, and foster reciprocal, enriching relationships. When dogs are unable to be “heard,” their world can become filled with stress, frustration, and fear. Reactivity to stress is the number one cause of behavior problems and aggression in dogs.

This 2 day workshop teaches dog handlers the ins and outs of communicating with dogs through non-verbal cues, learning theory, and touch techniques. Class focuses on the physiology of stress and the scientific basis for the development of fear, anxiety, and reactivity. This prepares students for understanding that HOW we touch a dog can either make or break the dog’s ability to trust, focus, learn, and build relationships.

Additionally, students learn how to use positive reinforcement learning theories along with various forms of touch to desensitize and counter-condition dogs who do not like to be touched, who are under-socialized to humans, or who have physical challenges creating a learned aversion to touch. Class content includes understanding the physical dog and recognizing a dog with physical pain and discomfort, and understanding how this physical pain and discomfort affect a dog’s personality and behavior.

This workshop will dramatically change how you communicate with and handle the dogs with whom you work.

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