Group Events

Optimal Approaches to Addressing Leash Reactivity: Strategies for Success

Sunday, May 19th 11:00 - 12:00 pm
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“Optimal Approaches to Addressing Leash Reactivity: Strategies for Success” is a comprehensive one-hour presentation that delves into the complex issue of leash reactivity in dogs. Leash reactivity, often characterized by lunging, barking, or aggressive behavior towards other dogs or people while on leash, can be challenging for both dogs and their owners.

This presentation offers a thorough exploration of effective strategies to manage and reduce leash reactivity, drawing from evidence-based methods and practical insights from experienced trainers. Participants will learn about the underlying causes of leash reactivity, the importance of understanding canine body language, and how to implement positive reinforcement techniques to modify behavior.

Key topics covered include desensitization and counterconditioning exercises, leash handling skills, and tools for creating a calm and focused mindset in reactive dogs. Through case studies and interactive discussions, attendees will gain valuable knowledge and skills to help them navigate leash reactivity with confidence and compassion, ultimately fostering harmonious relationships between dogs and their owners in various environments.

This presentation is held at our behavior center.

Class Instructor: Kim Silver

Class Length: 60 minutes

Requirements:

  • Humans only. Please leave your dog at home.

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Socialization: Reassessing Our Understanding, Emphasizing the Fleeting Phases of Puppyhood and Adolescence for Long-Term Influence Through Adulthood

Sunday, July 21 11:00 - 12:00 pm
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“Socialization: Reassessing Our Understanding, Emphasizing the Fleeting Phases of Puppyhood and Adolescence for Long-Term Influence Through Adulthood” is an insightful one-hour presentation that reevaluates our comprehension of canine socialization, focusing on the critical developmental periods of puppyhood and adolescence.

This presentation challenges conventional wisdom by highlighting the importance of early socialization experiences in shaping a dog’s behavior and temperament throughout its life. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the sensitive periods during puppyhood and adolescence when dogs are most receptive to learning and environmental influences.

Key topics explored include the neurobiological basis of socialization, the impact of early experiences on behavior, and practical strategies for optimizing socialization opportunities during these crucial developmental stages. Through case studies and expert guidance, participants will learn how to create positive socialization experiences that lay the foundation for well-adjusted adult dogs.

By emphasizing the significance of early socialization and providing evidence-based insights into effective socialization practices, this presentation equips attendees with the knowledge and tools to support their dogs’ long-term social and emotional well-being, fostering fulfilling relationships between dogs and their human companions.

This presentation is held at our behavior center.

Class Instructor: Kim Silver

Class Length: 60 minutes

Requirements:

  • Humans only. Please leave your dog at home.

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Understanding the Differences: Fear, Anxiety, Reactivity, and Aggression

Sunday, August 18 11:00 - 12:00 pm
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“Understanding the Differences: Fear, Anxiety, Reactivity, and Aggression” is a comprehensive one-hour presentation that aims to clarify and distinguish between common behavioral challenges faced by dogs: fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression.

This presentation provides attendees with a deeper understanding of the underlying causes, manifestations, and implications of each behavior. By dissecting these concepts, participants will learn to identify nuanced differences and recognize subtle cues exhibited by dogs experiencing fear, anxiety, reactivity, or aggression.

Key topics covered include the psychological and physiological mechanisms behind fear and anxiety, triggers and escalation factors for reactive behavior, and the various forms and motivations of aggression in dogs. Through case studies and practical examples, attendees will gain valuable insights into how these behaviors manifest in real-life scenarios and how to respond effectively.

By fostering a clearer understanding of these behavioral nuances, this presentation empowers attendees to tailor their approaches and interventions to address the specific needs of dogs exhibiting fear, anxiety, reactivity, or aggression. Ultimately, by promoting empathy, patience, and informed decision-making, this presentation aims to enhance the well-being and quality of life for both dogs and their human companions.

This presentation is held at our behavior center.

Class Instructor: Kim Silver

Class Length: 60 minutes

Requirements:

  • Humans only. Please leave your dog at home.

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