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Title: Canine Communication: Recognizing, Understanding, & Responding to Body Language in Canine

When: Ongoing

Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:2CBCC-KSA Knowledge:8
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


This workshop is geared to mental health and canine professionals involved in Animal Assisted Play Therapy and other Animal Assisted Interventions. On the canine professional side, it is geared to both trainers and behaviorists who work with therapists and their dogs. It is also appropriate for dog trainers and behaviorists wishing to develop a comprehensive understanding of canine body language. The description follows: Despite sharing our lives with dogs for years, it is often the case that we are unaware of the many ways that they are constantly communicating. They use virtually every part of their body to communicate, and the study of canine body language provides us with a deeper understanding of our dogs. This course is designed to help mental health and canine professionals become more aware of the ways that dogs communicate and why it is so important to become adept at observing and understanding what they are saying at all times. There is a need for canine professionals to understand this material so that they can work with therapists to prepare their dogs for therapy work appropriately or to intervene in behavior problems that stand in the way of a dog being involved appropriately. Using a detailed PowerPoint presentation that includes many pictures and activities about body language,documents about body language, and selected videos, participants become more adept at learning to look for and understand body language in dogs. The course, coupled with the required course materials, Carol Byrnes's What Is My Dog Saying? (CD), and Colleen Pelar's book, Kids & Dogs,is designed to meet the following objectives... Participants will be able to - 1. describe at least 2 reasons it's important to learn to read canine body language when involving dogs in the responsible, ethical practice of child/family therapy. 2. Identify at least 10 different canine stress or calming signals that one might see during Animal Assisted Interventions and what they might me

Sponsor: The Playful Pooch Program

Speaker(s): Risë VanFleet, PhD, CDBC (primary author); Carol Byrnes's CD; Coleen Pelar's book

Contact: Rise VanFleet, PhD, CDBC
 Phone: 7172494707