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Title: Essentials of Canine Behavior & Training: Building the Therapeutic Partnership

When: Ongoing

Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:5CBCC-KSA Knowledge:5
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


This self-paced online course has been created to provide both mental health and canine professionals with a solid background in canine behavior and training. The course includes substantial information about relationship-building between humans and dogs, canine socialization, behavior, and training, and how these relate to our relationships with dogs as well as to the work we ask them to do. Lessons included are (1) the human-canine partnership, (2) the nature of dogs; debunking the myths, (3) socialization, (4) overview of dog training, (5) learning principles (theory), (6) positive training concepts, (7) dog training applications, (8) more training applications and resources, (9) the dog's welfare. The course consists of a detailed PowerPoint presentation, links to supporting documents, the text (J.Donaldson's Culture Clash), numerous video presentations and examples, and instructions and videos illustrating how to train a number of key behaviors. Learning objectives: Participants will be able to... 1. explain the importance of building a healthy relationship with a dog 2. define the basic principles of classical conditioning 3. explain the quadrants of operant conditioning 4. describe what is meant by socialization and why it is so important 5. Define the following terms: luring, free shaping, capturing, marker training, play training, DRI (among others) 6. give at least 3 reasons why it is critical to use force-free methods in training dogs for therapy work 7. distinguish collars and harnesses that are appropriate and inappropriate for managing dogs' behavior 8. apply training principles and ideas to teach their dogs at least 3 new behaviors 9. monitor therapy dogs for stress during their work and respond appropriately when they see it

Sponsor: Playful Pooch Program

Speaker(s): Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

Contact: Risë VanFleet, PhD, CDBC
 Phone: 717-249-4707