Canine Behavior and Touch for Training
July 6-7, 2013
Chicago School of Canine Massage is a leading training center for healing arts professionals and provider of canine massage services and pet parent classes in canine massage, low stress handling, and touch training.
In order to handle, work with, communicate with, and/or train a dog, you must understand what that dog is telling you. For the most part, dogs communicate with non-verbal communication. It is imperative to understand and use non-verbal communication with dogs if we are to speak their language, build trust, and foster reciprocal, enriching relationships. We all know that not being able to communicate or understand the world we live in can be very stressful, frustrating, and downright scary. This reactivity to stress is the number one cause of behavior problems and aggression in dogs.
This workshop focuses on teaching dog handlers the ins and outs of communicating with dogs through non-verbal communication, learning theory, and touch. Focus on the physiology of stress and the scientific basis for the development of fear, anxiety, and reactivity will prepare students for understanding that HOW we touch a dog can either make or break their ability to trust, focus, learn, and build relationships. Moving on, the focus is concentrated on using positive reinforcement learning theories along with various forms of touch to desensitize and counter condition dogs that do not like to be touched, who are under-socialized to humans, or who have physical challenges creating a learned aversion to touch. Understanding the physical dog and recognizing a dog with physical pain and discomfort are covered along with how this physical pain and discomfort affects a dog's personality and behavior.
You will not only learn how to understand and communicate with dogs, but also how to touch a dog and the physiology behind that touch. Beyond that touch acceptance, students will learn basic tried and true massage techniques that work with different personalities, ages, conditions, etc. The absolute dos and don'ts of communicating through touch will be presented and practiced.
This workshop will dramatically change how you communicate with and handle the dogs with whom you work.
Canine Behavior and Touch for Training is taught by an elite team using all of the above concepts in their work: Denise Theobald, LMT, NCCMT; Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists; and Nancy Reyes, CNWI.
Date: Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th, 2013
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: For Your K9, 1975 Cornell Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160
Rescue and Shelter Discount: $150
We believe this work is so valuable in the rescue environment and our passion is to get this information into the hands of the wonderful people who work with dogs in shelters and rescues. This is why we are making this class affordable for all who dedicate their time to helping dogs in need. Canine Behavior and Touch for Training Workshop will be 50% off for all rescue and shelter staff, volunteers and foster homes. To get the rescue/shelter/foster discount, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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