Shaping for Fearful dogs

Presented by Nina Bondarenko

Sunday 25th October 2020 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)

Webinar Cost £15.00

About this webinar

Many people are rescuing dogs from other countries and trying to rehabilitate them into very different life situations and conditions. However, due to possible lack of appropriate early socialisation and handling, they are often highly anxious and/or fearful and struggle with being handled or restrained.·Fearful animals need to accept handling from unfamiliar people, whether that is veterinary professionals, groomers, or members of the extended family
· Dogs can be fearful or anxious or both, but they all need to learn to voluntarily accept or at least tolerate sometimes intrusive handling.

· Shaping behaviours with a fearful dog may preclude the use of clickers or other noise makers as markers.

· Trainers can use Habituation, Desensitisation and Counter-Conditioning Techniques to help a dog transition away from practising avoidance and self defence behaviours and these are usually helpful for most dogs. They can make it possible for a trainer to introduce behaviour shaping and husbandry training

· But what can be done with fearful dogs that seem to be unable to learn to volunteer body parts to be handled or restrained, even though they have been habituated to gentle touch and positive reinforcement? Sometimes the training session alone can trigger avoidance and defensive behaviours. Neural pathways have already been firmly set, and can be difficult to modify.

· Case studies will demonstrate some techniques which may help individual dogs to overcome passive or active self defence behaviours, and modify the neural pathways to improve future learning and cognitive development

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About the Presenter

· Nina Bondarenko BA, IAABC; ABTC

http://www.ninabondarenko.co.uk

Author and Illustrator of “Hearts, Minds and Paws” – a book on working dogs with unusual roles. Featured in the BBC documentary series “Doghouse” shown in April 2007.

Australian-born, Nina Bondarenko now resides in the UK. From 1992 as founder trainer and Canine Development Training Director for Canine Partners UK, she developed the unique training approach, techniques and theory of assistance dog training and development, utilising her Puppy Education System of component behaviours and errorless learning principles. She developed the Homing Signal as part of the Operant Conditioning Process. She uses teaching techniques such as TAG TEACH and T Touch, together with her behavioural training approach, and Nina has completed the Delta Society Pet Partners AAT Training and Evaluator course. As a member of the Assistance Dogs International (ADI) committees for Trainers and Training Standards, she helped develop accreditation practises and procedures for Assistance Dog organisations throughout the world. She has a BA and a teaching certificate FAETC. Nina Bondarenko has now returned to her private, professional behavioural counselling and dog training service, originally established in Australia, and she runs training seminars, workshops and canine coaching weekends. Nina Bondarenko gives seminars to Police Dog Instructors and Handlers, Customs and Fire Detection Dog Handlers in the UK and Europe, on positive and behavioural training management techniques. Nina has given presentations at both the IAADP and the ADI annual conferences on her training approach and developments as well as at international conferences – IAHAIO, ISAZ, SCAS, IWDBA, CSF, IDDC et al. She has presented seminars and workshops at APDT (USA), APDT (Australia) and APDT (UK).

Her T Touch work includes rehabilitation of difficult and dangerous Competition Horses in Germany and Australia, as well as dogs in Shelters, working dogs and companion dogs. She has TAG Teach Level 1 Certification as well as a Teaching Certificate and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Seminars taught include “Fears and Phobias”; Strengthening Scent Identification and Indication; Stress in Working Dogs; Homing Signals: Basic and Advanced Training for Working Dogs; Reinforcement for Motivation: T Touch: Theory and Practical Training for Assistance Dogs and Therapy Dogs: Positive Schutzhund Training: Teaching Targets for Agility: Trick and Treat Training: Loose Lead Walking: Film and TV training: Training Prey and Predator animals etc.

 

The secrets of successful contracting and ensuring client engagement

Presented by Emma Lee

Sunday 22nd November 2020 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)

Webinar cost is £15.00

The secrets of successful contracting and ensuring client engagement

Working with problem behaviours can involve very high stakes. Where failure to create the right action plan that works for the client can end in disengagement, their seeking another behaviour consultant or even seeking to euthanise their companion, it’s vital we understand the best processes to ensure engagement. 

By the end of the session, you’ll understand

  • The difference between the doctor-patient model, the expert model and the client-centred model
  • The strengths and drawbacks of each model
  • Where to start with client contracting
  • How to take a client-centred approach
  • Common reasons why clients may disengage
  • How to overcome biases and tensions 
  • How to play the role of a critical friend and support your clients to successful resolution.

 

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About the presenter

Emma is a trustee in one of France’s largest shelters. The shelter takes dogs from a mixed urban-rural environment and is open access. She works as a canine behaviour consultant in the community, working on pre-surrender and post-adoption issues, but also with a wide range of associations and rescue organisations across France. Her specialism is canine aggression and she works in the community with clients whose dogs have bitten. Having completed her Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology in 1994 and her teaching post-graduate qualifications, Emma’s first career was in teaching where she later worked as a government advisor supporting schools and local authorities. She is still involved in national assessment as a lead examiner for the UK’s largest exam entry at GCSE. She also worked as an organisation management consultant, completing post-graduate work for The University of Manchester on the management of change. Emma is a tutor for The DoGenius, enjoying writing courses for professionals and delivering webinars on key subjects. She is based in Europe and enjoys the company of her numerous Belgian shepherds. 

Anxiety: The Whole Story

Presented by

Dr Jessica Hekman

Sunday 13th December 2020 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)

Webinar Cost £15.00

 

Anxiety: The Whole Story:

  • Genetic influence on behavior is not like an on-off switch – it is more like a chaotic weather system with lots of little pushes
  • There are breed differences in behavior, but how much is genetic?
  • In breeding for the “ideal” personality, we have to make tradeoffs
  • Intelligence may correlate with anxiety.
  • We can breed for tameness and resilience – but currently that’s not our priority
  • Puppies get information from their parents about the environment they should expect to live in (not just from genetics)
  • Mild stress in early life can be positive for developing a resilient adult – but not too much!
  • Anxiety can affect lifespan
  • Anxiety can be affected by chronic pain

 

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About the Presenter

Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master’s degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the “Russian tame foxes”) which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin’s Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and two dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.

 

Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible

Presented by Dr Jessica Pierce

Sunday 24th January 2021  19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)

 

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Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible

  • This webinar will explore how dogs experience the world through their five senses—smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch. By stepping into their paws and seeing the world from their point of view, we can understand some of the challenges of being a dog in a human-centered environment.
  • Pet dogs are “captive” in important respects and are expected to sacrifice some of their “dogness”; as their companions, we can let dogs have the freedom to be dogs (and not furry people).
  • Human environments can be under-stimulating for dogs. We’ll talk about practical ways to promote sensory enrichment.
  • Human environments can also be over-stimulating and we’ll explore ways to protect dogs from sensory overload.
  • Armed with an understanding of how dogs perceive the world, we can give them more freedom and more agency—unleashing them both literally and metaphorically.
  • Increased freedom leads to increased happiness for dogs and the people who love them.

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About the presenter

Bioethicist Dr. Jessica Pierce has been writing and lecturing about the moral contours of human-dog relationships for over 15 years and is a leading scholar in animal ethics. She has published 11 books and hundreds of articles, and her work has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. She writes a regular blog for Psychology Today. Her website is www.jessicapierce.net. Her most recent book (co-authored with Marc Bekoff) is Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible.