Course description: Of course you have a great dog – the kids can do anything to him! But, is tolerance the same as enjoyment? Do you know the warning signs other parents missed when their children were bitten “out of the blue?” In this interactive kids and dogs class you’ll decode dog signals, create a simple bite-prevention strategy for your family and learn easy ways to improve the relationship between your dog and child, from baby through high school. Instructor is a homeschooling mother and a professional canine behavior coach who has counseled thousands of families through real-life dog-related issues.
Course Date: On demand
Instructor: Catherine Comden, CPDT-KA, is a professional canine behavior coach and full-time homeschooling mom. She specializes in helping parents find creative and safe ways to interact. Catherine has developed several instructional courses for adults and children who love animals, including the Sensible Pet Sitter program, a one-day course for teens who want to start their own businesses while caring for pets and maybe get their own battery operated car for kids they’ve been waiting for so long!. Catherine resides in the lovely Willamette Valley, Oregon, with her husband, their two teen boys, two active dogs and a smart, clicker-trained bay horse.
What you can expect to learn from this course:
- The realities and myths behind inflammatory dog-bite stories in the media
- Common risk factors in dog-bite fatalities
- How dogs communicate aggression, before it’s too late
- How you can prevent a dog bite
- An easy-to-remember acronym to assess any dog for dangerous signals
- How to assess your own dog easily and determine areas for training
- How to incorporate a management plan to prevent conflicts
- Tips for training children and preparing your family to safely interact with your dog
- Learn dog training skills to implement for the following stages of childhood development:
- Children 5-8
- Children 9-12
There is no text necessary for this course.
Students will receive the following printable resources about kids and dogs:
o Guide to canine body language
o Dog assessment tool for identifying problems and goals
o Detailed recommendations for child and dog interactions
o Games for children and dogs to play together
o List of resources and recommended reading included
CEU’s available (3 for CCPDT, IAABC, and NADOI)