Challenging dog behavior – Learn an effective and positive approach to working with difficult behaviors.
Prerequisites: None (Previous experience with Tellington TTouch or positive training techniques is helpful, but not required).
Course Information: This course will present an effective and positive approach to working with challenging dog behaviors and dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to other dogs or people, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to create a state of both physical and emotional balance.
Course Length: Eight Lessons
Course Objectives: This course in challenging dog behaviors will enable the learner to complete the following learning objectives:
- Recognize and correctly interpret canine body language and communication signals.
- Understand the significant link between posture, physical tension, and behavior.
- Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
- Learn and correctly apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises. (Basic concepts of Tellington TTouch).
- Understand and apply the mechanics of using the leash with two points of contact to eliminate the opposition reflex. (Lead a dog on leash in balance).
- Identify and describe the benefits and disadvantages of various types of harnesses and head collars.
- Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
- Learn and perform specific exercises to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of “giving choice.”
- Learn and perform specific exercises to reduce dog to dog reactivity and/or reactivity to other objects, species, or people.
- Perform specific exercises to reduce separation anxiety and build confidence.
Unlock Your Dog’s Potential, How to Achieve a Calm and Happy Canine by Sarah Fisher.
Suggested Supplies: These tools will enable you to practice the techniques described in the course.
- Two Ace brand elastic wraps in 2 inch and 3 inch width. Be sure these are the regular type and not the self-adhesive type.
- Thundershirt (not required, but helpful can be found at www.thundershirt.com.
- Double snap leash, sometimes called a European lead. These are typically 6.5 foot length. Can be purchased online at www.ttouch.com or through various dog supply sites.
- Dog Harness – Recommended types include the following:
- Step-in Harness Garadun brand can be found at www.ttouch.com.
- Control Ease Harness, includes a double snap leash made by Costal Pet.
- Freedom No Pull Harness, from Wiggles, Wags, & Whiskers.
- Head Collar: Halti brand is preferable.
Course Fee –
- Lesson One: Course Overview and Key Concepts
- Lesson Two: Canine Body Language, Communication Signals, Coping Behaviors
- Lesson Three: Sensory Applications to Reduce Arousal – Touch and Light Pressure
- Lesson Four: Leash Skills and Purposeful Movement
- Lesson Five: Exercises to Reduce Fear and Anxiety
- Lesson Six: Exercises to Reduce Reactivity
- Lesson Seven: Application to Specific Behavior Issues – Reactivity/Fear
- Lesson Eight: Application to Specific Behavior Issues – Separation Issues
Video homework is required for the For Credit course.
For Credit: Access to the “For Credit” course will expire in 3 months.
For Audit: Access to the “For Audit” course will expire in 1 month.
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