Identifying and dealing with fear aggression in dogs can be difficult and sometimes seem impossible. This course continues from our first course in this series, Lessons in Fear and Aggression in Dogs: the Art of Desensitization, and teaches how to identify the triggers and to solve conditioned fear responses.
Purpose: The purpose of this course is to help the dog owner or trainer better understand fear issues, especially, a conditioned fear response; and, to teach the skills for dealing with fear and aggression issues in dogs that may result from a conditioned fear response. When it comes to working with dogs, owner and trainers never set out to create a conditioned fear response (CFR), especially given the challenges this issue creates. Unfortunately, a CFR can happen in dogs without intent and yet result in some of the most difficult fear issues you may encounter. If you plan on dealing with fear issues in dogs, it becomes imperative to learn how to identify and work to resolve conditioned fear responses.
What you can expect to learn from this course:
- Students will learn Watson’s discovery of the CFR.
- Pavlov’s discovery of spontaneous recovery issues when working to desensitize a CFR
- An understanding of drives, natural and learned triggers, and how they relate to a CFR
- Fear pathways and how they function in regard to CFR as compared to a regular fear reaction
- The difference between stacked triggers and a CFR
- How the Miller Rat Study offers techniques that can help resolve CFR issues
- Technique modifications when working to resolve a CFR
- How the additive effects of fear compares to a CFR
- Why the Nauseated Rat Study may offer techniques for some fear issues, but is not a good technique for a CFR
- Desensitization techniques to apply when working with fear issues and damage control should you trigger a CFR
- Several quizzes and a final exam must be passed to earn CEUs or a Certificate of Completion
Note: Video illustrations are part of this course. The student is encouraged to review these videos several times to fully understand the subtle details in the techniques applied to actual fear issues in dogs.
There are 7-90 minutes lessons plus 7 10 item quizzes and a 32 item final exam.
Prerequisites: The student will benefit from a basic understanding of classical conditioning and operant training. The student will benefit from having taken the course Lessons in Fear and Aggression in Dogs: the Art of Desensitization prior to this class. Reading the book: RESCUE YOUR DOG FROM FEAR: TRIED-AND-TRUE TECHNIQUES TO HELP YOUR DOG FEEL SECURE, prior to taking the class is required.
Course Time: The student is expected to progress through this course at the pace they need to readily understand the information. The student is encouraged to review information in sections and videos until all imperative points until they are well understood.
Cost: (Introductory) $185.00
Instructor: Peggy Swager is a behaviorist with a BS in biology, a minor in education, and many college level psychology courses. One-on-one training from veterinarians working to secure injured animals for treatment. First animal behavior/training article in 1975. First dog article in 1997. Author of a double DWAA nominated – Rescue Your Dog from Fear, Award nominated DVD – Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique, Five Star Library Review – Training the Hard to Train, and presenter at APDT Conference in 2016.