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Speaking Dog - Learning about Body Language

Summary:

Ever wondered what your dog's saying? Discover the important body language to look for and what it actually means, and practice spotting it yourself in guided videos from all over the world.

Topics:

 How the thinking brain and emotional brain work
 What 'stress threshold' is and why it's important
 Affect & arousal - a much better way to understand dogs
 Body language elements to look for, from head to toe
 How to speak dog - recognising the emotion behind the action
 Can you spot it? Have fun with examples, examples and more examples, in video.
 Questions & discussion time welcome throughout

More information:

Body language is such an important topic in training, yet perhaps one of the least well understood or explained.

We can't ask dogs, "What are you thinking?" or "How are you feeling?" Instead we rely on body language as the best indicator of their emotional state, which is a key driver for behaviour. It's not 'dog whispering' or black magic, it's about knowing what to look for and having a basic understanding of the dog's brain to predict what they'll do next.

In the last 10 years the neurological concepts of "affect" (emotional valence) and "arousal" (state of readiness) as the only two dimensions of emotions in mammals has finally come to dog training and been quite formative in how we look at behaviour. We no longer 'explain' actions in terms of rational motives like "My dog barks because they want to alert me" and instead we focus only on body language to conclude "My dog barks because their arousal levels are up" and then figure out which emotion drives that arousal e.g. frustration, anxiety, fear, interest - and then address the emotions to resolve the behaviour.

It's so much easier to train dogs when we focus less on explanations and more on emotional state, and learning basic body language is the best starting point for that.

Prerequisites:

None! This workshop is for everyone from novice through to experienced trainer. No experience with dogs required!

At a glance:

Workshop runs for 2 hours in a relaxed atmosphere.
 This is a dog-free event. Please leave your dog at home.
 Kids are welcome however the topic may not interest children under 16 years too much.
 Bookings are essential.

Cost:

This is a free event.

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Loose Lead Walking

Summary:

An opportunity for Intermediates to continue developing the practical skills needed for reliable loose lead walking.

Outcomes:

 Revise the ideas and foundation cues behind loose lead walking
 Receive coaching on timing & technique, with lots of opportunity to practice and build skills in class
 Focus on method and movement in real world situations

More information:

This workshop is about practical skills and involves standing, moving or walking for extended periods. Seating, mats and home positions won't be available so please do travel light, and barriers will not always be present.

Owners will need basic dog management skills to avoid their dog becoming bored or frustrated. Not all dogs are suited to this workshop as they will regularly be in full view of other unfamiliar dogs. If you think your dog will be frustrated, over-excited or anxious, please call us to discuss and we'd be glad to help you decide or see what alternatives we can offer.

Please bring a treat pouch that holds ~15 minutes of training treats at a time and is easy to access with one hand. Bringing novel chew treats or toys along is also recommended to help dogs settle between exercises.

Dogs must wear a flat buckle collar, martingale collar, back attach harness or front attach harness only. Check chains and head collars will not be permitted.

Prerequisites:

We recommend dogs to have completed Intermediate class, or have most of Watch, Sit, Drop, Come, Mat, Stay, Stand & Touch, Leave It, This Way and Close / Heel reliable with mild distractions.

At a glance:

 For adult dogs 12+ months
 1 hr workshop
 Minimum 2 dogs, maximum 4 dogs
 Sideline observers are welcome however this is a practical event for dogs and handlers only

Cost:

$60 total per dog.  Includes a summary handout and after-class time for questions.

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