Gail had great advice to help us get our fearful Uli into the car without him freaking out so much! We still have a long way to go but as least traveling got easier!
Clinics and Workshops
Clinic: Leash Reactivity
Learn the whats, whys and hows behind inappropriate reactions of your dog while on the leash
This clinic is for the dog that reacts inappropriately on the end of the leash. The first class is for humans only as we discuss what to do and how to react ourselves when a reaction occurs and how to prevent and manage the dog so that reactions do not occur.
We use behavior adjustment training as well as non-threat calming signals to improve social and coping skills so that you and your dog know how to handle fears and aggressive tendencies. While using environmental consequences to reward socially acceptable choices, this training gives your dog a chance to learn to control the environment through peaceful means and to better understand how to cope with the rush of emotions and feelings certain stimuli create. By means of empowering the dog in low-stress situations this training technique uses functional and bonus rewards, combined with clicker training and systematic desentitization to help dogs make better choices.
You will walk away with a deeper understanding of what reactivity / aggression really is, why your dog feels the need to do it, and how to help your dog to react in a more appropriate way.
Starting Dates & Times
DATES: Monday, Nov. 13 | Friday, Nov. 17 | Monday, November 20 | Monday, November 27
$95 for the 4-week program
Prequisited: A private lesson
I'll call you to tell you want to bring to class and what to expect.
Gail Hubbard, 828-712-4245
WORKSHOP: The Nose Knows
A glimpse of AKC tracking and SAR games
According to Wikipedia: "The olfactory bulb in dogs is roughly forty times bigger than the olfactory bulb in humans, relative to total brain size, with 125 to 220 million smell-sensitive receptors." So don’t be alarmed when your dog appears to use their sense of smell the way we use our eyes, as their primary sense. It’s like playing fetch with your dog at night. Ever wonder how s/he finds the ball so quickly and effortlessly?
Do not misunderstand the amazing canine sense of smell. There are dogs that can detect explosives, plant matter, narcotics, certain cancers and other ailments in humans. Working dogs are very lucky because they get a ton of rewards for using their talented noses. However, most pet dogs aren't so lucky. Our companion dogs live in the human world and are not often truly allowed to just be dogs. They are always being dragged away from delectable scents on walks, or told to "leave it" when they try to take an olfactory "glance" at something. The spot doesn't look particularly special to you; by the sight of it nothing is there at all, just the ground, a few blades of grass. No matter, the dogs are transfixed. Clearly they know something you don't. You might go so far as to say that companion dogs have been olfactorily deprived. That is, until now. Now you have a chance to show your dog a game. A game that you initiate and it’s available to all canines.
This 2 hour workshop is fun for you and your dog. When you give your dog permission to use the nose to "insniffigate" and explore, a whole new level of your relationship will emerge. This clinic focuses on finding human scent and is a fun activity that the whole family can come to enjoy. Come and play, you will love it!
WHO CAN ATTEND? Tall dogs, short dogs, geriatric dogs, puppy dogs, shelter dogs, blind dogs, hearing-impaired dogs, even disabled dogs....any dog at all can excel at games where they use their nose!
Benefits to nose games:
- It's an aweseome confidence builder for timid or shy dogs.
- A fractious dog learns to focus like a laser.
- A typically-reactive dog loses himself in the hunt and forgets the things that frighten him or trigger outbursts.
- Blind or hearing-impaired dogs learn to let their noses guide them on one successful search after another.
- Geriatric dogs, frail dogs and amputees can experience the joy of the hunt, too!
Class Dates & Times
What to Bring
Bring your dog, rewards (toy and food) and your enthusiasm
Gail Hubbard, 828-712-4245