Our online services provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about dog training and behavior from the comfort of your own home. We have services designed for pet owners as well as dog professionals, including dog trainers and behaviorists, shelter staff and volunteers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians and breeders. Please click on the links below for more information on each service.
- Multi-week courses – In depth courses on a particular aspects of dog behavior such as The Impacts of Stress on Behavior and Using Social Cognition to Improve your Skills as a Trainer and Behaviorist. Coming in January 2018. Scroll down for more information.
- Research Bites – Stay up-to-date on the research in dog training and behavior!
- Skills training courses – Improve your skills at working with a particular dog. Coming soon!
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Deepen your understanding of dog behavior and learn how to apply that new knowledge directly to working with dogs. Our multiweek courses are in depth explorations of various aspects of dog behavior. Courses consist of online lectures (watch live or view after the fact), online discussions, homework and applied activities. This structure will help students process and apply the course content to improve their skills when working with dogs.
The Impacts of Stress on Behavior – Starts January 8th, 2018
Stress has a dramatic impact on both physical and behavioral health. Stress in the moment can impact current behavior, leading to overarousal, anxiety and aggression. However, stress during development can also have a major impact on later behavior by “rewiring” the body’s stress response system. This early stress can lead to behaviors down the road that make dogs more at risk for serious behavior problems, including aggression. Early intervention with these dogs may help reduce the frequency and severity of major behavior issues in dogs.
Understanding how dogs respond to stress and how that stress impacts current and future behavior will make you a better and more effective trainer, breeder, veterinary worker or shelter/rescue worker. It will help you improve the quality of life for dogs by improving your ability to prevent, address and treat unwanted behaviors in dogs.
This course covers the biology of stress and its impacts on behavior. We focus in particular on how this information can be applied to working with dogs in order to do a better job of preventing and treating behavior problems in dogs and on placing them more successfully in permanent homes.
$300 for full students (CEUs will be available). E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Increase your understanding of the science of dog behavior and become a better trainer by attending our research seminars. Each interactive Research Bites webinar focuses on a different dog behavior study. It includes a short background on the research topic and questions being asked, a presentation and discussion of the results and an examination of the potential applications to working directly with dogs. CEUs are also available through the CCPDT. Each seminar is about 60 minutes and costs $25.
Social Cognition in Wolves, Pet Dogs and Shelter Dogs.
Do you want to increase your understanding of dog behavior and improve your training and behavior skills? A great way to do this is to gain a better understanding of what is going on in your dog’s mind. We will be discussing the paper “Can your dog read your mind? Understanding the causes of canine perspective taking”, by Udell, Dorey and Wynne.
Perspective taking is the ability to understand that other individuals have access to different information about the world than you do. This is important because it drives behavior and influences how dogs make choices about interacting with people and other dogs. It is also a requirement of self-awareness. This talk will examine a recent paper on perspective taking in wolves, pet dogs and shelter dogs. Specifically, how do they decide which person to attend to? Do shelter dogs perform as well as wolves or owned dogs? We will discuss the results and their applications to working with dogs.
This is an online seminar. The cost is $25 and CEUs are available from both CCPDT and IAABC.
Tuesday, August 29th at 12 PM EST: Click here to register.
Saturday, September 16th at 2 pm EST: Click here to register.
The Impacts of Early Stress and Development on Later Behavior.