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Fear, Aggression, and Play weekend in Seattle with Patricia McConnell and Grisha Stewart

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Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm, doors open at 8 am both days. Note that registration is per person, so if you are bringing more than one human, each person must register separately. No dogs.

Sunday September 12 Seminar Titles: "Dog-Dog Aggression" (morning) and "Play Play Play!" (afternoon)

Speaker: Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

patricia mcconnellSeminar Description:

Patricia McConnell's seminar in Seattle is not just for dog trainers! If you are interested in dog-dog aggression or want to improve the relationship with your dog through play, this day-long workshop will be quite an eye-opener! Even experienced dog trainers, dog walkers, veterinarians, and dog sports competitors will come away with useful ideas in this new one day dog training seminar, including many novel ways to explain and inspire clients to use techniques that you already have in your toolbox. 

Patricia McConnell is one of those Must-See speakers and this is a new seminar topic, something you won't find on DVD. In fact, Tawzer Videos will be filming! We expect seminar participants not just from Seattle, but from all over the region, including Washington State, Oregon, Northern California, Montana, Utah, and British Columbia. Mark your calendar now and join us!

DOG-DOG AGGRESSION (Morning)

This dog behavior seminar will focus on the most common context of dog-dog aggression problems: dogs who are over-reactive to unfamiliar dogs. We’ll use a combination of videos, slides and demonstrations with case study dogs to address dogs who bark, lunge or bite at unfamiliar dogs. The seminar includes an evaluation why each particular dog is behaving problematically (at least to us), and the most effective methods of treating the behavior, including classical conditioning, and several forms of operant conditioning. Dr. McConnell's seminar will combine a thorough understanding of ethology and learning theory with humane and practical methods to treat the neighborhood’s feisty fidos.

PLAY PLAY PLAY! (Afternoon)

Play is fun, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just goofy or frivolous. Play is powerful stuff, and it has a profound influence on your relationship with your dog. At this seminar, you'll learn how play can enhance your relationship with your dog, improve your dog’s responsiveness, and provide your dog with the mental and physical exercise he or she needs. In this part of the seminar, we’ll talk about up-to-date research on how to tell your dog you want to play (most of us aren’t very good at it!), some charming tricks and games to wow your friends, and how not to play with your dog. If you'd like a happier, more responsive dog and a closer relationship with each other, then this seminar in Seattle is for you!

About the Aggression/Play Seminar Presenter, Patricia McConnell

We could write a whole book about Patricia McConnell's insight, wit, and ability to inspire, but we'll try to keep it short!

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and training, and for her engaging, knowledgeable, and accessible books.

We use Patricia McConnell's Feisty Fido book as a textbook for our Growly Dog class. See our store for some of our other favorite McConnell books - type in McConnell as a search word. We also LOVE her books on the dog-human relationship, including For the Love of a Dog and The Other End of the Leash.

A highly-sought after speaker on dog behavior and training, Patricia McConnell has presented seminars all over North America and Europe. Dr. McConnell is also the behavior columnist for the Bark magazine (www.thebark.com - "the New Yorker of Dog Magazines"), dispenses advice on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, (www.wpr.org/pets), and is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Saturday September 11 Seminar Title: Give Your Dog a Behavior Adjustment! BAT for Dog Aggression, Fear, and Other Behaviors

Speaker: Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT, CTP

Seminar Description:


Video clip of BAT.

Learn about Behavior Adjustment Training via live dog demos and lots of video. Learn how to build dogs' coping skills and decrease fear using Behavior Adjustment Training. You’ll see how to add BAT to your behavior modification toolbox, including pitfalls to avoid, and ways to integrate BAT with other dog-friendly methods. Here's what a past participant had to say about one of Grisha's BAT seminars: "I was really impressed by the progress some of the dogs made in this workshop and I'm planning on adding BAT training to my tool box!" - Nicole Cottam, MS, ACAAB, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Behavior Adjustment Training is a system for rehabilitating problem behaviors, including aggression, fear, pulling on leash, and more. Just about any 'bad' behaviors that are maintained by the environment can be replaced by more appropriate behaviors, using the same environmental triggers and rewards.

"I've been working for several months with a reactive pitbull. We had our fifth session yesterday. The owner reported that they had a close encounter with an off lead dog. The pitbull simply turned and walked away.  She was so happy she almost cried! She'd been working with this dogs for years doing all sorts of CC and DS. This made my weekend!"

Sally Bushwaller, CPDT

When working with aggression, BAT uses *operant* counter-conditioning with systematic desensitization to build social skills, confidence around the trigger, and trust in the handler. While food or other rewards are used with BAT in some cases, the main focus of BAT is on using environmental rewards that already maintain the problem behavior.

You'll also learn how to apply BAT to other problem behaviors that don't involve aggression or fear.

About the BAT Seminar Presenter: Grisha Stewart is the owner of Ahimsa Dog Training.  She specializes in the treatment and prevention of dog aggression. 

Grisha has a Master's in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. She is now pursuing a Master's in Psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior at Antioch University, while still running her business and doing private consults for aggression cases. Her first career as a theoretical mathematician and college instructor serves her well in dog training and behavior consultations, because she relies heavily on the problem solving, critical thinking, and teaching skills she gained in that field. Since founding Ahimsa Dog Training in 2003, she has found her canine and human students to be much more excited about learning than her college students!

Canine behavior fascinates Grisha and she is highly motivated to help improve our techniques for rehabilitating and training dogs. This led her to develop BAT, Behavior Adjustment Training, which uses environmental consequences to reward the dog and eliminate problem behaviors.  Click here to learn more about Grisha.

Other Fear, Aggression, & Play Weekend Details

  • Location is the Westin Hotel in Seattle (1900 5th Avenue), in Grand Ballroom 3. [directions]. Once you register, look at the seminar instructions to get a special hotel rate.
  • No pet dogs, please, except for pre-arranged demo and decoy dogs. Let us know if you have a service animal that you will be bringing. Please be aware that, because of the nature of this seminar, decoys and even service animals may not sit at the front of the room, although we can arrange a crate if you must sit at the front with your service dog.
  • CPDT:  Certified Pet Dog Trainers will earn 13 CEUs for this weekend seminar. Please let us know if you belong to another organization and would like Continuing Education Units.
  • We will have morning coffee and two beverage breaks.
  • Ahimsa Dog Training has donated 85 box lunches from the Westin to Homeward Pet Rescue and they will take donations for lunch. Restaurants are also be nearby for lunch on your own.
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