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TRISH KING’S ACADEMY OF DOG BEHAVIOR: ADVANCED COURSES

After completing the Foundation Course in Dog Behavior & Training (or another comparable dog behavior foundation course), refine and expand the skills you’ve gained through Trish King’s three-week, 12-hour Advanced Courses. These stand-alone intensive classes provide the ideal format for taking a “deep dive” into the topics of your choice. The cost for each class is $425.00.

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Advanced Courses Descriptions

Consultations

There’s a distinct art to conducting consultations. The consultant is actually dealing with two species: one that has problematic behaviors, and one that may have other issues —time constraints, lack of experience, or unreasonable expectations. The consultant's job is to develop a plan that will suit both clients—canine and human—and keep them in the same home. Trish King will use relevant examples and the class will work together on how to handle both clients and set them up for success.

Leash Reactivity

Leash reactivity is often a perplexing, embarrassing, and frustrating behavior problem! An owner might feel like his or her dog has two personalities—one that hates other dogs, and the other that allows him to play with his friends and at dog parks.

How do you modify the behavior? Avoidance, punishment, desensitization, and counter-conditioning? Chances are, your clients have tried some methods with zero success. In this course, we’ll discuss how to assess the dogs’ motivations, as well as what techniques are appropriate based on the skill set of the handler/owner.

Students’ well-behaved dogs are allowed in class. If you wish to bring your reactive dog, please follow instructions in your class confirmation so we can determine if your dog may participate.

Shelter Dog Evaluations & Training

Evaluating shelter dogs is more art than science. You need to understand the mental state of the dog and think about how the behaviors you see today might change over time. In a very real way, you are deciding the fate of an animal, and, perhaps, of future owners. In this hands-on course, we’ll go through the types of tests currently being used, as well as actually evaluating a series of dogs, drawing conclusions, and explaining our findings.

This module is open to humans only. If you wish to bring your dog for evaluation, please follow instructions in your class confirmation to request permission for your dog to participate.

Working with Bully Breeds

We love our bully dogs; they often have a different behavior profile than many other breeds of dog. Characteristics such as intense focus, high levels of excitement or arousal, and differences in play style can all become problematic if allowed to develop naturally. During this intensive, we will focus on the special needs of our bully friends, and what the best techniques are for training them.

A limited number of Bully Breed dogs will be allowed in and worked during class. If you wish to bring your Bully, please follow instructions in your class confirmation so we can determine if your dog may participate.

Working with Anxious-Fearful Dogs in the Home and in Shelters

Fear is the most primitive and necessary of all emotions – but it’s also the one that interferes most with the lives of us and our companions. Fear can be the reason your dog is aggressive to other dogs, to men, or to children, or it can cause anxiety that wrecks havoc on our homes. This module recaps the various causes of fear, body language as displayed by different breed types, common mistakes and appropriate behavior modification techniques.

Your well behaved dog will be allowed in class.

Teaching Reactive Dog Classes

Reactive dogs tend to do best in classes that are geared just for them. In this intensive, we will discuss how to organize such classes, what to teach and how to provide owner support. We will also discuss the differences between small and large dog reactivity, and why one class won’t work for the other type of dog!

Training Temperaments: Bullies, Terriers, Herding Breeds, & Guardians

Most dogs are kept in our homes as companions these days, but different breeds were actually bred for different purposes, and still retain many of the useful instincts of their forebears. Their jobs range from herding, to guarding to fighting pest control. In this module, we will discuss the behavior profiles of several different breed types- Bullies, Herding Dogs, Terriers, and Guardians. Plus, what each of them might need in order to be great companions.

Puppies to Adolescents

Part I: Puppies

Though many people would like to think that puppies are clay they can mold, each puppy is an individual, with individual personalities and needs. Guardians and owners can help them reach their full potential by observing who they are and helping them grow. This class will cover the first months of life—from birth to young adolescence—and the challenges along the way.

Part II: Aging Dogs

Age creeps up on dogs, and it can confuse people, who can't figure out whats going on with their companions. Sometimes personalities change—some get testy, others mellow—and physical changes can and do influence behavior. In this segment, we will discuss some of the special needs of the aging dog and how owners can help it be a pleasant time.