When trying to elicit behaviors to ascertain motivation and response, it is sometimes dangerous or difficult to use one's own dog. The use of various types of stuffed animals can give a trainer or evaluator pertinent information that she or he might not otherwise be able to see. The presentation discusses when stuffed dogs might be appropriate, when they are not, and how to use them effectively. The course has a substantial amount of illustrative video.
Stuffed dogs are excellent tools for illustrating dog body language. Many dogs do not realize the animals are not real, and will show anxiety, avoidance and aggression.
Using stuffed dogs in evaluations (both shelter and private) can bring out potential issues, especially dog to dog problems.
Stuffed dogs in consultations are especially useful to show clients what their dogs problems might be, and can also help in behavior modification
Trish King is the Director of the Animal Behavior & Training Department at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, and the author of a critically acclaimed book for dog owners, “Parenting Your Dog.” (TFH Publications).
Besides running the B&T department, Trish teaches workshops and seminars on behavior, canine management, temperament assessment, and handling difficult dogs. She established the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society for new or interested trainers, which covers training theory and techniques, handling dogs and teaching people. She is a popular speaker and has presented at several well-known venues, including Association of Pet Dog Trainer Conferences, the Animal Care Conference, Humane Society of the United States and American Humane Association.
Trish shares her home with a Bull Terrier/Heeler/something mix, a Pomeranian mix, and an Australian Shepherd - all shelter dogs, and all pretty wonderful
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- CCPDT: 1.5 CEUs
- IAABC: 1.5 CEUs
- KPA: 1.5 CEUs
- IACP: 1.5 CEUs
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