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~Pamela Dennison~ 2 Day Workshop, Toronto, ON

October 12th, 2010, 09:34 AM
April 30 and May 1, 2011 at All About Dogs, 48 Ingram Drive, Toronto, ON. You can either go as a spectator or you can bring your dog (non-aggressive) to participate.

April 30th, 2011

Positive Solutions for Solving Standard Behavioral Problems (a.k.a., positive training in general)

Very often dogs do things that annoy you and very often, the way these problems are handled may intensify the behaviors you don’t want as well as creating more serious issues. Many of these unwanted behaviors are oftentimes misinterpreted as aggression, dominance, or just plain being stubborn or stupid. The behaviors that will be discussed are: jumping, pulling on leash, not coming when called, charging through doorways, nipping,* stealing and guarding* objects, etc. We will be breaking down the solutions for these behaviors in small easy steps, utilizing, in some cases, the dogs own body language to get your point across, thus making it clear to your dog what you want from them without the use of traditional “corrections.” Most of the time, the solutions are quite simple and may involve only a change in your own behavior to change the dog’s behavior.

The solutions: For dog owners or trainers of any level, this seminar will address typical problem behaviors using positive training methods. Positive solutions are discussed and implemented in this seminar.

*This seminar is "not" for aggressive dogs

Requirements for bringing a dog to this seminar: Prong collars, choke collars, head halters, shock collars and no-pull harnesses are not allowed. Bring a fanny pack or carpenters nail apron, toys, water and bowl, crate, a one gallon bag (really!) filled to the brim with yummy treats,* cut up into pea sized pieces (don’t feed your dog his/her breakfast!) Bring a clicker if you have one and a standard 6 foot leash (no retractable leashes please). Wear comfortable sneakers and clothing.

May 1, 2011

Remember the old "hot and cold" game we played as kids? Well, shaping is similar except we leave off the "cold" portion. While many behaviors can most certainly be lured, shaping tends to create a dog that *thinks* rather than just one who reacts to your lure. And that thinking produces a wonderful drive for training. Of course, there are some behaviors that can't be lured and for that you need shaping!

Shaping teaches you how to truly break down behaviors into the smallest of approximations, how to recognize them when you see them, when to start a session, stop a session, when to raise or lower your criteria. Shaping enhances the dog/owner relationship.

From agility to rally to competition obedience to musical freestyle to tricks to animal husbandry, shaping will increase your creativity, timing and sensitivity will increase.

Pamela Dennison's biography:

October 12th, 2010, 09:35 AM
I've never heard of her, but I sure wish I lived closer to T.O. I'd sure go to it

October 12th, 2010, 10:04 AM
If you're interested in learning more about her Melinda, here are some books she wrote.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training
How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong; A Roadmap For Rehabilitating Aggressive Dogs
Bringing Light to Shadow; A Dog Trainer’s Diary
Click Your Way to Rally Obedience
Civilizing the City Dog

She also has several videos.

Training the Whistle Recall
Camp R.E.W.A.R.D. for Aggressive Dogs
Positive Solutions for Standard Behavioral Problems

Some youtube videos:

October 12th, 2010, 10:05 AM
Will one or more of these books help my supervisor LP? If so I will print out the list and take it in to her to look at. Thank you

October 12th, 2010, 10:06 AM
oh wow!! thanks LP, I'm going to google the books now!

October 12th, 2010, 10:09 AM
Will one or more of these books help my supervisor LP? If so I will print out the list and take it in to her to look at. Thank you

Ack! I totally forgot to get back to you :o. I'll send you a pm shortly :).