Learn more about specific topics through in-depth, one time sessions with professionals.
Introducing AZ Dog Smart Seminar Series!
Seminars differ from AZ Dog Smart Academy classes in that they are one time only! One day, One time, One price!
If you are a dog handler, pet lover, or AKC Competition person, you will find informative, detailed and fascinating topics to educate and entertain the dog lover in you!
Take your skills to the next level with our highly qualified CCPDT certified trainer, Jody Davidson, Animal Behavior Specialist, Will Bruner, Integrative Medicine Veterinarian Dr. Julie Mayer DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRP and Darcy Rohats, Trainer and AKC CGC Evaluator.
Our series of seminars will help you to learn more about the world of dogs and how you can make them more a part of your life. Learn new ways to relate to the canine world and different ways of looking at the human/canine connection. Whether you are looking to simply become a better parent to your canine friend or are looking to become part of the dog-handling profession…AZ Dog Smart is for you!
No current day seminars being offered.
OTHER SEMINAR TOPICS
The Do’s And The Don’ts Of Feeding Your Dogs And Cats
Dr. Julie Mayer DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRP; Instructor
Are you confused about all of the information out there on different diets for your dog? How do you choose the right one? This seminar will give you depth information from Dr. Julie Mayer, DVM CVA CVC CCRP on all dog diets—raw, cooked and kibble. Topics to be discussed are:
- How to read pet food labels and avoid marketing gimmicks.
- The Association of American Feed Control Officials Definition
- Raw Diets and Home Cooked Diets
- Life Stages Diets
SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR MULTI-PET HOUSEHOLDS: First impressions are important
Jody Davidson, Instructor
Are you considering bringing a new dog or cat into your home? This seminar will give you tools and techniques to ensure that the transition is conflict and drama free. You’ll learn how to “read??? the signs your pets are giving off and how to effectively deal with situations that may arise. Finally, once the newcomer is successfully integrated into your household, you’ll get training tips to help you utilize “sibling rivalry??? as a positive means to achieving better obedience and focus from your furry family members.
Developmental Puppy Stages and the Importance of Socialization
A confident, stable, well-adjusted, adult dog begins with a well-socialized puppy. Most behavioral and obedience issues in mature dogs have their roots in puppy-hood, with pups who have not been properly introduced to the world around them. This class will cover the various developmental stages of puppy-hood, what to expect in terms of behaviors during these periods and how owners can best adapt their training to the puppy’s psychological/emotional state. Owners will learn about the Rule of Twelve and its importance in the first year of a puppy’s life. This class is a must for anyone with a puppy or considering bringing a new puppy into their home. Puppies under 6 months old are welcome to attend with their owners (proof of vaccination required.)
BREED SPECIFIC TRAINING TECHNIQUES: Understanding How Breed Characteristics Can Impact Canine Learning Styles
Every human being learns and processes information differently. Dogs are much the same. Their learning styles are often aligned with their dominant breed characteristics. Even All-American mixed breed dogs are a compilation of these factors. This class will not only cover the primary canine drives (motivating instinctive behaviors) but how these are inherited and hard wired in certain breeds. At the end of this class, trainers will have a clearer understanding of why their dog does that and how best to modify their training methods to more successfully utilize their dog’s learning style.
FROM NO TO YES! – The Evolution of Dog Training
Instructor: Will Bruner
The theories and practices of dog training have changed greatly within the last 50 years. The use of force and intimidation has given way to more dog friendly practices of positive reinforcement and a focus on better communication between dog and handler. Come learn where dog training started and not only where it is now, but where it is headed in the future. This class will give you an insight into what may be holding you and your dog back, as well as showing you the endless possibilities that modern training can create.
PICKING THE PREFECT PUPPY: How to Choose the Right Dog For Your Family. All family members welcome, young children with supervision.
Instructor: Jody Davidson
You wouldn’t choose to marry and spend your life with someone you’d never met just because you saw their
picture on Facebook. Yet every day people base the critical choice of a new canine family member on an appealing internet photo without considering how this dog is suited to their life and lifestyle. This class will give you a logical framework on which to make this emotional decision, teaching you how to assess temperament, personality and train-ability at an animal shelter or in the home of a responsible breeder. Nearly 40% of dogs adopted from shelters end up back in shelters. Learn how to make an appropriate selection with your heart AND your head.
HOW DOGS SMELL THE WORLD: An Introduction to Scent Theory in Dog Sports
Date: October through March 1
Instructor: Jody Davidson
Dogs experience their world primarily through the sense of smell making it one of the strongest motivators a trainer can use. This class will cover how dogs acquire and process scent, how scent is affected by external conditions (wind/humidity/temperature/environment), how to effectively imprint a dog on a selected scent, how to motivate a dog to hunt for the specific scent and how all of this can be applied to dog sports (Tracking, Nosework, Obedience), hunting and Search and Rescue work.
DOG SHOWS 101: Everything You Wanted To Know About AKC Dog Shows and Sports. This is a 2 day class
Day 1: TBA
Total Cost: TBD
Instructor: Jody Davidson
Are you glued to the TV every February when Westminster airs? Are you contemplating a possible debut in the world of dog sports (Obedience/Rally/Agility) for you and your canine partner? This two part class will cover everything you ever wanted to know about American Kennel Club dog shows, how they work and how you and your purebred or mixed breed dog can participate. The first class will cover how dog shows and dog sports work, how to enter, how dogs are judged (with hands-on student participation) and what goes on behind the scenes. Class two is a field trip to an actual local AKC dog show where you’ll get practical insights and information from a 50 year veteran of the sport. The Fall and Winter see numerous dog show opportunities in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area…Now is the perfect time to get ready.