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 instructors: Animal Behavior Specialist, Will Bruner, Integrative Medicine Veterinarian Dr. Julie Mayer DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRP, Darcy Rohats CPDT-KA, Trainer and AKC CGC Evaluator and Jessa Parker, CPDT-KA.
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!
NEXT IN THE SEMINAR SERIES...
Surviving a Summer Indoors with an Active Dog - Tricks to drain energy and engage the canine brain indoors
June 23, 2017 9:00am
AZ Dog Sports
The heat can make it difficult to exercise our dogs enough during the summer, and being a “weekend-warrior” isn’t great for their long-term health. This seminar will cover fun ways to exercise your dog’s body and their mind, while staying inside where it’s air conditioned. You will come away with do-it-yourself plans for food puzzles and other brain teasers for your dog.
Dealing with the Sights & Sounds of Summer
June 23, 2017 10:00am
AZ Dog Sports
Summer brings with it new sights and sounds that may be scary for some dogs. More dogs are lost during the Fourth of July than any other time of the year, and in Arizona we have monsoon season to contend with. This workshop will teach you ways to teach your dog that loud sounds and strange sights aren’t scary after all. We will cover ways to make new and positive memories for dogs who are already afraid of storms and fireworks exploding.
Loose Leash Skills & Body Awareness
June 30, 2017 9:00am
AZ Dog Sports
This seminar will cover tips and tricks for improving loose leash walking in dogs of any skill level. You will learn to teach your dog to work to be near you, rather than pulling ahead or tangling you up. We will cover several drills you can use at home to improve your dog’s body awareness, and attention on you when on-leash. We will discuss the pros and cons of different types of “no-pull” equipment, and can assist with proper fit of harnesses and head-halters.
Solving Problem Behaviors : A Three-Step System
June 30, 2017 10:00am
AZ Dog Sports
Does your dog jump up, bark, or play keep away? Is your dog destructive or naughty only when your back is turned? With three important steps and a lot of consistency, you can learn to change your dog’s behavior. We will discuss science-based, positive methods for modifying your dog’s problem behaviors into solution behaviors.
OTHER SEMINAR TOPICS
Practical information on how to keep our dogs cool and safe in this Arizona Summer heat. When you join us, you will learn:
- Heat & water safety
- Booties or no booties
- How to recognize signs of heat stress
- Swim lessons for your dog
- Water safety including the dangers your dog could face, swimming protocol, dangers of water and water borne illnesses.
A positive method for boundary training
Does your dog think every open door is an invitation to run through it? Do you ever feel crowded by your dogs in your kitchen or when you sit down to eat? This seminar will cover a fun and positive method of boundary training, which means teaching your dog to remain behind a threshold or line that you designate. You will learn how to make your dog want to stay out of the kitchen while you’re cooking, and wait politely at the front door as you come and go.
Some trainers make raising criteria look so easy. They know exactly when to help their dog figure something out, and when to ask for more effort in the next moment. This seminar will discuss using a marker for reinforcement, developing shaping skills, and tricks for taking your dog’s understanding of cues to the next level. You will learn how to create effective generalization, and transfer reinforcement away from food. Most importantly, we’ll learn what criteria is and exactly how to raise it.
Does your dog enjoy being handled? Can you easily clean your dog’s ears or brush your dog’s teeth? In this seminar you will learn ways to make a dreaded grooming interaction, like nail trimming, fun for you and your dog. You will learn how to brush and care for your dog’s coat, brush their teeth, keep nails short and healthy, and administer ear meds or eye drops without a big fight.
Other things we will cover:
- chin rest behavior in your hand and on your lap
- nose press for teeth brushing
- offering front and back feet
- holding a stand for being brushed
- a roll to expose the stomach
- how to counter-condition negative associations and make grooming positive for the dog from the beginning
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.)
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.
The Evolution of Dog Training
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.