Face the Fear! (Spring 2016)

Instructor: Bobbie Bhambree
Start Date: April 5, 2016
Registration Closed: April 18, 2016 @ 9 pm Eastern

Does your dog worry about the environment instead of focusing on the game with you? Help your dog overcome fear and reactivity!

Category: Motivation, Problem Solving, Behavior
Level: Open to all
Class Length: 8 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 20 ($230)
Number of Auditing Spots: 50 ($150)
Number of Observing Spots: unlimited ($100)

Course Description

Face the Fear! (Spring 2016) :: Bobbie Bhambree

Does your dog worry about the environment instead of focusing on the game with you? Help your dog overcome fear and reactivity!

Does your dog worry about the environment instead of focusing on the game with you? Does your dog bark and lunge at other dogs? Does your dog charge, barking, at the judge or ring crew? Is your dog amazing at home but shuts down at a trial? Does it seem like your dog is generally not having a good time because he is afraid? Then this is the course for you!

Reactive behavior is often a result of underlying fear and anxiety. Through the principles of behavior modification, your dog can learn to feel safe in the environment and enjoy the game of agility with you! We will address how to manage the dog in the face of triggers while developing your mechanical skills and timing. We will also look at play and how to engage the dog in a way that taps into their natural interests and abilities. Whether using a toy or food, developing your mechanical play skills will help bring your dog’s focus back to you, even in the face of triggers!

In this course, you will:

  • Learn to identify stress in your dog and adjust accordingly
  • Have a better understanding of your dog’s triggers and how to manage thresholds
  • Better understand classical conditioning applications
  • Learn when it’s time to abandon ship and when it’s time to push through
  • Develop a toolbox of exercises to support you in decreasing your dog’s anxiety
  • Use play as rehabilitation
  • Teach your dog how to make choices and utilize that skill in the face of triggers

(Note: this course is designed to for dogs who are struggling with issues such as fear, anxiety and reactivity, but not aggression.)


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Motivation, Problem Solving, Behavior

Level:

Open to all

Course Length:

8 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Individualized problem analysis
  • Video analysis
  • Individualized problem solving plan to be progressively implemented over the course of the 8 week session
  • General games and training skills needed for all performance dogs
  • Discussions and Q&A (workers and auditors) based on needs of working and auditing students
  • Demo videos
  • Training Articles and handouts
  • Access to faculty office hours

Equipment needed:

  • (working participants only): Treats, toys, 30 foot long line, head halter (optional)

Space needed:

  • TBD, based on the needs of class members

Office Hours:

Yes, TBD



Course Participation & Tuition Levels

Type of participation:

  • Working (posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in forum, chat and office) Limit: 20
  • Auditing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours) Limit: 50
  • Observing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students in documents, links, forum and chat but do not participate in class forum, chat and office hours other than to read instructor, worker and auditor posts). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

  • Working: $230 USD
  • Auditing: $150 USD
  • Observing: $100 USD