Instructor: Sarah Stremming
Note: Week one class lectures will be released on June 1st but your instructor will not join the classroom until Monday, June 4 due to participation in the FDSA Training Camp. This class will be extended to July 15th to allow for this delay.
Do behavior problems freak you out? Have you ever thought "I wish I could fix that" about a nuisance behavior your dog exhibits? Do the intricacies of behavior modification overwhelm you, though you feel comfortable teaching your dog performance behaviors?
This class is for you. Learn how to analyze a behavior by understanding what proceeds it and what follows it, rather than worrying about the behavior itself. Then learn to alter these circumstances, thereby watching the behavior change before your very eyes!
Gold students will have a behavior they'd like to modify, and they will work through the assignments to get to that light at the end of the tunnel. Behaviors that are perfect here are nuisance household behaviors (door dashing, whining to be fed, barking for attention, counter-surfing). The only behaviors that will not be taken at gold are those related to separation anxiety (see Nancy Tucker's course for that!), and human or dog-directed aggression. Potential golds should send a note to Sarah to find out if their target issue is a good fit.
Note: If you're not sure if your problem behavior is suited to this class, please send me a note BEFORE you register so we can avoid unhappiness all around!
Don't have any big issue going on, but want to get better at behavior modification as a professional? This class is a great fit for you at bronze!