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FE535: Chill Out & Relax

Instructor: Mariah Hinds

Course Details

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.

Chill out and Relax will teach your dog to switch between excitement and relaxation, from being completely wired and ready to work to take a nap, from being on to being off. After exciting things like chasing, running, biting and playing, we will be practicing helping the dog calm down. We will incorporate our calm to excitement to calm games to address undesired behaviors that your dog might have such as over-excitement with going through doorways, door dashing, jumping up and biting at you when you run and move, over-excitement with seeing a leash, harness or collar, over-excitement with mealtimes, entering a new room or building and switching between reward types and locations. We will also practice having the dog chase, do a calm behavior and chase again and have the dog bite a toy then do a calm behavior then bite the toy again.

Chill out and Relax will teach the dogs to be calm in a crate with duration and with their handler out of sight and teach the dogs to be calm in a crate or behind a barrier with other dogs running around, chasing things and doing exciting activities.

The dogs will learn to switch between reward locations and between reward types to help the dogs distinguish between remain in place and explode forward. A warm-up strategy will be built to help the dogs be thoughtful and focused in new locations instead of over-excited. In this class, the dogs will learn how to relax when work is done and how to respond to an invitation to work cue. We will also be shaping the dogs to do a chin rest and a go-to mat behavior and we will utilize other known calm behaviors and other exciting games and behaviors.

*Easily excitable dogs won’t get through all of the material in 6 weeks.

*This class is not appropriate for dogs who are causing themselves bodily harm trying to escape confinement and it's not appropriate for dogs who will bend bars to escape confinement. Nancy Tucker’s class Home Alone class is perfect for dogs with those sorts of big feelings about being confined.