CN3025: Dog Behavior and Handling


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New Format! Brenda Aloff needs no introduction to professionals working with dogs. She is the author of numerous publications and videos as well as a sought-after international lecturer. As always, we bring you the best of the best in the industry. While this course is specifically formatted to assist our Caninology Canine Body Workers and other canine massage therapists, the content will help every dog owner, trainer and any others working in the canine healthcare industry.

Are the dogs you are working with understanding your intentions? Do you communicate effectively to relieve the stress levels and accompanying tension in a strange environment? How can you help them relax during bodywork and training sessions? When have you reached the dogs’ threshold? What kinds of exercises and activities can you use to facilitate the learning process? Do you know what to do if things start going bad? What do you do with the dog on dog reactive dog or aggressive dog? What kinds of safety measures are humane and ethical?

Brenda will address these topics and much more during the 4-day course. You have the option of attending to listen to the lectures and observe the demos and dog training. You are welcome to bring your dog to the course if your dog has nice manners, but we do need this arranged well ahead of the course date. Dogs showing any aggression towards people or other dogs are not allowed in this course due to time constraints. Those bringing dogs will be interviewed prior to the course by the instructor and will be included in 2-3 working sessions for the class. There is an additional $250 for those bringing dogs.


How Does Neurobiology Affect the Training Process? Why does this matter to you?

Learning Theory

  • What is Training?
  • Memory Markers
  • Approximations
  • Cue System

Manipulating Reinforcement Schedules

  • Fixed schedules & variable schedules & when they should be used. How do you get the dog off the food?

In hands-on sessions & theory lectures, learn how to use sensitization and desensitization in your training. Various exercises presented will illustrate several relationship-based exercises, as well as some learning theory topics, body language and how to use the dog’s body language during the training process and as feedback to the handler. Body language is discussed in the training process.

Using Canine Body Language for Successful Interaction and Training Enhancement in the Workplace and at Home

Reading the dog’s body language correctly is crucial in the training process and vital if you are to remain safe working with dogs. During the hands-on work, we will constantly be discussing the dog’s point of view, his feedback to the handler in the training process and how to interpret and use this in your interactions with dogs. These points will also be addressed and emphasized using slides and film.

What “Pressure” Means

  • How the environment affects behavior & what to do about it
  • How different pressures in the environment affect the dog.
  • How to talk to your dog about “space” issues, such as reactivity. What is the dog’s point of view regarding proximity?

The Body ’ s Reaction to Training and Handling

  • Muscular Tension
  • How Tension Affects Training
  • Identifying Tension
  • Diminishing Tension during Your Session


  • Why Communication is the Root of Training and Handling.
  • How to Communicate Effectively with Dogs
  • Technical reasons for non-compliance
  • Why Dogs Make Mistakes


  • Reactivity & Aggression
  • The theory and exercises used in behavior modification

There is an enormous amount of information to cover during this course. In the evenings you will be given reading to prepare you for lecture and discussion the following day.

This reading and preparation will include:

Behavior Development Periods

  • The Progression of a Behavior
  • How to Adapt to the Various Stages

Positive Reinforcement and Boundaries

  • Placing Proper Structure
  • Apply Boundaries in a Humane and Ethical Way for Professionals and Owners

Training & Emotions

  • Evaluating the Handler’s Emotions
  • Evaluating the Handler’s Communication

DURATION: Students attend class daily 8:30 am – 4:30 pm for 4 days and have an additional 1 hour of evening studies to prepare for the next day of the course. A one-half hour is allowed for lunch so bring one with you. Refrigeration and microwave are on site.

Tuition: $350

A serious love of dogs and a willingness to learn new theories and techniques.

   Date: TBA
   Location: TBA
   Instructor: TBA
   Price: AU$350

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