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Using Social Play in the Rehabilitation of Reactive, Fearful, and Stressed...

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Christmount Retreat, Camp and Conference Center

222 Fern Way

Black Mountain, NC 28711

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Amy Cook, PhD, CDBC, CPDT-KA - Training & Emotions:Using Social Play in the Rehabilitation of Reactive, Fearful, and Stressed Dogs


Amy is the founder and creator of the Play​ ​Way​. She​ ​has been training dogs for nearly 25 years and has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for over 15 years.

The​ ​Play​ ​Way​ is Amy’s method of helping shy and fearful dogs overcome these issues to live a happier, less-stressed life. Rather than focusing on food, as many do when working with these dogs, Amy has established a more nuanced rehabilitation process that revolves around personal, social play. She believes play is a much more reliable method of judging a dog’s true behavioral thresholds, while being equally effective at changing the dog’s conditioned emotional response to particular stimuli. Play is both an indicator of stress and an intervention for stress!

Amy is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a longstanding professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation. Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focused on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem-solving strategies dogs employ.

In this seminar you will learn:

  • How to identify stress in dogs

  • About threshold management

  • How to read a dog so you know what to do when

  • About relaxed play, and its important role in the rehabilitation of stress & anxiety

  • Personal play, food or toys: which one should you use and when?

  • How to help a dog "Look and Dismiss" and take challenges in stride.

Amy's Bio:

Amy Cook, Ph.D. has been training dogs for over 25 years, and through Full Circle Dog Training and Play Way Dogs in Oakland, CA, has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for almost 20 years. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC, a longstanding professional member of the APDT, and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation. She is a graduate of the SFSPCA academy for dog trainers and has attended all 4 "chicken camps" in Hot Springs, Arkansas, taught by Bob Bailey. Amy also owns the "shy-k9s" list on yahoo, a 4000-member group dedicated to the rehabilitation of fearful dogs, and has moderated there since 2001. Amy has worked for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and has provided behavioral evaluations for shelters and rescues throughout the Bay Area of California. She currently works with the Anti-Cruelty team at the ASPCA doing behavioral evaluations and psychological enrichment of the dogs seized in dog fighting, puppy mill, and hoarding cases.

Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focused on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ. She has also studied causal inference in dogs and toddlers with Anna Waismeyer and Alison Gopnik, and currently works with Lucia Jacobs on dog olfaction. She has extensive experience as a graduate student instructor, having taught sections of Introductory Psychology (both in person and online), Human Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Stigma and Prejudice, Statistics, Animal Cognition, and has taught Fundamentals of Psychology and Developmental Psychology as a full instructor.

Her dogs have trained, participated, and titled in Rally, Competition Obedience, Agility, Flyball, Nosework and Barn Hunt, and her young whippet loves agility best!

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Dates: Saturday November 3 and Sunday November 4, 2018

Times: 9am to 5pm, both days

Location:

Christmount Retreat, Camp and Conference Center

222 Fern Way,

Black Mountain,NC

Tuition: Discounted rate for groups of 4 or more: $195/each

Auditor Spot: $225

Working Spot: $275*

*There are 8 working spots for dogs to work one-on-one with Amy on Sunday. Working dogs are welcome to attend Saturday as long as they are comfortable. Please keep in mind that this is a workshop environment, it will be crowded, and not all dogs will be appropriate for work or ‘rehab’ in this situation. Working dogs must be comfortable with strangers and new environments and not overly reactive. Consider your own dog and his/her needs. No refunds will be given for a dog that is too uncomfortable to relax. Auditing for this type of workshop is incredibly valuable to owners/trainers who can then take the information home to work with dogs who may find a crowded workshop an overwhelming learning environment.

To see if you and your dog are a fit for for a Working Spot, please email Joann before signing up at Joann@thelooseleashacademy.com

CEU’s: CCPDT-13 Hours, CPDT-KA-7, CBCC-KA - 6, CPDT-KSA - 7, CBCC- KSA - 6, IAABC - 17.5 Hours North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board - 13 Hours

Other Details -

  • Coffee, tea, water and light snacks provided

  • Lunch will be on your own. You can purchase lunch from the venue. Lunch tickets are for sale for at the bottom of the payment page. If you have a special dietary request, please send an email to Joann@thelooseleashacademey.com

  • There is a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator if you would like to bring your own lunch. Paper products will be provided.

What to Bring:

  • Paper/pen to take notes

  • Please dress in layers for comfort and wear closed toe shoes

Places to stay in Black Mountain, North Carolina

The workshop will be held at Christmount Retreat, Camp and Conference Center. Please contact them directly for rates and further information. https://www.christmount.org/lodging - Dog Friendly, limited number of rooms

222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828) 669-8977

Hotel close to the venue: Quality Inn - Dog Friendly

https://www.choicehotels.com/north-carolina/black-mountain/quality-inn-hotels/nc258

585 Hwy 9, Black Mountain, NC, 28711 Phone: (828) 669-9950

To look for other pet freindly lodging - https://www.bringfido.com/lodging/city/black_mountain_nc_us/?

Other Hotels

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g48962-Black_Mountain_North_Carolina-Vacations.html

There are lots of Bed and Breakfasts and cabins for rent in/near Black Mountain. Places to look for them:

GreyBeard Realty

https://www.greybeardrentals.com/vacation-rentals/black-mountain

204 East State Street Black Mountain, NC 28711 Phone: 855-688-9574

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g48962-Black_Mountain_North_Carolina-Vacations.html

https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/north-carolina/blue-ridge-mountains/black-mountain

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