Hosted by: Amy Cook
Link to bio of each panelist: https://thelemonadeconference.com/presentation/lunch-panel-day-3/
FREE EVENT - This lunchtime discussion will be streamed via Facebook Live on the event’s Facebook page, free and publicly available, even to those not paying to attend the conference. Discussing the differences between drive and arousal, and what is normal, vs what is… NOT.
This presentation will be delivered Friday 7 May at 6pm (Pacific Time - USA) at The Lemonade Conference. The Lemonade Conference is a organized by the IAABC and FDSA. The full schedule of speakers and topics is available here https://thelemonadeconference.com/schedule/
Registration is USD$229.
When we refer to a dog going “over threshold,” we are referring to the point at which the dog transitions from high arousal, into a state where the thinking part of the brain is dulled, and the dog’s behavior becomes driven almost exclusively by instinct and emotion.
One of the features of going “over threshold” is that the dog will lose the ability to follow the owner’s cues. It is important to recognize that the dog is not choosing to ignore you when this happens, it is simply impossible for the dog to respond to your cues in this state.
Hyper-arousal itself is not a bad thing, it is a necessary and normal response to a life-threatening situation. In our domestic dogs however, we often see ineffective habituation, as well as anxiety and perception issues, leading to exaggerated responses to non-life-threatening stimuli. We also see non-fear-based emotions, such as frustration and excitement leading to this same state.
Repeatedly reaching a hyper-aroused state in response to non-life-threatening stimuli is unhealthy. It also poses a potential safety risk to other dogs and/or people. This is because one of the primary issues with a dog entering a hyper-aroused state is the risk for tipping into aggression or provoking aggressive behaviors in another dog.
In this presentation we discuss stressors, arousal, and what it really means to go “over threshold.” We also discuss training and management strategies for dogs with arousal issues.
Working Spots - SOLD OUT. Auditing spots USD$29.95
Many dogs react to stimuli in a way that we perceive as inappropriate or extreme. This often occurs when on leashed walks. The stimulus may be a jogger, a cyclist, a skateboarder, another dog, or a novel object. Frequently the response is intensified with increased movement or noise, decreased distance, or the sudden appearance of the stimulus. There may even appear to be an element of unpredictability in the dog’s response. For some dogs “leash reactivity” can look like intense focus, followed by strong pulling, growling, and barking; sometimes it is more of an active version with leaping, lunging, and darting at the end of the leash; sometimes there is ambivalence; and sometimes the dog appears fine and then suddenly lunges at the last moment. Although we often use the umbrella term “leash reactivity”, the underlying emotions and motivations driving the behaviors frequently differ. These can include such driving forces as genetic traits associated with owner guarding, intolerance to unknown dogs, strong desire to chase, or a generalized hypervigilance. Fear and anxiety are also common causes. Even simple over-arousal due to excitement or frustration can result in this type of response. In this workshop we will learn how to methodically replace the dog’s existing behavior with a more relaxed and thinking alternative. We will also discuss when and how to use management protocols and distraction techniques. This protocol is effective not only for leash reactivity, but also for any situation where an identifiable stimulus (visual or auditory) causes over-arousal due to fear, anxiety, excitement, or frustration.
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You train regularly but competing still seems like a distant dream, or maybe you’ve already ventured out to compete, but it didn’t go as well as you had hoped. Don’t get disheartened………. you CAN turn your training efforts into competition success!
In this webinar we discuss all the pieces needed to successfully bridge the gap between training and competing:
Your dog’s skills are only one part of the equation, so we also discuss what the human needs to bring to the competition partnership, including:
If you would like to transition from trainer to successful competitor, then this webinar is for you.
The information in this presentation is applicable to all dog sports.