This is the same seminar on both days.
Its no surprise that a dog’s behavior is influenced by their immediate environment and the actions of their handler. Handlers are accustomed to using observable behaviors to gain insight to their dogs emotional state, but, typically few take the time to try and see the world from their dog’s perspective. In this seminar, Monique De Roeck teaches participants to look beyond the commonly used tell tale signals such as tail carriage, ear positions, facial expressions and presence or absence of calming signals to read their dogs. Participants will be taught to see the world from the dog’s perspective by asking themselves the following questions:
How does my dog see the world?
How does my dog feel in this moment?
If your goal is to eliminate or minimize unwanted behavior and replace it with more desirable behaviors by using positive means, you must be able to communicate in a way your dog understands. A lot of “problems” are created by miscommunication between the handler and their dog. A handler may think ‘my dog knows exactly what I’m saying’, where in reality the dog does not or in that given situation can not respond appropriately. This disconnect leads to frustration on both ends of the leash!
There are no recipes when it comes to dog training. Dogs are all individuals unique in their own way! You will learn to approach dog training by acknowledging and respecting a dog’s individuality, limitations and potential. By learning to recognize where your dog’s capabilities lie within any given training moment you can begin to create an environment that challenges the dog, but, is still within a context where learning can take place. Learning to look at the challenges from the dog’s perspective, will allow you to give support where needed as you teach your dog new skills or ask for more from them in a given situation.
Together we will put “Theory into Practice”! First, we will cover how to interpret the dog’s body language and behavior. This will enable us to better understand their current emotional state which will give us insight into how the world may look from their point of view. Second, we will learn how to use this information to adjust our training to make it easier for the dog to connect his behaviors with predictable outcomes. As with any “working team” good communication is key to success!
Monique De Roeck was born and raised in Belgium. She has been working in the field of dog training for over 25 years. Though she maybe new to dog training professionals here in the United States she is well known and in great demand in Europe. Monique regularly shares her expertise with dog trainers, pet dog owners, professional handlers, veterinarians, ethologists and behaviorists in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain. Past seminar topics include: assistance dog training, scent discrimination, tracking and search and rescue for professional working dogs; aggression, resolving communication issues during training, finding solutions to problems during training exercises and instructor courses for other training enthusiasts and instructors.
Monique’s experience as a trainer include training professional working dog’s for professional handlers in the fields of law enforcement, military and conservation. One of her most recent projects included training dogs for the government of Catalunya, Spain to assist them with their conservation efforts to relocate wolves and bears away from populated areas into more remote locations. In addition, she has worked with pet dog owners, trainers and behaviorists to help solve behavior problems. She is recognized as one of Europe’s best experts in working with dog’s exhibiting aggression issues. Her instructor training programs have been well attended and have produced many professional trainers over the years.
Through her assistance dog organization, Alfa Centrum voor Hulp en Geleidehonden VZW located in Belgium she has trained and continues to supervise and direct the training of all kinds of assistance dogs including: guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs for children with autism, seizure alert dogs for diabetics and people with epilepsy and assistance dogs for disabled individuals or those with hearing impairments.
Recently Monique started a new business, Alpha K9 Academy for Dogs and Trainers, LLC, here in the United States located in St. Johnsville, NY. Her new training center is currently under construction with an estimated completion day of June 2015. Program offerings at the new training center include; private consultations and behavior modification for problem behavior, residential training programs including boot camps for instructors and pet dog owners on various topics and residential training programs for professional handlers and their working dogs. To compliment her training programs Monique will begin her breeding program as well. Monique’s dogs have gone on to have successful careers as police, military and assistance dogs.
Monique shares her home with her partner and their 6 dogs; 2 Dutch Shepards, 2 German Shepard Dogs, 1 Malinois and 1 Mix Breed. Five of the dogs are professional working dogs with various in skills such as tracking scent discrimination, protection work and narcotics. The sixth dog and newest addition to her family was adopted from a shelter in Catalunya, Spain just prior to Monique’s relocation to the United States.
Auditor - $125.00
Working - $200.00