The Urban Pup is delighted to announce that we will be hosting Nando Brown and Jo-Rosie from The School of Canine Science for two days of workshops in Galway!
Day 1: Behaviourism 101
Behaviourism 101 is a complete one day introduction to how dogs learn within the framework of this discipline. There is no doubt that the cornerstones of practical canine training has evolved as a result of the hypothesis’ tried and tested within this paradigm. Without understand behaviourism it’s almost impossible for trainers to know where to start. However, so much of this field has been dumbed down over the years that myths such as Pavlov using a bell; and Skinner placing his operant diagnostic tools into a quadrant have become commonly held views upon which practice is placed. This causes commotion and chaos as well as poor training practice. Learn about the key concepts in animal training, the major experiments in behaviourism and learn the terminology to ensure your practice is purely science-based.
Day 1: Positive Bitework
Whilst dog bites are a huge problem for dog owners, there are plenty of sports and types of professional work that encourage dogs to bite including IPO, French Ring Sport, Belgium Ring Sport, KNPV, Working Trials Man Work and Mondioring as well as protection dogs, police dogs and security dogs. Trainers and behaviourists around the world debate whether it is actually possible to train this without increasing aggression or a dogs likelihood of biting. There is also some debate about whether or not it is possible to train this without using intimidation or fear-based methods.
This talk covers the following:
A breakdown of bite work from a learning theory perspective
An overview of methodology posing the question: is it possible to teach bite work without fear and intimidation?
A look at drives – including predatory drive; fight drive and defence drive, what are these drives and do they exist?
An evaluation of application and how science can be used to explore the question: does bite work make my dog more likely to bite someone?
Day 2: Dog to Dog Aggression
With a focus on theoretical knowledge and how to apply it to a practical behaviour case, this course covers the following:
Our 5 useful labels for dog aggressive dogs
How dogs display aggression
Why some dogs may never become social
Nature or nurture?
Do some dogs enjoy fighting?
Diagnosis and prognosis
Set up; treating defensive (fear) aggression; treating non fearful
Each event has been priced individually, however a trio ticket for all three events is available at a cost of €250.
€30 deposit is required to book individual workshops.
€50 deposit is required when booking a trio ticket.
THIS IS A HUMAN ONLY EVENT. No dogs may attend.
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Call Paula on 086 145 1910 to book.