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Working With Fear, Aggression & Reactivity

Behavior, Learning and Training

Shortcuts and seeming magical methods inevitably produce flawed and unreliable behavior. Many of the animals we are responsible for teaching, don’t have time for interventions that rely on the use of guesswork or the current protocol making the rounds in dog training.

Animals who frequently display behaviors that we’d label fearful, aggressive, anxious or reactive require trainers who have a greater understanding of how to assess behavior and develop effective and humane interventions to give them skills, that without, can lead to a life of limitations, or euthanasia. Training is serious business, and at Lemon’s Hope Sanctuary, we take it seriously.

During this full day event you will be introduced to:

  • An overview of how fear, stress and anxiety contribute to a range of behavioral and medical issues
  • In-home management of challenging dogs
  • Assessing the function of behaviors
  • Linear vs non-linear contingency analysis
  • How to develop operant and classical conditioning plans
  • Reinforcement schedules
  • Enrichment as intervention

There will be the opportunity to work hands-on with animals at the sanctuary to practice during an optional second day available in May only.

Dates: May 20, 2023

Additional day available for hands on training and instruction May 21, 2023 (previous day attendance required)

Location: 1104 Ames Hill, Brattleboro Vermont

Cost: $125.00 one day (May 20), $225 two days (May 20 & 21)


CPDT 6 CEUs May 20

CPDT 6 CEUs for trainers, 2 CEU’s for behavior consultants May 21

IAABC  6 CEUs May 20, 3 CEUs May 21

KPA 6 CEUs May 20, 4 CEUs May 21

Lunch provided May 20, 2023

Your instructor Debbie Jacobs, RBT, CPDT is known for her work specializing in the management and training of dogs struggling with fear-based behaviors. Her book A Guide To Living and Training a Fearful Dog, first published in 2007 continues to be a valuable and important resource for pet owners.

May Working With Fear Event
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Behavior is Lawful.

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