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Learn How To Effectively Manage Groups of Dogs In an Off Leash Environment with Kathy Sdao

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
  • 1:00 PM
  • Friday, August 12, 2022
  • 2:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Presented by Kathy Sdao

CEUs: IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPAB 1.5

Join Kathy Sdao for this webinar on multiple dog management. Whether you supervise a dog daycare or playgroup, take your dog to a dog-park, or simply have a multi-dog family, you will have to manage groups of unrestrained dogs. These situations in which dogs are off-leash and free to interact with one another can be potentially volatile. 

Dogs can be physically hurt and they can also experience emotional trauma from threats or bullying. You need to be able to recognize warning signs, intervene when necessary without making the situation more risky, and have a way to decide which dogs are well-suited to multiple-dog environments and which are not.

We’ll review some skills, protocols and behavioral knowledge that will help you keep dogs and handlers safe while promoting constructive canine socialization and fun.

Webinar Objectives

  • Identify common but unwise advice for managing groups of dogs
  • Define the role and the associated behaviors most important for people who supervise groups of dog
  • List minimum requirements for dogs’ physical and mental health in daycare settings
  • Examine examples of forms used for screening dogs for attendance at a daycare
  • Understand general safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between “normal” dogs
  • Understand safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between unsocialized dogs (i.e., remedial dog-socialization sessions)

About The Presenter

Kathy Sdao is an associate certified applied animal behaviorist. She has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility where Kathy began teaching clicker-training classes for dog owners.

For the past 15 years, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at twenty-five of these popular conferences since 2003. Kathy also has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012.

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