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Fear Threshold: What it is, what it looks like, how to use it to help dogs overcome fears, and why do we so often push dogs past it? Presented by Tracy Krulik CTC, CSAT

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Presented by Tracy Krulik CTC, CSAT


Have you hit a wall trying to help that GSD stop barking, lunging, and growling every time some stranger walks into the house? Do you refer out separation anxiety cases? Are you frustrated by the pace of DSCC? Training fear out of a dog takes a great deal of patience, but the process (ironically) speeds up if you slow down and go at the dog’s pace. When you make a contract with the dog to only push her as fast as she can handle, the recovery process builds more rapidly.

The key is understanding the dog’s fear threshold line and using that to determine when to push ahead. In this webinar, you will learn what threshold is, what it looks like, and how to harness it to improve your skills when helping dogs overcome fears.

Webinar Learning Objectives

  • Understand what threshold is and how it is used to help dogs overcome fears.
  • Learn what threshold looks like and how to find it.
  • Understand the common stumbling blocks when training with threshold.
  • Understand the difference between threshold and +CER.
  • Improve your training skills by understanding how threshold applies (or doesn't apply) when working with solo desensitization, desensitization and counterconditioning (DSCC), and solo counterconditioning.

Your Presenter

Northern Virginia based certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Tracy Krulik, CTC, CSAT, is the founder and managing editor of iSpeakDog — a website and public awareness campaign to teach dog body language and behavior. An honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, Krulik writes for publications including The Bark magazine and The Washington Post. She is an advocate for force-free dog training and loves helping fearful dogs discover confidence and joy — just as she did for her once “fraidy” pup, Emma the Beagle. Visit her website www.tracykrulik.com to learn more.
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