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Learn How to Help the Fearful Dog. Presented by Yvette Van Veen

  • Friday, October 25, 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023
  • 2:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


  • For Doggone safe members
  • PPG member registration
  • A discounted rate for Pet Owner Members
  • Public registration


CEUs: PPAB 1.5

An intense crash course in learning the picky details that can make or break your plans for helping the fearful dog.

Learning Objectives

  • Get Pavlov on your side!
  • Learn why it’s not enough to say, “Pavlov is on your shoulder.”
  • Get the association to the trigger, not other things that are getting in your dog’s way.
  • Overshadowing and blocking effects - the death of creating the positive associations you need
  • Learn how to work from classical conditioning and then move into operant, while maintaining the association.
  • Learn how to create behaviours where you create positive associations to triggers.
  • Learn the critical rules for achieving faster results and more robust associations.
  • Smart strategies for breaking big problems into manageable steps.
  • Why your hardest working clients need to learn to take a break and work less, not more.
  • When to use yes/click and when it’s just extra unnecessary work.
  • How to deal with trigger stacking. Which fearful trigger do you do first?
  • Salience, what’s important to your dog’s brain?
  • Learning preparedness.
  • Dealing with dogs that are already fearful before they notice or see the trigger.
  • Why is food so darn important when dealing with fearful dogs? Toys and praise just aren’t the same. There’s a reason why.
  • Questions to ask when it comes to using medication.

About The Presenter

Yvette Van Veen

Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/

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