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We spend a lot of time improving our communication in training, but do we spend enough time improving our social communication?


Too often we have the dogs doing the “heavy lifting” in the conversation, where we focus on teaching them how to respond to us, and so often miss their subtle signals and preferences about our social relationship! We’d be so much more effective as partners if our daily social interactions with dogs were in line with how they communicate, and demonstrated respect for their answers. In this presentation, we discuss how to be a good, sensitive listener, how to leave room for a dog’s opinions, and to avoid the common human mistakes of repetition, pressure, too much touch, and monologuing!

Dr. Amy Cook | Social interactions between dogs and humans

  • Dr. Cook is an International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, a longstanding professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation.

    Dr. Cook received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, with her research focusing on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ. Dr. Cook is the founder and creator of the Play Way, a new way to address behavior problems in dogs, and is a popular instructor for the online school, The Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. She has been training dogs for nearly 30 years, and has specialized in the rehabilitation of stressed and fearful dogs for over 20 years.

  • 18th July 2022

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