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There is intense discussion these days about transforming dog training through innovative approaches for old and often very persistent canine behavior issues. The Slow Thinking is Lifesaving for Dogs® programme has been an important part of this paradigm shift. While Laura originally developed this program for dogs struggling with aggressive behaviour, she quickly noticed that it helped significantly with other behaviour issues. It is also a great foundation for puppies and young dogs because this programme is all about helping dogs develop effective coping strategies enabling them to self-regulate and THINK when they become aroused or stressed, rather than rehearsing the all-too-familiar barking, lunging, growling and even biting. ICB invites you to take a deep dive with Laura into how our dogs can learn to slow down cognitively, emotionally and behaviourally. This online seminar highlights the importance of effective information processing to slow thinking and particularly focuses on the information processing systems known as perception and neuroception. Viewers will gain knowledge about:


  • The relevance of an information processing model for canine behavioural issues.
  • Why and how a balance between “top-down” cognition-based perception and “bottom-up” body-based neuroception is critical to developing the capacity for slow thinking.
  • Why social processing is just as important as social engagement and what happens when we pressure dogs for social engagement before they are ready.
  • Practical strategies for helping their own or clients’ learn slow thinking and social processing skills

Laura Donaldson | Slow Thinking: Why it’s important & how to teach it

    • Laura Donaldson, PhD, CDBC, KPA CTP
    • Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies (In Progress) Trauma Research Foundation, founded by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
    • Maxwell Medallion Award Winning Writer for Best Magazine Article on Dog Behavior & Training (Dog Writers Association of America, 2018)
    • Creator of the Slow Thinking is Lifesaving for Dogs® program
    • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
    • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
    • Certified Control Unleashed™ Instructor
    • Official Mentor Trainer, CATCH Canine Trainers Academy
  • 28th February 2023

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