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The Canine Behavior
Problem Solvers!

"A wickedly exciting & informative series in solving non-aggression problems" 


 An OnDemand online webinar starring Malena DeMartini, Susan Garrett, Trish King, Dr. Ellen Lindell & Pat Miller.

  • 10 CEU's for CCPDT & IAAB..

  • Cost includes access to recordings for 1 year.

  • All 5 sessions for $95.

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Excitable Dogs: Rehabilitating the canine wild child!

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Fearful Dogs: Flee or fight? Practical tools for both reactivity problems !

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Susan Garrett


Why dogs aren't coming when called and what we can do about it.

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Mission Impossible: Solving separation anxiety!

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Intervention: The decision making process for considering medication!

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  • Fees: All 5 sessions for a total of $95.

  • Each segment starts with a presentation of about 90 minutes, followed by a 15 minute “coffee break” and ends with a 45 minute Q/A session during which speakers will respond to questions posed by attendees of the live sessions.

  • You will be able to access the recordings of each session for 1 year.

  • CEU credits will be provided at the end of series. You have the option of providing your CCPDT number during the ticket purchase. IAABC Certificates will be emailed upon request after the final session in the series.

 Session 1Excitability with Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA  

EXCITABLE DOGS: Rehabilitating the Canine Wild Child


It’s not uncommon for humans who are living with young dogs to bemoan the adolescent “wild child” phase of development – when the canine youngster naturally starts becoming a little more independent and, sometimes, a lot more active. Some even display excessive jumping and biting as young puppies. Of course, normal dog personalities lie on a continuum from very calm to quite energetic, and even an older dog who has lived in an environment with little to no structure can exhibit high-arousal behavior. 


If you’ve previously had the good fortune of only raising or working with dogs at the calmer, naturally well-behaved end of the continuum, you may think they are all supposed to be like that – and it can be particularly alarming to discover you or one of your clients have adopted one at the high-arousal end of the continuum. 


These dogs need significantly more physical exercise and mental stimulation to meet their genetically programmed exercise needs, as well as a ramped-up training and management plan to teach appropriate behaviors and prevent them from being reinforced for their unwanted behaviors.

  • High-Energy Behavior – What is it? Normal for some dogs, but not easy to live with, and fortunately modifiable – how is it different from true “hyperactivity”?

  • Outdoor Physical Exercise – A walk on leash doesn’t even begin to cut it – think off-leash running and play with humans or (if appropriate) other dogs; there are endless fun outdoor activities that can tire your dog

  • Indoor Physical Exercise – There are also a multitude of exciting indoor games to explore that can provide physical exercise for your dog that make use of household items such as laundry baskets and broomsticks

  • Mental Exercise – More tiring than you can imagine, and fascinating for the human as well: choice, imitation, reading, object-shape-color discrimination…

  • Training and Management – Every good behavior modification program includes management and training, tailored specifically to the behavior(s) and the individual dog – reinforcing alternative and incompatible behaviors while removing reinforcement for the inappropriate ones.

  • Among the training exercises we’ll explore: Click When Your Dog is Calm, “Sit” as a Default Behavior, Wait, Wait for Food & Wait at the Door.


Among the games: Find It; Hide & Seek & Manners Minder.


Plus More on the Wait & Stay Cues.

 Session 2: Separation Anxiety with Malena DeMartini 

SEPARATION ANXIETY: Mission Impossible?

This webinar will reveal the not commonly believed fact that indeed resolution of Separation Anxiety is truly possible.


It is estimated that at least 17-20% of the dogs in the United States suffer from separation related behaviors, and we are seeing newer figures that indicate this number is likely an underestimation. Separation Anxiety is not easy to resolve but it is simple in many ways and help is at hand for trainers and guardians.


We will review multiple aspects about separation anxiety including the why, the what, and the how to proceed. In addition, the considerable research about separation anxiety over the past 4 decades will be incorporated as it is extremely helpful in working with this very nuanced behavior issue.  


A structured approach to creating separation anxiety plans has turned a once considered impossible training task into a doable one with successful resolution of even the most severe appearing separation anxiety cases being attainable.


A few of the key elements of this training discussion will include the following and more:

  • Myths about Separation Anxiety

  • Systematic Desensitization and What That Really Means

  • Absence Management Creativity and Solutions

  • The Possibility of Prevention?

  • Feeding Toys not Necessarily a Fixit

  • Confinement and its Impact on SA

  • “Spoiling" a Dog with SA Might Surprise You

  • Obedience Training is not the Panacea


 Session 3: Reactivity with Trish King, CPDT-KA  


REACTIVITY: Tools to Cope

Reactivity often presents as aggression when it is not.  Rather, it is generally a situation in which a fearful dog tries to control her environment by reacting to it in a defensive manner - trying to make the situation more stable, or moving away from the perceived threat when she cannot control it.   


As we know, dogs have two broad choices when presented with something that frightens them - to flee or to fight.  In many cases, helping the dog begin to trust her environment is a first stage of rehabilitation, followed by the use of training and modification tools to cope with situations that seem out of our control.   We will discuss the practical application of tools for both parts of this problem. 


1. Plan for situations under the owner’s control 

  • Attention 

  • Trust

  • Predictability on the part of the owner

  • Games to promote diversion, and mental readjustment 

2. Plan for situations not under the owner’s control

  • List of well-rehearsed exercises for avoidance and distraction

  • Games to allow for dispersal of energy 

  • Plan for dealing with other out of control dogs 

 Session 4: Phamacological Intervention with Dr. Ellen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB  


PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTION: For Canine Non-Aggression Problems

Learning is complicated. Receiving and processing information can only be done in the absence of profound sympathetic arousal. Pharmacological intervention can be helpful but complicated. There are risks and benefits to consider.


This webinar will explore the decision making process for considering medication. Types of medications and their mode of action will be discussed, for a variety of non-aggression problems such as: Frustration related behavior, fears and phobias, post traumatic fear responses, impulsivity & hyperactivity. 

 Session 5: Recalls with Susan Garrett  


RECALLS: Why Dogs Aren't Coming When Called and What We Can Do About It

Let’s talk about three common challenges contributing to dogs' choices to not come when called. 


  • How our inconsistency is a strong contributor to dogs not coming when called.

  • The difference between having a drive to come because they “want to” versus they “have to”.

  • The trainers’ options to either ignore, manage, or train this life saving behavior. 


During this session I will share how my training philosophy helps dog owners see the success path to building this life saving skill that comes in layers. It starts with creating VALUE in the eyes of the dog and these layers then effectively TRANSFER this value to you, the owner, before you advance to TESTING the value with real world challenges and choices for the dog.


I will be turning back the curtain, giving you a behind the scenes look at why my online program “Recallers” creates success, regardless of breed of dog or the dog owner’s experience level.


I will share how our strategically layered approach to creating a brilliant recall has worked for thousands of dog owners entering this program over the past 10 plus years. And how once you understand the fundamentals, these concepts easily transfer to every dog sport or activity you want to do with your dog. 


You will see how our program creates dogs who WANT to come when called, regardless of the distraction - an approach based in science. It is more than just playing games with your dog, it is the intentional stacking of the games you play that creates the outcomes you want. 


We are creating a win-win situation for both the dog and the dog owner no matter what they face as they journey through life together as a team, and during this presentation, I’ll show you the blueprint of why it works so well for all dogs.


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Malena DeMartini-Price is renowned in the dog training world for her expertise in dog separation anxiety issues. She is the author of the books Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs (Dogwise. 2014) and the new edition: Separation Anxiety in Dogs- Next Generation Treatment Protocals & Practices (Dogwise 2020).

She has contributed articles on separation anxiety to multiple publications such as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ (APDT) Chronicle of the Dog, Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) Barks From the Guild, and various national magazines such as The Bark. 

Malena has dedicated her career to finding better ways to treat separation anxiety and oversees a team of highly experienced and uniquely qualified Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers.


She lectures on SA at professional dog training workshops and conferences around the world, including everything from large professional conferences to small venues. She also has been interviewed widely on this topic and multiple videos and podcasts have been produced. Malena is an honors graduate of the esteemed Academy for Dog Trainers, where she studied under Jean Donaldson, and is a member of the APDT, the Pet Professionals Guild, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.


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Susan Garrett’s interest in animal behavior started at the University of Guelph where she earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science. She is a pre-eminent canine sports instructor and competitor - one of the most successful agility competitors of the last two decades. She has won multiple Gold Medals at National or World Championship events with every dog she has ever owned over the past 30 years.


She is also a pioneer of on-line dog training. Susan is a leading educator of dog trainers. Her understanding of how to apply learning principles to practical and competitive dog training has made her a much sought-after speaker throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The Dog Writers Association of America named Susan’s book “Shaping Success” the 2005 “Dog Training and Behavior Book of the Year”. She loves sharing her training tales with podcast hosts… most popular being her recent conversation with Tim Ferriss on the Tim Ferriss Show and How to Master Pet Travel with Trivago.

She has spoken at training conferences worldwide including as a keynote speaker at the APDT conferences in both 2006 and 2012. In 2013 she was the only dog trainer invited to speak to zoo trainers at the annual conference of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA).

Her foundation can be summed up with this one thought: You can achieve great and effective training by simply playing with your dog. Susan’s mission is to teach the world that training can be fun, for both people and animals - a time that you enjoy with your dogs; and time that they enjoy spending with you!

Susan practices this philosophy with her own dogs at home. She loves dogs. When a dog comes into her home it stays for life. Her focus is always to raise a great family pet to be an amazing lifelong companion first, and talented performance dog a distant second.

A natural progression was to take her love of dog training online, to share her positive training message with people around the globe. In 2008 she pioneered online dog training, introducing her wildly popular and much-loved foundation training program, Recallers. She has developed further online classrooms and programs to help dog lovers and dog sports enthusiasts world-wide – allowing access to her training 7 days a week / 365 days a year, with programs designed for all styles of learners, with videos, written and audio resources.


She shares her life with fellow dog enthusiast, John Blenkey, and their four dogs; Encore, Feature, Swagger and Momentum. Together John and Susan own and operate Say Yes Dog Training Inc., located in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.

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Trish has been a dog addict since she was a teen, and managed to combine her love of dogs with her respect and affection for people.


Her goal is always to enrich the lives of both, through the humane and thoughtful use of relationship work, environmental management and training.


Trish established the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society for new or interested trainers, which covers dog handling, evaluating, learning theory, training techniques and solving problems, as well as teaching people.  

After she left Marin Humane, she taught the academy at Humane Society Silicon Valley, and then locally in Marin.  It is now offered online.  Several hundred people have attended all levels of the Academy.  Trish also teaches workshops and seminars on behavior, canine management, temperament assessment, and handling difficult dogs.


Trish's speaking engagements have included numerous conferences presented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Humane Society of the United States,  and the American Humane Association, as well as California Animal Care Conferences, private training groups, webinars and teleconferences.


She has written a critically acclaimed book for dog owners, Parenting Your Dog (TFH Publications), as well as numerous articles about dog and cat behavior for local and national newspapers and magazines. Trish is:

  • Member of the American Humane Association Task Force for Humane Dog Training.

  • Equipment Chair of the Delta Guidelines for Humane Dog Training.

  • Past Board member and charter member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

  • Member of the task force to restructure PetSmart Dog Training practices.

  • Instructor with "Dogs of Course", E-Training for Dogs & Raising Canine, LLC.


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Dr. Ellen Lindell, a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist, is the immediate past President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.


She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.


After practicing general medicine and surgery for several years, she began a residency program in veterinary behavior at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and successfully fulfilled the requirements for board-certification, and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

She is a Fear Free Certified Professional and a Fully Approved Fear Free Speaker. 

Dr. Lindell (Contact: practices in Westchester & Rockland Counties, NY and is an active member of the Westchester Rockland Veterinary Medical Association.


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Pat Miller, a past President of APDT, has been training dogs for more than 35 years. She was a humane officer at the Marin Humane Society in California for 20 years and most recently trains as a CPDT and behavior consultant at her Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center in Maryland, home to her acclaimed Intern Academies. Pat is also APDT's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Pat writes for, and is Training Editor, of The Whole Dog Journal and contributes to Your Dog (published by Tufts University Veterinary School).

Her first dog training book, The Power of Positive Dog Training (Howell Book House, 2001) has been on’s "Top 10 Dog Training Books" list since January of 2002. Her other books are: Positive Perspectives, Positive Perspectives 2,  Play With Your Dog, and “Do Over Dogs-Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life”.


Her most recent book: “Beware of the Dog: Positive Solutions for Aggressive Behavior in Dogs” (Dogwise Publishing, 2017) is a practical road map to evaluating, managing and modifying aggression in pet dogs. 

In addition to this seminar, you can find her books for sale at

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 WEBINAR FEE (includes access to recording for 1 year) 

$95.00 (includes all 5 sessions)

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