Community Outreach 

 

Community Outreach Activities:

Our Merrimac Dog Training Club members love dogs and consequently are involved in many activities throughout the Hampton Roads region.

These activities include Workshops,  World of Pets Expo, Mutt Strut, Paws for a Cause, Hampton Holiday Parade, health clinics and more.

Training and Emotions:

Using Play to Help Fearful or Stressed Dogs

with Amy Cook, PhD

Saturday 17 February 2018

Sunday 18 February 2017

at the Merrimac Dog Training Club

Abstract

Is your dog brilliant at home but shuts down at the show?

Does he bark at people or dogs? Does he seem generally stressed out?

For a pet dog, dealing with behavior challenges is a good idea.

For a competition dog, it is non-negotiable.

Our goal is to make your dog enthusiastic about performance (and life!) so he can enjoy himself! Rather than teaching you the behaviors that are required for success in the ring of any specific sport, this seminar will address how to assess and increase your dog’s comfort level, confidence, and connection to you in novel and challenging environments, which then can support your in-ring performances or your general life with your pet!

In this seminar, we will emphasize the importance of emotions in training, and how to make sure your dog feels as great as you want him to. Dr. Cook will explain the hidden signs of stress and how to use therapeutic, “social play” to both gauge your dog's emotional state and help them relax and have new responses to what stress them.

Come learn about The Play Way!