Upcoming Classes and Seminars with Scott Sheaffer, CDBC, CPDT-KA

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July 10, 2018, Dog-to-Dog Aggression Group Class, Dallas, Texas

Sponsored by Park Cities Pet Sitter, Dallas, Texas.

This one-hour group class is limited to a small enrollment and occurs once per week for four consecutive weeks.

Does your dog (or a dog you work with) appear overly aroused, fearful, frustrated or even aggressive to unfamiliar dogs when out on a walk, at the vet’s office, etc.? You’ve tried correcting the dog but this doesn’t seem to help. This behavior is commonly referred to as dog reactivity and is more common than most people realize.   In this hands-on group class taught once per week over four weeks, Scott Sheaffer will lead you through the following sessions to provide you techniques to manage this kind of behavior and ways to improve it. 

Session 1: Review of Dog-Dog Reactivity, Equipment/Tools, Management, Safety
Session 2: Foundational Skills
Session 3: Behavior Modification Protocol 1 Classroom and Demonstration
Session 4: Behavior Modification Protocol 2 Classroom and Demonstration

Please note this class does NOT address intra-household aggression or aggression between two or more dogs living in the same home.


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August 3, 2018, Dog-to-Dog Aggression Seminar, Keller, Texas (near Fort Worth, Texas)

Sponsored by Lucky Dog Training Center, Keller, Texas.

Does your dog (or a dog you work with) appear overly aroused, fearful, frustrated or even aggressive to unfamiliar dogs when out on a walk, at the vet’s office, etc.? You’ve tried correcting the dog but this doesn’t seem to help. This behavior is commonly referred to as dog reactivity and is more common than most people realize. In this 4-hour classroom course, Scott Sheaffer will lead you through the following topics to provide you techniques to manage this kind of behavior and ways to improve it:

  • Overview of Dog Reactivity
  • Behavior Basics, Why is my dog doing this?
  • Tools that Help us with Treatment
  • Management and Safety
  • Necessary Skills for Dog and Handler
  • Improving the Behavior

Please note this class does NOT address intra-household aggression or aggression between two or more dogs living in the same home.

Just about everyone who has a pet dog will benefit from this material. Additionally, anyone who works with dogs such as rescue organizations, groomers, veterinarian practice employees and dog trainers will benefit as well.


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August 12, 2018, What is your dog trying to tell you? Understanding how dogs communicate with humans and dogs, Dallas, Texas

Sponsored by Park Cities Pet Sitter, Dallas, Texas.

Our dogs are constantly attempting to communicate with us. Their body language and vocalizations tell us a lot about what they're thinking and make their behaviors easier to predict than most people realize. If we don't know what they are trying to tell us, we can misunderstand their intentions and that can interfere with the relationship we have with our dogs. In a multi-dog home, it's important that we also know what our dogs are saying to each other so we can keep peace and harmony. 

In this 3-hour seminar, Scott Sheaffer will provide information on:

  • How to know when your dog is conflicted about things
  • Detecting stress and anxiety in your dog
  • Behaviors that let you know your dog is trying to get away from conflict
  • Ways your dog is letting you know that he or she needs attention
  • Body language that your dog uses to let you know he or she feels friendly and playful
  • Ways that humans can let dogs know that we are no threat to them
  • Avoiding dog bites by seeing the early warning signs
  • Special precautions for young children interacting with dogs

Just about everyone who has a pet dog will benefit from this material. Additionally, anyone who works with dogs such as rescue organizations, groomers, veterinarian practice employees and dog trainers will benefit as well.


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November 4, 2018, Separation Anxiety in Dogs - Assessment, Types and Treatment, Dallas, Texas

Sponsored by Park Cities Pet Sitter, Dallas, Texas.

Does your dog (or a dog you work with) become overly anxious as you prepare to leave? You’ve noticed that the dog’s stress appears to continue the entire time you are gone and can include destructive behaviors. Owners frequently feel like they are hostages in their own homes because they’re afraid to leave the dog alone.

Separation anxiety is a common behavior issue affecting 15% of all dogs and is even more common in rescue dogs. Unfortunately, many popularized techniques used to address separation anxiety in dogs actually make things worse. But with the right approach, these dogs can be helped.

In this 4-hour classroom course, Scott Sheaffer will lead you through the following topics to provide techniques to manage and address separation anxiety:

  • What are the different types of canine separation anxiety and how are they determined?        
  • Realistic prognosis expectations and timeframes
  • Management
  • Treatment options and techniques
  • Role of medication in treating separation anxiety

Just about everyone who has a pet dog will benefit from this material. Additionally, anyone who works with dogs such as rescue organizations, groomers, veterinarian practice employees and dog trainers will benefit as well.