Join us on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd as our guest speaker, Molly Johnson, BS, KPA, CTP, CHES, Canine Comfort will be leading classes on a few topics: Intro to Therapy Dogs, Clicker Training 101 and Reading your Dog: What is Rover Saying? Each class is open to the community, first-come, first serve and will be held at Rice Memorial Hospital, Lakeland Auditorium. *Classes are for handlers only, dogs may rest quietly at home.
Friday, December 1st at 4:00 PM – Intro to Therapy Dogs You will meet Fitzgerald William, Molly’s four year old basset hound and and registered therapy dog! Fitz has one job: he brings comfort, support, and companionship to everyone he meets in a variety of settings. Join Fitz for an interactive presentation and learn how therapy dogs are trained and tested and the role they play in health care and other settings. Most importantly, we’ll discuss the difference between assistance dogs, service dogs, emotional support animals, and therapy dogs.
Friday, December 1st at 7:00 PM or Saturday, December 2nd at 9:00 AM – Clicker Training 101 Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had a lifelong way to communicate with your dog? The last time we checked, dogs definitely don’t speak English and we don’t speak “Doggish”. Clicker training allows you to communicate in a positive way with your dog, which leads to fun, interactive, creative training sessions. Gone are the days of force and punishment and here are the days of positive reinforcement! We’ll cover what clicker training is and how it works, the science behind this innovative, practical training method, the benefits of clicker training, and the strong bond you’ll create with your dog in the process. Fitzgerald William, a four-year old basset hound and registered therapy dog, will be on hand to demonstrate clicker training in action.
Saturday, December 2nd at 11:30 AM – Reading Your Dog: What is Rover Saying? Dogs have a unique way of communicating and rely on his/her owner to interpret and react to this communication. This session will explore the world of calming signals, the way canines communicate with humans. Participants will see these signals in action and learn to identify and interpret their meaning. Understanding calming signals leads to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with a dog, and heightened awareness of dog communication during interactions with people and other dogs, and in new environments.
If you have any questions about these events please call 800.336.7423.