EVENTS

 

Upcoming Events Include:

Wednesday, July 4th, 9:00am-1:00pm at Goar Park at 3806 University Blvd.  Park Cities 4th of July Parade and Family Festival.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018, 6:30pm-7:30pm at 5831 McCommas Blvd.  4-week Dog Reactivity Small Group Training Series, led by dog behavior expert, Scott Sheaffer.

Sunday, August 12th, 2018, 1:30pm-4:30pm, at Pinot’s Palette at 4560 W. Mockingbird Ln.  Dog Body Language and Communication Seminar, conducted by dog behavior expert, Scott Sheaffer.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm at The Texas Theatre at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.  Dallas VideoFest PawFest, an evening of fun as Dallas pet lovers unite to watch the best cat and dog videos from around the country.

Sunday, November 4th, 1pm-5pm, at Pinot’s Palette at 4560 W. Mockingbird Ln.  Dog Separation Anxiety Seminar, conducted by dog behavior expert, Scott Sheaffer.

Please scroll down below to learn more about the Dog Reactivity Small Group Training Series, the Dog Body Language and Communication Seminar and the Dog Separation Anxiety Seminar.  

Dog Reactivity Small Group Training Series, with Behavior Expert Scott Sheaffer, CDBC, CPDT-KA: Starts Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Does your dog appear overly aroused, fearful, frustrated or even aggressive to unfamiliar dogs when out on a walk or at the vet’s office? Have you tried correcting the dog but it doesn’t help?  Does your dog’s behavior cause you to limit where you take him, and when?

This type of 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 behavior and 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 aggression between two or more dogs living in the same home. This class is also for humans only, please do not attend with your dog.  One dog will be chosen for demonstration use in the 3rd and 4th classes, selection of which will be determined by the trainer.

Dog behavior expert, Scott Sheaffer, is one of the top dog trainers in the country at treating aggressive behavior, reactivity and separation anxiety.  In this semi-private small group training series (max of 6 attendees), Scott will focus specifically on teaching you about the causes of dog-to-dog reactivity, and how you can improve it so you can maximize your relationship with your dog.

When: Weekly beginning Tuesday, July 10th through Tuesday, July 31st.  Total of 4 classes.

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: 5831 McCommas Blvd, Dallas, 75206.  Classroom instruction will occur indoors, with some outdoor work during sessions 3 and 4.

Cost: $215/person, max of 6 people

 

Learn to Speak Dog: Understanding How Dogs Communicate with Humans and Each Other. Seminar by Scott Sheaffer on Sunday, August 12th, 2018.

What is your dog trying to tell you?

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

This seminar is ideal for dog owners as well as service professionals that interact with dogs.

When: Sunday, August 12th from 1:30pm-4:30pm

Location: Pinot’s Palette at 4560 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75209

Cost: $25 if you pre-register before August 10th, $30 at the door.

 

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Understanding and Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs: A Seminar Led by Dog Behavior Expert, Scott Sheaffer on Sunday, November 4th

Does your dog become overly anxious as you prepare to leave?  Does the dog’s stress appear to continue the entire time you are gone and include destructive behaviors?  Owners of dogs experiencing this type of distress 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 dog will benefit from this material. Additionally, anyone who works with dogs such as rescue organizations, pet sitters, groomers, veterinarian practice employees and dog trainers will benefit as well.

When: Sunday, November 4th from 1pm-5pm

Where: Pinot’s Palette at 4560 W. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, 75209

Cost: $50 when you register in advance, $60 at the door