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CN3025: Dog Behavior & Handling

Date: Coming Soon
Cost: $
Duration: 4 days


Brenda Aloff needs no introduction to professionals working with dogs. She is the author of numerous publications and videos as well as a sought-after international lecturer. While this course is specifically formatted to assist our Caninology Canine Body Workers and other canine massage therapists, the content will help every dog owner, trainer and anyone working in the canine healthcare industry.

Are the dogs you are working with understanding your intentions? Do you communicate effectively to relieve the stress levels and accompanying tension in a strange environment? How can you help them relax during bodywork and training sessions? When have you reached the dogs’ threshold? What kinds of exercises and activities can you use to facilitate the learning process? Do you know what to do if things start going bad? What do you do with reactive dogs? What kinds of safety measures are humane and ethical?

In hands-on sessions & theory lectures, you will learn how to use sensitization and desensitization in your training. Various exercises presented will illustrate several relationship-based exercises, as well as some learning theory topics, body language and how to use the dog’s body language during the training process as feedback to the handler.

Reading the dog’s body language correctly is crucial in the training process and vital if you are to remain safe working with dogs. During the hands-on work, we will constantly be discussing the dog’s point of view, his feedback to the handler in the training process and how to interpret and use this in your interactions with dogs. These points will also be addressed and emphasized using slides and film.

Brenda will cover these topics and much more during the 4-day course. Students attend class daily 8:30 am – 4:30 pm  and have an additional hour of evening studies to prepare for the next class day.


Learning Theory

  • What is Training?
  • Memory Markers
  • Approximations
  • Cue System

Manipulating Reinforcement Schedules

  • Fixed schedules & variable schedules & when they should be used. How do you get the dog off the food?

What “Pressure” Means

  • How the environment affects behavior & what to do about it
  • How different pressures in the environment affect the dog.
  • How to talk to your dog about “space” issues, such as reactivity. What is the dog’s point of view regarding proximity?

The Body s Reaction to Training and Handling

  • Muscular Tension
  • How Tension Affects Training
  • Identifying Tension
  • Diminishing Tension during Your Session


  • Why Communication is the Root of Training and Handling
  • How to Communicate Effectively with Dogs
  • Technical reasons for non-compliance
  • Why Dogs Make Mistakes


  • Reactivity & Aggression
  • The theory and exercises used in behavior modification

Behavior Development Periods

  • The Progression of a Behavior
  • How to Adapt to the Various Stages

Positive Reinforcement and Boundaries

  • Placing Proper Structure
  • Apply Boundaries in a Humane and Ethical Way for Professionals and Owners

Training & Emotions

  • Evaluating the Handler’s Emotions
  • Evaluating the Handler’s Communication


A serious love of dogs and a willingness to learn new theories and techniques.

Required Materials

Externship (included in tuition):
Externship Grading (Case Studies and Visual Presentations)


Brenda Aloff

Brenda’s childhood love was training and showing horses. She has taken this knowledge about working with large, potentially dangerous animals and applied it to training dogs with problem behaviors. Unsatisfied with the results of “traditional” dog training, Brenda studied marine mammal training, exotic animal training and learned about wolf pack behavior. Puzzled by the lack of answers in dog lore and literature, and because traditional dog training techniques did not offer the tools needed to deal with aggressive dogs in particular, she became an expert in behavior modification and positive reinforcement.

For more information on Brenda’s work and publications please visit her website.


A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot in a course – the remainder of the tuition is due at least 30 days prior to the course start date. The $300 deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and is credited to the total tuition for the course. Confirmation letters, course outlines, required pre-study (if applicable), directions and lodging options will be sent when the $300 deposit has been received.

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