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How do you Get a Cookie to Beat a Squirrel? Presented by Yvette Van Veen

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Live Webinar


  • For Doggone safe members
  • PPG member registration
  • A discounted rate for Pet Owner Members
  • Public registration


CEUs: PPAB 1.5

How do you get a cookie to beat a squirrel?

Behavioural Momentum, the holy grail of skills training

Learn how to harness the power of a cookie so it has the ability to beat much harder distractions.


  • What do you do when the dog wants something more than a cookie?
  • Is it possible for a cookie to beat a squirrel (or other high value distraction)
  • What is behavioral momentum
  • The perfect marriage of operant and classical conditioning
  • How strong behavioral momentum creates behaviors that resist extinction
  • The benefit of creating strong behavioral momentum to create behaviors that persist despite distractions and in the absence of reinforcement
  • How do you harness momentum to create strong reliable behaviors
  • Rate of reinforcement - the magic happens here

About The Presenter

Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/

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