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Pestering Pooches: Helping Dogs go from Crazy and Wild to Mannered and Mild. Presented by Kristi Benson

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Free Member Webinar

Presented by Kristi Benson


Everyone—dog owners and dog professionals—are invited to join in for an hour-long session about jumping and pestering dogs presented by dog trainer Kristi Benson. In her hallmark inviting and funny tone, Kristi will discuss some easy-to-implement techniques to reduce jumping up, begging, mouthing and biting clothes, and mooching. If your dog is like a pogo stick at the door, jumping and mouthing, or begs at the table, there’s help!  Kristi will explore both the underlying “why” questions and then outline ways to prevent the worst offenses by setting your dog up for success, identifying and avoiding problem contexts, and even some easy training techniques you can use to start to change your dog’s behaviour. There will be links to free hand-outs for you to download as well.

 Learning Objectives

  • Why dogs jump up.
  • Easy techniques to keep dogs off of guests at the door.
  • The role of exercise and enrichment to reduce pestering.
  • How to fit exercise and enrichment into your already-busy schedule.
  • Accidental reinforcement and begging, and what to do if that has been happening around your dinner table. This will include why starting to ignore the dog now (i.e. “extinction”) isn’t the best choice to use.
  • Training techniques with proven history (training an alternate behaviour).
  • Why and how to avoid corrections when working with energetic and jumping dogs.

Your Presenter

Kristi Benson

Kristi is an honors graduate of, and now on staff at, the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling. She leads special projects at the Academy and is in charge of the weekly webinars, along with student coaching. Kristi enjoys working with dogs who need help with obedience, fearfulness, aggression, unruliness, or any number of other issues. She also loves helping the humans in the equation, and brings her trademark combination of humour and compassion to the kitchen table when working with her clients.

Kristi also enjoys reaching out to dog owners through writing. Her blog was named one of the top fifty dog blogs in 2016 by Thoroughly Reviewed. She also regularly writes for the Academy for Dog Trainers’ blog and for Dog International. Besides offering professional training services in the Parkland region of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada; Kristi also works with clients across Canada via video chat. For ten years, she ran a sled dog micro-rescue with her partner, and fostered, house-trained, obedience-trained, and re-homed numerous racing sled dogs. Kristi still enjoys skijoring (cross-country skiing attached to a dog), dog scootering, and other pulling sports with her Alaskan husky sled dogs. She lives on a small mixed farm in west central Manitoba. Kristi is a Full Member Dog Training Professional of the Pet Professional Guild. She has a BA and MA in Archaeology, and enjoys working as an applied anthropologist with northern communities in Canada’s western Arctic.
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