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Chaos to Calm Presented by Yvette Van Veen

  • Friday, March 20, 2020
  • 1:00 PM
  • Monday, March 20, 2023
  • 2:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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


CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1, KPA 1

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Essential Training Lessons learned from 8 Years of Living with a frantic dog, and what you can do to bring zen into your life.

Learning Objectives

    • “Gentle Punishment” and why it leads to chaos.
    • The importance of predictability and control.
    • Creating skills, why variable is usually (but not always) bad.
    • You cannot reinforce calm. It’s not a behaviour. You can however create calm.
    • Splitting matters.
    • Bad behaviour chains and the case against redirecting away from “bad” behaviour.
    • Extinction of behaviours on maintained by continuous reinforcement and variable. How the response differs - and recognizing that extinction, on its own can be very frantic.
    • Build duration. The passage of time can be a cue.
    • Associations. Your dog is usually right. Door bells do mean people are at the door. Bowls tend to mean food. Hands reaching means cookies are coming. They ARE exciting.
    • How to decrease the arousal that comes from associations. Think cats and can openers.
    • Higher order conditioning. Why do dogs get so excited in the car? What you can do about it.
    • Bad behaviour chains can create frantic looking behaviour
    • Bodily functions
    • Social pressure is the death of good training
    • Saboteurs are even worse.
    • What to do when you mess up.
    • While it’s a hard sell, “50 tiny steps to success” is a faster, less stressful route than “3 easy steps.” The case against falling for popular online marketing.

    About The Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen

    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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