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Learn The Mechanisms of Anxiety and Improve Your Training Programs with Alexandra Santos

CEUs: PPAB 1.5, PMCT 1.5, IAABC 1.5
Learn The Mechanisms of Anxiety and Improve Your Training Programs with Alexandra Santos


May 10, 2024    
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (ET)


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Webinar Description

Anxiety-related problems are on the rise, which calls for more expertise to be applied to the behavior modification programs designed to help anxious dogs.

When we talk about anxiety problems, separation anxiety/distress seems to be at the forefront. But generalized anxiety is often the primary problem from which other anxiety problems derive. This webinar explores the mechanisms and characteristics of anxiety so that trainers will be better equipped to fine-tune their protocols and make them more efficient.

We will cover topics such as anxiety negatively impacting cognitive processes; anxiety rendering a dog more sensitive to sensory input; the importance of not overwhelming an anxious brain; why anxious dogs may startle without knowing why; and much more.


Learning Objectives

  • Characteristics of general anxiety.
  • Some biological causes of anxiety.
  • How to avoid sensory overload.
  • How to make mental stimulation gradually more challenging.
  • The importance of satisfying the dog’s emotional needs.
  • Special care with dogs suffering from more than one anxiety disorder.
  • The importance of and how to give an anxious dog autonomy: Anxious dogs can’t relax until they analyze potential threats to a situation and its alternatives.
  • Some pointers for everyday situations.


Your Presenter – Alexandra Santos

Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems”, “Puppy Training: How to housetrain your puppy effectively”, “How to leash train your dog and enjoy walking him”, “O meu cão e eu”, “Cão educado, dono feliz” (published in Portugal), and has also authored and co-authored several scientific articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.

Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, as a guest professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides online coaching, internationally, for dogs and their people. She has been a presenter at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on positive reinforcement-based training and regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild in the USA and Edogtorial in Spain.

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