Tawzer Dog | To Be Mod or Not to be Mod - That is the Question

To Be Mod or Not to be Mod - That is the Question

Video Description:

This workshop includes a live consultation on a dog aggression case, as well as case studies on separation anxiety and impulse control. The phone rings, the client is ready to give up on the dog and wants to see you today! How do you know if you are ready to take the case? It is critical to understand your limits and know when and how to refer the case, if need be. If you decide to meet with the client and take on the challenge, is behavior modification the only answer?

The morning session of this training seminar in Seattle will deal with a self-evaluation and self-assessment to help you decipher what types of cases you are ready to handle, as well as helping the client detect and prevent problems to avoid injury through risk assessment and management tips. You will be challenged and so will the client. Pia teaches you how you can become a team. Pia conducts a live behavior consultation during the workshop, followed by a debriefing session with the seminar participants (without the client present).

The seminar will help dog trainers answer these questions: Do you give it all away in the first session? How much is too much? Behavior modification programs take time. How will you get buy-in and keep them coming back? To achieve success with their dogs, your behavior modification programs must meet clients' needs and be within their ability to achieve. As BONUS FEATURE Pia discusses Dominance 

Presentation by: Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA

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Presenter Bio:

Pia Silvani's love of teaching began over 30 years ago as a private trainer, dance instructor, and track, field and swimming coach for the Special Olympics. Her academic background was gained through the training of the world-renowned President, CEO and Founder of the famous Cooper Aerobics Center, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.  Dr. Cooper, recognized as the leader of the international physical fitness movement and credited with motivating more people in the field, helped Pia learn more about motivational teaching and getting by, through good coaching skills, specifically for people who may not be self-motivated in their pursuit to obtain a goal.  As a result, she achieved the highest level of training by becoming a Regional Clinician for the first international aerobics corporation where she trained hundreds of new instructors in the field.  She has combined her love of coaching and teaching people with her other fondness - - dogs.

Pia is Director of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center located in Madison, New Jersey, where she developed various courses focusing on positive, reward-based techniques, helping to enhance the bond and relationship of dog and their human companions.  The result of her efforts is an astounding 100+ classes per week.  She has written six training manuals, which are being used around the country as a resource guide for other trainers.

Pia was instrumental in developing a behavior department for the shelter which offers pre-adoption and post-adoption education to all adopters.  She also developed a canine coach program where volunteers and apprentice trainers work with shelter dogs on a daily basis to help the dogs become more adoptable.  Through word of mouth and a good reputation, St. Hubert’s now has a very successful private consultation department for pet owners specializing in aggressive and anxiety-related problems for dogs.

Pia travels with the Petfinder Adoption Option team several times a year, helping to educate rescue groups and shelters around the country, is an active writer for various newsletters and magazines and has been nominated several times for her work by The Dog Writers Association of America.  She routinely gives guest appearances on television and radio and lectures internationally at various conferences and forums.

Her book "Raising Puppies and Kids Together - A Guide for Parents" was voted in the top three parenting books for a Franklin D. Roosevelt Foundation and winner of Zootoo.com 2008 Pet Lover’s Choice Awards – Category:  Top Behavior and Training Book.

Pia shares her home with husband, Marty, as well as their 6-year-old Belgian Tervuren, Guinevere (“Guinn”), her 2 year old niece, Gwendololena (“Lena”) and her eighteen week step-brother, Galahad (“Gilly”).  Pia competes in Obedience, Rally-O, Agility, and may enter the sport of conformation in the near future.  She continues to enjoy dancing but now with her dogs! 

This video qualifies for 3 trainer CEUs and 3 behavior consultant CEUs