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Home-Alone Training: Necessity, Not Luxury. Presented by Kate Mallatratt

  • Friday, August 26, 2016
  • 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021
  • 8:00 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Owners often assume that their dog will sleep when they are out, yet many dogs suffer from anxiety and stress when left alone and some owners only discover this when their dog becomes destructive, or a neighbour complains about barking. The trainer or behaviourist is usually called in when the dog's anxiety is deep seated.

This presentation encourages trainers to think ahead and work with owners to teach them the skills their dog or puppy needs to enjoy their own company before separation problems develop. It considers what separation anxiety is and how it affects our dogs as emotional beings. It explains how to teach our dogs to be independent in the home while we are around in order to build foundation skills for being left, and looks at how the home environment can be managed to encourage relaxation. A number of tools are explored that support our dogs when alone and help them to relax, giving owners the freedom to leave the house knowing their dog is happy. 

This is an intermediate level webinar based on Learning Theory.

Webinar Objectives

  • To explain about a number of tools to enrich a dog's home-alone environment, whether or not they have separation issues
  • To consider the merits of problem prevention, successful first learning and the advantages of early home-alone training in puppies - not leaving it to chance!
  • To encourage clients to empathise with loneliness and fear by putting themselves in their dog's 'paws', and to motivate clients to put training strategies in place even without problem behaviour to 'fix'
  • To help improve the overall well-being of dogs and puppies by teaching them to enjoy their own company
  • To ultimately reduce the number of severe separation anxiety cases we see as trainers and behaviourists           

About The Presenter

Kate Mallatratt is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and Pet Professional Guild for force-free training. She is degree-level qualified in Canine Behaviour Management, and runs her behaviour and training business, Contemplating Canines, in East Devon, UK. Kate is a highly experienced trainer and assessor, specialising in errorless learning, a concept she incorporates into problem prevention and enriching the family dog's home environment.

Kate has owned and trained dogs for over 20 years, and is passionate about optimal canine nutrition, having fed a raw diet for many years. She takes an holistic approach to her own dogs' care, using homeopathy and chiropractic to maintain their health and wellbeing.

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