Clarity and Connection using a Multiple Marker System

Sunday Oct 6

11:00 AM

Experience Level: Novice & Above

This session will be geared to setting clear expectations and communication with your dog in various situations. We will learn how to change, continue, or create a tendency (the 3 C’s) for our dogs to assist in addressing common non-sport behaviors. By applying the concept of clarity to our interactions and the reinforcement process we can reduce their frustration or anxiety and create a more cooperative partnership. We know that many sport dogs have benefited from their use, so applying a multiple marker system to the concept of stimulus control, impulse control, and even common or severe behavior cases can not only be fun, but beneficial. Just like in sports, using multiple marker cues for behavior cases creates greater clarity and communication between dog and handler. The effectiveness of behavior modification techniques and protocols are enhanced.

Sometimes, applying a more errorless learning concept during training will be helpful but how the reinforcement is delivered can be as important as the reinforcement itself!

By focusing on your mechanical skills and decisions about how to use reinforcement, this session will emphasize how strategic placement, physical presentation, speed of delivery, and even your personal energy can influence your dog’s behavior!

Presenter Bio

Karen Deeds

Karen Deeds is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is the co-owner of Canine Connection which has recently relocated to Memphis TN with her husband, Bob Deeds, a retired Federal K9 Handler on Texas Task Force I. Karen started her business in 1994 after realizing the need for educating the public about dog training and behavior while volunteering for a local humane society. She worked in the Assistance Dog Field for 15 years and the vet profession for 9 years. She currently provides her expertise on behavior problems including fear, anxiety, and aggression. She has consulted and worked with thousands of pet dog owners, many shelters and rescue organizations, as well as has testified in dozens of court cases regarding dog bites. She specializes in reactivity and is currently teaching online classes through Facebook as well as FDSA and does webinars and seminars on the topic. She also specializes in Puppy Problem prevention in the home and working with reactivity and aggression cases. She has also competed heavily in AKC Rally on a State and National level and has worked with conformation, rally, obedience, and agility dogs to help improve their emotional state.

Karen was the Tarrant County (TX) Veterinary Medical Association’s 2009 “Community Service Award” winner for her work in the field of canine aggression. In 2010, Karen received the “Community Educator of the Year Award” from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Karen has presented seminars to the public, rescue groups, animal control officers, at various dog training clubs, dog training facilities, and various shelters throughout Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee. She has presented at the Dallas SPCA, Texas A&M Veterinary College Behavior Club, Texas Animal Control Association Conference, Missouri Animal Control Conference, Tennessee Animal Care & Control, the annual Texas Unites for Animals, and the APDT and IAABC conference. She recently was invited to and presented at The International Dog Bite Prevention Symposium in South Korea. She is often called upon to help rescue groups make difficult decisions about behaviorally challenged dogs in their care. Her work with high drive working and sport dogs have helped develop more comprehensive behavior modification protocols that are dramatically impacting the success of her students.