Pawsitive Partnerships: Unlocking the Magic of Cooperative Care

Sunday Oct 6

1:40 PM

Experience Level: Lecture Only

This presentation will focus on basic concepts and approaches for cooperative care (CC) work with our canine companions. Hint: it works for all species in very similar ways! Deb will show you how to get started on the right path to a successful shared CC journey with your dog.

Topics covered will include:

A clear definition of CC (what it is and what it isn’t)

Overall CC goals & a holistic approach

Recognizing common signs of discomfort & responding appropriately

The importance of classical conditioning & the use of operant conditioning

Foundation steps to set up for success (place, zen feeding, stillness, touch)

Opportunities vs. cues

General training/conditioning plans with examples of specific procedures

Dealing with difficulties along the way (when your dog says “no” or when something must be done now)

The purpose of this presentation is to help you see the bigger picture and get a good overall view of how CC training can be most effective and useful. This lecture will be useful to you for your own personal training as well as for helping clients achieve their CC goals.

Presenter Bio

Deborah Jones, PhD

Deborah Jones, Ph.D. is a retired psychology professor who now trains animals full-time. She has been training for 30+ years and focuses on positive reinforcement based methods. Deb has written 13 books on dog training and has helped develop several DVD series way back in the day. She has also trained and shown multiple breeds to high level titles in agility, rally, and obedience. She is currently teaching online training classes, workshops, and webinars at Her latest project is the Cooperative Care Certificate program in partnership with Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. You can learn more about this at Visit her website at for her blog and more information.