Reactive Integration

Friday Oct 4

1:40 PM

Experience Level: Lecture Only

REACTIVE INTEGRATION – Integrating various training and behavior modification protocols to help your fearful or reactive dog in the real world.

This lecture is for those who have or work with dogs that are exhibiting behavior that is often described as ‘reactive or aggressive’. These behaviors can come from frustration, anxiety, fear, or over arousal. Many of the topics discussed will also help the sensitive or fearful dog. Regardless of the dogs’ underlying motivation for their behavior, the information here will help you learn to modify the dog’s emotional response as well as their physical one.

Creating clarity in reinforcement procedures, environmental exposure, and using agency to teach alternative skills, we can help develop a more confident dog. Applying principles of classical and counter conditioning we will work to change the dog’s emotional state in situations where the dog struggles with fear, frustration, or arousal.
You will likely be familiar with some of the concepts and topics discussed. Having a variety of tools in your toolbox will allow you to implement the most effective process or concept with the dog in front of you. Come join me in exploring your options for working with reactive dogs!

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.