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“By attending “C.H.A.C.O Dog Training & Behavior Consulting LLC” classes we learned a lot and so did our standard poodle Dash. Almudena has a first-class facility with a large field for classes, within a larger securely fenced area that readily adapts to the wide range of activities she incorporates in her teaching. She is a personable and caring individual as well as a very knowledgeable professional totally committed to helping owners and their dogs.
The classes are usually small, 4 owners with their dogs, which allows some one-on-one time with Almudena when needed, and the classes are nonthreatening and fun for the dog. With her extensive knowledge, she is able to address any special problems encountered. For example, our dog had spent the first nine months of his life in a kennel being mostly ignored. Almudena really helped socialize Dash and he’s become a confident, happy dog, who likes to play and he enjoys the company of other dogs and people.” – Robb & Kate Palmer, Tesuque, NM
From participants of the Developing the Confident Dog class.
“Thanks so much for the excellent recall class that Roxie and I attended. I really enjoyed it. You teach important concepts in interesting ways, and your class is a very different experience than other classes I have taken over the years. It was very helpful and thought provoking.” – Patty Sciarrotta & Roxie
Registration closes on Friday, Aug. 20th at 5 pm MT. or when class is full. 2 spaces left.
Before reading below, check out the essence of social play in this video.
Cutting-edge research in psychology has helped us understand the importance of play in general and social play, particularly for the rehabilitation of timid and fearful dogs. I define social play as the engagement between a person and their dog that is voluntary and with no purpose other than to have a “good” time and “connect” or “re-connect.”
For the most part, social play is devoid of typical reinforces such as food and toys; however, these can help in some circumstances in making the dog more comfortable with the interaction.
Do you wish you knew how to bring out the comical, engaging side of your dog? Do you find yourself at a loss in not knowing how to best interact with your “soft” dog? Do you find that your dog does not respond to food or toys – as you would like him to while training? Do you struggle with your dog’s ability to focus on you when he is upset and overly aroused? Be it at home or during walks, or in public environments?
During this course, you will learn what constitutes good social play. Learning how to play with your dog could be the ultimate tool to help your dog thrive or re-focus when over-stimulated.
You will discover what sort of social play your dog (and you) enjoy and how to elicit your dog’s most playful nature. The course includes:
- Learning essential concepts of Social play.
- Watching video clips of appropriate and non-appropriate play.
- An opportunity to play with your dog during the virtual class while you receive feedback.
The class is open to all dogs (timid or not) and of all ages. They are no pre-requisite to join the class. Open to six pet parents and their dogs.
Dates: Wednesday, August 25th from 1-2 pm, Sept. 1st, September 8th, and September 15th. Private Live Facebook meet-up Friday, September 10th from 1-1:40- pm and Friday, Sept.17th, from 1-1:40 pm.
Fees: There are two options in taking the class and two fees:
Option 1: Includes 4, 1-hour classes and 2, forty minutes, Private FB group discussion to answer questions and watch videos of play sessions with your dog. Submitting videos is optional, but live attendance is very much encouraged. If you cannot attend the “live” session, you can watch the recording later on your own.
Fee: $322 (Santa Fe County tax included).
Option 2: In addition to the above, option 2 includes two, 30 min. Private zoom sessions where we explore your dog’s play style as well as individual attention to problem-solving in more detail. To be scheduled jointly.
Fee: $422 (Santa Fe County tax included).
You must complete the form on this page and submit the payment below before registering for this class.