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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
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Registration is now open and will close when class is full or on Monday March 4th 2024.
If there is one behavioral issue I get asked for help from clients above all others, it is fear in their dogs. Fear of strangers, of other dogs, noises- such as thunder, riding in the car, being left alone, and the like. Most of these dogs’ fear is debilitating and needs our understanding, empathy, and help!
Living with a fearful or fearful-aggressive dog is no picnic! Both the dog and the pet parent need support. In many instances, the dog has learned to aggress because it is afraid, which makes the issue more urgent.
Unfortunately, I can’t help everyone who needs help – so I am offering this virtual comprehensive course to lead you in understanding your dog’s behavior better and to give you the practical tools and knowledge to help you help your fearful dog.
This live online course will teach you how to.
Identify your dog’s body language accurately well ahead of your dog “exploding” into a fearful or fearful-aggressive episode.
To confidently implement counter-conditioning – one of the best tools from the behavioral sciences to help your dog associate what concerns them now with all good things.
To correctly evaluate a situation that typically makes your dog concerned or aggressive ahead of time.
To identify the triggers that concern your dog.
Design and implement protocols to prevent your dog from practicing fear and fear/aggressive behaviors with known triggers.
Understand the many reinforcements you can use with your dog.
And much more.
This course is very intensive and will require weekly reading of material and, for those with a working spot, training with their dog at least three times per week. All participants will receive training plans as part of the weekly lecture-based meetings.
The course includes the following:
10, one-hour weekly live Zoom sessions. Eight sessions are lecture-based, and two are Q&A sessions- the recording will be made available, but participation in the live session is strongly suggested.
There are five working spots and five non-working (or audit) spots.
The five working spots include 5 30-minute— online private (live) consult/review to be scheduled during the course weeks. Clients will have to video their sessions and submit video before the review.
The non-working spots (audit) will have access to all the lectures, receive the same training plans as working spots when applicable, and participate in the Q&A. Please note that while the non-working spots may ask questions about their dog during the Q&A, they will only receive specific guidance if other attendees can learn from their situation.
Dates: Orientation, Thursday, March 7th. 10 am 10:40 am. Mountain Standard Time (USA).
The course begins on Thursday, March 14th, meets weekly, and ends on Thursday, May 16th. All meetings are held from 10 am to 11 am. Mountain Standard Time (USA).
Working Spot: $802.00 (Santa Fe sales tax added).
Working Spot: Help Your Concerned or Fearful Dog Course
Audit Spot: $572.00 (Santa Fe sales tax added)
Audit Spot: Help Your Concerned or Fearful Dog Course
Please note: This online course differs from any classes I teach. Not only because of the complexity of the issues we will be working on but also because of the commitment required from both parties. I want participants to get a lot from our time together and to be successful, so all applicants will need pre-approval to join the course. If you are interested in participating, please email me specifics about your situation with your dog before submitting payment.
About Almudena Ortiz Cué:
Almudena Ortiz Cué (she/her) is a graduate of the renowned San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCC), a professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and the owner of C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC. located in Tesuque, the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. She is also a certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner for Companion Animals. She is the author of two books. (See Chaco’s store for more info & purchase.)
As a staff trainer for two years at the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, CA, she worked with under-socialized dogs who had experienced lengthy shelter stays or scored poorly on the SAFER test. She utilized training designed both to improve the lives of the dogs while at the shelter and to prepare them for successful adoptions. She also designed and implemented the shelter’s first Dog Training Internship Program (Dog TIP). In addition to private dog training, she offers one-on-one consultations on behavior modification, canine fitness and group dog-training classes. She is a Certified Canine Strength and Fitness Coach (CSCC) by the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine.
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