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Do you know what the single most important thing is for working with dogs that have behavior problems?
No, it’s not “good timing”.
It’s not the “fill in the blank” technique.
It’s not even getting “certification” or a fancy degree.
It’s learning how to actually see the damn problem in the first place.
There is NOTHING – no training method or philosophy – that will make you better at helping dogs than a reliable system for breaking down behavior problems so that you can attack them at their root causes.
Most people suck at this – including so called “professionals”.
I know this because dog owners and rescue volunteers frequently come to me after they’ve already received advice about a dog behavior problem from other resources. Often they’ve been recommended “stuff” that makes my brain want to explode. Stuff that, when examined logically for half a minute, makes no sense. Stuff that woefully fails to address the root causes of the problem. Stuff that I call “Bullshit”. And the result of people acting on this Bullshit is usually limited and sometimes catastrophic.
This is the face that happens when my brain wants to explode.
“No Bullshit Problem Solving” is day long workshop inspired by these experiences. I will share the same system that I use to diagnose problems and develop effective interventions that directly target the root causes, helping people overcome every kind of behavior problem under the sun, no matter how complex.
This workshop is for dog trainers, rescue volunteers, and anyone else that need to make decisions about dog behavior.
Please don’t attend expecting to learn about your own dog’s problem or some specific “type” of problem. That’s not what this workshop is about. We’ll be focused on a methodology for breaking down problems at a deeper level – I want you to have the ability to know exactly how to approach any problem that you are faced with.
I want this to be a very interactive workshop. I won’t just be presenting powerpoint slides the entire time. You will be learning a system and applying it to real life situations with real dogs and real owners and their real behavior problems. It’s going to be awesome.
I get it – we all want easy solutions to come neatly wrapped with pretty ribbons. A “technique” for universally “fixing” this or “modifying” that. We go to seminar after seminar, wowed by the results of some cutely named training method we saw demonstrated on a carefully screened dog, convinced we’ve just learned The Answer. I’ve been there and am guilty of the same. And I’ve learned it’s bullshit. There are no easy answers to complex behavior problems.
It’s not that a rich toolbox isn’t important – it’s crucial. But only when you can expertly break down a behavior problem in the first place. You need to be able to gather and sort through enormous amounts of information usually under limited time constraints. You need to know what information to keep, what to throw away and how to probe for more. You need to categorize and prioritize the information to get to the heart of the problem and understand it as thoroughly as possible. It’s a little like trying to put together a single puzzle from a bag containing random pieces from hundreds of puzzles. You need to sort through the bag to find as many of the correct pieces as possible and discard the random pieces that aren’t part of the puzzle. The more correct pieces you are able to put together, the clearer the picture will be.
If you aren’t interested in attending this workshop because I sound like an arrogant prick or because it hurts your fragile ego, that’s fine. But please, for the sake of my poor nearly exploding brain, commit to just stopping the bullshit. Ask yourself these questions the next time you are faced with a behavior problem:
“Do I have a clear and accurate view of the components of this problem?”
“Do my solutions directly address these components?”
If the answer to either question is no, then you need to change something. Otherwise you are doing a disservice to the dogs and the people you are working with.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, here are some of the topics that will be covered:
- Observation skills
- What to do with owner reported information
- Identifying, categorizing, and prioritizing components of a behavior problem
- Assessing risk
- Being objective vs. subjective
- Direct and indirect behavior interventions
- Picking your battles
- When is it ok to give up
- Should rehoming or euthanasia ever be considered (and when?)
- The truth about management
- What does success look like?
- Differences between behavior evaluations in a home, in a shelter, and in a neutral environment
- + more
Because this is the first time I’m presenting the information to the public, I’m offering the workshop at a stupid low price of $39 while also limiting attendance to just 15 people! Yes, you read correctly, $39 for a full day workshop. This price won’t happen again.
You can register using the calendar at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.
Frankly, I have no idea if anyone will be interested in this. They should be, but people are weird. Anyway, l’ll need 8 attendees to register for the workshop to go forward. If you register and we don’t reach the 8 attendee minimum, you’ll get fully refunded.
If you need to cancel your registration, full refunds will be given to cancellations made be able to receive a full refund up until 14 days before the workshop, and half refund up until 7 days before the workshop. Most of the workshop will be indoors. There will be coffee, colorful language, and bad jokes.
If you have or know of a dog with behavior problems you would like assessed during the workshop, please let me know.
Register for No Bullshit Problem Solving below!