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The Science Behind Counter Conditioning. Presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB

  • 03 May 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • 19 Mar 2023
  • 2:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Counter conditioning is one of the most common methods of reducing fear in dogs. This webinar will explore what the research has to say about the process of counter conditioning. Find out how counter conditioning works, how it’s related to extinction, what limitations it has, how it’s impacted by stress and what additional strategies we can use to enhance the treatment of fear. Even if you are experienced in the use of counter conditioning, you should get some useful information from this webinar. It’s excellent for beginners as well!

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain how counter conditioning works.

2. Discuss the benefits and limitations of counter conditioning.

3. List several additional methods for reducing fear in dogs.

About the Presenter

Dr. Kristina Spaulding

Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behavior - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specializes in stress and behavior, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behavior profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behavior work and teaching other dog trainers and behavior consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorized Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. Use this link to find out more about her on her website: http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/

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