Aggression: The Number One Concern by Chris Bach

Aggression: The Number One Concern
Chris Bach

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn THE THIRD WAY’S new and empowering approach to this number one concern. This 2-day seminar that was professionally filmed in July 2003 begins with exploring wolf behavior, interaction and evolution as an inaccurate model for determining how dogs should act and people should treat them. Disempowering terms such as "aggression" and phrases such as "dogs should trust people" are exposed so that dog owners can embrace a more realistic vocabulary and way of understanding dogs and their responses. Dog aggression is reframed as defensiveness, a natural dog behavior. Good guidance and management procedures are presented to help owners prevent dogs from learning and rehearsing defensiveness. Solutions to the problem of "aggression" are explained and demonstrated including techniques for teaching dogs self-imposed impulse control and reliable deference skills.

About Chris

Chris become involved in the sport of obedience at an early age and put a high priority on teaching dogs skills that would be performed reliably under any circumstances. During these years of observation, she saw many different approaches to training and heard many different theories about dog behavior. She thought that some had positive affects on dogs and owners and some did not. She became determined to find a way to teach that used all the wonderful things she had learned and eliminated all that was not effective and not enjoyable for dogs and people. The result is her unique, innovative, powerful and most importantly, dog-friendly, approach she calls THE THIRD WAY.

As an adult, Chris used THE THIRD WAY to become a top obedience trial competitor. Her first canine partner was a Shetland Sheepdog named Flirt. One of their finest achievements was to be the first team in Wisconsin to earn an Obedience Trial Championship (OTCh.), which is the highest obedience title attainable in the sport!

Fifteen years later, Chris and her Border Collie, Goosey, also achieved the OTCh. and along the way, earned a perfect score of 200, which is a rarity in the sport. When the new title of Utility Dog Excellent was offered, once again one of Chris’ dogs was the first in Wisconsin to earn that coveted title. In addition, Chris and Goosey also achieved a distinction that will be very difficult to duplicate either in Wisconsin or nationwide: Together they earned nine obedience degrees in ten months, beginning when Goosey was just over one year old.

Chris & Zinger with student Kathy & Vadar taking top honors at an obedience trial Chris progressed from successful competitor to having a loyal following of students who also earned many top honors in obedience. In addition, many of them participated successfully in other dog sports including agility, tracking, Schutzhund, herding, fly ball and scent hurdle racing. Their many accomplishments testify to how utilizing THE THIRD WAY produces highly-trained dogs that are also relaxed and reliable, enthusiastic and accurate.

To broaden her knowledge and expertise about what people wanted and needed their dogs to learn, Chris branched out into noncompetitive venues. Through local veterinary referrals, she spent years counseling pet owners about behavior and training. She became intimately involved with the service dog industry when she donated one of her well-trained German Shepherd Dogs to a deserving recipient. In addition, her love for working with puppies resulted in her developing a much sought after Puppy Kindergarten class curriculum that is cutting edge in the industry today.

Learn THE THIRD WAY’S innovative approach to problem solving and why it is different than simply teaching skills. Suggestions are offered for identifying the real problem and then unique and user-friendly options are offered with the goal of rectifying the problem with the least stress possible for the dog and the owner. The problem of "social pressure" is discussed and demonstrated in rich detail because it is the root of so many problems, most notably those termed "aggression", and is also the reason why so many problem solving programs fail. Games and discussions are utilized to help owners understand problems from the dog’s point of view. The philosophy and techniques presented can easily be utilized to assist anyone in developing a realistic and acceptable solution to both common and unique behavorial problems.

Chris is a charter board member of the very prestigious International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She was also asked to join the distinguished American Humane Association committee, which brought together top U.S. trainers to build a code of ethics and guidelines for logical and humane dog training. She wrote a series of articles for a renowned dog training magazine and continues to author manuscripts about THE THIRD WAY. Chris does seminars about dog behavior and training across the United States and Canada and is well-known for her unique and proven approach to teaching reliable skills and enhancing all aspects of the dog/human relationship.

This title is in the following categories:

Advanced/Pro Training
Problem Dogs

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