Week 1
Design Research
4 videos, 1 reading
Video: The Interaction Design Specialization
20 m
Video: Introducing Elizabeth Gerber
40 m
Video: Who, What, Where, When and How People Work
35 m
Video: Michael Chapman of IDEO on Interviewing
20 m
Reading: Slides
30 m
Graded: Final Quiz: Design Research
5 Questions
Week 2
2 videos
Video: The Interaction Design Specialization
20 m
Video: Introducing Elizabeth Gerber
40 m
Graded: Cumulative Quiz
4 Questions
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About this course

About this class

The two most common reasons that dogs are returned to shelters are aggression toward people and aggression toward other animals. Aggression toward other animals is the main reason for dogs being euthanized. Studies have suggested the longer the duration of the behavior problem, the worse the outcome.

Some stats on reactivity include:

  • 40% of dogs have growled at their owners
  • 20% of dogs have growled or snapped at their owners
  • 15% of dogs have snapped at or bitten a household member

Goals of the Class

Primarily, we want to create an environment in which everyone feels safe while learning. At no point is the goal to put you or your dog “over threshold” and into situation where they will be rehearsing unwanted behaviours.

You will also:

  • Learn critical handling skills so you are well equipped to deal with challenges that may arise in your community.
  • Provide your dog with life skills he needs to exist comfortably and thoughtfully in environments that previously provoked anxiety, heightened arousal level, and reactivity.

Interaction with other dogs and handlers is not the goal of this class.

Learning Objectives

As a participant in our reactivity class, you will learn how to expose your dog to various triggers in a slow, reliable pace. This is so she can replace reactive behaviour with more acceptable responses.

You will also learn how to accurately assess your dog’s threshold for triggers, as well as the distance at which your dog can be exposed to a trigger without provoking a reactive response. With this knowledge, you will be able to use cues and reinforcement to build your dog’s confidence.

Overall, by learning these cues, you will not only predict opportunities for reinforcement but safety as well. Reactive dogs need to feel safe with a guardian, not feel overcome by a pack leader.

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