During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brenda Aloff created Virtual Workshops. The goal was to provide education to clients who had enrolled for her in-person workshops, which were then cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. Now, she has made these VIrtual Workshops available to students across the globe.

Canine Body Language

Canine Body Language

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Canine Body LanguageEnroll Now

This online Workshop is designed to introduce you to Canine Body Language and make it useful to you.

Relationships are built on communication, so having a common language that both sides can understand is of paramount importance. Part of that is the lingua franca of the training language that you create with your dog.

But before that…there is instinct and the dog’s native language. The one (S)HE comes with. How well do you really “speak dog"?  In this course, you will:

  • Look at Still Photographs and learn to interpret them
  • Watch video, in real time, then in slow motion so you can learn to observe

And as always for my online training classes, everyone can access the first lesson for FREE.

This webinar includes:

  • 5+  hours of informative video 
  • 1.7  hours of audio
  • 37 pages of Handouts
  • Live Q&A Call with Brenda Aloff
  • Access to all course materials for 2 months!

Enroll in this virtual workshop for only $197.

(For those that desire more time, you will have the option to extend access another 12 weeks for only $97)

The Q&A Call with Brenda is set for Saturday, Oct 24, 2020, at 11AM Eastern Time  (USA and Canada), 10AM Central Time, 9AM Mountain Time, 8AM Pacific Time.

Note: If you enroll after the Q&A Call date, no worries. You will be able to listen to a recording of the call, so you don’t have to miss the fun!

This Online Workshop Covers These Topics

You get a good dose of learning how to read the body language and several different reactions, so you can educate yourself and feel prepared and ready to be a success!

When you can read the dog’s body language skillfully and look in an educated way for Intention Behaviour…well, that just makes all the difference. Here is a variety of videos, of dogs meeting other dogs, that will begin or enhance your education.

  • Why should I care about Canine Body Language?
  • Evolutionary Parsimony and it’s elegant application to canine native language
  • Identifying stress
  • Negotiation Signals
  • Neutral & Friendly Signals
  • Space as perceived by dogs
  • Predation
  • Canine Vision and how it affects signaling
  • Learn how to observe using special worksheets designed by moi
  • Get to work by watching video of dogs interacting with dogs and with humans
  • Resident Adult meeting Adolescent Intact Male Rescue
  • Introducing a puppy to a resident adult that has fights with a different house-mate
  • Audio File: Why Not Just Let Them Work It Out?
  • Learn about dog greeting rituals and body language
  • My Border Collie, Rylie, was one of the best socialized and most neutral dogs you will ever meet. Watch her handle a a couple of mannerless puppies. Learn how to read how rude and pushy puppies operate. (Yup. that would be all of them. LOL)
  • Manufacture an Arced Approach - It is how friendly dogs would do it…
  • Introducing 2 Young Adult dogs, neither one of whom has great social skills
  • Watch two puppies, one a bit fearful and one bold - learn to play together on a play date. We get to see examples of role changes, caution and play
10 lessons 6 hours, 42 minutes All Levels
Seven Deadly Sins: Distraction

Seven Deadly Sins: Distraction

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7 Deadly Sins: DistractionEnroll Now

When we are working with performance or working dogs, it matters if the dog can do the job with accuracy. When we are in the performance ring, how often do you NQ because your training was inadequate? How do you know if that is the reason?

How often do you NQ because your dog works perfectly in most situations, but at the show. Aaarghhh. Distractions. Someone’s dog barked and my dog looked, just when I was giving the signal on the Signals Exercise. My dog does great heeling at home, but when the judge is back there … or those exhibitors, whose character we won’t mention here … who play with their dog outside the ring to see if they can distract my dog … and it works. Or any of the millions of reasons the environment steals the dogs attention ... You just cannot proof for all that. So what do to?

What do you do to “put your dog off you?” It is my experience that handlers are often unintentionally driving their dog to the distractions. “What?” you exclaim! Yup, it happens all the time. How do you forge a connection so strong, that your dog is so committed that the environment does not interfere? What can you do to create a dog who, when the distractions and the environment get more chaotic, the dog hooks onto you even more intensely?

Let’s talk about that …

And as always for my online training classes, everyone can access the first lesson for FREE.

This webinar includes:

  • over 13 1/4 hours of informative video
  • 1 1/4 hours of audio
  • A Study Guide for you to print out

Enroll in this workshop for ONLY $197

Length of Access to Short Course: 2 months

The Q&A Call with Brenda is set for June 27, 2020, Saturday, at 11AM Eastern Time (USA and Canada),110AM Central Time, 9AM Mountain Time, 8AM Pacific Time

If you miss the Q&A Call date, no worries. You will be able to listen to a recording of the call, so you don’t have to miss the fun!

This Virtual Workshop Covers These Topics

Composed of film from our past 7 Deadly Sins clinics at my facility, lessons done by workshop participants, video that details the protocols to teach your dog to be distraction proof, the Brenda way, informative audio files to listen to and a Q&A call so you can ask me the questions you are longing to have answers to.

This really is so much more information than I would have time to give to you in a weekend clinic. So, until we can meet in person safely and legally ; ) we have this workshop.

  • What is distraction? And why does my dog fall for it so much?
  • The training components that make up a dog who resists distraction.
  • What are working rituals and why should I care?
  • The 4 quadrants of Learning Theory: Is it ethical and humane to use anything but R+? Well, I certainly think it is and the subtleties of P- and R- are detailed here. Making informed choices about your dog training and having a workable, ethical philosophy is so important. You need efficacy and you need to feel good about your training decisions.
  • Corrections. I get so many questions about how to correct this and that. Corrections are not just about timing, but also have a discrete definition in my book: they direct the dog back to the original desired behaviour. How to make decisions about corrections.
  • Learn what I check on in my Foundation Behaviour Set before getting down to the serious business of working on distractions in earnest.
  • Designing challenges that are fair to the dog, science-based and that create conversations between you and your dog that will enhance attention and resist distraction.
  • Desensitization. Thresholds. How to get the most from Desensitization, which is the key to serious work with Distraction. Watch many dogs as I work them to teach handlers and dogs how to connect in a quality way.
  • The secrets of Desensitization for Efficacy. Yes, horse trainers know that the quality of your work is all important. This is not about exposure and praying your dog can pay attention.  There is something about leaving terra firma, climbing up onto the back of an 1000+ pound, very powerful flight animal, who is extremely reflexive about the environment - and add my age to that formula LOL - that makes one want to do better than exposure and prayer. Remember, God helps those who help themselves…I ask my students all the time, “If that dog weighed 1100 pounds and you had to get on it…would you trust your training to keep you safe?" Most people’s eyes widen and they laugh: a laugh tinged with a bit of hysteria.Use the techniques I use to climb on that powerful, reflexive flight animal and still be able to trust my training. : ) Cuz I like living. Yeah. It’s called understanding desensitization. Intimately.
  • My Get Connected body of work is original in dogs. It is a system I put together after training thousands of dogs, most of them problematic. I could see that dogs had many questions about how we humans go about things, and that some training just did not make sense to the dog. We explore my Get Connected philosophy a bit, and work with Be Still and Yin Yang, two powerful exercises that I have seen literally transform training.
  • How the heck do I get this dog off the food? As performance trainers, we love using treats. For so many reasons! But that thing we love can interfere with our work and end goals, especially if we do not use it wisely. Learn how to use it wisely. I give you a list of protocols that will help you to understand the use of treats better and ways to train that will help you Get Off The Food to be ring ready.
  • Who is your dog? As an individual? What is your dog like to train? Training different characters - the shy dog, the bold dog, the anxious dog - all require us, as trainers to figure out how to appeal to and be most efficient and kind in our work. One size does not fit all.
16 lessons 14 hours, 30 minutes All Levels
Performance Puppy: From Chosen Puppy to Performance Partner

Performance Puppy: From Chosen Puppy to Performance Partner

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Brenda Aloff & Top Dog of NJ present ...

Performance Puppy: From Chosen Puppy to Performance Partner

When we look at puppies, all we see is potential. But how do we turn that potential into reality? I begin with a look at understanding what is going on for puppies, during early development stages and go through the foundation education each puppy should have in order to go from Chosen Puppy to Performance Partner.

We discuss:

  • How to turn the potential into reality
  • Sensitive Development Stages of Puppies
  • What to look for in a Breeder
  • Behaviour Evaluation of Performance Puppies
  • First Things First for your New Working Partner - The importance of handling and how to use Restraint Tolerance
  • Essential Exercises for the Performance Puppy
  • Fear Imprint Stages
  • Socialization Tips for Competition Dogs
  • Training in Adolescence

This webinar includes:

  • Videos to watch
  • Audio files
  • Handouts to support the lessons

Register for this special Workshop via Top Dog:
Contact Linda Brennan at this email address to register for the clinic.

The Workshop Lessons are scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2020.

There are still audit spots available.

11 lessons All Levels