Amy Cook, PhD

Amy Cook, PhD has been training dogs for nearly 30 years and, through Full Circle Dog Training and Play Way Dogs in Oakland, Calif., has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for more than 20 years.

She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC, a longstanding professional member of the APDT, and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through independent evaluation. She is a graduate of the SFSPCA academy for dog trainers and has attended all 4 “chicken camps” in Hot Springs, Ark., taught by Bob Bailey. Amy has also owned the “shy-k9s” list on yahoo, a 4000-member group dedicated to the rehabilitation of fearful dogs, since 2001.

Amy has worked for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and has provided behavioral evaluations for shelters and rescues throughout the Bay Area of California. She currently works with the anti-cruelty team at the ASPCA doing behavioral evaluations and psychological enrichment of the dogs seized in dog fighting, puppy mill, and hoarding cases.

Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focused on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ. She has also studied causal inference and olfaction in dogs. She has extensive experience as an instructor, having taught sections of introductory psychology (both in person and online), human emotion, developmental psychology, social psychology, stigma and prejudice, statistics, and animal cognition.

Amy speaks and teaches nationally, giving seminars, workshops and conference talks around the country. Her schedule can be found at www.playwaydogs.com.

Amy’s workshops

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

August 11, 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
In this workshop we’ll cover five areas that can be potentially stressful for dogs as they live in the human world, and you’ll learn strategies for teaching clients how to navigate those rough spots!

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

August 11, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

August 25, 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
In this workshop, learn how to be a good communicator, and to avoid the common human mistakes of repetition, pressure, too much touch, and monologuing!

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

August 25, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

Sept. 1, 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
The key to preventing an issue from forming is to teach dogs that sudden sounds are actually predictors of fun! Teach your clients to give sound a happy meaning so their dogs don’t attach their own, negative meaning!

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

Sept. 1, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

October 13, 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
In this workshop, come learn how to think about operant conditioning through the way it feels to your learner, understand the "happy bucket" and the "yucky bucket," and to let that help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of professional dog training methodology!

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

October 13, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

Nov. 10, 2019
Section 8: Electives
Whatever therapeutic approach you pick for dealing with reactive, fearful, stressed, or aggressive dogs, helping your clients actually avoid rehearsal of those issues is paramount. In this workshop, we'll cover foundational management skills that every trainer needs to have their clients master.

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

Nov. 10, 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
The first step to being a dog trainer is understanding dogs for who they are, as a distinct species. Clients have a lot of misinformation available to them from popular media, and as their professional, you should have accurate information. Are dogs really what you think they are?

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

2020
Section 2: Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog
In this workshop, we’ll look at the common signs of stress in dog body language, but then we’ll go deeper into common behavior changes that you can also teach your clients to be on the lookout for, and so that you know when to take breaks or make lessons a lot more fun!

Instructor

Amy Cook PhD

Scheduled

2020