This workshop will cover ways to manage unwanted behaviors using LIMA (least intrusive and minimally aversive) principles. Sometimes the best laid plans do not unfold as expected, creating a situation where a good choice is not likely possible. When the consequences of not intervening can cause harm to the dog, or to other humans, dogs, or the environment, we need to step up in a way that minimizes harm to all who are affected. We will talk about why and when we should consider these interventions, and how to clearly distinguish for the dogs when they are being offered a choice versus when their owners’ expectations are non-negotiable. We will cover the physical mechanics of handling a dog safely and kindly using a leash, how to minimize frustration, and discuss emotional considerations we should contemplate when making these judgments.
- Why discuss reducing behaviour/intervention techniques?
- In which situations should they be considered?
- Managing expectations: choices versus non-negotiable
- Remembering LIMA: kindness as a consideration
- Practical component: learning and teaching the physical mechanics of using a leash
- Emotional considerations and consequences
- Non-physical uses of pressure
- Case studies