Fixing Fear: Applied Desensitization and Counterconditioning


The idea of “fixing” something as complex as a fear response or phobia might be a tad optimistic … but we can definitely use applied behavior science to help our clients’ dogs become more comfortable with the scary things in their lives!  

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the process of desensitization and counterconditioning (DS/CC), and how it can be helpful in treating fear issues in dogs.


  • Definitions and concepts (important science-y stuff!)
  • Designing a DS/CC plan
  • Guidelines for using DS/CC effectively
  • Example protocols for specific issues

Section 3: The Science (and Techniques) of Behavior Change

Scheduled to run

May 24, 2020


Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Core Class

Approved IAABC CEUs


Approved CCPDT CEUs