Social Skills 101


The cultural fog and common misconceptions that surround dog-to-dog interactions are vast throughout pet owners and professionals alike. In this workshop, you will learn how to best help your clients avoid conflicts and facilitate safe, calm, and savvy dog-to-dog greetings and interactions under a variety of circumstances. From puppyhood to adulthood, this workshop will discuss and demonstrate training skills for your dog and human clients to master so everyone can feel confident in whatever social situation they end up in. Get the how, when, where, and why for introducing dogs and cultivating a knowledgeable and relaxed local dog community.


The Human Mindset

  • Cultural fog and myths
  • Dogs a species
  • The biggest dog/human “miss”
  • What is a neutral dog?
  • The threat of novelty


  • Best practices for shaping the social adaptability we want
  • Identifying red flags in our clients and social situations
  • Greetings in controlled settings

Adolescence to Adulthoods

  • Growing pains
  • How, when, where, and why to introduce dogs
  • Remedial socialization plans + safety
  • Identifying risky and play behaviors
  • Who belongs in what setting, assessing and recommending daycares, dog parks, and the likes
  • Human skills, breathing, coping with nerves and leash handling

Training skills

  • Auto handler redirect
  • Let’s Go vs. Say Hi
  • Call offs
  • Responses to leash pressure

Section 8: Electives

Scheduled to run

Feb. 16, 2020


Casey Coughlin


Approved IAABC CEUs


Approved CCPDT CEUs