This week we spend some time hanging out with Amy Cook, PhD.

Amy is a fast-talking, tap-dancing, ultra-cool dog geek who teaches with me at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Amy has been training dogs for over 20 years. She earned a 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 is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC, and specializes in working with shy and fearful dogs.

In this conversation we talked about:

  • The importance of having empathy with your learner
  • Considerations when working with humans as learners
  • The importance of putting emotional state first, whether working with people or dogs (or both!)
  • A number of other stream-of-consciousness dog training topics (as you do…)

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