Keep Calm and Click On: Improvement in the Click to Calm Method

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The Click to Calm methodology was first published in 2005. Its main goal has always been to teach reactive and aggressive dogs how to calm themselves in situations that were formerly challenging and, sometimes, dangerous. This method works well for fearful dogs, and with exuberant, enthusiastic dogs! It is also successful with dogs that are involved in a dog sport where the handler needs extreme focus despite the heavy distractions in the environment.

Through years of working with clients like these, Emma has made several changes to the Click to Calm methodology. For example, she has found that moving with these dogs, instead of remaining stationary, works much better while she is exposing the dogs to the questionable stimuli. The ratio of reinforcement has also changed: looking at the stimulus versus looking at the handler. Emma has added more default behaviors that directly prepare the handler in case the dog explodes in a given situation.

This Session includes a review of the successful Click to Clam methodology, a look at the many improvements made over the years, and a discussion of a few case studies.

Please note: This Session was recorded in 2018; content presented in 2019 may vary slightly.  

Emma Parsons

Emma Parsons has been training dogs for more than 20 years and specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), as well as a ClickerExpo faculty member. She gives Click to Calm seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. Emma is the author of Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and Teaching the Reactive Dog Class, as well as some best-selling DVDs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Emma holds a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs: three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque; and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.