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"Applied Ethology and Family Dog Mediation Course" with Kim Brophey – Aug 22-23, 2020

Regular price $400.00

“Applied Ethology and Family Dog Mediation Course” with Kim Brophey

August 22-23, 2020

Kim's vision is to facilitate a critical paradigm shift in our relationships with dogs through applied ethology. She uses comprehensive, practical science to redefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society.

This course in Applied Ethology and Family Dog Mediation provides a thorough scientific examination of the intersection of canine and human evolution, welfare, behavior, and relationship in the modern world. Kim will discuss the benefits of human-dog relationships founded on mutual trust and understanding and how to solve behavioral problems using modern science. Seminarians will be guided through Kim’s trademarked LEGS initiative (Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self). The late Raymond Coppinger, world-renowned ethologist and evolutionary biologist, said of the LEGS initiative “I have never seen such a creative, imaginative, and well-coordinated program.”

Topics Covered

  • A big picture look at ethology and applied ethology
  • Evolution’s role in shaping behavior
  • Captivity, welfare, and the five freedoms
  • Human interference in genetics and environment
  • Family Dog Mediation as a solution for maladaptive behavior
  • The relationship between operant and classical conditioning
  • Concepts and practices for professionals to mediate LEGS
  • Learning antecedents – socialization, relationship and common behavior problems
  • Environmental antecedents – the literal environment and the social environment
  • Genetics antecedents – evolution’s selections and the ten genetic working groups
  • Self antecedents – the big 6 internal conditions of the dog and effects on behavior
  • Working with people – LEGS of both species.

Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM, is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in Asheville, NC. Brophey authored the 2018 book Meet Your Dog: The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding your Dog’s Behavior and presented the TED talk The Problem with Treating a Dog Like a Pet. She trademarked the Dog L.E.G.S. model, endorsed by the late Raymond Coppinger, to help dog lovers better understand their dogs’ behavior through an interdisciplinary framework. Kim’s 20-year commitment to Family Dog Mediation has been recognized nationally and locally. She has been awarded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer in WNC seven years in a row. Kim has traveled internationally, presenting on canine behavior, applied ethology, and welfare. She has served as expert counsel for the NC Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Review Committee and has contributed an ethology module for Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course. Brophey’s work has been featured in Psychology Today, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Pet MD, The Human Animal Bond Research Institute, NPR’s All Things Considered, and The Family Dog podcast.

Continuing Education Units
This seminar has been approved by CCPDT for 7 CEUs for trainers and 7 CEUs for behavior consultants.

Date, Cost, Dietary Information
The seminar will be held August 22 – 23 from 9am – 5pm. The price is $400. There will be no direct interaction with Wolf Park’s animal ambassadors, though you will observe wolf behavior during the seminar. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please let us know at least two weeks in advance if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions.

Refund Policy
Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email christopher@wolfpark.org.