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Trainer Steve White to Explain Practical Ways to Improve Your Dog's Behavior

October 26, 2010

The Behavior Medicine Club invites students, faculty and other interested members of the public to hear the presentation, "Alpha Schmalpha—The Simple, Force-free Way to Be your Dog’s Leader," Thursday, November 18. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1020, Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The speaker is former police officer and dog trainer Steve White. He will offer an information-packed look at why your dog does what he does and how you can become the kind of leader your dog wants to follow. The talk will cover:

  • How to harness the three principles that govern our relationships with dogs
  • Eight ways to improve your dog’s behavior
  • How to build a relationship by building behavior
  • How to be certain you reinforce the behaviors you want

Tickets are available for the general public at:

Cost for pre-sale tickets (prior to 11/11/2010) is $15, while tickets purchased after November 11 will be $20. Tickets for students can be purchased by writing a check to “SCAVSAB” and putting that check in Denise Adams’ mailbox in the 2012 homeroom (Valley room 2045). Pre-sale tickets for students are $8 if purchased prior to November 11 and $12 if purchased after November 11. Seating is limited; reserve your place now. Light refreshments will be provided.

About the speaker

More than half of Steve White's 31-year law enforcement career has been spent working with dogs. He was accredited as a master trainer in 1993 by the Washington State Police Canine Association and is also a past executive board member of that body, and past vice president of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers. White was a dog handler and trainer for one of the largest police K-9 units in the state of Washington.

Currently, White specializes in teaching behavior modification, tracking, and scent work through the use of positive reinforcement-based operant conditioning. Through his business, i2iK9, he provides consultation and training to private individuals, industry, K-9 units, and search-and-rescue organizations. White has been recognized as an expert witness by Washington courts in police K-9 and dog behavior matters. He is an instructor for the K-9 Academy for Law Enforcement and has taught at police K-9 seminars in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the UK. His articles have appeared in police K-9 and dog training publications in the US and Canada, and he has taught classes at the international conferences of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Canada's CAPPDT, and Mexico's AMAPAC.

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