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Covid Dogs: Lonely & Socially Inept

  • Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024
  • 8:00 PM
  • Live Webinar: AEDT


  • Paid up members of any membership type
  • PPGA Pet Owner members (non paying members) and members of the public


Presented by Louise Newman & Barbara Hodel

We humans are probably all happy to be able to go back to the office at least a few days a week but our dogs do not cope with being left alone. We are also happy to have some friends over for dinner or a BBQ but our dogs are nor having any of it.

We also see more dogs who have a real case of ‘stranger danger’ even outside of the house.

Join Louise Newman and Barbara Hodel for this webinar on how to help your dog to cope with the new normal.

This webinar is aimed at pet guardians but we will also provide information for trainers on what to incorporate into their curriculum to help humans and their dogs.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain respondent conditioning and how it relates to home alone, stranger danger and visitors coming to the house.
  • Show appropriate ways of teaching our dogs to cope with being left alone.
  • How to introduce ‘novelty’ into our dogs live and make them happy about new things and people.
  • How do we reintroduce visitors to our dogs who have not seen any for the last two years?
  • What to do if your dog has a fear of strangers outside or inside of the house.

      About The Presenters

      Louise Newman

      Qualifications: KPA CPT, DELTA, Aggression Master Class,  Slowthinking

      Like so many educators, inappropriate behaviour got me hooked on understanding why some individuals flourish in one setting and others don’t.  Initially this fascination started within school classrooms and policy changes but later moved to anti-social behaviour in dogs. 

      Like any good education systems there needs to be guiding principles and rightly it should be about the student.  

      Students whether human or four pawed, engage best when they feel safe , valued , have choices  not just in what to do or what to work towards but  in also being allowed  to opt out.

      I do think that an animal that is calmer is enriched. An animal that is an active and engaged partner in learning is enriched. An animal with a healthy relationship with their handler is enriched. 

      Like any good educator, you can only get better by being available to the learner and their needs and being open to work hard ,searching  and collaborating  with others for answers.

      Barbara Hodel

      In 2015 I completed my Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada. But I have been involved in dog training for the last 20 years and completed a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as a Delta-accredited instructor in 2007. I have been running Goodog Positive Dog Training on the Northern Beaches Sydney for the last 15 years, running classes on all levels as well as workshops and agility fun classes. We also do in home consultations for problem behaviours.

      I compete on master level in Agility and Rally O with Shellbe my 10 year old German Shorthaired Pointer. My young dog Chillax is just starting out and has gained his Rally Novice title in 2019 but he is still a real teenager.

      I am the president of the Pet Professional Guild Australia and a registered breeder with Dogs NSW.

      My first book: How to Love – And Survive – Our Teenage Dogs was published in July 2020

      I had a life before dogs and hold a Master's Degree in Modern European History and Economics from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Cross University Australia. I have in-depth experience in adult education and training, having taught high school and university students in Bern, college students in Sydney, as well as middle and top management employees of a large public corporation in Switzerland.

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