Psychology Center Welcome to the second Fundamentals of Dog Training and Behavior session of Millan’s Dog Psychology Center at Millan’s Dog Psychology Institute in Davie, Florida, the second of the series. This time, the program, bringing together dog enthusiasts from across the planet, will feature participants from Australia, Germany, Brazil, Sweden and South Korea. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a new and innovative training technique developed by Dr. Mark B. Smith, an Australian veterinarian and Dog Behaviorist. Dr. Smith calls this technique the “dog Whisperer’s Formula.”
Dr. Smith explains the concept behind this revolutionary technique by first describing what he terms the pack instinct, also known as the “mother pack” instinct. According to Smith, this group of instincts controls our ability to make logical, self-aware, positive choices. In the same way that babies are believed to be psychologically developed until they can physically control their environments, dogs must learn to make informed decisions about their environments before they can fully understand the underlying reasons for their choices. A perfect example of this is the way a dog behaves when a stranger approaches. A dog will either run away or stand its ground.
Dr. Smith believes that the development of these instincts is key to a dog’s ability to develop trust and respect. Developing self-esteem and self-confidence in your animals is often a difficult task. However, when a dog displays the characteristics of the mother pack, they will be rewarded in return, according to Dr. Smith. In his first visit to the Dog Psychology Center, Cesar Milan gave an impromptu demonstration of this concept to a small group of visitors. In this video, which you can watch on our website, Cesar Milan can be seen sitting in a parked vehicle, waiting for his visitor, then he proceeds to get out of the car, opens the door, points to a doggie pad, then says “Sit.”
The Dog Psychology Center believes that by effectively introducing these concepts into a dog’s daily life, dogs will gain the confidence and respect they need to thrive. For instance, you may notice that a pooch is usually friendly and well behaved around your home before visiting an unfamiliar or potentially threatening structure. However, by employing this concept with your own canine, you will be able to teach him to act more aggressively or assertively in similar situations. This is one of the many benefits of having a professional dog trainer at your fingertips!
One of the most popular areas of specialization within the Dog Psychology curriculum is called Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA Therapy. It is a highly innovative and effective method that was originally developed by the American Psychological Association. This form of therapy helps to alleviate behavior problems, like pulling, rearing, and digging. A highly recommended course of study for dog behaviorists, Applied Behavior Analysis teaches not only the basics of dog psychology but also a more detailed approach using a scientifically valid approach called ABA Training. This is the most widely accepted training method in the country for dog behavior problems, and over ninety percent of American households now use ABA Therapy.
In the area of canine psychology, another specialty area is known as dog behavioral genetics. Here, scientists are exploring whether or not behavior is genetically determined. In this area, canine psychologists are looking at genetic predispositions for aggression, fearfulness, separation anxiety, and certain types of cancers and lung disease. These studies tell us that if we can understand the actual causes of these behaviors, it can help us make stronger choices when it comes to training our pets. For example, if we know that a particular breed of dog has a higher incidence of certain behavioral problems than other breeds, then we might be less inclined to adopt a dog from that breed.
If you are interested in working as a licensed private or public behavior therapist, you need to complete your doctoral degree within a period of two years. There are many areas that you will specialize in, like human or pet behavior, social skills, or health issues. Once you have earned your Ph.D, you will be prepared to begin working in either an outpatient or inpatient setting, depending on your specialty. Some states require that licensed therapists be licensed through the state board, which requires an additional four years of graduate-level studies. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re working in the clinical setting, you’ll still need a license.
The Dog Psychology Center is proud to be able to provide accredited graduate degree programs to future professionals in this growing field. For those already working in this field but would like to earn a Ph.D., we can assist you with finding a school or institution that offers programs. You can also get additional information on how to prepare for your career at the Dog Psychology Center. You can choose from an overview of canine behavior, working with animals, and understanding and controlling behavior, or you can choose to study one particular area of expertise. Either way, we can help you obtain the credentials and experience you need to reach your goals.