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Wolf Park's seminars provide unique opportunities for professionals in the animal industry to advance their knowledge about animal training, welfare, and ethology from some of the top experts in the field. Our seminars are primarily lecture-based but often integrate training demonstrations and presentations from Wolf Park staff.

“Unleash” Your Dog’s Personality Through Play! with Beth Duman, VSPDT, CPDT

November 6-7, 2021


Is your dog an optimist or pessimist?  “Concept Training” games will help you build a closer relationship with your dog and boost your dog’s confidence.  Whether you are a seasoned trainer or just in love with your family pet, this workshop will take you to the next level of on your training journey. In this hands-on weekend you will learn and practice games with a variety of dogs and, of course, learn from Wolf Park’s ambassador animals. Veterinarian Chris Albert will update us on de-stressing vet visits. Course concepts will be solidified through presentations and demonstrations from Wolf Park staff and ambassadors.

Topics Covered

  • “Concept Training” – what it is and how it differs from traditional positive training
  • Learning to identify your dog’s struggles
  • Your dog’s “stress bucket”
  • Making a games-based training plan
  • Bucket emptying – the calmness triad
  • “Proximity” & “Disengagement” – the keys to “unleashing” your dog
  • “Flexibility” – helping your dog to become a more creative problem solver
  • Fun, fun, fun, molding your dog’s personality with games

Beth Duman, VSPDT, CPDT, has been doing wolf education in Michigan since 1972 and has been associated with Wolf Park since 1974. She’s a biologist and educator who has done thousands of school presentations, seminars, and classes. She is one of the core trainers for Dog Scouts of America and is also certified in “Fear Free” handling. Beth is a positive-based training geek, always working to take her training journey to the next level, and has recently qualified to be a certified ProDog trainer.

Chris Albert, DVM, first came to Wolf Park 40 years ago as a Freshman Veterinary student at Purdue. She spent every spare minute at the park during her four years of vet school. Since then, Chris has been a general small animal practitioner in Kentucky. She became interested in training while working with service dogs, and does behavior consults with clients; inviting people to consider animals’ feeling of autonomy, safety, and clarity when interacting with people. Chris is Fear Free certified (level 1) and working through other levels. In her lectures at Wolf Park, Chris seeks to empower owners to do their part for a stress-free veterinary visit.

Continuing Education Units

This seminar has been approved for 8 CEUs for trainers and 6 CEUs for behavior consultants through CCPDT.

Date, Cost, Dietary Information

The seminar will be held November 6-7, 2021 from 9am – 5pm. The price is $150. There will be no direct interaction with Wolf Park’s ambassadors, though you will observe wolf behavior and training 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 [email protected]