Beyond Doggy Day Care: Days 4 and 5 Recap

Phew, we’re really behind on posting our Beyond Doggy Day Care recaps! We had six jam-packed days full of learning and doing, and I’m excited to share everything else that we covered. Plans for 2018’s seminar are already well underway and Team Doglando is hard at working creating even more courses and content for dog day care owners, operators, and staff.

But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves! For recaps of Days 1 and 2, have a look at our previous blog installments:
BDDC Day 1
BDDC Day 2
BDDC Day 3

Beyond Doggy Day Care welcomes Ken McCort

On Saturday and Sunday we welcomed Ken McCort to Doglando for two informative sessions. Ken is an animal trainer and behaviorist who has been working with animals since 1986. The animals he’s trained include dogs, cats, wolves, llamas, and birds.

Needless to say, we knew everyone was going to learn a lot! Doglando staff and Orlando-area trainers also joined us to learn from Ken.

On Saturday, Ken talked about “Dog to Dog Relationships”, followed by “Close up Communication” on Sunday.

Dog to Dog Relationships: Making them Work

As professionals caring for multiple dogs at once it’s so important we know how dogs relate to and interact with each other. To that effect, Ken explained how dogs live with each other in the home, which lead into a discussion about introducing new dogs into the home.

He emphasized ways to get dogs to go from merely tolerating each other, to actually liking one another. He had plenty of fascinating stories to share from his decades of experience, which were invaluable!

Close Up Communication Between Conspecifics

First things first, conspecifics are members of the same species, and Sunday’s talk covered how dogs communicate with each other. We talk a lot about canine behavior, and that’s because these behaviors allow dogs (and us) to manage their relationships.

Ken shared science-based information about dogs’ sensory awareness and the role that distances play in communication. No talk about communication would be complete without addressing body language, so attendees also learned how to de-code this method of canine communication (and other ways that dogs communicate).

We ended the weekend with a group photo before moving on to our evening coaching and activities. With one more day left in the seminar, everyone knew that Monday would be a big day!

Do you have any questions, comments, or thoughts about the things Ken McCort covered in his talks? Let us know! Have you ever introduced a new dog into your household when you already had one or more dogs? What did you do, and how did it go? Share your experiences in the comments!