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Understanding Dog Behavior

  • The Chattery at Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 West 6th Street, Ste 3L Chattanooga, TN United States (map)

Have you ever found yourself wondering, why does my dog:

  • hate th e mailman?

  • listen to me at home but not the park?

  • jump up on me?

  • have separation anxiety?

  • not like other dogs?

  • get car sick?

  • follow me everywhere?

  • have trouble settling down?

  • go crazy after bath time?

  • not like to swim?

  • shake off when he’s not wet and yawn when he’s not tired?

Are dogs more like their wolf ancestors or us humans? Dog behavior can be funny, puzzling, and even gross at times. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what your dog is thinking, then this class is for you. The format is intended to be educational, yet fun. We will address broader concepts of modern dog behavior and answer your individual questions. The insights from this class can also be used to help inform the training you do with your dog. While dogs are not permitted in the class, we encourage you to come with a brief description of your dog and his/her traits that you find the most bewildering.

About the teacher:

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Nicole Kazmierzak is a dog trainer and behavior specialist. She received her education and certification from the Misha May Foundation, located in Lakewood, Colorado and completed the requirements for K9 First-Aid and CPR through Colorado CPR & AED. Nicole focuses on force-free training methods and specializes in working with dogs in need of rehabilitation and behavior modification; the most prevalent being fear and anxiety. Nicole has volunteered with several rescue organizations along the front range in Colorado, and served on the board of directors for Do Over Dogs, a rescue in Broomfield, Colorado. Additionally, Nicole has fostered and adopted herself when space at home has allowed. She started her dog training and adventure company, Recess, in Chattanooga, TN in 2016. She and her husband, Travis, live in Chattanooga with their three canine kids.