After over 15 years and thousands of clients I have taken the time to sit down and gather all this experience into more than a new edition, it's a whole new book!
In my new book, The New Click to Calm: Solutions for All Dogs in a Challenging World, I have not only updated the Click to Calm protocol to enable more rapid behavior change but she teaches us how to apply it to help dogs with more common, less intense behavioral issues. Most importantly, I show you how to give dogs the ultimate gifts—the resilience, awareness, and behavioral repertoire to navigate new, unpredictable, and ever-changing environments safely and calmly.
With an empathetic ear, keen eye, and a calm confidence earned from helping thousands of canine caregivers navigate difficult situations, I provide both the inspiration you want and the practical help you need. Filled with compelling case studies, photo illustrations, and more than 40 exercises, The New Click to Calm teaches pet owners and experienced trainers how to:
- teach your dog that a “trigger” is a cue to look to you for further direction
- train “emergency behaviors” and how to use them to keep you, your dog, and others safe
- escort your dog away from brewing trouble calmly
- deal with loud, obnoxious drama at the door
- bolster the confidence of your shy dog
- desensitize your dog to the approach of strange dogs
- stop dangerous defensiveness over food
- and more
Whether you’re worried about your dog’s safety or the safety of others, The New Click to Calm provides practical solutions for living in today’s challenging world.
"If you have a dog that won't let you take his toy away without snapping at you or a dog that pulls with too much enthusiasm when he sees another dog in the distance, The New Click to Calm provides answers and plans that can help you find a solution. The New Click to Calm should be a go-to resource for all trainers and for anyone who wants a road map to help navigate the challenges many dogs face living in our busy human world."
— Ken Ramirez, EVP and Chief Training Officer, KPCT
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Emma Parsons, KPA CTP, APDT, CDBC has been training dogs for more than 20 years, and is currently the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in Newton, MA.
She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog.
Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior as well as of the Karen Pryor ClickerExpo conferences.
She gives "Click to Calm" seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs.
Emma holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs—three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque, and a Papillion, Wylie-Rae.
The “Click to Calm” methodology teaches the handler how to communicate and interact with her dog safely in a formerly challenging environment. In turn, the dog learns how to keep himself safe by maintaining emotional self-control. Instead of the dog reacting at the end of his leash, he remains a thinking dog and gives his attention directly to the handler. Once this happens, the handler can then insert alternate or incompatible behaviors for him to perform. Eventually the cue of the aversive stimulus (commonly strangers and other dogs) becomes the cue, in and of itself, to give the handler voluntary eye contact.
The “Click to Calm” methodology utilizes the science of clicker training to effectively and creatively develop strategies that will help calm and manage the reactive/aggressive dog. This program is designed specifically for any dog that is uncomfortable around certain types of stimuli: the most common being people and other dogs. It is also a great program for newly adopted shelter dogs.
What I am going to present to you is my own case study about my golden retriever, Benjamin. It was through Ben that I met Karen Pryor and, thus, found some of the most effective ways to deal with aggression and fear-based behavior in dogs.I purchased Ben from a breeder at seven weeks of age with the intent of showing him in competition obedience. At the age of five months, we started working with a wonderful obedience competition coach by the name of Patty Ruzzo, who employs purely operant conditioning training techniques. Ben blossomed under her tutelage.