DPFL's Stranger Danger Seminar

Sat, Nov 2nd 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT · By Dogs Playing for Life
Date & Time
Sat, Nov 2nd 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT
Sun, Nov 3rd 2019 at 6:00 PM EDT
16698 Co Rd 137
Wellborn FL, 32094
Event Details


At Dogs Playing for Life’s Stranger Danger Seminar, hosted by Aimee Sadler, CEO and Founder of Dogs Playing for Life, you will learn how to work with dogs that are wary of strangers, building their confidence and helping them develop new skills which will enable them to meet new people (and potential adopters) happily and successfully! Even for the private dog trainer or dog owner, the skills taught in this seminar will help support the reactive dog to expand their comfort level when meeting new people!


In sheltering, how do we strike that balance between helping reactive dogs cope better in the adverse conditions of a traditional kennel environment while developing an interest in expanding their circle of friends and enjoying meeting their new potential family members? Our objective, in animal sheltering, is to support our dogs physically, emotionally and behaviorally while in our care for the purpose of finding them homes and a family of their own.  With this in mind, understanding the importance of generalization, i.e., behaving similarly from person to person, is critical for their success. 

In our Hands-On work with owned dogs as well as our DPFL Canine Center sheltered dogs, we will demonstrate: 

  • DPFL’s Assess and Progress approach - fluttering between assessing and influencing behavior to determine how a dog might respond WITHOUT proper human support to determine what training is necessary for successful placement

  • Comprehensive Tool Selection - determining what tool will support the dog best while keeping the handler and others safe during the learning process

  • Principles vs. Methods - determining what approach will teach the dog as efficiently and effectively as possible 

  • Creative Proofing - training with the goal of solid generalization of new skills; dog must work for multiple handlers with clarity and confidence


DPFL has been developing canine enrichment, training and behavior programming for sheltered dogs since 1998 and has proven measured results. 

  • DPFL has served over 257 shelters internationally with enrichment programming seminars

  • DPFL Programming has contributed to a 32% decrease in dog-human bites at participating, surveyed shelters resulting in an average decrease in canine length-of-stay of over 7 days while increasing canine life-saving, on average, over 5%!

  • Since opening, DPFL has served over 100 at-risk dogs from 15 different organizations at our National Canine Center with a 93% save rate

  • Founder/CEO, Aimee Sadler, is a renowned speaker and trainer in both the animal welfare community and professional training world, having presented at the International Association of Canine Professionals, Best Friends Animal Society, Humane Society of the United States and Masters in Behavior annual Conferences.

Hotel Information:

Home2 Suites - $139.00 (From link add Group code DPL when selecting dates for discount)

 * Home2Suites allows pets for an additional fee.   

Reference the code DPL / Dogs Playing for Life with the front desk during booking.  

Comfort Suites(386-755-9028)-$124.00

Best Western Plus (386-754-5944)- $119.00

TRU by Hilton(386-259-6640)- $109.00 ( Brand New) Pets allowed! Max weight limit of 50lbs and the fee is $35/night

For more information regarding the impact of DPFL programming, please review our, hot-off-the-press DPFL Impact Report on our website: www.dogsplayingforlife.org

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