We have been taught to view dog behavior all wrong – as something it is our job to change or “fix”. Most of us trainers, with our emphasis on “how” to change behavior, are not getting the depth of meaningful resolution for the dogs & families we serve that they so desperately need—because we never actually get to the source of the problems that those symptom behaviors are reflecting.
You want to be the very best for dogs and people, & you know you need to find those missing keys to do it. Well, get ready to take your professional journey to the next level, because you finally found them. Fill in the gaps, connect the dots, & give yourself & the dog families you serve the comprehensive understandings & interventions that make the difference.
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Fill in the gaps and connect the dots, giving you the missing links and puzzle pieces in your education so far with information and insights you can't find in any other course in the world.
Level up your professional career and relationships with dogs, as you join the cutting edge of the dog behavior industry.
Give you a community of leading dog professionals who are committed to respectful and creative dialogue in order to solve practical problems, where ego are checked at the door.
Give you the science to substantiate the observations and experiences you are having in your life and work with dogs in the modern age.
Provide you with a professional designation that you can be proud to hold as a Family Dog Mediator.
Relieve you from the burnout and pressure you have been feeling in your work.
It is exciting that the atmosphere of that moment in our industry is one that we will all be able to share together as students.
Welcome to the Course
Course Introduction and Section 1: Dogs, People, Pros.
- The Field of Dog Training and Behavior
- Asking the Wrong Questions
Part One - L.E.G.S. Applied Ethology - Begins with Section 2: LIFE
- Ethology - Life. Nature. Evolution.
- Applied Ethology
- Where OUR World Collides With Theirs
- Phenotype and L.E.G.S.®
- Integrating the Sciences
Section 3: Some Ethology 101
- Ethology - Terms and Concepts
Section 4: Some Evolution 101
- The Cornerstones of Evolution
- Tinbergen’s 4 questions
- “Levels of Analysis”
- Coppinger’s Three Categories of Behavior
Section 5: Some Evolution 101
- The Problems We Create: Interference in Genetics and Environment
Section 6: Welfare
- What Is Welfare?
- The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare
- Captivity and Compromise
Section 7: "Behavior Problems" as Symptoms
- Behavior Is Naturally Adaptive and Functional in Life
- Maladaptive Behavior
- Symptom of Problems and Inadequate Welfare
- Need For New Solutions
- Applied Ethology and Family Dog Mediation
Introduction to Part Two - Family Dog Mediation
Section 8: SELF
The Big 6 Internal Conditions of the Dog & Effects on Behavior
- Individual Personality/Psyche
- Disability/Physical Injury
Section 9: GENETICS
- The Social Animal & Behavior
- Wolf to Dog- Evolution’s Selections
- The Ten Genetic Working Groups
- History and Selections
- Predatory Selections
- Specific Learning and Environmental Needs
Section 10: ENVIRONMENT
- The Literal Environment
- The Social Environment
Section 11: LEARNING
- The Power of Patterns
- Social learning
- Carrot vs Stick vs Premack
- The Relationship Between Operant and Classical Conditioning
- Methodology and Management
- Punishment Problems
- Changing Course- Neuroplasticity
- Behavior and Stimulus Chains
- Frontal Lobe Obstacles and Opportunities
- Common Behavior Problems and Fast Practical Solutions
Section 12: L.E.G.S. in Motion
Section 13: Kim's top dog hacks (practical solutions and interventions using applied ethology)
Will there be a final exam/testing to complete the course?
There are quizzes at the end of each section. The certificate level is for the accomplishment of completing the course, and then there’s a second level of licensure to demonstrate competency, which you will learn more about in the course.
How long will I have access to the course materials?
Is it self paced or do I need to available at certain times?
The course is entirely self paced for your convenience. Move through the content as you like, at your own speed.
In what format is the course content delivered?
The course consists of the videos recorded when Kim orginally presented it live at Wolf Park, and so is far more dynamic and interesting to view for the size course that it is given that there was a live audience. There is a color downloadable/printable course book that coincides with the course content as you progress as well. In addition, there are numerous downloadable bonus materials for students within the course components: articles, posters and client handouts, logos for advertising your new certification, information about licensing, and other practical resources for you to use in implementation of the material in your work
Is there any recommended reading or viewing to compliment the course?
Meet Your Dog – Kim Brophey;
Biophilia – Edward O. Wilson;
Animals Make Us Human – Temple Grandin;
Your Inner Fish – Neil Shubin;
Dogs – A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution – Raymond Coppinger,
What Darwin Never Knew – PBS;
Planet Earth Series – Discovery Channel,
Life Series – Discovery Channel;
Motor Patterns and Their Influence on Breed Specific Behavior Problems – Ken McCort
Who is this course designed for? Do you have to be a professional trainer to take this course?
This course was designed for dog behavior pros who want to fill in the gaps in their education as trainers and take their career to the next level, by providing the missing pieces of the puzzle in their knowledge so far. BUT it is appropriate for other dog pros who are in the position of working with behavior such as shelter and rescue staff, veterinary professionals, daycare and kennel staff, dog walkers and sitters, and even aspiring trainers and seriously passionate students of their own dog's behavior. For anyone who really wants to understand the whole picture of what is actually happening for dogs behaviorally in the 21st century, this course is a critical and unique element of their education.
Is there any ongoing support from the instructor, a way to ask questions and talk about the content with other students?
Yes! We have a dedicated Facebook Group for students of the course: LEGS Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation Course
Will I be certified as a Family Dog Mediator after taking this course?
YES! You will receive a certificated of completion and will be able to use the designation FDM after your name
What have students of the course felt about the value of the information so far?
100% of the students who have reviewed this course said that it was valuable, that they learned a lot, and that they enjoyed it!
Kim’s 20-year commitment to Family Dog Mediation® has been recognized both nationally and locally, awarded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer of WNC six years in a row. She has lectured and taught courses at colleges, universities, and conferences on canine behavior, ethology, and welfare. Kim is a member of the International Society for Applied Ethology and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and is a past board member of the International Association and Animal Behavior Consultants and the Asheville Humane Society.
Kim’s trademarked Dog L.E.G.S.® model is a groundbreaking new system for dog lovers to truly understand their dogs’ behavior- distilling multiple scientific disciplines and established principles into a simple and accessible framework for pet dogs and their people like never before. Kim is launching a coordinated grassroots movement to facilitate a paradigm shift and market disruption in the pet industry through: her book MEET YOUR DOG- The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior, TEDx talk – The Problem with Treating a Dog Like a Pet, Canine Genetic Heritage Testing Software –The Dog Key®, National Dog L.E.G.S.® Association for pet industry businesses and organizations, L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course, BEYOND THE OPERANT (BTO) Collaborative and establishment of Asheville as the official Dog City, USA®. She has become a powerful leading voice in the dog behavior and training industry internationally, with students all over the world. Kim’s vision is to facilitate a critical paradigm shift in our relationships with dogs- building bridges and inspiring others with comprehensive, practical science to redefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society.