Identifying Discomfort in Dogs - How to spot pain through movement and posture

Pain and behavior are hot topics right now and often it can be difficult to identify exactly what the cause is. Many times, veterinarians cannot find anything painful, especially when the dog is not displaying obvious signs, such as lameness. And yet, your dog's behavior has changed...
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The seminar is suitable for pet owners, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet guardians, and anyone with an interest in the neuroscience of training and behavior. 

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Analyzing a dogs behavior is only one way to identify potential pain, but getting to know a dog from the inside out can help you to narrow things down so that vets get a more detailed physical view, the client gets the right support and ultimately the dog finds relief.

This webinar will cover what physical aspects we should be looking at when working with any dog from the finer points of confirmation, posture, and movement to what visible indicators there are to help you see the bigger picture. Spotting potential pain can help you gain a greater understanding of their behavior.

How a dog is put together can give you insight into their current comfort levels along with how they may move and adapt to the physical limitations that they have. These finer points of dog observations will boost your behavior assessments and training sessions by enabling you to adapt what you do to better suit the dog in front of you.

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Meet the instructor

Gemma Hodson

Gemma Hodson has lived a life with dogs of various breeds, growing up in a house full of show dogs. She initially studied at Hartpury College for a career with horses, going on to work at show jumping and event yards along with hydrotherapy canters.

In the early 2000s, Gemma started growing an interest in how pain affects movement & behavior after one of her horses developed gastric ulcers. This then became an obsession when returning to her love of dogs. Attending dog classes she could see some dogs from an early age already experiencing difficulties.

Wanting to expand on her observational skills, Gemma trained as a Practitioner in various alternative hands-on therapies, before deepening her knowledge of canine anatomy, physiology & movement alongside Canine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.

Gemma now combines her passion for canine behavior and movement to help dog guardians get to the bottom of their dog's problematic behaviors using science-based analysis techniques to shine a light on potential issues. She is often called in by other canine professionals to work with their clients for additional support and advice.

Quite often what Gemma observes physically can be a direct cause of, or contributing to, a behavioral issue which goes on to be resolved, or managed & supported, to lessen the outward behavior.

More recently Gemma teaches other canine professionals through her Dynamic Dog Practitioner Program. This is the very first training of its kind that teaches dog professionals the skills to identify physical discomfort in dogs, providing additional information to the vet to enable them to make a more informed diagnosis.
Patrick Jones - Course author