Lost Dog Recovery Course
with Nelson Hodges

October 17th, 2019

Join Canine Behaviorist Nelson Hodges for his Lost Dog Recovery One Day Seminar on techniques, means, methods and strategies to recover lost, run away, and escaped dogs.

Lost Dog Recovery Seminar Agenda
1. Time Component
2. Area of Search and how to define it
3. Tools and Equipment
4. Environment analyzation – Terrain
5. Weather and effects
6. Area of search resource centers
7. Dog Identifications
8. How to think like a dog
9. Using Social Media and other sources for local coverage
10. Creating local/regional search groups

9am – 5pm, October 17th 2019, Includes drinks, snacks and lunch.

Registration for this workshop ONLY is $150.00.

Audit spots only, this event will not include dogs.

This workshop will be followed by his 3-day Relationship Based Behavior Modification Workshop, October 18-20, 2019. You can register to attend only the one day Lost Dog Recovery Course or add it to your RBBM registration at checkout.

Relationship Based Behavior Modification
with Nelson Hodges

October 18-20, 2019

Hosted By: Rocksteady Kennels, Saltsburg, PA

Nelson Hodges, of Canine Content, will be conducting a 3‐day workshop to help dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, and owners better understand the behavior, brain, language, and motivations of canines. Mr. Hodges will cover how to communicate with dogs in a more natural way in order to build trust sooner, and provide the means to bridge the understanding gap that creates behavior-related problems in dogs living with humans.

Nelson Hodges, IACP, ABS, CIS, has been rehabilitating animals for over 40 years.

Registration for the RBBM workshop is $450.00. ALL SPOTS ARE WORKING SPOTS– so please bring your dog 🙂  If you can’t bring your dog please contact Janet Romagna and she will make every attempt to provide a dog for you.

Price includes lunch all three days and dinner Saturday night.

Registration is limited to 30 spots.

Registration form can be downloaded from here and returned via email or snail mail
Payment must be received before registration is valid !


All attendees are also required to fill out and return both the participation waiver and the dog waiver.

The hotel accommodations are as follows:

Super 8 Motel – Dogs Allowed

180 Sheffield Drive, Delmont, PA 15626
1 Bed $71.00 + tax per night $10 per pet per night fee

2 Bed $74.00 + tax per night $10 per pet per night fee

Includes Continental Breakfast
Reference “Rocksteady Kennels” when calling for reservations


Ramada by Wyndham – Dogs Allowed

1395 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, PA  15701

$99.00 + tax per night + one time $30 pet fee rate guaranteed for 30 days prior to workshop.




Workshop Outline:
1. Introduction / Concept of Rehabilitation
Canine Rehabilitaion Methodology: Relationship Based Behavior Modification
“If you want to learn how to talk to your dog, shut your mouth.”
Pack Walk: Meaning / Intent / Exercise

2. Canine History / DNA: Predator of OpportunityCanine Background / Predator of Opportunity / Canine Behavior Influences

3. Basis of Language: Purpose and Intent

4. Audience Participation Exercise 1: Language

5. Sociality and Understaning Behavior

6. Canine Language

7. Conversations Instead of Words

8. Discussion of, and Meanings & Purpose of Play

9. Audience Participation
Exercise 2: Positional Experimentation and Meaning

10. Appropriate Levels of Response

11. Oppositional Responses

12. Audience Participation
Exercise 3: Conversations with Dogs
Pack Walk / Fearful Dogs: Recognition of Fearful vs Wary / Rude Dogs: Recognition

13. Aggressive Dogs: Recognition, means and methods, bite awareness and avoidance.

14. Behavior WITH Training, not vs.

15. Exercise A: Being “with” – testing and trusting.

16. Hands on Conversations with the Dogs.

17. Exercise B: Positional Understaning

18. Language Exercise: Direction and Cooperation

19. Review of Language / Interaction

20. Q&A Session


About Nelson Hodges

Nelson Hodges has worked with Animal Behavior and Rehabilitation for more than 40 years. He has specialized in canine behavior, helping others to understand the nature, intelligence, language and motivations of all canines. During that time Nelson has personally worked hands-on, with thousands of canines of virtually all breeds. His behavioral cases include many of the most extreme behaviors, from shut-down fear to severely aggressive dogs, and all behaviors in between. He has been a long term advocate for understanding canine behavior and ethical treatment and handling.

Nelson was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) for the term of 2015 through 2017. He is also a member of other affiliations in Animal Behavior and Human Psychology.


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