Relationship Based Behavior Modification
with Nelson Hodges

March 23-25, 2018

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 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


Park Inn by Radisson – Dogs Allowed

1395 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, PA  15701

$89.00 + tax per night + one time $30 pet fee rate guaranteed for 30 days prior to workshop
Includes sit down breakfast for up to 2 persons per room




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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