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13835 Aberdeen Streete NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

(763) 208-5025

Amy Cook: The Play Way/Bogeyman Seminar - AUDITORS (Sat Aug 17th only - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

August 17th & 18th, 2019 9am-5pm

On The Run Canine Center
Ham Lake, MN

 The Play Way 


Auditors Registration - Saturday only

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"The Play Way" is Amy’s method of helping shy and fearful dogs overcome these issues to live a happier, less-stressed life. Rather than focusing on food, as many do when working with these dogs, Amy has established a more nuanced rehabilitation process that revolves around personal, social play.

She believes play is a much more reliable method of judging a dog’s true behavioral thresholds, while being equally effective at changing the dog’s conditioned emotional response to stimuli. Play is both an indicator of stress and an intervention for stress!

Amy is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a longstanding professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation. Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focused on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem-solving strategies dogs employ. To learn more about Amy, visit playwaydogs.com.




This seminar is appropriate for dog owners, dog sport competitors, veterinarians, pet care professionals, and professional dog trainers.

Whether your dog is a pet dog who struggles with fear or reactivity in daily life or your dog is a sports competitor who struggles with trial stress, ring stress, or pressure from judges/stewards (or something in between), you will learn new play-based techniques to help them improve their emotional wellness.

In this seminar you will learn:

  • How to identify stress in dogs
  • About threshold management (how to keep your dog below threshold or
  • How to read a dog so you know what to do when
  • About relaxed play, and its important role in the rehabilitation of stress & anxiety
  • Personal play, food or toys: which one should you use and when?
  • How to help a dog “Look and Dismiss” and take challenges in stride.

There are 10 working spots available for some one on one time working with Amy on Sunday afternoon (Saturday and Sunday morning is lecture only).  Each dog/handler team will have 2 short working sessions with Amy and although there are working spots, this seminar is not heavy on working time (so that is reflected in the price).

This seminar is appropriate for socially confident dogs (for humans to learn the hands-on skills) and dogs with general anxiety, performance/ring stress, or over-arousal–we cannot accept dogs with aggression towards people or dogs. However, dogs must be able to function well in a seminar environment with many other people watching and dogs in the environment and they must be able to handle the lengthy down time.  They can’t be overtly reactive or shut down and must be able to be in the presence of strangers and other dogs while still able to work. Not all dogs will feel comfortable in this type of environment, so please consider your dog’s comfort level before inquiring about a working spot. Auditing this seminar is incredibly valuable and provides a great opportunity to really observe dog body language and human body language throughout the play process to take away and work with other dogs.

There are no refunds for working teams if a dog finds this workshop environment too overwhelming to successfully wait their turn or work in front of the group.

  • Auditing registration fees are refundable minus an administration fee of $20.
  • There will be a one hour lunch break.
  • NOTE: LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. Please plan accordingly by bringing your own lunch. There are also many restaurants close to the center.

If the event is full, to be put on the WAITLIST please select the Register button and fill out the Waltlist form!

Event Properties

Event Date 08-17-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 08-17-2019 5:00 pm
Capacity 15
Registered 2
Individual Price $160.00