Hey, Los Angeles dog people!

May 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm 6 comments

I am Facebook friends with lots of dog people (owners and trainers)  so I am always seeing postings of dog behavior seminars and workshops that sound really cool and useful that I would love to attend.

Sadly, none of these cool seminars ever come to Southern California. Take for example, Grisha Stewart’s BAT seminars…  Grisha has been touring all around the USA and the known universe, but she has never made it to L.A.  Overseas experts also rarely do workshops in SoCal. *Update: Grisha will be doing a BAT seminar in Los Angeles, May, 2013!

I have been told that for some reason, LA attendance rates are always low so nobody bothers to organize training events here. What’s up with people in LA? Does anyone know? Are LA dog people more interested in “show-off my dog” type events vs. educational events?

I read dog training books and blog posts, I watch Youtube videos and DVDs of seminars, I vent to my friends and to Sarah (who is like my therapist when it comes to Boogie issues). Not quite the same. I would love to be in a room full of like-minded dog people who are all interested in learning the same stuff! And of course, I also want to hand out business cards. :)

Well, here’s some good news. There are two doggie seminars that are being hosted in SoCal this Summer!

First of all - Nicole Wilde, July 21st -22nd
Location: Burbank. Woohoo! 15 minutes drive from me!
Details: http://phantompub.com/burbankseminar.htm
Topics: Helping Fearful Dogs; Separation Anxiety & Dynamics of Dog-Dog Play
I would love to do both days but $ is tight and I will have separation anxiety being away from Boogie for two full days, so I will most probably register for Sunday only. Very interested in the Dynamics of Dog-Dog Play! *Update: Registered for Sunday!

Even sooner – Dr. Sophia Yin, June 24th-25th.
Location: Ventura 1.5 hours drive away.
Details: http://www.inquisitivecanine.com/local-ventura-services/events/dr-sophia-yin-event/
Topics: Learn To Earn, Body Language, Aggression, etc
Also more interested in the 2nd day which deals with aggression. I wasn’t planning to bring Boogie but Sophia thinks I will get more out of this seminar if I bring him (crated) and do the exercises with him in this class. Hmmm…This would be very interesting!

These seminars are approx. $100 a day – not cheap when you are a struggling artist, but it is such a rare treat to have dog behavior events so close to home…

While on the subject of dog training,  Boogie’s blog will be hosting a few guest posts (with videos) from  CyberDog Online. Stay tuned! Part 1 will be posted this Friday.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grisha Stewart  |  May 9, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Good news: I will be doing a BAT seminar in the LA area May 4-5, 2013! See you there. :)

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    • 2. lili  |  May 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

      YAY! That’s awesome news! Even though it’s a whole year away… :)

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  • 3. The DIY Dog  |  May 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Hi, you’re in LA? I’m in LA! You’re the first other LA dog blogger I’ve found. :) I haven’t done much homework about seminars around here yet, but I’ve looked into obedience and agility trials and there do seem to be a lot more in Ventura and San Diego than here. Maybe they are lacking space? Or parks won’t let them host events? Who knows.

    There’s also a Denise Fenzi seminar coming up in June (http://denisefenzi.com/seminars/) in Orange County. I’m hoping to audit one of the days at least.

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    • 4. lili  |  May 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Wow! I can’t believe there are so few of us LA dog bloggers! Where in LA are you? I am in Los Feliz. I have been told that seminar attendance rates are low in LA, and the seminar hosts don’t make back the $ they spend on hosting :( Thanks for sharing about Denise Fenzi… I am very curious about agility, but sigh – I have a dog with a history of aggression, so I wouldn’t want to put him in an off-leash group situation with unfamiliar dogs…

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      • 5. The DIY Dog  |  May 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

        I’m in the Valley. That is strange about seminar attendance…people sure seem to spend enough on daycare and accessories for their dogs here. You’d think they would spring for training. I’d be such a seminar junkie if I had the money. :)

      • 6. lili  |  May 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        If I had the money I would be, too! :)

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