The World’s NOT a Stage: Reactivity Setups
Sarah Stremming and Marissa Martino
Trainers and behavior consultants routinely use setups as part of their approach when treating reactivity, but the details and considerations are rarely discussed.
When: Tuesday, November 29th at 5pm - 6:30pm PST
Join Marissa Martino and Sarah Stremming as they dive into the nuance behind these important scenarios.
During the webinar you’ll learn:
- The many considerations Marissa and Sarah take to set the dog up for success PRIOR to the training setups.
- The many considerations they take when executing successful setups.
- How they prepare the client technically and emotionally for this part of the training process.
- They'll share videos of different types of setups in order to provide you with creative ways to implement this behavior modification strategy.
This webinar is designed for behavior consultants, trainers, and pet parents that are currently involved in a supported behavior modification program. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the webinar. This webinar will be recorded if you cannot attend live.
Frequently Asked Questions
In working with Sarah, I have learned principles of sound behavioral science and worked to master clean training mechanics. I have learned that meeting my dog’s needs is the first step to solving any behavioral challenge. Sarah is very professionally skilled in all of these areas, but where I believe she stands apart from other trainers is her ability to empathize with the human side of the “problem.” For me, information and skill were never going to be enough. I needed a trainer that could help me become the person my dog needed me to be so that our relationship could heal. Sarah helped me take one step at a time, never overwhelming me with more than I could face, and ingeniously giving me little projects to peel away the layers of frustration, anger, and guilt. Even though we were working remotely, she was incredibly intuitive about asking questions and conveying words of wisdom to keep us heading in the right direction. Slowly, Eva and I began to trust each other and one day I realized we had turned a corner and would make it together. I still sometimes wonder what I got myself into with this dog, but I now enjoy a wonderful relationship with her and look forward to the journey we are on together. I am embracing the ways I am learning to stretch and grow because of her. I know we wouldn’t be where we are today without Sarah’s guidance.
- Tara & Eva
Marissa’s approach catalyzed a paradigm shift, challenging me to reconsider what it means to have a relationship with my dog. In talking with other pet parents, it seems like people think training is imparting a set of rules that the dog follows in order to make life easier for the pet parents. I used to think of my dog purely in the service of my own needs, which meant that when he misbehaved he was thwarting me, instead of recognizing him as his own being with his own needs and desires separate from mine. This mindset shift really helped me to view the relationship more as a dance and less as a dictatorship.
- Noelle & Finn