On Saturday, November 23rd, Allynwood hosted a one-day interactive seminar for professionals and parents with their canine companions. The focus of the seminar was to introduce the theory and practice of Canine Human Attunement Training/Therapy, also known as CHAT®.
Certified Therapy Dogs ‘Jake’ & ‘Jack’ greet participant ‘Delilah’
- Little ‘Scooby’, an 8 month old Jack Russell pup came to work on his social skills
Participants listened to presentations by Dr. Rita Argiros, Executive Program Director & Richard Reeve, Head of School, who discussed the theory and science behind canine-human attunement.
Jennifer Culver, CHAT Program Director, facilitated several demonstrations with Dog Corps students and dogs, and also provided professional behavioral assessments of participants’ pet dogs who attended the seminar.
‘Scooby’ warms up to Dog Corps resident ‘Kamikaze’ during a socialization session
- ‘Hannah’ smiles for the camera during a training exercise
CHAT® is Allynwood Academy’s unique program for adolescent and young adult dog enthusiasts.
CHAT® emerged out of more than 16 years combined experience and thousands of hours of practice with adults, adolescents and dogs of all breeds. It builds upon the best of current canine learning theory, human and canine brain science, and the groundbreaking work of Beebe et. al on mother-infant attachment and attunement. CHAT® coursework and experiential learning address a number of issues, particularly those related to trauma and addiction.
To learn more about the Allynwood Academy CHAT® program, please contact: Jennifer Culver, Program Director, at (607) 637-8284 or Jennifer.Culver@allynwood.org