Canine Cognition

Golden Retriever SittingJoin us in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Area May 19th-21st, 2023 for our canine cognition seminar! 

We will be covering puppy cognition tests and adult tests in this customized seminar with Lily!!
This class is based on the research conducted with Duke University. This class is for everyone! We will have 3 working spots for dogs 6 months and under and 6 working spots for dogs 6 months and older. Regardless of if you do detection, service dog work, therapy sog work or some other dog sport or if you are a professional looking to enhance how you select dogs for Police or Security work this seminar is for you!
A handler or trainer learning cognition testing enhances your knowledge about the dog in front of you, making you better at communicating and understanding your dog and have another tool in your box for K9 selection.
These Cognition tests (Brain Games) help you learn crucial information such as, is your dog strong in memory, is the dog a problem solver, how quick does it make inferences? Additional things these tests show are, does the dog easily follow gestural communication and what is your dog’s laterality? If you are a Law Enforcement Agency, service dog trainer or Security Firm, these tests help you select a better, more trainable dog. In conjunction with the normal K9 selection and evaluation steps agencies use, adding these K9 Brain games to your evaluation raises the percentage of dogs successfully picked to be working K9’s. Using these tests have proven to increase selection percentages of the right dogs for your program and it has also proven to reduce training time needed to get dogs ready and on the road.
If you do Agility, Mondio Ring, PSA, SAR, Nose/Scent work, or anything else… The information from these games help you understand your dog better and how to set up training sessions that get the most out of your dog. Just knowing if your dog is right or left brain dominant can make a big difference on how you have your dog perform a skill or search.
About Lily: Lily is a trainer at Grassroots K9 where she raises and develops green malinois and labradors for single and dual purpose sale to police departments in the US and Canada, and trains pet obedience in a board and train format. Previously, Lily worked for Ford K9, raising and training narcotic, firearm, explosive, and bed bug detection dogs and handlers, and at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), puppy raising and assisting in the training of live find and human remains disaster search dogs. While at SDF, she also managed the Fit to Work conditioning program for the dogs in training.
Lily received her masters in Cognitive and Behavioral Science from Auburn University. She holds two bachelor of science degrees in Animal Behavior and Psychology with a Neuroscience focus. Lily has worked in Duke’s Canine Cognition and Auburn’s Comparative Cognition laboratories conducting assessments on populations of explosive detection dogs at a variety of ages to examine predictive profiles of performance. Lily has interned with Simon Prins in the Netherlands, Mike Nezbeth in Canada, and teaches canine cognition and detection seminars in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Working spots are $380 – Lunch is included we do offer discounts for LEO, Service Dog Trainers and SAR,
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Dog Friendly hotels Subject to change make sure you ask when you call please!
Closet hotel to seminar location: We are working on getting group rates!
Closest hotel is: GrandStay Hotel & Suites Tea, South Dakota.
830 Gateway Ln, Tea, SD 57064 (605) 213-1500
Sheraton Hotel –
1211 N West Ave
Sioux Falls SD 57104
(855) 730-4231
La Quinta (605) 275-4555
4521 West 41st St
Econo Lodge (605) 331-4490
5100 N Cliff Ave
Dakota Lodge (605) 332-2000
3200 W Russell St
Guesthouse & Suites (605) 338-6242
3101 W Russell St
Ramada Limited (605) 330-0000
407 S Lyons Ave
Best Western Ramkota (605) 336-0650
3200 W Maple
Best Western Empire Towers 800-780-7234
4100 W Shirley Place
Sioux Falls KOA Journey
1401 E Robur Dr
(605) 367-7178
W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds
100 N Lyon Blvd
(605) 367-7178

ER Vet: All City Pet Care Veterinary Emergency Hospital
Address: 3508 S Minnesota Ave Suite 102, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Open 24 hours
Phone: (605) 335-4004 

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