Nelson Hodge’s | Relationship Based Behavior Modification


Relationship Based Behavior Modification

with Nelson Hodges

April 22 – 24, 2016

9:00 – 5:00

Every attendee is a “working” spot. Each person is encouraged to bring one dog with them. The dog should not be severe in either fearful shutdown, or a severe human/dog aggressive dog out of safety and from the aspect of the amount of time it would take away from the other dogs to deal with those. Dogs with mild to medium fear or reactivity are welcome as long as the handler is capable of controlling them physically. We will make every accommodation possible to include and help those dogs. Attendees must be able to place their dogs in crates, soft kennels, long reliable down stays/place, or other means of safe separation from the handler for up to an hour and a half at a time.

This workshop’s agenda is:

  • Introduction
    • Concept of Rehabilitation
    • Canine Rehabilitation Methodology: Relationship Based Behavior Modification
    • Meaning
    • Intent
    • Exercise
  • Canine History/DNA: Predator of Opportunity
    • Canine background
    • Predator of Opportunity
    • Canine Behavior Influences
  • Basis of Language: Purpose and Intent
  • Audience Participation Exercise 1
    • Language
  • Sociality and understanding behavior.
  • Canine Language
  • Conversations instead of Words.
  • Discussion of and Meanings and Purpose of Play
  • Audience Participation Exercise 2
    • Positional Experimentation and Meaning
  • Appropriate Levels of Response
  • Opposition Responses
  • Audience Participation Exercise 3
    • Conversations with dogs
  • PACK WALK 2:
    • Fearful Dogs: Recognition of fearful vs. wary
    • Rude Dogs: Recognition
  • Aggressive Dogs
    • Recognition, means and methods, bite awareness and avoidance
  • Behavior WITH Training, not vs.
  • Exercise A
    • Being “with” – testing and trusting
  • Hands on Conversations with the dogs.
  • Exercise B
    • Positional Understanding
  • Language Exercise: Direction and cooperation
  • Review of Language/Interaction
  • Q&A Session

Working spots only, if you can not bring a dog, we can provide a dog for you. All copyrights and ownerships reserved.No reproduction or distribution of this material or methods is allowed without the express written consent of Nelson Hodges, Principal of Canine Content.

Morning coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided. We will have dinner on Saturday evening at a local eatery, (not included in price).

Who’s Attending?

Training Center:

The Philly Pack
Canine Enrichment Center
1715 McKean Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
T: 215-459-3539

Location Details:

Parking is available on McKean and neighboring streets. The 17th street bus stop is one block away.

Event Contact:

Krista Milito
Ph: 215-459-3539

Event Details:

Facebook: RSVP
Sign Up: Registration Form


If you want to learn how to talk to your dog, shut your mouth.

Website: k9content

Mr. Hodges has worked with Animal Behavior and Rehabilitation for more than 40 years. He has specialized in Canine Behavior, helping others to understand the nature, intelligence, language and motivations of all canines. During that time Nelson has personally worked, hands-on, with thousands of Canines of virtually all breeds. His behavioral cases include many of the most extreme behaviors, from shut-down fear to severely aggressive dogs, and all behaviors in between. He has been a long term advocate for understanding canine behavior and ethical treatment and handling.

Nelson was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) for the term of 2015 through 2017. He is also a member of other affiliations in Animal Behavior and Human Psychology.Nelson’s client locations have ranged from the USA and Canada in North America; to Sweden, the UK, Ukraine and Germany in Europe; to Korea in Asia. He has been able to assist others in modifying behaviors through consultations on-line, through Skype, You-tube, Facebook, email messages and telephone conferences. He has written articles for various publications, his most recent for The Safehands Journal, the Quarterly Publication for the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). He has appeared on TV and Radio programs around the USA.

Mr. Hodges has provided and continues to provide Public and Private Group Seminars and Workshops that draw people from the canine professional training community, service dog industry, rescue organizations, municipal animal shelter/control, police officers, military, postal service, veterinarians and staff, and dog owners alike since 1991. Through his years he has developed a method named Relationship Based Behavior Modification (RBBM). Nelson is currently writing a book on the canine brain, language, motivations and behaviors named “If you want to learn how to talk to your dog, shut your mouth”.Contacts through Facebook: “Canine Content”, Website: http://sites.google.com/site/k9content, Telephone (817) 307-3800