Emma Parsons, KPA CTP, APDT, CDBC has been training dogs for more than 30 years, and was most recently the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in Newton, MA. before taking on private clients full time.
She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog.
She gives "Click to Calm" seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs.
Emma holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their current clicker-trained dogs — Auustyn, a Golden, & Border Collie, Joshua.
The “Click to Calm” methodology utilizes the science of clicker training to effectively and creatively develop strategies that will help calm and manage the reactive/aggressive dog. This program is designed specifically for any dog that is uncomfortable around certain types of stimuli: the most common being people and other dogs. It is also a great program for newly adopted shelter dogs.
What I am going to present to you is my own case study about my golden retriever, Benjamin. It was through Ben that I met Karen Pryor and, thus, found some of the most effective ways to deal with aggression and fear-based behavior in dogs.I purchased Ben from a breeder at seven weeks of age with the intent of showing him in competition obedience. At the age of five months, we started working with a wonderful obedience competition coach by the name of Patty Ruzzo, who employs purely operant conditioning training techniques. Ben blossomed under her tutelage.