What does consent have to do with dog training?

Consent before contact creates a trust that's important for interactions in all species. One of the interesting and tragic things about consent is that it is applied differently to different genders, species, and cultural groups. This webinar digs into the concept of consent for animal care and links it to consent for contact between humans.

ADULT CONTENT WARNING: This seminar is not just about dog training, but also about personal contact between humans. I recommend only adults register, as there will be some discussion of consent and safe words between humans for intimate contact (including sex). This is not your usual dog training seminar.

Recorded live December 13, 2016

  • Boundary setting in humans and non-human animals.

  • How consent can only be given in the moment. Authentic consent cannot be given after the fact or in advance.

  • Effects of contact without consent.

  • Benefits of asking for consent before physical contact

  • How to ask for and receive consent for care and interaction from non-human animals.

  • How to help your dog communicate consent and cut-off signals.

  • Included with Diamond Membership (see below).

  • How clear consent of your own boundaries can improve your relationship and sex life with your human partner(s)

  • How discussing consent in contact with animals can educate humans about boundaries with one another.

Consent is a safe part of humane care.

We can create a bond of trust by actively training ourselves and our animals to consider boundaries and consent.

  • What is Consent for a Dog?

    Consent is mutual permission for an interaction that would be unpleasant or unwelcome without that permission.

    In the non-human animal context (especially dogs & cats), I'm talking about consent for vet care, grooming, and even petting.

  • On-Demand Webinar

    This 1.75 Hour streaming video can help you build a safer, stronger relationship with your dog and the humans in your life.

  • Bonus material

    You'll also get PDF notes of the Powerpoint from the presentation and a quick quiz for understanding. The quiz also allows us to issue a certificate if you are a professional and need CEUs. 1.5 CCPDT CEUs, 1.75 IAABC CEUs.

What's included?

Information on consent around contact with dogs. Also goes into some interpersonal boundary setting.

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    Welcome to Consent: Don't Just Grab the Pussycat!

    • Welcome! School Overview

    • Don't Just Grab the PussyCat Consent video (1.75 hours)

    • Powerpoint Slide Notes (PDF)

    • What's Next?


Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Author

Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

I'm a collaborative dog trainer, author, podcaster, international presenter, and keynote speaker based in Oregon, USA. I enjoy developing empowering approaches to dog socialization and everyday manners.

I'm fascinated by animal behavior, somatic awareness, and psychology. I'm passionate about wholehearted living for all beings, including dogs with a history of aggression, frustration, or fear as well as puppies and my other favorite species: humans.

My Behavior Adjustment Training technique (BAT 2.0 and the new BAT 3.0) is used worldwide to help dogs gain confidence and social skills. A conservative calculation is that well over 200,000 people have learned about BAT so far.

I have always loved teaching. I earned a Master's in mathematics and taught college courses, but I found my true calling in dog training. I have been teaching dog training and behavior since 2003. In 2010, I started traveling worldwide to teach dog trainers about BAT. In 2014 I developed BAT 2.0 and also started my online dog training and behavior school, which now has over 100 classes from my favorite emotionally intelligent dog experts. My new podcast, The Lesson is Love launches in 2023.

As an outgoing introvert, I enjoy traveling to cooperative conferences and love teaching about dogs online. I refresh my batteries by savoring life in the woods with my husband (Tom), Labrador (Joey), cat (Garbanzo aka "Adventure Kitty" and "Baby Panther"), and Little Brown Dog (Zuki).

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