What primitive dog lovers are saying!

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Super informative and Confidence boosting

Ebony Powell

I requested entry to this class as I've had primitive breeds my whole life. I have friends with modern breeds who give me tips on training that do not work ...

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I requested entry to this class as I've had primitive breeds my whole life. I have friends with modern breeds who give me tips on training that do not work with these breeds, at least not in the traditional way. So it was rewarding and refreshing to hear this from someone who has professionally gone into the field to address these types of dogs. I also learned about a whole new field that I am super interested in. Will recommend the course to my friends as well.

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Loved it!

Olivia Buehler

Molly provides such beautiful perspective in relating to primitive type dogs. I gained many insights that will be extraordinarily useful in my work with nor...

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Molly provides such beautiful perspective in relating to primitive type dogs. I gained many insights that will be extraordinarily useful in my work with northern mixed breeds struggling to adapt to life with people. Thanks so much Molly for making your wisdom accessible!

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2 Akitas and a Nenet's Herding Laika

Susi Czarnek

Thank you so much for this live presentation. The slide presentation was clear, concise and well organized. And, Molly makes the science fun! We share our ...

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Thank you so much for this live presentation. The slide presentation was clear, concise and well organized. And, Molly makes the science fun! We share our home with 3 "primitive" breed dogs. I feel like they are better communicators than my previous canine housemates. It was nice to hear the experts give reasons behind that.

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What primitive breeds are trying to say

Wendy Love

A very enlightening, fun talk. Helped me understand what I need to work on as opposed to what my dog needs to work on

A very enlightening, fun talk. Helped me understand what I need to work on as opposed to what my dog needs to work on

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Interesting view of the topic

Darcy Rohats

Appreciated the input to the science of these breeds. I have enjoyed Norwegian Elkhounds since 1991and related to this topic.

Appreciated the input to the science of these breeds. I have enjoyed Norwegian Elkhounds since 1991and related to this topic.

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Fun and informative

Vicki McKinney

Thanks for a great webinar, Molly! I have lived with and worked with many malamutes over the years, plus an Inuit dog, a farm dog, and an American Eskimo. Y...

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Thanks for a great webinar, Molly! I have lived with and worked with many malamutes over the years, plus an Inuit dog, a farm dog, and an American Eskimo. You have really nailed my own experience with primitive breeds, and added some great new insights to ponder. Looking forward to reading your book when it comes out.

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Primitive Breeds - Amazing

Zina Burt

So interesting I'm going to listen again. Thank you

So interesting I'm going to listen again. Thank you

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Super informative and eye opening

Vikki Chalke

Self interested and honest is THE best description for a primitive. I own a Tamaskan (sled breeds Cross with wolfdog) and that description summarises her beh...

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Self interested and honest is THE best description for a primitive. I own a Tamaskan (sled breeds Cross with wolfdog) and that description summarises her behaviour. Fantastic webinar giving great insight into our primitive companions

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Fascinating!

Karin Kirtner

I don't have a primitive breed dog, but as a trainer I like to learn about different dogs. Molly is so interesting and her enthusiasm is wonderful. I learned...

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I don't have a primitive breed dog, but as a trainer I like to learn about different dogs. Molly is so interesting and her enthusiasm is wonderful. I learned so much! I highly recommend this course.

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It's true! Primitive breeds make up the majority of dogs living on earth!

Even if they are not the majority of dogs you see in your home country, Primitive Breeds far outnumber other breeds on a world wide basis, yet they are incredibly misunderstood.

Because these unique breeds don't fit the mold of the more domesticated dog breeds, labels start flying such as cat-like, dramatic, untrainable, lazy, uncooperative, stubborn, or aggressive. In reality, relationships with primitive breeds of dogs can be some of the most informative and rewarding.

Join dog trainer and anthrozoologist Molly Sumridge, CBATI, as she walks you through what cohabitation with Primitive dogs looks like and how to navigate training scenarios to keep these dogs coming back for more - over and over again.

Recorded live November 17 2021.

  • Suitable for professional dog trainers and veterinarians, as well as families with dogs.

  • Learn which breeds are considered “primitive” and why.

  • Understand how how consent-based training and modification systems like BAT can create consistent and successful interventions for owner-dog relationships in turmoil.

  • Downloadable dog training handouts, too!

  • Recording of a live online presentation and Q&A.

  • Earn 2 CPDT CEUs for dog trainer and behaviorist recertification. We are an Approved Education Provider for the CCPDT.

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Deepen your understanding...

of the ecology, cohabitation, and training of Primitive Dogs.

  • Video & More

    Includes the webinar including the Q&A with Molly, automated session transcript, and downloadable handouts to assist your learning.

    2 CPDT CEUs.

  • What's a Primitive Dog Breed?

    Molly will get into that in the webinar, but here are Some primitive dog examples: Africani, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Armenian Gampr, Basenji, Canaan Dog, Carolina Dog, Chow Chow, Finnish Spitz, Karelian Bear Dog, New Guinea Singing Dog, Norwegian Elkhound, Pharaoh Hound, Saluki, Samoyed, Shar-pei, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, Spitz family, Swedish Lapphund, Thai Ridgeback, and Xoloitzcuintli.

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About the Instructor

Dog Behavior Consultant & Anthrozoologist

Molly Sumridge MS, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, CBATI, CWRI, CFE, CFT

Molly Sumridge is a dog behavior consultant focused on primitive dogs, and behavior modification for dog sports and pet aggression. She is also an anthrozoologist studying human-animal relations and relationships specific to domestication, primitive/ancient dogs, non-traditional companion animal relationships, and dog sports.

Molly leads the canine program in the Carroll College Anthrozoology department, in which students train and care for foster dogs during the academic year. Her courses focus on training, canine ecology, cross-cultural human-canine relationships and conflicts, working dogs, and critical analysis of human-animal interactions and relationships. When she is not teaching or consulting she is up to her eyeballs in research working on her PhD in Anthrozoology, focused on the impact of labels on dogs, specifically New Guinea singing dogs.

While the intersection of all things human and non-human animal is her love and her life, Molly grounds herself through her loving husband, calamitous cat, patient parrot, spicy snakes, a flock of charming chickens, and a cast of colorful canine characters.

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