How to Prepare for Different Phases of Life with Your Family Pet: Advice from a Pet Behavior Expert

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Join certified trainer and pet behavior expert Alex Sessa as she covers 3 individual training sessions in 1 day!

Welcoming a new baby to the family can be an exciting (albeit stressful) phase of life. When you add a dog to the mix, these already overwhelming changes can be even more difficult to manage. In this lecture, we’ll talk about how to safely manage your dogs while you or your partner is pregnant, preparing dogs for a new baby (including ideas for setting up your home), how to set up your dog for success when baby comes home, and how to realistically manage the “fourth trimester’ – those first three wild months postpartum – with baby and dogs. Your class instructor has been through this phase of life twice in the last two years, so you’ll be getting a truly realistic view into what life looks like with dogs and a baby, and how to set up your entire family for success.
Children of all ages can participate in the care and training of the family dog. In this class, we’ll go over specific age-appropriate activities and exercises that toddlers, older children, and teenagers can do with their dogs. Using these tools, you’ll be able to strengthen the bond between your children and your dogs and help ensure that your kids know how to interact safely with dogs. We’ll talk extensively about dog bite prevention and how to read your dog’s body language to prevent aggression.
The process of acquiring a new dog should begin well before the dog enters your home. In this class, we’ll talk about different breeds and how to determine which breed/breed mixes might be a good fit for your lifestyle and family. We’ll also talk about how to select the right breeder or rescue, how to choose a puppy from a litter, and red flags to look out for when looking at dogs and puppies. We’ll also give you our professional secrets on how to best handle those first few weeks with a new dog, the most important things to work on with your new dog, and how to prevent behavior problems from developing.

Meet the Expert

Alex Sessa | CPDT-KA, CDBC, VSPDT ​ Alex is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification that requires hundreds of logged training hours and passing a comprehensive exam. She is also one of only five trainers in the state of Georgia to receive full certification as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. This high-level certification requires a rigorous application process that’s assessed by a panel of experts in dog training and behavior, and you must demonstrate the knowledge and ability to handle complex behavior cases in order to be certified.

Additionally, she has attained the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) certification.

Alex attended the University of Georgia, where she began honing her training skills while helping improve the behavior of local shelter dogs to reduce euthanasia rates. She graduated with honors in 2012 and was then offered a job with celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”

Alex traveled the world with Victoria and had the opportunity to learn from her in all facets of training and behavior for five years before deciding to pursue her dream of founding Peach on a Leash. Their work together allowed Alex the opportunity to work hands-on with both pet dogs and working dogs, including police dogs and accelerant detection dogs.

As the founder, owner, and head trainer at Peach on a Leash, Alex oversees one of the largest training programs in the southeast, including a team of eleven exceptional, highly qualified training and behavior experts.

She has provided professional dog training for celebrities, athletes, CEOs, and other high-profile clientele, and has been featured on HLN, WSB-TV, 11Alive, and various print publications.

Alex also serves as both a faculty member and a mentor for students in the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy, as well as consulting for other training companies and non-profit organizations needing guidance with their dog training programs.

She shares her home with her husband Will, who is a police K-9 trainer and officer, their son Caden, and their beloved dogs.

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Meet the Expert

Alex Sessa and her Pup

Alex is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification that requires hundreds of logged training hours and passing a comprehensive exam. She is also one of only five trainers in the state of Georgia to receive full certification as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. This high-level certification requires a rigorous application process that’s assessed by a panel of experts in dog training and behavior, and you must demonstrate the knowledge and ability to handle complex behavior cases in order to be certified.

Additionally, she has attained the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) certification.

Alex attended the University of Georgia, where she began honing her training skills while helping improve the behavior of local shelter dogs to reduce euthanasia rates. She graduated with honors in 2012 and was then offered a job with celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”

Alex traveled the world with Victoria and had the opportunity to learn from her in all facets of training and behavior for five years before deciding to pursue her dream of founding Peach on a Leash. Their work together allowed Alex the opportunity to work hands-on with both pet dogs and working dogs, including police dogs and accelerant detection dogs.

As the founder, owner, and head trainer at Peach on a Leash, Alex oversees one of the largest training programs in the southeast, including a team of eleven exceptional, highly qualified training and behavior experts.

She has provided professional dog training for celebrities, athletes, CEOs, and other high-profile clientele, and has been featured on HLN, WSB-TV, 11Alive, and various print publications.

Alex also serves as both a faculty member and a mentor for students in the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy, as well as consulting for other training companies and non-profit organizations needing guidance with their dog training programs.

She shares her home with her husband Will, who is a police K-9 trainer and officer, their son Caden, and their beloved dogs.

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Thursday, February 10 2022

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