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LIVE! Workshop

June 3-4, 2023

Master Peace Dog Training, Franklin, MA


The Power of Choice: How it Can Decrease Stress in Dogs
With Irith Bloom and Kristina Spaulding

Do you work with dogs who have serious behavior issues and are stressed to the max?


Do you want to learn more about how giving dogs choices can help decrease their stress and improve their behavior?


Is your dog anxious all of the time or driving you crazy with his energy?

Join Dr. Kristina Spaulding and Irith Bloom for two days of in-person interactive learning with working spots for 12 dogs. Kristina and Irith will present on the power of giving dogs choices and explain how increasing choice can decrease dogs’ stress and modify their behavior in a positive way.

This workshop will give pet parents tools for making their own dog’s life happier, as well as help pet professionals hone their assessment and training/behavior plan development skills so they can work more successfully with dogs who are stressed out and have behavior issues.


The workshop is open to everyone interested in decreasing stress and improving behavior, from pet parents to trainers, behavior consultants, veterinarians and shelter staff.

Information & Registration   

Workshop Details

Saturday June 3 - Sunday, June 4, 2023

9:00AM - 5:00PM each day 

Master Peace Dog Training, Franklin, MA

Topics Covered: 

What is stress, and why does it matter?

  • Types of stress

  • Effects of stress on the body

  • Impact of stress on learning and behavior


What is learned helplessness? 

  • History of the concept of learned helplessness

  • Examples of learned helplessness in real life

  • Addressing learned helplessness

 Why do choice and control matter?

  • Effects of choice and control on stress

  • Barriers to providing greater choice and control

  • Benefits to providing greater choice and control

What is agency and why does it matter?

  • Agency's role in well-being

  • Increasing agency for companion animals

  • Mastery and appropriate challenge

Check-in will begin at 8:15AM

Workshop hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM 

There will be a mid-morning break and a mid-afternoon afternoon break as well as a lunch break.  

Lunch is on your own.  

Please note that topics and the order in which they are covered may vary as the presenters fine-tune the program.  

Workshop Location

Master Peace Dog Training

264 Fisher Rd

Franklin, MA 02038

Parking available at and around the facility (dead end road) but carpooling is encouraged for those commuting. 


If you have a chair that you can bring, please do.  A limited number of chairs will be available.  

Only service dogs and dogs who are part of a registered working team will be permitted at the workshop.

Hotels Nearby

735 Union Street, Franklin MA

Workshop discounted rate: $169/night valid until 5/2/2023

Use this link to book:

50 Fortune Blvd, Milford, MA

4 Forge Parkway, Franklin, MA



  • CCPDT :

    • CBCC-KA: 7 CEUs

    • CPDT-KA and CPDT-KSA: 14 CEUs (7 Knowledge/7 Skills) 

  • IAABC 

    • Auditors: 14 CEUs​

    • Working Teams: 17.5 CEUs

  • KPA: 17.5 CEUs 

Cancellations & Refunds

You may cancel and receive a refund through April 15, 2023.  After that date, you may transfer your registration to someone else, but no refunds will be issued. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This workshop will take place live and in-person.  It will not be recorded or available via video/online at a later date. 

CEUs will be awarded for attendance at the entire workshop.  Single day CEUs are not available. 

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