Reactive to Relaxed: What's Next in Control Unleashed

Join the author of Control Unleashed™ (CU), Leslie McDevitt, for the latest evolutions in the popular book and counter-conditioning program that has helped working, performance, and pet dogs feel comfortable and safe in any challenging environment.

Leslie will provide revisions to, and new perspectives on, the original program, including the “Look at That” game and its evolution over the years. She will introduce new protocols and games such as Voluntary Sharing for Resource Guarders and Requested Approach Training—for dogs worried about meeting new people and other dogs. New CU protocols even give dogs a “start button” to control their own counter-conditioning and allow for a clear feedback loop between dog and human.

Leslie McDevitt

Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is a dog behavior consultant, author, and speaker. She specializes in teaching counter-conditioning and biofeedback techniques to empower working, performance, and pet dogs to feel safe and comfortable so they can function confidently in stressful environments. Leslie has taught the material from her seminal book Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog to people and dogs all around the world. She is also the author of Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program and her soon-to-be-released third book, Reactive to Relaxed: What's Next in Control Unleashed. Most recently, Leslie has been consulting at the University of Pennsylvania's Working Dog Center, teaching a bunch of super-high energy Dutch shepherds to relax and focus so that they can do their patrol and scent-detection training without getting excited or distracted by the various environments they must work in. Since the publication of the original Control Unleashed (CU) book, Leslie has had a lot of time to update, revise, and add new games to the CU program and looks forward to sharing them at Clicker Expo!