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Title:Collaborating with Veterinary Behaviorists
Presented by Irith Bloom
CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2
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If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Irith Bloom is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!
One of the hardest things for us as dog training professionals is figuring out how and when to bring in additional help. Clients want solutions, they want them now, and they look to us for those solutions. Unfortunately, the tools available to us as dog trainers are not always enough to resolve problematic behavior. This presentation will address the question of when, and how, to bring in assistance from veterinary behaviorists. Case studies will be presented, and several related topics will also be addressed, including how to determine if a veterinary behaviorist is required, how to get clients on board, and how to create a reciprocal referral relationship with a veterinary behaviorist.
- Attendees will come away with tools that will help them determine whether a veterinary behaviorist is needed or not in any given case. Several key criteria that signal that a veterinary behaviorist is needed will be included.
- Attendees will be better able to explain the role of the veterinary behaviorist to a client. They will also have some tools to help get clients on board with bringing in a veterinary behaviourist, despite what may be significant barriers in terms of distance and cost.
- Attendees will get guidance on how to collaborate effectively with veterinary behaviorists (and other veterinary professionals), both when making a referral and after a veterinary behaviorist is involved in the case.
- Attendees will understand how to cultivate connections with veterinary behaviorists in order to promote a reciprocal referral relationship.
-Attendees will also receive suggestions on how to deal with situations where a client will not, or cannot, see a veterinary behaviorist.
Irith Bloom, VSA Faculty, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, KPA CTP, CBATI, VSPDT
Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens, rabbits, parrots, and cats to dogs and horses – not to mention humans. A biologist by training, Irith is fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars.
Irith is faculty at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), as well as being certified in TAGteach, a positive reinforcement method for coaching humans.
Irith regularly presents at conferences, and has given seminars as far away as Japan. She has written numerous articles for online outlets. She has also been published in print in Everydog magazine, as well as The Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s Chronicle of the Dog and the recently released book “Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Dog Trainers.”
Irith volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue, and is on the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of people and their pets throughout Los Angeles County.
Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, a pet training company based in Los Angeles. She shares her home with a rescued English Shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).
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