CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Join Jane Ehrlich for this 60 minute webinar on Feline House Soiling Problems. House soiling is the key issue responsible for cats being re-homed or placed in shelters. It is also one of the most common problems facing behavior consultants.
When cats urinate in inappropriate places we are left to ask, why does this happen and what can we do to change this problematic behavior?
Jane will address each of these key reasons. This webinar will be interactive and attendees will be asked to submit questions prior to the live session during the registration process.
This webinar has been set up to answer specific questions regarding this one topic and the key reasons this behavior may be happening
Jane now owns and operates Cattitude Feline Behavior in Arizona. Jane is Associate Certified with the IAABC.
Jane has over 27 years as a trained feline behaviorist who understands and works with a cat’s psychology and personalities. For twenty years Jane was a volunteer clinical assistant and feline behavior advisor at the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in London. Jane studied under Dr. Michael W. Fox, internationally known veterinarian, bioethicist, and pioneering canine &feline behaviorist. As a cat behaviorist Jane helps owners worldwide by in-home consultation & telephone consultations.
Presented by Dr. Isabella Merola
CEU: CPDT 1, KPA 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1
Cats were often considered independent animals, but recent studies have highlighted their ability to use human communication toward them to chose how to act. This is highlighting the social nature of this species and the importance to understand how they use and read humans communication.
Isabella is a Veterinary surgeon. She has a Master Degree in Ethology and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Comparative Psychology, which included a research project in dog/cat human relations and communication. She is first author of different papers and referee for journal such as Animal Cognition and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is co-author in a book on behavioural problems in cats and dogs (edited by Poletto Editore, in press). She is actually working at the University of Lincoln (UK) on a project examining pain and emotional expression in cats.
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presented by Francine Miller
CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Inappropriate scratching is a widespread issue, but is seldom enough for clients to believe that it warrants a behavior specialist. This presentation will discuss why cat's scratch, which is an innate behavior and serves many purposes.
Client's can't remove their cat's wild instincts, but they can orchestrate where they are acted out. Learn how to set up humane deterrents, select the right scratcher for your cat and where to locate it and how to attract your cat to an appropriate scratcher.
Why cat's scratch
The case against declawing
Attracting your cat to the appropriate scratcher
Selecting the right cat scratcher, what kind and where to place
Setting up humane deterrents for inappropriate scratching surfaces and locations
Francine has eleven years experience treating dogs and cats with behavior problems. She has consulted on hundreds of cases for every type of aggression in dogs and cats, separation anxiety, barking, phobias, fear reactions, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination, escape, urine marking, scratching, housesoiling, litter box issues, compulsive disorders and more.
In 2005, Francine completed all coursework for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Animal Behavior Science and Family Counseling for Companion Animals, from the American College of Applied Science (ACAS). Studies included canine and feline behavior, ethology, animal behavior, animal learning, conditioning, animal psychology and veterinary psychopharmacology.
In 2011, she also completed three semesters of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) toward a certification as an aBCBA (Associate Board Certified Behavior Analyst) with the Florida Institute of Technology.
Francine holds a BA from Syracuse University and had a long career in advertising and marketing prior to pursuing her interest in helping pet parents with their dog's and cat's behavioral problems. Applied Animal Behavior is her second career.
presented by Patience Fisher
CEU: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Join Patience Fisher as she discusses a protocol to introduce cats to each other, and the background information needed to understand how the cats are progressing during this process. Patience will also discuss cat communication, with emphasis on affiliative signals, peace-keeping signals, and aggressive signals. Having realistic expectations based on the backgrounds of the cats is important. Not all cats will be friends, but co-existence is possible if you set up the cats' resources correctly. Case studies that illustrate this will be presented.
The steps in the introduction protocol include: setting up a safe room; showing a new cat the house; non-contact introduction; and short, supervised free contact. How to read the cats to know if it is all right to proceed to the next step is critical. How to keep the whole process stress-free by providing ample and correctly positioned resources is important.
Patience Fisher owns Patience, a Pittsburgh-based cat consulting service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service known as Walk, Play, Learn, she is now exclusively offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.
presented by Paula Garber
CEU: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
This presentation will teach you the ins and outs of organizing a Kittengarten. You will learn why kitten socialization is so important (and needed), and the goals and objectives of a Kittengarten. The presentation will discuss how to develop the basic structure and curriculum, find a location, boost kitten participation and human attendance, and practice the skills you will need to conduct a Kittengarten.
The presentation will also share ideas for identifying individuals, groups, and organizations that can help you (and that you can help in return). Plus, you will learn how organizing a Kittengarten can drive business for you and others who are involved. Many resources will be provided to help you organize a fun, unique Kittengarten in your community.
Paula holds a master’s degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. She is also certified in Low-Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) and Pet CPR & First Aid, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Paula owns and operates LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions and is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. A consummate cat advocate, Paula proudly serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.
Presented by Lennea Bower
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1
We all have a vision of our multi-species home as a peaceable kingdom, but how do we make that dream a reality? First impressions do matter, and the initial "introduction" of dogs and cats can make a huge difference in establishing successful dog-cat households. This webinar will review strategies for successfully integrating new dog to a household with a resident cat and vice versa. This process starts prior to the animals' first meeting and may continue for days, weeks, or months before stabilizing.
In addition, it will cover pain points and possible solutions for building a successful relationship that can endure the test of time. For professionals, it will also review important areas to discuss with your clients. These include helping your client set realistic expectations for process, expectations and timeline. We will also touch on factors, such as physical home set up, family composition, and lifestyle that can also affect this process. In addition, we will address issues related to the animals' past experience and personalities that may help or hinder the integration process, as well as the importance of meeting the basic needs of all household members throughout the integration process.
Lennea “Linny” Bower, MA, CPDT-KA grew up in a multi-species household that included both dogs and cats. She began volunteering in animal shelters in 2004 and has worked and volunteered in shelters in metro-DC, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica. She became interested in force-free training while working in animal shelters. She began teaching group classes at a local shelter in 2010, and founded her business, Next Best Pet, in 2013. She currently teaches group classes at the Animal Resource Foundation in Chester, MD, and offers private training in Maryland's Prince George's and Queen Anne's counties.
Lennea has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish Studies and a master’s degree in Psychology, all from American University. She earned her CPDT-KA certification in 2014. She has previously presented on topics including multi-species households and adopting a new dog. She has also worked with animal shelter staff and volunteers behavior and training topics.
CEUs PPAB 1
Much of feline communication and behavior is subtle and not easily recognizable to us, so cats are often seen as mysterious and “aloof.” This presentation will help you realize that this could not be further from the truth. You will learn how to recognize and understand cats’ communication and behavioral signals, and hopefully develop a deeper appreciation for cats too!
The webinar will commence with a brief history of the domestic cat as a species to gain a better understanding why cats communicate and behave the way they do, and how their communication style is different from that of humans and dogs. It will discuss the importance of scent in feline communication—a silent form of communication that can be invisible to us except by observing how and where a cat deposits his/her scent. It will also explore the different vocalizations of cats and their meanings, as well as how to interpret what a cat is saying through the position of his/her body, ears, eyes, whiskers, mouth, and tail. In addition, the presentation will explain how the context in which a behavior occurs affects the meaning of a cat’s communication signals, and will explore cats’ social behavior toward humans, other cats, and dogs. The many photos and videos of cat communication and behavior “in action” in the presentation are provided not only as examples, but also as opportunities for you to practice recognizing feline communication signals. After the webinar, you will be able to immediately apply your new knowledge to the cats in your care, and also help your clients better understand their cats.
Paula Garber is the owner of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions located in Westchester County, New York. She is a certified animal training and enrichment professional and certified feline training and behavior specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in lowstress handling (Silver-2015) through Dr. Sophia Yin’s course, ‘Low-Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats.’ Garber holds a Master’s in education and is currently earning a diploma in feline behavior science and technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She provides private, inhome cat training and behavior consulting services, and works with cats in shelters and rescue groups to help increase their adoptability.
Garber also serves as a co-vice chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is an advisor to the board of directors for FurBridge, a local animal rescue and community outreach organization, and a volunteer for the Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive Initiative. A consummate cat advocate, she proudly heads up the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community, and hosts an annual event to build winter shelters for feral cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.
Presented by Paula Garber
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1
In this webinar, you will learn the common causes of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats, as well as the evolutionary, environmental, and social factors that often contribute to these emotions. You will also learn how cats typically express fear, anxiety, and stress and the signs to look for, some of which may be subtle. After gaining an understanding of the potential fallout of using force-based handling techniques, you will learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats that you can begin using immediately, whether you work with cats in a veterinary clinic or a shelter, or in a home setting with your clients’ cats—or even your own cats.
Paula owns LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, NY. She holds a master of arts degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in Low Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) through Sophia Yin’s course, Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Paula is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also serves as an advisor to the board of FurBridge, a non-profit animal rescue and community outreach program. A consummate cat advocate, Paula hosts an annual event for volunteers to build winter shelters for free-roaming cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.
Presented by Beth Adelman
While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? I have found a behavior modification protocol using negative reinforcement to be very effective in these situations.
I am using the term “negative reinforcement” in the strict sense of removing something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated. I do not use aversives in this behavior modification protocol. My goal is always to move the cat as quickly as possible to a state where he or she is able to accept positive reinforcement.
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Presented by Jacqueline Munera
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5
Jacqueline Munera encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of. Jacqueline is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality.
Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple award winning cat and dog behavior articles. Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!
Presented by Ingrid Johnson
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1
This lecture will discuss the importance of encouraging indoor cats to work for their food, motivating cats to learn how to forage, staging the difficulty level of the objects offered and how to set clients up for success feeding this way. The benefits of this type of feeding style bring out the hunting instincts of our pampered predators and introduce much needed enrichment into their lives. We will specifically discuss implementing this feeding strategy in a multi-cat household, as a weight loss program, and as a tool to keep young cats busy and working their mind and body! You will even learn how to make some food puzzles at home!
Ingrid Johnson is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is currently employed at Paws Whiskers and Claws, a feline only veterinary hospital and has been working exclusively with cats since 1999.
Ingrid also owns and operates Fundamentally Feline, providing in home and phone consultations for clients experiencing behavior challenges with their cat(s). In addition to behavior consultations, Ingrid publishes educational blog content, manages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, hand makes her own line of feline foraging toys, scratching posts and scratch pads, and litter boxes.
Ingrid co-authored Food puzzles for cats: Feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) in the fall of 2016, and has since been lecturing on the topic including at the AAFP 2016 Fall conference as well as ACVC.
Ingrid’s home, cats, and environmental enrichment expertise has been featured on Animal Planet’s Cats101 show. She has filmed for WebMD and created a series of educational How-To videos of her own. You may view these on Fundamentally Feline’s website and You Tube channel. She is proudly Co-Director of Paw Project-Georgia, working towards ending the cruel practice of de-clawing cats.
Cat Fancy magazine’s 2008 “Home Issue” showcased her feline friendly accommodations and the aesthetically pleasing ways you can provide for your cats innate basic needs while still having a home the humans can enjoy.
Ingrid shares her home with husband Jake and six cats.
Presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman
Interesting feline behavior cases from a veterinary point of view
Dr Lynn Honeckman graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, and has practiced in small animal medicine and exotics over the past 23 years In Illinois, New York, and Florida. She had experience in wildlife rehabilitation in the Chicago area as well as shelter medicine at New York's North Shore Animal League, before moving to Orlando, Florida in 1999.
In 2010, Dr Honeckman opened Veterinary Behavior Solutions, to focus on behavior cases throughout the greater Orlando area. Dr Honeckman is on the special council of the Pet Professional Guild and has helped create the Central Florida Force-Free Behavior and Trainers Network, where she works very closely with other professionals in the community to help reduce and treat fear, anxiety, and aggression in the companion pet. Dr Honeckman is the committee chairperson for AVSAB position statements, and is on the advisory board for Dr Marty Becker's Fear-Fear(™) Initiative as well as a certified fear-free professional. Dr Honeckman has recently started a non-conforming residency in veterinary behavior with Dr Karen Overall.
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Jacqueline Munera encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of. Jacqueline is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality. Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple award winning cat and dog behavior articles.
Jacqueline and Jazzmanda are also the first human-cat team in the world to pass level 2 of Kay Laurence’s challenging test of clicker training skills, the Competency Assessment Programme (CAP). Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1
Cats evolved to eliminate out of doors, and they are very particular about doing it indoors. A host of new litter box studies has given us a lot of information on what cats prefer from their box. We'll go over the box, the litter, the location and the ambiance that cats prefer.
We also have a new understanding of the role stress and boredom play in litter box use and misuse. We'll discuss how play and enrichment affect litter box use.
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Presented by Dr. Lynn Bahr
CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2
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Throughout history, cats have always lived outdoors. It is only recently, within the last 50-60 years, that indoor cats have become the norm. This became possible with the introduction of kitty litter, cat food and the prevalence of sterilization. While the new housing arrangement has strengthened the bond people have with their cats, life within four walls is not always ideal for them. In fact, many cats live within very un-cat-fur-able surroundings devoid of fresh air, sunshine, grass and entertainment. However, with a little effort and creativity, it is possible to enrich cats’ lives easily and affordably. The focus of this lecture is to present ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more suitable environments for our captive furry feline friends. Strategies for creating the “purr”fect environment will be discussed and include how to grow grass for cats, the proper way to feed them, providing suitable areas to scratch, play and exercise, as well as opportunities to experience fresh air and sunshine safely. The goal of the lecture is to recognize that living exclusively indoors is restrictive, unnatural and many times undesirable from a cat’s point of view, but that we can do many things to make the surroundings more comfortable and enriching with simple solutions that make their lives better.
Recognize the changing lifestyle of cats within the past 50 years from living life outdoors to often being housed exclusively indoors, and the impact it has had on their lives and ours.
Discuss the effects of this relatively new lifestyle on our furry friends as it relates to their overall health and well-being. Medical conditions like obesity, inflammatory diseases and depression may be linked to living in environments lacking suitable enrichment, and more attention is needed to prevent these ailments from occurring.
Identify common problems that exist in feline households that lack suitable outlets for cats to exhibit normal behavior. Focus on basic and necessary elements that are essential for all cats housed within four walls to ensure that their mental and physical needs are met.
Discover ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more natural and stimulating habitats that contribute to improving the quality of life of indoor-only cats.
Dr. Lynn Bahr is a 1991 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine who credits a special grey and white ball of kitten fluff with leading her down the path of a career in feline medicine and behavior. Her areas of interest and special care for felines include health and wellness, environmental enrichment, hospice care, strengthening the animal-human bond, ending the practice of declawing, and the ability to speak cat. Dr. Bahr is currently the CEO of Dezi & Roo, a company that manufactures and sells solution-based pet products. She also serves on the board of directors of Pandemonium Aviaries.