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    • Tuesday, July 09, 2019
    • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
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    Dog aggression is an emotional issue. Those of us who have been on the receiving end of aggressive behavior from our own pets may have experienced anger, betrayal, sadness and even fear. Professionally, those of us charged with helping dogs who show aggression believe that what we do can make a difference in the lives of both the dogs and the people who love them. We believe in our methods and our abilities to assess our patients to formulate the proper treatment plan. That said, there are others who believe that dogs who lunge, bite or growl or those of a certain breed should be euthanized.

    This session will explore current research on the causes of dog aggression, the assessment of dogs, treatment, public perception and prevention in an accessible way. It will examine the research critically and challenge that which we “know to be true.” Attendees may be surprised to learn how much of what behavior professionals hold dear as the truth relating to dog aggression has yet to gather a consensus or published literature to support it. As much as is possible, real cases will be used to illustrate concepts.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the different definitions of aggression as they apply to dogs.
    • Understand the different approaches of the primary researchers in the behavioral field.
    • Understand how to critically examine the research on dog aggression.
    • Understand the primary causes of dog aggression.
    • Understand what is known about prevention.

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    Lisa Radosta DVM DACVB graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. During her residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she was presented with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Resident research award two years in a row.

    Dr. Radosta lectures nationally and internationally for veterinarians, their staff and lay people. She has written chapters for a number of textbooks including Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult, Decoding Your Cat and Canine and Feline and Small Animal Pediatrics and is co-author of From Fearful to Fear Free. She has also published scientific research articles in Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science and The Veterinary Journal and written review articles for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Compendium, NAVC, Veterinary Team Brief, Clinician’s Brief and AAHA Newstat. She is the section editor for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and serves on the Fear Free Executive Council and the AAHA Behavior Management Task Force.

    She has been interviewed for many publications including Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Palm Beach Post, NAVC Clinician’s Brief, Sun Sentinel, WebMD, AAHA trends, Real Simple, Good News for Pets and AAHA News Stat. She has appeared on Lifetime television, Laurie Live, News Channel 25 (West Palm Beach, WPBF), Mitch Wilder's Amazing Pet Discoveries, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, News Channel 10 (Miami, ABC), and Steve Dale's Pet Talk.  She also podcasts for VetGirl.

    • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    How do you get a cookie to beat a squirrel?

    Behavioural Momentum, the holy grail of skills training


    Powerful distractions, such as squirrels, cats, garbage and other things often seen as “more valuable” than the cookies trainers have in their hands. It’s not true that some chow hounds are more suited to food as a reinforcer than other dogs.

    Learn how to harness the power of behavioural momentum - the ability to create strong, powerful behaviours that persist despite distractions and even when reinforcements are not present.  It’s the holy grail, the magic tipping point of dog training. Once you learn how to create it at will, you’ll be chasing momentum in every skill you teach. You can stop trying to chase the magic high value cookie in favour of creating behaviours that your dog loves to do, despite distractions.


    Learning Objectives:

    • What is behavioural momentum.
    • How does it work?
    • What factors are required to create it.
    • Why does rate of reinforcement matter?
    • Learn about the optimal level of reinforcement.
    • How to add distractions so you can “crush the competition (the squirrel)” with training technique.
    • Why Premack is should not be the go to method of dealing with distractions during initial training.


    About The Presenter


    Yvette Van Veen


    Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


    • Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    While most foster kitten raisers focus on keeping the kittens medically healthy, It is also very important to socialize them well. This is what will keep them in life long loving homes. We want them to be outgoing, friendly, and social with many different people and in many different environments. You may have kittens that exhibit signs of being fearful or feral, but with the right strategies and techniques, they can be socialized into happy, loving, well-adjusted pets. I will be detailing techniques and methods aimed at transitioning these kittens into living comfortably in a home. While these techniques may be geared towards helping recently-outdoor kittens, these strategies can also be used to work with other fearful felines.

     

    Key Learning Objectives

    • What is socialization and why it’s important
    • Goals of socialization
    • Understand the potential consequences of force-based techniques
    • Learn techniques to help kittens go from hissing to purring
    • How to understand your kittens body language

    About The Presenter


    Tabitha Kucera

    Tabitha Kucera is the owner of Chirrups and Chatter cat behavior consulting and training (chirrupsandchatter.com) and Positively Pawsitive dog behavior consulting and training in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Behavior Consultants, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and a level 3 Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified Registered Veterinary Technician. She the co- chair of PPG’s Feline Committee. Board member of The Together Initiative for Ohio Community Cats and is the president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior technicians.


    • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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    Behavioral stereotypies in captive animals have been defined as repetitive, largely invariant patterns of behavior that serve no obvious goal or function (Mason, 1991a; Ödberg, 1978). Stereotypies are commonly attributed to boredom and/or fear and are typically “treated” by trying to enrich the captive environment with distracting, appealing stimuli. These stimuli often include food presented at times outside of regular feeding times, and as a result, engage species-typical foraging behaviors in the process of reducing stereotypic activity.

    This presentation examines the defining features and common hypotheses surrounding stereotypies, including what their function is and how they can be addressed. Of primary concern will be (1) what are stereotypies (what does and doesn’t meet the definition), (2) specific examples of how they’ve been discussed and dealt with, and (3) practical solutions for applied animal behaviorists for both defining and treating stereotypies. Emphasis will be placed on an empirical, functional approach to dealing with stereotypies, including how any scientist and/or practitioner can be most effective when dealing with this topic.

    Learning Objectives

    1. What are stereotypies in terms of their definition and examples?
    2. How do we talk about stereotypies in terms of their form and function?
    3. What evidence supports their hypothesized functions?
    4. How are most stereotypies treated, and which of these treatments are most effective?
    5. What does an empirical, functional approach to stereotypies look like, and why is this important for both science and practice?



    About The Presenter


    Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD

    School of Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology


    Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he
    founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Most of his past and current work involves conducting research on the behavioral welfare of captive exotic animals found in zoos and aquariums. He has worked with close to 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. His past positions include an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at University of Washington, Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with the African and Asian elephants, hippos, Humboldt penguins, grizzly bears, sun bears, sloth bears, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, African wild dogs, meerkats, golden lion tamarins, and ostriches located at the zoo. Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group
    , which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective.

    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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    Finding rescue dog’s homes isn’t always easy.

    The relationship gained from a rescue dog can be one of the most rewarding, however the most rewarding ones often come with challenges.

    As trainers, behaviourists, and dog experts we are often called upon to support these relationships. Should we approach them in the same way as any client? Are there differences? If so what are they and what should we focus on to ensure our client comes out of it with the most positive and rewarding of relationships with their new dog?

    Learning Objectives:

    • The rehoming process from a dog’s journey and that of a customer within a rescue organisation such as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
    • Why the owner and new rescue dog relationship doesn’t always work
    • The key elements that can have a big impact on the success of a rescue dog in a new home.


      About The Presenter


      Nathalie Ingham, Canine Behaviour and Welfare Manager, Battersea


      Nathalie has worked at Battersea since 2007 in a range of animal behaviour roles. She has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour from the University of Liverpool. Beginning her working life at a Breeding Kennels and Dog Training Centre in Milan, Italy in 1996, she has also worked for the internationally renowned Veterinary Behaviourist Sarah Heath, and ran her own behaviour business for 5 years. She has made a number of TV appearances, on ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs and Channel 4’s Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs. Nathalie grew up alongside dogs, in particular Great Danes, and now has a Cocker Spaniel called Oakley. In her spare time she teaches horse riding.

      • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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      Re-think Trigger Stacking - Shedding some (candle) light on triggers for behaviors we wish to modify or change


      Edie-Jane Eaton has shared her ‘candle’ concept for many years.  We may all be aware of the term ‘trigger stacking’ but Edie-Jane’s brilliant analogy helps canine guardians look more closely at the multiple ‘candles’ that may be burning for a dog that is struggling to learn or cope with his environment and human led activities.

      Several candles may be alight due to internal problems such as pain, patterns of tension through the body, the environment at home including slippery floors, noise sensitivity, the games that are played and the way a dog is touched long before more candles are lit once out in the big wide world. 

      Whilst it may not be possible to blow out every candle, there is a lot that we can do to help our clients snuff out the flames, reducing ‘ heat’ and enabling a dog to settle and learn. 

      This webinar presentation will also include the following learning objectives

      1. The link between posture and behavior
      2. Introduction to ACE Free Work
      3. Simple leash handling techniques to reduce body tension



      About The Presenter


      Sarah Fisher

      Tilley Farm, Farmborough,


      Sarah Fisher is a canine and equine behavior advisor. She has worked with animals for over twenty years and incorporates some of the elements of the Tellington TTouch method in her work. She is experienced with a wide range of breed types and teaches staff workshops for many of the UK’s animal welfare organizations including Battersea. She has also worked in Europe teaching staff workshops for shelters including SPCA Malta and GIA (Romania) and has taught workshops and clinics for dog trainers and behaviorists in Holland, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Ireland, Romania and Poland.

      Sarah gives presentations on a variety of topics at dog training and behavior seminars in the UK and abroad, and is a regular speaker at the annual Dog Behaviour Conference (UK). She also conducts behavior assessments for private clients, animal welfare organizations and court cases.

      Sarah is a published author and has participated in numerous television and radio programs over the years including the recent Nightmare Pets SOS for BBC1. She runs courses under the name Animal Centred Education (ACE) for trainers, groomers, veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and animal behavior counsellors who wish to broaden their expertize by learning detailed observations combined with Free Work, and techniques inspired by other professionals working in the world of animal welfare and behavior.

      • Friday, October 18, 2019
      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
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      How can we learn more about the animals we work with and help them overcome challenges when we have so many other responsibilities and things to do on a daily basis? We will explore how everyday interactions with animals is a learning experience not only for them but also for us to learn more about their individual needs and increase their adoptability. Each interaction we have with the animals in our care is an opportunity for us to better understand who they are and by understanding and implementing functional assessments we are better equipped to not only understand individual animals but address behavior challenges as needed. Whether we are entering a dog’s kennel to leash them for a walk or we are opening a cat’s kennel to clean their litter box, how they behave in these and other daily situations informs us of how we can help them better handle being in a shelter while developing life skills until they are adopted. In this session, attendees will learn how to be aware of each animal’s behavior, understand what that behavior means, and help the animal’s overcome challenges as soon as they are recognized with techniques to easily implement into daily routines. By doing this, we are setting them up for success both in the shelter and in their future home.


      Learning Objectives:

      • Understand what functional assessments are and how to conduct them.
      • Learn about the importance of recognizing behaviors and how to do so quickly after admission.
      • Understand how to implement basic techniques to manage and overcome undesirable behaviors.
      • Learn how to implement lifesaving techniques and programs into daily routines.


        About The Presenter


        Dr. Carley Faughn has worked with canines, felines, and nonhuman primates since 2007 merging her passion for comparative cognition, animal welfare, and animal rescue. In March 2018, Dr. Faughn transitioned from Dogtown Manager to the Senior Manager of Animal Care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. In this role, she continues overseeing Dogtown and Dogtown’s behavior team, as well as Adoptions, the sanctuary’s Animal Care Consultant, and the sanctuary’s well-being studies. Dr. Faughn works with the Dogtown team to develop creative wellness plans and enrichment ideas to ensure every dog has a good quality of life while still working on life skills for their adopted homes. In addition, Dr. Faughn collaborates with Best Friends’ Lifesaving Centers as well as Best Friends’ Network Partners to implement lifesaving programs and facilitate teachings about animal behavior and cognition. Before coming to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Dr. Faughn served as Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid (AAA) in Lafayette, LA for three years. She joined AAA as Executive Director just before completing her PhD at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Cognitive Science, 2014) and after serving as a caregiver at the nonprofit animal rescue for several years. During her time at Acadiana Animal Aid she led a team to increase their life saving efforts from 385 lives saved in 2013 to well over 2,000 lives saved in her final year as Executive Director in 2016. Dr. Faughn played an integral role in Lafayette, LA committing to reaching no-kill by 2020 and they are on path to achieve this goal.

        • Thursday, November 14, 2019
        • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
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        Loose leash walking might just be one of the hardest skills to teach - to clients or to our dogs. It’s one that impacts the dog’s life. Why is it so hard? Because it is a skill with many elements. Clients needs to get dogs out from day one - well before the dog has learned to walk nice on leash. So there’s often a reinforcement history for pulling. Humans can be inconsistent. And let’s face it, it can hurt when dogs pull on people. Emotions run high. Learn the many components and drills that can help you start saying, “Nailed it” and get training success for your clients and for your dogs.

        Learning Objectives

        • How to Bring Down Arousal
        • How to Beat an Old Reinforcement History of Pulling
        • Drill the Elements - split, don’t lump.
        • Learn why doorways are deadly to leash walking
        • Distractions - an opportunity to train
        • Moving feet and position of feeding
        • Chase Turns - it’s all in the hips
        • It’s a sequence, not a chain. The basics of sequencing.



        About The Presenter


        Yvette Van Veen


        Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


        • Wednesday, January 29, 2020
        • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
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        Emotional Dog -

        Riding the canine emotional roller-coaster in our chaotic human world

        For those of us compassionate about animal welfare, we want our dogs, and the dogs we work with professionally, to trust us and to be fundamentally ‘happy’ in their day-to-day lives. But what does ‘happy’ actually mean? Over the last 2 decades there have been huge steps forward in our understanding of emotional states in other animals, and much of the more recent research has used dogs as the model because they are easy to study and, like us, have rich emotional lives. We now know what emotional states we humans share with other animals and we also know the emotional states that are most likely to be unique to us. We know where they are generated in the brain, how they work and what happens when they go wrong.

        Canis lupus familiaris is the victim of its own success. The process of domestication has led to a number of modifications to the functionality of the core emotional systems that has left dogs more vulnerable to developing mental illness akin to those of humans. In this webinar, Robert will show you where these weaknesses are located neurophysiologically and emotionally, and why you need to know about them in order to fix them. This knowledge is hugely important for anyone working with dogs and are concerned about their welfare, including dog owners, trainers, behaviourists and veterinary professionals. The knowledge you will gain will change how you see dogs forever. This is a bold statement, but it is true.

         

        Key Learning Objectives

        1. Understand the functional organisation of the canine self.
        2. Understand the influence of genetics on canine emotionality.
        3. Understand the vulnerability of emotional systems to trauma.
        4. Understand the roles of epigenetics and neural plasticity in emotional repair and restoration.



        About The Presenter

        Dr Robert Falconer-Taylor BVetMed DipCABT MRCVS


        Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor was veterinary director and head of education of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), the first organisation in the UK to develop government-regulated courses to degree level specifically in companion animal behaviour and training. COAPE also developed the renowned EMRA system used by behaviourists and trainers all over the world, now summarised in their book – EMRA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behaviour problems in dogs.

        He teaches and consults around the world along with writing for the veterinary and other professional press. He is also author of the informative EMOTIONS-R-US Blog, published on the Emotions-R-Us website, which has been taken up and endorsed by many training and behaviour organisations all over the world.

        He is an international consultant to the pet industry where he has engaged in the development and risk assessment of pet ‘toys’ targeted specifically at promoting the welfare of pets and their relationships with their owners. He has been actively involved in the development of the ‘The Puppy Plan’, first launched in February 2012 and updated in 2014, a collaboration between Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club. He is also a member of the International Cat Care Behavioural Advisory Panel.

        His primary academic interests include companion animal cognitive science and emotionality, nutrition and its effects on behaviour, and applied neurophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics in companion animal behaviour therapy.

        He promotes the idea wherever and whenever he can that – The key to better animal welfare is through education and better understanding of the rich emotional lives our pets share with us”.

        • Thursday, February 13, 2020
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
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        Fish have historically not been considered animals that we should care about. Only recently has the scientific community reached some sort of consensus on whether fish are even able to suffer from pain. Assuming that fish can not suffer leads people to treat them as less important and less worthy of empathy than other animals. However, animal welfare legislation in many countries includes fish under the umbrella of vertebrates, limiting what scientists are able to do and setting minimum care requirements for people who keep fish.

        Perhaps hypocritically and at least counterintuitively, fish welfare in commercial fisheries is never brought up. Sometimes, there is a debate on the ethics of angling and survival studies of released fish are carried out to assess the impact of catching fish and releasing them. However, angling is only a small way in which humans affect fish welfare. We also farm fish and we keep them as pets. Assuming that fish welfare does matter, what should we do? This webinar will cover some of the things to take into consideration in terms of fish welfare. This will cover “ethical eating”, keeping pet fish, and interacting with fish in nature.

        Learning Objectives

        • A history of animal welfare ethics, specifically as it pertains to fish
        • The biological basis for caring about fish welfare
        • Practical considerations for how to cause least harm to fish


          About The Presenter

          Dr. Ása Johannesen 

          Ása Johannesen is a fish welfare scientist working with welfare in farmed fish. She has a PhD in behavioural ecology and has previously trained in animal behaviour and welfare including a BSc with a focus on domestic and captive animals. Having worked for several years with lumpfish, a species that is new to aquaculture, Ása is currently focusing on new challenges for salmon in traditional aquaculture. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time and caring for her cat, dog, and husband in addition to many plants.

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