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Understanding Dogs and/or Cats

Communication is key to any great relationship and our pets are no exception. To have solid, strong, and stable bonds with any species, understanding what each other wants or needs or is feeling is essential. In this seminar, prepare to gain a better understanding of canine and/or feline body language, social cues, sensory abilities, and more. Appropriate for all audiences, can be tailored from beginner to advanced, and everyone will walk away with a better understanding of dogs and/or cats.

Is Your Dog and/or Cat Happy?

How many times have you wished your pet could talk so you could know exactly what he or she is thinking? You may think your pet is happy, but how do you really know? Here is a hint – they do not need to speak to clue you in. Learn what all pets need to be happy as well as tips and ideas for realistic, affordable implementation. Can be specific to cats and/or dogs and can be tailored to audience experience.

Dealing with Feline Elimination

If there is one thing cat owners will not tolerate, it’s cat urine on the bed, in the shoes, on the laundry, and so on. Whether it’s urination or defecation, if it’s not in the box then the owner isn’t happy. In fact, inappropriate elimination is one of, if not THE, most common behavior complaint I receive. The good news is, the general public is becoming increasingly savvy and realizing such issues may be medical in nature so they reach out to their vet earlier rather than making rash decisions. If owners contact me about inappropriate elimination, the first thing I do is send them to their veterinarian for a thorough check up and testing. For all of these reasons, the vet clinic is often a pet owner’s first opportunity to get solid information…that is IF the clinic has solid information. This session will ensure that the owners you interact with are getting the most up to date, applicable, and effective information. You are invited to confirm your existing knowledge, discover this information for the very first time, or pick up tiny information nuggets to implement in your own professional (and personal!) lives.

Living and Dealing with Resource Guarding

Resource guarding is often scary. It can be intense. It can be loud. Blood might even be drawn. And it feels personal. You give your dog so much only to have them become an enraged Cujo when you try to take away...a pen cap?! Why? What caused it? And why does he continue to do it even though immediately after, he's so remorseful? Some dogs give a low growl, others lunge directly at you. It might be triggered when they're on their bed, your bed, the couch, or even when they're near certain people. Others lash out when you try to take stolen items. Still others growl if you step too close to their food bowl or while they're chewing a bone. Different dogs guard different things to different degrees. But they all have a lot in common. Come find out what they are, as well as how YOU might be making it much worse, how to deal with it, and gain a better understanding of what going on in their mind.

Getting Along Like Cats & Dogs: The Pursuit of Interspecies Harmony

You’ve heard the saying - “they were fighting like cats and dogs!” So often images depict dogs chasing cats and the cats running in terror, like this is just the accepted norm. Well do I have good news for you (and your pets!). Quite often canines and felines can cohabitate in harmony - or at least mutual acceptance - by taking specific measures. This webinar will review specific steps for appropriate introductions when integrating the two species as well as interventions if they already live together with issues. General tips will also be provided for the more advanced cases that require professional intervention. The goals here are to reduce stress, increase safety, and improve happiness for all species involved - cat, dog, and human.

Dealing With Your Pet’s Anxiety

Will giving my dog affection when he is afraid increase the fear? Do anxiety wraps, calming chews, pheromones, or cannabis really work? Why doesn't he just get over it? What SHOULD I do to help? What should I STOP doing that makes it worse? Can't I just socialize him more so he's not afraid? 

Learn answers to all these and MUCH more, as we explore the development of fear in pets, review identifying and managing stress and anxiety, discover effective ways to address your pet's fear and anxiety. Plenty of videos as well as a live demos if appropriate.

Fear, Phobia, and Anxiety

Fear, phobia, and anxiety are normal behaviors that occur in most animals, and our companion cats and dogs are no exception. These behaviors become problematic, however, when they start to manifest with increasing intensity, frequency, or duration. Unfortunately, many pet professionals are noticing that these behaviors are becoming more and more common and more and more severe. This is why it’s essential that those who live or work with anxious, fearful, or phobic pets understand what these behaviors mean, how they develop, and how one might be able to help these pets finally get some relief.

Will giving my dog affection when he is afraid increase the fear? Do anxiety wraps, calming chews, pheromones, or cannabis really work? Why doesn't he just get over it? What SHOULD I do to help? What should I STOP doing that makes it worse? Can't I just socialize him more so he's not afraid? 

Clicker Training: What, Why, & How

Have you ever thought:

  • I tried clicker training, but it didn't work for my pet.

  • My pet was afraid of the clicker.

  • My pet is deaf/blind, so clicker training won't work.

  • My dog is a (insert tough breed/behavior here), so clickers won't get the job done.

  • You can't train a cat.

  • I don't want to have to have a clicker/food with me all the time.

  • Clicker training is just bribery.

  • I'd like to learn how clicker training works.

  • I'd like to be better at clicker training.

If any of the above make you wonder, or if you just want to communicate better with your cat or dog, than this workshop is for you. Learn what clicker (or marker) training is and how it works. Discover what kinds of skills/behaviors you can achieve with clicker training, as well as when and how to apply it in a variety of scenarios. Practice (or watch) in real time the essential details required to develop solid, reliable, effective clicker training skills and results. 


More Than Just a Food Toy: Enrichment for Shelter Pets

Many shelters address enrichment by providing dogs with a variety of food puzzles and walks. While these are excellent examples of enrichment, they are just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more that can and must be done – not when there is time, not when there is extra money – but for every animal, every day. In this webinar, attendees will learn what enrichment is, why it’s critical, as well as affordable and creative ways to ensure they are doing all they can to meet their pet’s enrichment needs. While this webinar will focus primarily on shelter cats and dogs, content is applicable to dog trainers, cat and dog behavior consultants, pet sitters, pet owners, and more.

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