CEU Event: A Veterinary Behaviorist's Approach to Anxiety, Fear and Reactivity in Pets

When: Ongoing
Where: Castlegar Recreation Centre


CPDT-KSA Knowledge: 14.00 CBCC-KSA Knowledge: 0.00
CPDT-KSA Skills: 0.00 CBCC-KSA Skills: 0.00


Saturday May 19, 2018 9am – 5pm A Systematic Team Approach to Reducing Reactivity in Dogs Aggression and reactivity directed towards unfamiliar dogs and people is a common cause for relinquishment and ultimately euthanasia. This day will focus on leash reactivity in dogs including probable developmental causes, contextual variability, motivations and possible treatment recommendations. MORNING SESSIONS: (9 - ~12:30) • Reactivity: The Nuts and Bolts This presentation will compartmentalize the many facets of reactivity in dogs. Utilizing an applied behavior analysis approach, we will hypothesis possible ABC’s and also discuss potential causes and motivations. • Tools of the Trade Useful behavior modification tools to use when addressing reactivity issues as well as which tools to avoid and why. • Starting the Conversation Learn how to effectively communicate with your dog on an emotional level. This session will explore efficient training methods for successfully addressing reactivity. AFTERNOON SESSION: (~1:30 - 5) • ACES Specific training to reduce reactivity. This portion will be a combination of short lectures, demonstrations, and practice sessions. Associations- Changing the dog’s emotional response to stimuli. Cues- Operant behavior for addressing reactivity. Exposure- Providing exposure and working at the dog’s success level. Systematic training exercises- How to set up close encounters with specific stimuli. A brief discussion on possible pharmacological intervention will also be held. SUNDAY, May 20, 2018 9am – 5pm Fear Freesm and Clinical Animal Behavior This day will introduce attendees to the Fear Freesm initiative and some common clinical animal behavior disorders. Whether you are a pet owner, trainer, behavior consultant, or veterinary professional, we all play important roles in alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. It takes a team approach to make this a reality. • Fear Free: Learning to Listen to our Pets How do cats and dogs perceive the veterinary hospital? What are they learning during their experiences at the hospital? If the dog or cat could talk, what would he/she be saying right now? This presentation will help to answer these questions. Identifying how cats’ and dogs’ sensory perceptions vary from our own and how pleasant and unpleasant associations can be made, allows us to infer what it may be like to walk in their paws. Being able to recognize signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets will open your eyes to hearing what they are trying to communicate. • Pheromones, Nutraceuticals, and Pharmaceuticals for Fear Free Veterinary Visits Some pets will need more than just a gentle and considerate approach. This session will explore a variety of options for treating and preventing acute fear, anxiety, and stress in dogs and cats. Determining the FAS (fear, anxiety, and stress) score for the patient, will help you decide what type of intervention is needed. The main focus will be on veterinary visits but many of the medications may be used in a variety of anxiety-inducing contexts. • Fear Free: Making the Unpleasant More Pleasant Many of the procedures we need to perform on cats and dogs in the hospital and at home with routine care are uncomfortable and unpleasant. There is no one technique or method that will work with every pet. Discover how to adapt and implement Fear Free℠ techniques for the individual pet. • Home Alone: Canine Separation Anxiety Anxiety when left home alone is a common behavioral complaint. This session will explore potential causes and treatment recommendations including pharmacological treatment. • Intruder Alert: Territorial Aggression Dogs that see all unfamiliar visitors to the home as a potential threat, can put a strain on the human-dog relationship. This session will discuss potential causes and treatment options for aggression towards unfamiliar people visiting the home including pharmacological treatment. • Feline Inappropriate Elimination: Tinkle or Sprinkle? This session will discuss inappropriate elimination, a common behavioral presentation of felines. Identify the difference between urine spraying/marking versus house soiling based on a thorough behavioral history, physical examination, and medical workup. Effective pharmacological and behavioral modification will be discussed.

Sponsor:Love 2 Play Dog Training
Speaker(s):Dr. Kenneth Martin and Debbie Martin

Contact: Jeanne Shaw
 Phone: 250-359-6650
 Web: http://www.love2play.ca/events/trials-and-seminars


Castlegar Recreation Centre
2101 6 Ave