CEU Event: Shelter Dog Behavior Mentorship - Full Student

When: 02/07/2018 12:00am to 04/04/2018 11:59pm
Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge: 8.00 CBCC-KSA Knowledge: 8.00
CPDT-KSA Skills: 2.00 CBCC-KSA Skills: 3.00


Shelter dogs face special challenges and skills both in the shelter and once placed into homes. Trish McMillan Loehr, MS, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA, offers a mentorship for people working with those dogs, even in the most challenging cases, both in the shelter and in the home. Trish's extensive experience working for the ASPCA in hoarding and fight busts and as an international consultant to shelters, along with her work in training and behavior as a private consultant will allow you access to one of the most qualified experts in the field to help you with your own work. Week 1 • Good welfare for shelter dogs – what does it look like? • Dog body language • Basic body language • Signs of stress • Signs leading to aggression • Handling and leash work • Concept of low-stress handling • Leashes and walking equipment • Getting dogs in and out of kennels • Teaching leash manners in shelters Week 2 • Intake • Stray intake • Owner surrenders • Cruelty cases • Behavioral assessments • The good, the bad and the ugly • Food guarding • Fast tracking • Alternatives to battery style assessments Week 3 • Enrichment • In-kennel enrichment (food and otherwise) • Out of kennel enrichment • Training walks • Sniffy walks • Group walks • Working with volunteers • Volunteer training • Involving volunteers in b-mod • Talent show Week 4 • Playgroups • Advantages of playgroups with shelter dogs • Who should play? • Introducing dogs • Working with play problems in playgroups • Working with other issues in playgroups • Breaking up dog fights • Fight kit materials and how to use • Avoiding fights • Slash n dash type fights • Gripping type fights Week 5 • Behavior modification • Overaroused dogs • Jumpy/mouthy dogs • Reactive dogs • Defensive handling • Dog on leash trying to bite • Dog off leash trying to bite • Safety equipment for kennels Week 6 • Behavior modification • Shy/fearful dogs • Separation anxiety • Food guarding • Foster programs • Fostering for assessment • Fostering for b-mod • Adoption Ambassador programs Week 7 • Adoptability criteria-setting • Defining "adoptable" in your community • Defining "adoptable" in your shelter • Setting a timeline for b-mod • Other alternatives • Euthanasia decision Week 8 • Adoptions • Working with adopters • Making great matches • Adding dogs to homes with other pets • Returns • Final wrap-up Trish McMillan Loehr holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Behavior from the University of Exeter in England. Her business, Loehr Animal Behavior, specializes in personalized training and behavior modification plans for dogs, cats, and horses. She also does consulting work for shelters worldwide, specializing in streamlining behavior programming in order to improve placements and quality of life. Trish worked for the ASPCA in a variety of roles for more than 7 years, doing shelter work, writing and research. She also performed evaluations and did behavior work with animals from dogfighting and hoarding cases. Before working for the ASPCA, Trish trained and showed horses in a variety of disciplines, managed dog daycares, worked with shelter animals, taught obedience classes, and took in board-and-train dogs. She currently does some contract work with Dogs Playing for Life. Trish shares her life with her husband Barry, three very cool dogs, two bossy cats, and a clicker-trained horse.

Sponsor:International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Speaker(s):**Trish McMillan Loehr

Contact: IAABC
 Email: courses@iaabc.org
 Web: https://iaabc.org/mentorships/