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Title: Understanding and Helping Fearful Animals

When: Ongoing

Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:2.5CBCC-KSA Knowledge:2
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


Fears, phobias and anxieties are among the most common behavior problems seen in companion animals. Often these problems go unrecognized or the behaviors are attributed to other anthropomorphic motivations, such as “stubbornness”. Fears and phobias can also contribute to other behavior problems such as aggression, barking and destructiveness. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the components of fear, what motivates or “causes” its expression, how to recognize fear (there are many less obvious signs), how fears develop, and how to prevent, manage and resolve fearful behavior problems.This class will be valuable for any animal professional who deals with fearful animals. Whether you work with animals as a groomer, doggie day care provider, trainer, veterinary professional or behavior consultant, you will regularly encounter fearful animals. Knowing how to recognize subtle signs of fear, how to reduce fearfulness in animals as well as what is involved in resolving more serious fear problems will make your work more effective, more efficient, safer for people and animals and more humane. Any pet professional can benefit from this course. In this course you’ll learn: • The nature of fear and its signs • The relationship between fear, phobia and anxiety • How fears develop • What does and doesn’t influence fears • How to recognize subtle signs of fear and fear motivation in other behaviors • How to identify fear-related problems • How to prevent fears from developing • How to manage fears • The different techniques for resolving fears

Sponsor: Behavior Education Network

Speaker(s): Dr. Dan Estep, and Dr. Suzanne Hetts