CEU Event: An Introduction to Fear-Based Behaviors Across Species: Dogs, Horses, Cats and Birds

When: Ongoing
Where: Online


*CPDT-KA: 2.5 *CBCC-KA: 0.5
CPDT-KSA Knowledge: 2.50
CPDT-KSA Skills: 0.00

* Courses approved for CBCC-KA CEUs may be applied to a CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA recertification. Courses approved for CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA may not be applied to a CBCC-KA recertification.

PLEASE NOTE: CPDT-KA can earn a MAXIMUM of 12 CPDT-KSA Skills CEUS within their 3 year certification period.


Three-hour seminar examining how trainers handle fear-based behavior in four different species: dogs, horses, cats and birds. The science of how animals learn and overcome fear-based behavior challenges such as fear of people, discomfort with being handled, fear of other animals, terror in particular environments, is the same across species. What is not the same is how trainers work with different species because of the animals’ particular needs and safety considerations for the humans working with them. We have assembled an expert group to talk about how they work with scared animals in a species with which they specialize. In this online seminar, Debbie Jacobs will talk about dogs, Michelle Martiya about horses, Katenna Jones about cats, and Emily Strong about birds. These ladies will discuss the behavioral profile of the fearful animals they often see, that is the behaviors they exhibit and their typical history. The presenters will then talk about how they work through specific behavior challenges, highlighting what may be different about working through the situation with a dog, horse, cat or bird in terms of management, safety, reinforcement delivery, and other aspects of the training process. The intent is to take a comparative approach. What is the same and what is different about working with traumatized animals of these different species, as well as to highlight the particular considerations with each species. In addition to giving presentations, the presenters will be available for a Q&A session afterwards. This promises to be a very interesting and educational event with some of the best trainers in the business, and certainly some of the best at handling fear-based behavior including aggression and reactivity.

Sponsor:Training Matters LLC
Speaker(s):Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-KA, RBT; Michelle Maritya, equine trainer; Katenna Jones, ScM, ACAAB, CCBC, CDBC

Contact: Sara Matters
 Email: sematters@gmail.com
 Phone: 802-689-0707
 Web: http://www.mattersdogtraining.com/