Have you dealt with shy, fearful, aggressive, or reactive dogs? Has it affected their adoptability, resulting in returns or worse? Three sessions at Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Flint, Mich., on Sept. 15-16, 2016 will be focused on canine behavior, presented by Jane Wolff and Kate Wilson of Cascades Humane Society and Katelin Thomas of K9 Turbo Training.
The sessions are:
Improving Potential for Successful Adoptions – Understanding Canine Body Language The more your staff, volunteers and fosters know about how to read and interpret dog body language, the more effective they can be in helping a dog overcome a behavior issue. This two-hour session focuses on learning to recognize and interpret negotiation signals; calming and cut off signals; the language of play; predation and prey drive; conflict and escalating signals; and stress, fear and anxiety. Kate Wilson and Jane Wolff
Humane Behavioral and Handling Tips for Shy and Fearful Dogs When faced with apprehending a fearful or fear aggressive dog, it is often human nature or habit to react with a brute physical force. Often the result is the dog struggling or fighting back, which can result in harm to both the dog and handler. Most dogs do not want a struggle or even a conflict. This session will focus on the use of your best skills and attitudes, along with new tools and techniques. Learn a variety of tools and techniques for catching dogs by hand in a safe, humane, and efficient manner; compassionate physical restraint including scruff, lateral restraint, leash muzzle wrap and hobbles without adding energy to any struggle; recognize how you, the handler, is raising or lowering the tension of the dog and the situation; and explore how to create a calm conscious manner to minimize the energy of conflict, even with very uncooperative dogs. Kate Wilson, Katelin Thomas
Improving Potential for Successful Adoptions – Understanding Aggression & Reactivity When a dog responds in an abnormal way or overreacts to a certain stimulus (known as a ‘trigger’), we sometimes refer to them as being reactive. Some common behaviors that you may see in a dog displaying reactivity include barking (or other vocalizations such as whining), growling, or lunging. Reactivity can develop for various reasons but generally stems from fear, frustration, or aggression. This two-hour session discusses the basics of reactivity and aggression in dogs, what it is and how to safely and effectively modify it. The session will specifically focus on assisting shelters and the rescue community in making dogs more adoptable and training these dogs in a way that increases adoptability and reliability. Katelin Thomas, Kate Wilson, and Jane Wolff
Meet the presenters:
Katelin Thomas is the owner of K9 Turbo Training, a company based in Metro Detroit that assists owners, rescues, and shelters with their more “difficult” dogs. Katelin offers in-home behavior modification and training for owned animals, as well as volunteer and staff training to rescues and shelters in order to ensure that adoptable dogs get only the best and most up-to-date training available.
Katelin is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Katelin shares her home with her lab/shepherd, Turbo, and bully breed mix, Denver.
Kate Wilson has a BS from Michigan State University that is focused on applied animal behavior and neurobiology. She has had a lifelong passion of observing and studying animal behavior. Kate is the trainer at the Creature Conservancy, where she works to improve the lives of exotic animals and provide less stressful vetting and handling. Kate is also the trainer at Cascades Humane Society, where she works to train and enrich the dogs that come to the shelter and provide enrichment for them. Previously she worked as an educator in math and zoology, and has traveled around the world observing animals in their natural environments.
Jane Wolff’s background is in Sociology from the University of Michigan. She has had dogs all of her life and started educating herself and working with them professionally about 3 years ago. She was a volunteer at Cascades Humane Society doing training and enrichment and is now on staff in Animal Care. She became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer spring 2016 and is enrolled in the Academy for Dog Trainers. Her focus and what pushed her into training is rescue and working with dogs and people in need.
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