Why is Animal Welfare Important to Dogs?

dogs and animal welfareDogs and animal welfare

Most of us recognize that “animal welfare” is important, but what does “welfare” mean to dogs in 2015? Mia Cobb covers the what, why and how of animal welfare science as it applies to modern dogs. Drawing on practical examples from companion, shelter, working dog and veterinary clinic contexts, participants will be updated with the latest science of dogs and animal welfare and learn how to apply this knowledge to improve the lives of the dogs around us.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what is meant by the term “animal welfare”, it’s history and development as a field of scientific research.
  • Understand why animal welfare is important to modern companion, working and shelter dogs.
  • Learn what influences canine welfare, including environmental, social and human factors.
  • Be updated on the latest research of welfare in dogs, including how it is measured.
  • Know how to apply this knowledge in real world situations (e.g. home, shelter, boarding/working dog kennel, vet clinic) to improve the welfare of dogs.

A question and answer session will follow this dogs and animal welfare webinar that will be moderated by Dr. Monique Udell.

Speaker: Mia Cobb

When: Live online lecture is scheduled for August 26th, 2015   8:00-9:30pm EDT (Midnight Greenwich Mean Time)
Note: When you purchase this webinar, you are purchasing BOTH an invite to the Live webinar AND access to the Recording for 32 days after we publish the Live webinar.

CEU’s Available:
2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (CBCC-KA)
2 NADOI CEU’s
NOTE: Both the Live and the Recording are approved for the same amount of CEUs.

Cost: $25.00

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Members of APDT, CCPDT, IAABC, NADOI, PPG, or KPA (please email me to check if your organization qualifies) receive over 25% off. All Lecture Series Webinars are only $18.00 each. See instructions below on how to find the password to take part in this professional discount.

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Dogs and Dog People vs. Cats and Cat People: Identity and Pet Culture

Dog vs cat people

Dog vs cat people.

Is there a difference? Does it matter? Animal companionship is an established element of American culture.  Our relationship with our companion animals permeates many facets of our culture and society, including our own individual identities.  Dogs and cats are by far the most favored companion species, yet most Americans love one species more than the other.  Anthropologist and Anthrozoologist Heather Frigiola suggests that Americans’ alignments as “dog people” and “cat people” are based on individuals’ self-projection onto one or the other species.  Americans impose differing sets of cultural values onto dogs and cats, which creates two different subcultures that are frequently at odds with one another.  This cultural dynamic has both positive and negative consequences for the animals.

Speaker: Heather Frigiola, MS

This talk makes light of the following topics:

  • Commonly held assumptions about dogs and cats that are based on modern folklore, mistaken for fact
  • Dog culture, cat culture, and the respective values of each
  • Evolving dynamics within and between the two pet subcultures
  • Possible impacts that this folklore-based cultural binary may have on the animals and their relationships with people

When: Live online lecture is scheduled for June 16th, 2015   Tuesday, 8:00-9:30 pm EDT (Midnight Greenwich Mean Time)
Note: When you purchase this webinar, you are purchasing BOTH an invite to the Live webinar AND access to the Recording for 32 days after we publish the Live webinar.

CEU’s Available:
2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (CBCC-KA)
2 NADOI CEU’s
NOTE: Both the Live and the Recording are approved for the same amount of CEUs.

Cost: $25.00

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DiscountsMembers of APDT, CCPDT, IAABC, IACP or NADOI receive over 25% off. All Lecture Series Webinars are only $18.00 each. See instructions below on how to find the password to take part in this professional discount.

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Sensible Behavior Practices for the Veterinary Professional

dog behavior for Veterinary professionals

Are you a veterinary professional interested in behavior? Have you ever wondered how to reduce your patients’ fearfulness during visits to you clinic? Ever thought about starting puppy or kitten classes? This fun and comprehensive tour through important behavior topics will get your education in behavior off to a great start.

Instructor: Catherine Steinke, BA, CPDT-KA

What you can expect to learn from this course:

We’ll cover canine body language in depth as it is the key to understanding and modifying fear and aggression in the veterinary clinic.

We’ll discuss husbandry and examination training so that you can teach staff and pet owners how to desensitize pets to common procedures like scale-loading, nail trims, vaccinations and blood draws.

Common dog training and enrichment products will be explored with recommendations about retail sales boosters to enhance your clinic’s overall profit line.

There’s a new trend in canine training practices and we’ll educate you about how to bring the best of positive reinforcement training to your clients with ease, including free, customizable handouts for your clients.

Puppies and kittens get a lesson all their own – and we’ll give you tips and resources for starting your clinic’s puppy and kitten classes to make the most of sensitive developmental periods.

Common canine behavioral problems are usually pretty easy to solve if you have the right answers. We’ll cover the best practices for educating your owners on how to get annoying behaviors to stop.

Finally, we’ll discuss the differences between behaviorists, behavior counselors, dog trainers and all those certification abbreviations and what they mean, with recommendations on finding great referral sources in your area. In short, this course will prepare you to be a sensible and practical behavior resource for your patients and pet parents.

Texts:
There are no textbooks required for this course but there are MANY handouts available in the course for you to download.

Content and quizzes:
There are 7 webinar lessons that you take on your on time (ondemand) and 7 online quizzes at the end of each lesson.

Cost and Registration: $125.00 (Introductory cost. Cost will go up after RACE approval.)

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Certificate of completion issued on successful completion of course (pass quizzes with at least 80% correct).

CEUs:
CCPDT: 6 CEUs
IAABC: 6 CEUs
NADOI: 6 CEUs
Veterinarian (RACE) or Vet Tech CEUs are pending.

Access to this Course will expire 120 days after your registration date. If you need more time to complete, please request this by email: cheryl@e-trainingfordogs.com

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Preference Assessments and Structured Adopter-Dog Interactions (SADI) Increase Adoptions

ShelterDog1Shelter Dog Training Program

One of the leading preventable causes of death for a dog is euthanasia at an animal shelter. Approximately 10% of all dogs housed in the US are living in shelters and many will not currently come out alive. One way to reduce euthanasia in shelters is by increasing the numbers of dogs leaving the shelters alive by being placed in loving homes. However, currently, we did not have a validated program that served to increase adoption rates. In the current talk, Alexandra Protopopova, MS, CPDT-KA will describe her research, in which through systematic study of adopter preference and dogs’ learning styles, that has led to a validated behavioral program, Structured Adopter-Dog Interactions (SADI). This program increased adoption rates by approximately 70% in the experimental shelter and may be used by shelter professionals to increase adoption rates and thereby decrease unnecessary euthanasia at their animal shelters.

Speaker: Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, CPDT-KA

Available as a recording.

CEU’s Available:
2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (CBCC-KA)
2 NADOI CEU’s

Cost: $25.00

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DiscountsMembers of APDT, CCPDT, IAABC or NADOI receive over 25% off. All Lecture Series Webinars are only $18.00 each. See instructions below on how to find the password to take part in this professional discount.

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Service Dog Certification Training Online – Really?

Question I get at LEAST once a week:

“Do your courses for service dog training provide ADI (assistance dogs international) certification once completed?”

Actually, there is no such thing as “certification.”

In the United States, what makes a service dog legal is:

  • You, the human, have a disability and need the dog to assist you with that disability. (NOTE: the ADA laws are for humans)
  • 120 hours of documented specialized training over a period of no less than six months (NOTE: this could  still be owner-trainer documentation),
  • a video of the dog and handler passing the Public Access Test,
  • a video of the dog doing three trained tasks, in public, that mitigate the person’s disability.

SONY DSCThe first class in our Service Dog series is the foundation work, Basics.  The second class, Core Elements, goes through the skills needed, and at the end, the assignment is to make a video of the person and dog passing the Public Access Test. During these courses you will be required to document EVERYTHING in both a journal and by video. The next two classes are about training and assembling tasks.

Our Instructor’s organization is able to issue a service dog id card to dogs who have successfully completely the Core Elements course. She can do this because the last assignment is to apply for and pass the Public Access Test (PAT). You will be required to produce a video of you and your dog passing the PAT as an assignment. The Core Elements course will also require you to, as homework assignments, do the documentation of 120 hours of specialized training over a period of no less than six months. Homework in this course will also require you to hand in 3 videos of you adn your dog, in public, doing three trained tasks that mitigate the person’s disability.

In other words, when you have successfully and fully completed our program, you will be able to legally take your dog into public to assist you with your needs as you have met all of the requirements (except the requirement that the human with a disability).

Link to courses: Service Dog Trainer

Yes, this program is for anyone, beginner, novice, professional.