May, June and September dates soon to be announced for 2014!
RACE credits applied for - application pending
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Information below is for the SOLD OUT Winter 2014 Conference,
held in Raleigh, NC on January 18-19.
Friday, January 17
6:30 - 7:30 pm Check-in & pick up badges
Saturday, January 18
7:15 - 7:50 Check-in & pick up badges
Enjoy donuts & coffee
8:00 - 12:20 SEMINARS
The need to be "multi-lingual" when working with animals
Human social rules vs canine social rules
Why be interested in how dogs think?
Quiet, calm & peaceful dogs (at a shelter!) - VIDEOS
Creating canine routines that...
(1) build trust;
(2) teach patience, acceptance of leashes & general manners;
(3) address hyperactivity, submissive urination & resource guarding issues;
(4) reward good behavior, and
(5) expand pack cohesiveness
efficiently, effectively, humanely & economically.
Canine Behavior & the Concept of Energy
Hi-energy dogs vs. low-energy dogs (size does not matter)
Defining the "default mode" of a dog
The importance of reaching level 1
Concept of balance
Working with hospitalized and shelter dogs
Training hospital & shelter staffs
Recognizing the best people to be working with the animals
Addressing "poor baby" syndrome!
Matching the right dog with the right home
Forward movement & the psychological rehabilitation of dogs
Routines and rituals - Bringing out the best in dogs
Why rituals & routines?
What's the big deal about walking?
The male dog myth
Pack walking to address issues
Posture & position
No touch, no talk, no eye contact - why & when
Helping clients who are new parents
Creating Positive Packs wherever the dogs are
Hospitals, boarding kennels, shelters & rescues
Rules, boundaries & limitations for the new dog
New adoptees, new patients to a veterinary hospital, new dogs at a shelter
Where time spent up front saves lots of time spent later
12:20 - 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 - 5:30 SEMINARS
Non-verbal communication in dogs (and a few cats, too!)
Smiles, tail wags & happy feet
What the tails are telling you & what to do about it
Isolated dogs: problems in the making
Ignoring a dog to build trust
What we say with our hands
Picturing success, and getting it
When your voice says "come," but your body says "stay back"
What your leash is telling your dog
How your staff & volunteers can improve the client-pet bond
Your staff & owner-protective dogs (how to get everyone on the same side)
Using one dog to build another's trust
Claiming space; threshold behavior
Verbal communication (going beyond "good boy!")
The problem with saying "good boy" to bad boys
Timing is EVERYTHING
Substitute behaviors (when NO conveys the wrong message)
Reading the barks
Knowing when to intervene and when not to
Naming the behavior - teaching our language to our dogs
Energy and response
Picking the appropriate response
Capturing the keep-aways
Sunday, January 19
7:15 - 7:50 Breakfast donuts & coffee
8:00 - 11:00 SEMINARS
Aggression is not aggression is not aggression (taking the fang out of "Fang")
Fear-based aggression (I'm going to get you before you get me)
Resource-guarding (mine, mine, mine, mine)
Food aggression (this is sooooo easy to address!)
Dominance aggression (who's the top dog?)
Fence-generated aggression (who are you and why do you act that way?)
The need for an appropriate response!
Temperament testing for the average Joe
De-stressing for dogs (and their people, too)
No pop-psychology, just many years of experience from working with shelter dogs
Making the choice to lead the way with leadership behavior
Living in the moment (dog fights & dog friends)
Learning to let go of frustration
An excited dog is not necessarily a happy one
Teaching "quiet dog"
Controlling the volcano: how exercise, disciplines, and then affection can help
with separation anxiety
Veterinary clinic animal housing vs shelter housing
Cats, cleaning & pheromones
Introducing new dogs, umbilical leashes & default modes, revisited
11:00 - 12:00 PIZZA AT THE CONFERENCE CENTER
12:00 - 5:00 SEMINARS
Interactive Teaching: Treadmills 101
(Treadmilling for rehabilitation, exercise, conditioning & behavioral issues)
Forward momentum & muscle memory
Exercise first, then lessons
Treadmilling for psychological rehabilitation
Anxiety issues (including separation anxiety)
Interdog aggression issues
How to introduce dogs to treadmills - when to use what approach
Managing (but not micromanaging) treadmilling dogs
The Chihuahua from Hell and the Anxious Doberman (case studies)
Introducing muzzles & leashes to scared dogs
The value of repeated movements
Positive, negative & neutral zones of cages & carriers
Managing anxiety & prey drive
Building a balanced pack
Keeping the peace
Rehabilitation for other dogs
Interactive Teaching: Troubleshooting shelter & rescue dogs
All content copyrighted 2013 - 2014
Safe Harbor Farm, Inc.
15.5 C.E. credits
approved for NC, SC and MN
veterinarians & vet techs!
"This was the best conference I have attended in 22 years of being a licensed vet tech in
both N.C. and Florida. Excellent facility, speakers & knowledge!
Ten plus!" (Sharon… veterinary technician)
"I thought that the conference was wonderful! I received a lot of great information to take back with me
to use at my shelter." (Karen… shelter manager)
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