Our interactive shelter series workshops are designed to provide your key players with the information to start creating a customizable process allowing you to accurately, ethically, and efficiently make decisions about the animals in your care and in your community. The beginner workshop starts from the ground up teaching the foundations of canine ethology and applied behavior analysis, then building on the basics and providing immersive, hands-on opportunities to apply the theory to real-world training scenarios. Attendance to this workshop also grants eligibility to future workshops which further build on the theory and practice of science-based training and behavior modification.
This event is approved for CEUs through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (13 credits for trainers, 6.5 for behavior consultants) & the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (24 credits). Our Salt Lake City 2019 event is co-hosted by Utah Animal Adoption Center & West Valley City Shelter.
Day 1 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Enrichment: What enrichment means, what it involves, how it applies to dogs.
Canine Ethology: Who dogs are as a species from a biological, genetic, and social perspective.
Canine Body Language: How dogs communicate and how our body language impacts our work with dogs.
Playgroups: How to successfully, safely, and ethically run playgroups in your shelter. Host shelter participants have the opportunity to handle dogs during these demos.
Day 2 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Interpreting Behavior: How to interpret canine behavior in order to make efficient and effective decisions in your organization. Includes: factors that influence behavior, the physiology of stress, understanding mental health, and an introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.
Ways to Get Behavior: The various methods we can use to teach dogs desirable behaviors.
Providing Physical, Mental, and Calming Exercise in Shelters: An expansion of the Day 1 discussion on enrichment, including easy-to-implement exercises for busy shelter staff and volunteers.
Training Mechanics: Practice the timing and techniques which make for successful, efficient, ethical animal training. Fun exercises get you up and moving while you’re learning.
Day 3 8:30 am – 5 pm
Volunteer & Foster Recruitment & Engagement: How to recruit, inspire, and optimize your volunteer and foster programs for a bigger impact.
Pre- and Post-Adoption Support: How to handle difficult-to-place adoptions and set these dogs up for success in their new homes.
Easy & Practical Behaviors for Shelter Dogs: Practice techniques and tips we’ve been sharing throughout the workshop with this hands-on segment working with shelter dogs.
Putting It All Together: Tiering System for Outcome Analysis: How to apply the information provided in this workshop to create a tiering system for accurately, ethically, and efficiently making decisions.