"Powerfully positive
and full of great
ah-ha moments.
I look forward to using
this information to
better all the lives
involved at our shelter.
(Jeremy... shelter
technician)


"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)


"To describe my experience of the
training provided, I
would use the words enlightening and inspirational!"
(Esther... veterinarian)

"So much to learn! 
So well presented! Loved every minute and I
can’t wait to implement ideas to better our intake process, public access protocols and walking paths at the shelter."
(Jacquie - shelter volunteer)



For more comments from our conference participants
CLICK HERE!




  
         CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
  
                                  CHECK-IN:   6:30 - 7:30 pm  Thursday
                                                       7:00 - 7:45 am  Friday
    

    Friday                     8:00 - 5:45                                        
 

   ROUTINES AND REPEATED BEHAVIORS (Bringing out the best in your dogs)

        Human social rules vs canine social rules
        Creating routines that:
          * build trust and reward good behavior;
          * teach patience, acceptance of leashes & general manners;
          * address hyperactivity, submissive urination and resource guarding;
          * expand pack cohesiveness efficiently, effectively, humanely and economically.
        Leading the way in new situations
          * New intakes, new adoptees, new locations, new people
          * Where time spent up front saves a lot of time later
        Walking: the best routine of all
          * Busting the male dog myth
          * Walking in groups
          * Walking to address issues
         Allowing dogs to help each other
          
   
   UNDERSTANDING ENERGY & ASSOCIATION

         Association: to connect in thought
         The value of patience and repetitions
         Their energy            
          * Default energy
          * Energy levels
          * Counting, to drop a dog's energy level
         Our personal energy
          * Recognizing and mitigating issues
         Matching the right dog with the right home


   USING MOVEMENT, TO MOVE ON

         Getting your dogs on the same team
         Entering and exiting crates and carriers
         Focusing your dogs' attention
         Forward movement in psychological rehabilitation
          * Building confidence
          * Addressing submissive urination
          * Calming reactive dogs
         Forward movement and muscle memory
         When backwards is best


    ASSESSING AND PREDICTING BEHAVIOR

        Evaluating natural assertiveness, willingness to follow a calm lead and
            suitability for purpose (service dog, tactical dog, family member)



   COMMUNICATING WITH CANINES: When to be non-verbal
     
         Smiles, hand-wags and happy feet
         What the tails are telling you
         What the legs are telling you
         The power of posture and position
          * When your voice says "come," but your body says "stay back"
          * Owner-protective dogs (how to get everyone on the same side)
         Using energy to communicate
         What we say with our hands
         What your leash is telling your dog
         Picturing success, and getting it
         Claiming resources


     Saturday                  8:00 - 5:30                                    
      

   VERBAL COMMUNICATION: Going beyond "good boy!"

        Naming the behavior: Teaching our language to our dogs       
        The problem with saying "good boy" to bad boys
        Timing is everything!
        Substitute behaviors (when NO conveys the wrong message)
        A bark is not a bark is not a bark


   MATCHING THE RESPONSE TO THE BEHAVIOR
               
        The eleven rules of picking the appropriate response
        Balanced behavior vs. corrected behavior
        When intervention isn't required



   DE-STRESSING FOR DOGS

        Canine anxiety
        Controlling the volcano: Breaking through separation anxiety
        Cats, cleaning & pheromones


    DE-STRESSING FOR CANINE PROFESSIONALS

        Keeping stress out of your time with your dogs


    TREADMILLING FOR EXERCISE & REHABILITATION

        Hands on!  Everyone's favorite session!


     Sunday                  8:00 - 2:00                                      


   CANINE AGGRESSION: Deciphering the "bad" dog

        Aggression is not aggression is not aggression
          * Separating the problem from the symptoms
          * Identifying state of mind
        Resource-guarding (this is sooooo easy to address!)
        Prey drive (nature vs. nurture)


    CASE STUDIES: Ziggy (The Chihuahua from Hell)
                               Atlas (The anxious Doberman)


    BUILDING A BALANCED PACK

        What you need to know, to keep everyone healthy, happy and sane
        Kennel construction (how it can make or break you)


    TROUBLESHOOTING BEHAVIORAL ISSUES IN MULTI-DOG FACILITIES
           
        Interactive: Putting your new knowledge into action!


















RALEIGH HOTEL INFO
RALEIGH REGISTRATION COURSE OBJECTIVES
[LEARNING DOG HOME] [REVIEWS] [CONFERENCE TOPICS]
[CONFERENCE SCHEDULE] [ORDER A BOOK] [BOOK VIDEO LINKS]
[SMILE!]