Behavior Seminar Schedule

July

Enrichment – What is it? And how can it improve your dog’s life (and yours!)?

Dogs need the chance to be dogs! This means giving them opportunities to sniff, chew, run, play, and even problem-solve. You will leave this seminar with the information and the tools you need to exercise your dog’s body and mind…because a tired dog is a good dog. You will both feel happier!

All attendees will receive an enrichment kit to use at home.

August

Preparing your Pet for a New Family Member

If your pet has been used to being the center of attention, adding someone to your household – a spouse, roommate, or baby – can be challenging and stressful for both of you. In this seminar, you will learn how to prepare your pet for the addition of a new human member of your household and how to help everyone through the transition.

September

What is my cat saying? Understanding Cat Body Language

Since cats can’t talk, they rely on their bodies to communicate with us. Learn how to “speak” cat by reading the signals they are giving you with their tails, ears, eyes, and the rest of their bodies.

October • National Adopt a Dog Month

What is my dog saying? Understanding Dog Body Language

Since dogs can’t talk, they rely on their bodies to communicate with us. Learn how to “speak” dog by reading the signals they are giving you with their tails, ears, eyes, and the rest of their bodies.

November

We all need help surviving the holiday season! 12 Things You Can do to Make the Holidays Easier for Your Pets

This seminar will be presented by one of our veterinarians and our behavior consultant.

The holidays are supposed to be a festive time of year but for many pets (and their people), the holidays are full of stressors – strange objects and smells take up residence in their homes, new people are sitting in their chair, the noise level may increase, and their humans may be a bit distracted and tense. We will discuss potential hazards to ensure that your pets physically survive the holiday seasons, but we will focus on concrete ways you can reduce the stress they experience during this busy time of year.

December  

No seminar this month!

January • National Train Your Dog Month

Dog Meet and Greet Etiquette

 

This seminar will be presented by one of our veterinarians and our behavior consultant.

Every dog is an individual. Some dogs are friendly and outgoing, others are shy and fearful, and some are aloof. Just as you would likely be wary of a perfect stranger approaching you and grabbing you by the shoulders, your dog may not appreciate a new doggie acquaintance jumping on him or running up to his face. We can all improve the chances of successful dog meetings by giving the dogs the time and space they need to appropriately meet and greet. Come find out what that should look like whether on the street, in the veterinary clinic lobby, or in your own backyard. Set your dog up for success!

February

Understanding and Recognizing the Relationship Between Pain and Behavior

This seminar will be presented by one of our veterinarians and our behavior consultant.

Our pets are pros at hiding their pain. Often, the first sign of pain that we recognize is a change in their behavior. The change may be subtle (e.g., sleeping more) or obvious (e.g., biting when touched). You will learn to recognize some of the most common behavioral changes pets exhibit when they are in pain or otherwise not feeling well. We will discuss what to do in these situations, how you can help in the diagnostic process, and how everyone can work together to decrease the discomfort your pet is experiencing.

March

Lowering the Stress of Veterinary Visits for Your Dog

 

Does your dog tremble in the car and/or when you arrive at the veterinary clinic? Does she pant, tuck her tail, try to hide behind you? Or maybe your dog growls and snaps at the veterinary staff. Learn about ways to decrease the stress for your dog leading up to and in veterinary visits to improve the overall experience for everyone involved!

April

Lowering the Stress of Veterinary Visits for Your Cat

Do you have to drag your cat out from underneath the bed or chase him around the house when it is time to go to the vet? Does your cat scream and claw at you as you forcibly put her in the carrier? Learn about some ways to decrease the stress for your cat leading up to and in veterinary visits to improve the overall experience for everyone involved!

May

Navigating the Dog Park as Safely as Possible

 
Dog parks can be scary places or fun places for both dogs and humans. We’ll look at examples of

appropriate ways that dogs play. You will learn to recognize the signs that play could turn into a conflict and how to respond if it does.

JuneNational Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Enrichment – What is it? And how can it improve your cat’s life (and yours)?

Learn about ways to improve your relationship with your cat and your cat’s overall quality life. We’ll look at simple environmental changes you can make to improve mental stimulation for your cat, ways to decrease common nuisance behaviors, and fun, species-appropriate ways to feed your cat.

All attendees will receive an enrichment kit to use at home.