Sponsored by MERIAL
215 Old Hammock Road
Attendance limited to 100 participants
6:00 - 8:00 pm Check-in & pick up badges
8:00 - 8:45 Check-in & pick up badges
8:30 Breakfast bagels, donuts & coffee
9:00 - 12:30 Seminars
Building upon the common threads: vets, vet techs, shelters & rescues
The need to be "multi-lingual" when working with animals
Human social rules vs canine social rules
Why be proficient in dog psychology?
Life-changing things that we can all learn from the dogs (really!)
SHF Feeding Ritual - VIDEO
Feeding & walking 25 shelter dogs in 25 minutes without so much as 2 barks
Identifying ways to
(1) build trust;
(2) teach patience, acceptance of leashes & general manners;
(3) address hyperactivity & resource guarding issues;
(4) reward good behavior;
(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
Consequences & corrections: Picking the appropriate response
Rituals and Routines - Bringing out the best in shelter & hospitalized dogs
What's the big deal about walking?
The male dog myth
Pack walking to address prey drive
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
12:30 - 2:00 Midday walk & box lunch on the water
2:00 - 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
Veterinary 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)
Low-level prey drive
Reading the barks
Knowing when to intervene and when not to
Naming the behavior - teaching our language to our dogs
Aggression is not aggression is not aggression (taking the fang out of "Fang")
Dominance aggression (who's the top dog?)
Fence-generated aggression (who are you and why do you act that way?)
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!)
The need for an appropriate response
Temperament testing for the average Joe
Interactive teaching: the Chihuahua from Hell
Introducing muzzles & leashes to scared dogs
The value of repeated movements
Positive, negative & neutral zones of cages & carriers
Capturing the keep-aways
7:30 - 9:00 Pack walk at the Croatan salt marsh
9:00 - 9:45 Smoothie bar at the conference center.
9:50 - 1:30 Seminars
NC Shelter Disposition Figures - Is euthanasia at municipal shelters (at
taxpayer expense) the #1 cause of death in NC cats & dogs?
NC legislation & historic compliance
2006 - 2011: Are things changing, or is it all more of the same?
Stats from other eastern states (NH, MS...)
The big picture: bringing veterinary clinics & rescues into the big pack
Speaking "clinic," "HVSN," "shelter" & "rescue"
....the benefits of being multi-lingual
Veterinary clinic studies
TNR: FUN with ferals! (yes, we really wrote that!)
Addressing surplus animal euthanasia thru S/N transport
Identifying & maximizing resources
Hitting the target through targeted campaigns
Professionalism: standardized forms & well-trained volunteers
Training TNR folks - post-op care is VITAL
Marketing spay-neuter during hard economic times
When spay-neuter is just the first step: getting pet owners to take the next ones.
Proven practical practices for clinics & shelters, alike
Pre-op, intra-op & post up time-savers for veterinary clinics
For shelters & rescues: the benefits of a good sound bite, maximizing donations-in-
kind, workamping programs & more!
1:30 - 2:00 Pizza at the conference center
2:00 - 6:30 Seminars
Interactive Teaching: Treadmills 101
(Treadmilling for rehabilitation, exercise, conditioning & behavioral issues)
Concepts of forward momentum & muscle memory
Exercise first, then lessons
Treadmilling for psychological rehabilitation
Anxiety issues (including separation anxiety)
Interdog aggression issues
Introducing dogs to treadmills (it is NOT the same with each dog!)
ATVing with dogs
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, discipline, and then affection can help with
Veterinary clinic animal housing vs shelter housing
Cats, cleaning & pheromones
Introducing new dogs, umbilical leashes & default modes, revisited
Veterinary clinics, shelters & rescues, and their communities
New veterinary clinic models
SN clinics - statistics
Helping Hands - addressing economic euthanasia
Do vets ever really retire?
Veterinary behavioral centers
Shelters & rescues - quantity & quality issues
Meeting public expectations or evolving public expectations?
Keeping more dogs out of the system by asking more questions (and having the
public love you for it)
Pets don't teach kids responsibility - parents do (the CA study)
A school program with veterinary support*
A fourth grade standardized approach
Now in use or under consideration in 16 NC counties
Meeting character education elements as required under law
Pet owner responsibility - budgeting for new pets
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Safe Harbor Farm, Inc.
2013 Spring Rescue Me! Conference
- - - - by the beach! - - - -
Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Shelter Staff & Rescuers
April 19-20, 2013
*A note to fellow vets & vet techs, from one North Carolina veterinarian:
"I want to share with you how I feel about the Moore County Pet Responsibility Program.
As a veterinarian, I am dedicated to educating clients for the benefit of all animals but am usually limited to the pet owners who enter my hospital. The challenge has always been, "How do I reach the population of pet owners that don't bring their pets to the vet?" This is the pet population that needs the most help. Most of these pets are being raised and treated exactly like the generation before them raised and treated their pets. There is no evolution in the pet owners' expectations of what humane treatment of animals is, or should be.
Of course, like most veterinarians, I try to speak at schools and community functions but I never seem to be able to target the right population of pet owner - the ones I never see.
The American Veterinary Medical Association just released the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. According to the report, over 7 million cats and 2.45 million dogs never see the vet. Over 20 million cats and 7 million dogs only see the vet when they are sick. These 27 million cats and 10 million dogs are most likely the pets that are not neutered, unvaccinated, and infested with parasites. These are the pet owners that need the most education but remain inaccessible to veterinarians.
Enter the Moore County Pet Responsibility Program for fourth graders. This is an amazing way to get the message of Pet Responsibility to all pet owners. The program is fostering a culture of the humane treatment of animals by educating children about the necessities of responsible pet ownership and the children are bringing this message home to their parents and their communities. As a veterinarian, the PRP is the answer I have been looking for. The program is well thought out, organized, easy to teach, and it covers all aspects of pet ownership. It is the perfect program for veterinarians to be involved in and the best way to change the devastating reality for those pets who currently are not receiving proper care.
The Moore County Pet Responsibility Program should be taught in every fourth grade class in the country."
Tamra Edgar, DVM.
14 C.E. credits
for veterinarians & vet techs!
for shelter personnel
(see registration page for details)
SHF sends a great BIG thank you to all of our participants, volunteers,
speakers (AND participating dogs!) for a truly
awesome, upbeat & informative conference!
Want to hear what everyone was saying at the end of Day 2?