Healthy Housing: Infectious Disease Prevention and Control | Elycia Degenhardt
Registered Veterinary Technician Elycia Degenhardt will address common viral, bacterial, and parasitic infectious diseases that may occur in a boarding or group housing environment. She will discuss methods of prevention and control, as well as how to recognize signs of illness. This presentation will include both canine and feline diseases.
How to Improve the Most Important Part of Your Business: You! | Fernando Camacho
A business is only as good as its leader. However, most people spend lots of time, money, and effort working on their business but forget how important it is to constantly upgrade themselves. Discover how you can make yourself better in every way and see the ripple effects on your pet care business. The result will be a stronger business, happier employees, and a more fulfilled life.
Creating Happy Play Groups & Minimizing Altercations | Fernando Camacho
Do you know why dogs get along so well sometimes, while other times it’s a nightmare? Well, you will after this presentation! Discover the practices you can implement to get the dogs in your play groups on the right track to have a fun time, be polite, and stay out of trouble. Fernando will cover the specific steps you can take to create a harmonious play group and what you need to do when things don’t go according to plan. You’ll also learn how to manage situations when dogs get grumpy and also how to handle dog fights.
Medical Must-Knows for Boarding Staff | Dr. Kate Boatright
Join a practicing veterinarian to discuss some of the most commonly prescribed medications that your boarders may by receiving, including insulin, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs), allergy, and heart medications. We will discuss must-know facts about these medications and the conditions they are prescribed to treat. Monitoring of pets will be discussed as well as potential emergencies that may arise. This session will serve as a general guide for staff who may be handling and administering medications and monitoring pets during their stay at a boarding facility. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions about medications and conditions they have seen in their daily work.
Reduce That Reactivity! | Dr. Lynne Swanson
Air-biting dogs grasped in their owners’ arms, dogs lunging at others, fence-fighters, and cage sharks…what is the common denominator? All of these circumstances are situational. Change certain aspects and you can encourage a dog’s best, as opposed to his worst. Join Lynne to learn how to use K9-intuitive movement and repositioning to put everyone “on the same team!”
In this two-hour course, participants will learn a positive and practical way to introduce dogs to people, animals, and locations so as not to trigger reactivity. They will also learn how to calmly defuse reactive hand-held dogs and dogs that are overprotective, as well as how to use thoughtful body language to prevent alert-barking in two common situations. In addition, they will better understand the importance of posture, position, movement, and energy when it comes to housing groups of dogs.
Behavior Skill-Building: Improving Your K9 Game | Dr. Lynne Swanson
People often equate canine behavior to training and socialization, but while both are important, the big picture is that much of a dog’s behavior, moment-to-moment, comes down to communication! What sets the people who really know dogs apart from all who “love” and “have” them is the ability to communicate using K9-intuitive postures, positioning, movement and energy (PPME). Not getting the behavior you want? A simple change of posture or position may be all you need. Want to foster a dog’s calmest focus and follow-ship, relax reactive individuals and turn problem children into valued pets? Canine-intuitive movement and the right energy helps!
In this four-hour program, participants will learn how dogs view their personal body language, how to use canine-intuitive PPME that puts dogs at ease and sets them up for success, and also good ways to use their voice (and several ways not to). In addition, participants will gain tools to be better able to counsel clients with behaviorally problematic dogs.