Events&Projects

Upcoming Events

July 21: Salt Lake County Animal Services – SLC, UT

Friday 07/21/17 for “Understanding Reactivity”

Reactivity is one of the most prevalent and persistent behavior problems we see in dogs, and also one of the most misunderstood. Come learn what it is, why it happens, and how to fix it using the most ethical, effective, and lasting methods–as well as which methods may appear to work in the short term but should be avoided at all costs due to the long-term damage they inflict.

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

August 18: Salt Lake County Animal Services – SLC, UT

Friday 08/18/17 for “Separation Anxiety”

Separation Anxiety is a devastating and heartbreaking, but often misdiagnosed, behavior disorder. Thanks to dedicated research over the past several years, veterinary behaviorists have developed the most effective protocol for successfully addressing sep anx with minimal or no collateral damage to the dog’s mental and physical health. In this class we will gain a deeper understanding of what sep anx is (and is not) and how to effectively resolve it. We will also discuss what shelters and rescue groups can do to mitigate the problem and how they can best set their adopters up for success.

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

September 10: Humane Society of Utah – Murray, UT

Sunday 09/10 10a-4p for “Learning to Read Dog & Cat Body Language”

With so much misinformation about dog and cat body language being spread through TV, movies, and the internet, come learn how to accurately read and interpret dog and cat body language based on the scientific study of behavior. Additionally in this workshop we will learn about how our own body language affects our interactions with animals, and there will be plenty of opportunities to practice what we’ve learned by watching videos and even getting real-world practice with dog intros. HSU staff and volunteers get priority access, but this class is free and open to the public as space is available.

Contact megan@utahhumane.org to reserve a spot.

 

September 22: Salt Lake County Animal Services – SLC, UT

Friday 09/22/17 for “Dog-dog Aggression and Prey Drive”

Dogs who display aggression towards dogs and/or other species are both terrifying and unsafe. But are dog aggression and prey drive the same behavior, or are they two entirely different processes? And what, if anything, can be done about them? In this class, we will discuss the various factors that contribute to intra- and interspecies aggression, what our goals should realistically be when deciding whether and how to address these behavior issues, and the controversial topic of “can v. should.”

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

October 20: Salt Lake County Animal Services – SLC, UT

Friday 10/20/17 for “Shy and Fearful Dogs”

Whether they came from a feral background, hoarding case, puppy mill, or just experienced trauma during their critical socialization period, shy and fearful dogs can be some of the most challenging and heartbreaking cases we work with.

There are many strategies that can work to help these dogs come out of their shell, and many strategies that may seem to work but over the long run cause more harm than good. In this class we will discuss the hows and whys of which strategies to try and which ones to avoid.

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

November 17: Salt Lake County Animal Services – SLC, UT

Friday 11/17/17 for “Stereotypies and Compulsions”

Dogs who exhibit repetitive behaviors can inflict a great deal of damage on themselves, their environment, and the quality of life of both themselves and their family. In this class, we will learn the difference between stereotypies and compulsions, their causes, and the most appropriate, humane, and effective ways to address these behavior disorders, based on the latest research.

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

December 7: Humane Society of Utah – Murray, UT

Thursday 12/29/07 10a-4p for “Learning to Read Dog & Cat Body Language”

With so much misinformation about dog and cat body language being spread through TV, movies, and the internet, come learn how to accurately read and interpret dog and cat body language based on the scientific study of behavior. Additionally in this workshop we will learn about how our own body language affects our interactions with animals, and there will be plenty of opportunities to practice what we’ve learned by watching videos and even getting real-world practice with dog intros. HSU staff and volunteers get priority access, but this class is free and open to the public as space is available.

Contact megan@utahhumane.org to reserve a spot.

 

December 29: Salt Lake County Animal Services – SLC, UT

Friday 12/29/17 for “Puppy Development”

Puppies are cute and cuddly and a lot of fun, but then they grow up and turn into adolescents. There is a reason that by far the most common age range of dogs surrendered to shelters by their owners is 6-24 months: they’re a handful!

In this class we will learn the ins and outs of puppy development, what we can do utilize those periods to help each puppy become the best possible version of themselves, and how we can raise and train puppies to help them become good dog citizens.

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

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Projects

Other ways in which I serve the animal-loving community:

Canines With Careers: Best Friends Animal Society has a career dog program where we evaluate and pull suitable dogs from shelters and rescues and help their adopters to train them into whatever roll they will fill. I am the CWC trainer for Salt Lake City, although we frequently work with Skye Poitras as well. You can learn more about Canines With Careers here: Canines with Careers

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants: The IAABC has recently added a Shelter Division, through which people can currently apply to become a Shelter Behavior Associate. However, I have the great fortune of working alongside several other knowledgeable and experienced behavior consultants and behaviorists from around the country to develop the Certified Shelter Behavior Professional application. We are hoping to have that completed by next year. I’ve also recently been recruited to help develop the application for the Working Dog Division, too! Fun!

Parrot Behavior Analysis Solutions: If your parrot has an undesirable behavior you’d like to work through but are low on funds, there is a free online class available to the public here.