Events&Projects

Upcoming Events

April 23: Barley’s Canine Recreation Center – Salt Lake City, UT – $35

Sunday 04/23 10a-4p for Resource Guarding Workshop

Resource Guarding is both a common and a widely misunderstood set of behaviors. In this workshop we will learn how to accurately read and interpret body language, learn why these behaviors happen and how to successfully and ethically address them, and will have opportunities to get some real-world practice on dogs with a variety of guarding behaviors.

Contact adopt@arcticrescue.com to reserve a spot.

 

April 28: Salt Lake County Animal Services – Salt Lake City, UT

Friday 04/28 4p-6p for “The Key is Choice!”

The ability to make decisions which result in desired outcomes is crucial to the mental and behavioral health of all species. In this class, you’ll learn how providing choices for your pets will make them happier and healthier, and will deepen the bond between you. We’ll discuss:

*the false dichotomy between control and permissiveness
*how to get the behavior you want from your companion animal by setting their environment up for success and teaching them to make the right choice 
*the importance of being able to read and understand body language in order to understand what our pets are trying to tell us, and
*how being able to speak an animal’s language will make us more effective at providing them with desirable choices. 

This class is Part One of a Two-Part Series, but can also be attended on its own.

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

May 26: Salt Lake County Animal Services – Salt Lake City, UT

Friday 05/26 4p-6p for “Teaching Animals To Think”

The ability to make decisions which result in desired outcomes is crucial to the mental and behavioral health of all species. But what about animals who don’t know how to make choices? Behavior consultants frequently hear about animals that are too stubborn (or stupid, or aloof, or dominant, or manipulative) to be trained, or don’t like toys, or won’t eat new foods, or don’t want to learn–and for these animals, the common belief is that we must force them to do what we want them to do or punish them for non-compliance. However, that isn’t the case! In this class, we will learn how the science of behavior can teach us how to create motivation in unmotivated individuals and train them how to learn, in order to make learning easier and more fun for all of us. When we have the tools to do this, we can tackle even the most difficult behavior cases and find a solution that empowers and encourages everyone involved.

This class is Part Two of a Two-Part Series, but can also be attended on its own.

Contact hmcnabb@slco.org to reserve a spot.

 

June 8: Humane Society of Utah – Murray, UT

Thursday 06/08 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 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.

 

December 7: Humane Society of Utah – Murray, UT

Thursday 12/07 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.

 

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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.