Schedule

Dog | Cat | Parrot | Horse | Business | Multi-Species

Saturday, April 8
Time Dog Cat Parrot Horse
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Opening
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. The Learning Planet – Dr. Susan Friedman
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. The Details Make the Difference: Desensitization and Counter Conditioning
Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
Cat Behavior Consulting from Intake to Resolution in Case Studies
Dilara Göksel Parry and Mikel Delgado
Preparing Parrots for Life in Multiple Homes
Ann Brooks, MPA, BA
Clicker Training for Horses
Trish McMillan Loehr, MA
11:45 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. The Details Make the Difference: The Effects of Fear, Anxiety and Arousal on Learning
Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
The Social Lives of Cats: Improving the Cat-Human Bond Through a Better Understanding of Cat Behavior
Kristyn Vitale Shreve, MEn
Grey Parrot Anatomy Project
Dr. Scott Echols DVM, Dipl ABVP
Don’t Shoot the Zebra: the Benefits of Collaboration and Diverse Perspectives in Solving Complex Behavior Puzzles – Jody Ambrose and Megan Phillips
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Why Do Wolves Hunt Sheep While Dogs Herd Them?
Dr. Kathryn Lord
The Pragmatic Consultant: Making it Work for the Client and the Cat
Katenna Jones
Shaping Without the Burst:
A Contemporary Approach

Dr. Susan Friedman
Stereotypies in Horses
Dr. Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CABC
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Animal Welfare Science – What’s the Measure of “Good for the Animal?” – Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Genetics and Cocktails – Dr. Elinor Karlsson

 

Sunday, April 9
Time Dog Cat Parrot Horse
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Opening
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. More than Good Recommendations: Client Compliance and Implementation Strategies – Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee Break
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. More than Good Recommendations: Client Compliance and Implementation Strategies – Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. ABA in Practice – Adria Karlsson, MAT, EdS
11:20 – 12:50 p.m. Medication for Cats and Dogs, Part 1
Dr. Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CABC
You Can Build a Consulting Business! (11:20 – 12:00 p.m.)
Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser
Building Your Business’ Online Presence (12:10 – 12:50 p.m.)
Mychelle Blake
12:50 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Medication for Cats and Dogs, Part 2
Dr. Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CABC
Building Your Contribution (2:00 – 2:30 p.m.)
Dr. Susan Friedman
Doing Remote Consults for All Species (2:40 – 3:30 p.m.)
Katenna Jones
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Aggression Case Studies
Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan Loehr, MA
Case Series Relating to Medical Confounders
Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
Leaning into Your Own Strengths: Earning a Living Your Way
Jill Hourihan
5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Talk – Marjie Alonso

Note: speakers subject to change

Talk Descriptions

 

Saturday Talks

 

The Learning Planet – Friedman

Saturday: 8:30 – 10:00 am

An applied behavior analysis look at the shared patterns and  reliability of learning among species. Learning Objectives: Discussion of ABA functional assessment and the similarities among species.

The Details Make the Difference: Desensitization and Counter Conditioning – Pachel

Saturday: 10:15 – 11:45 am (part 1)  1:15 – 2:45 pm (part 2)

DS and CC are two of the most commonly recommended techniques for changing behavior or emotional states, but they have to be implemented correctly to be successful! This presentation will cover the principles of these techniques as well as troubleshooting many of mistakes that are commonly made by owners, vets, and trainers.

Cat Behavior Consulting from Intake to Resolution in Case Studies – Dilara Göksel Parry and Mikel Delgado

Saturday: 10:15 – 11:45 am

This presentation will cover case studies from our cat behavior consulting practice. We will cover setting up successful consultations from start to finish, including history taking, assessment, recommendations, and follow-up. A variety of behavior issues will be presented, with the goal of sharing complex cases and their resolutions to illustrate each part of the consulting process. These cases will represent common issues in cat behavior consulting (e.g., litterbox avoidance, aggression). We will also touch on how to modify recommendations based on the household and the humans, to achieve better compliance.

Preparing Parrots for Life in Multiple Homes – Brooks

Sunday: 10:15 – 11:45 am

Parrots are unique and challenging in many ways. Establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with a bird often pivots on understanding behavior, theirs and ours. Since most parrots will need a succession of homes, in part due to their long lifespans, education is key. When people obtain better information about parrot care, and behavior especially, this goes a long way towards insuring a bird’s health and well-being. Let’s talk about how to prepare people for living with a parrot, from its first through last home.

Clicker Training for Horses – Loehr

Saturday: 10:15 – 11:45 am

Many of us have learned to clicker train other species in order to sharpen up our mechanical skills. While clicker training smaller, faster animals like chickens can speed up your timing, there are also tremendous benefits to learning how to train a larger, slower, but often more flighty animal.

There are horses all over this country who are retired or untrained, and are bored with little to do.  Often their owners are happy to have someone come and teach them a few new things. But what should you teach? In what order? What are some common mistakes dog trainers make when they work with horses, and how can you avoid them?

Learning objectives:

  • Learn some of the species differences between horses and dogs, and how these can affect your training choices.
  • Learn how training a prey animal can help improve your dog training.
  • Learn some basic behaviors you can teach a horse, broken down step by step
  • Learn how to keep yourself safe around a thousand-pound animal, and how to troubleshoot common issues that come up when clicker training horses.

The Social Lives of Cats: Improving the Cat-Human Bond Through a Better Understanding of Cat Behavior – Shreve

Saturday: 1:15 – 2:45 pm

Although cats have coexisted with humans for thousands of years, relatively little scientific research has been conducted with cats- especially in comparison to the body of research on dogs. With pet cats outnumbering dogs by almost 10 million in the US alone and over 3.4 million cats entering US shelters each year, many applied benefits exist from future research in this area.

This talk will cover our scientific understanding of various aspects of cat behavior and cognition including perception, socialization, the mother-kitten bond, social behavior, personality, cat-human attachment bonds, and cat sensitivity to human cues.

We will also discuss ways to utilize this knowledge to improve cat welfare and strengthen the human-cat bond through cat training and enrichment.

Grey Parrot Anatomy Project – Echols

Saturday: 1:15 – 2:45 pm

In its essence, this study has been established to understand the detailed anatomy of one species, the grey parrot, and simultaneously develop new technologies that can be used in many animals. While the Project intends to publish a physical book, the ultimate goal is to create a database of information that can be built upon by researchers worldwide. Since its inception in 2013, researchers from multiple countries have taken part in the project.

As the second main feature of the Project, new technology has been developed and invented to address health issues that face animals and humans alike. For example, we have developed new techniques in cardiovascular, skeletal and soft tissue imaging that have been directly applied to living animal (primarily bird) cases. During the presentation, the author will show some of the latest technology being used as a part of the Project.

Don’t Shoot the Zebra: the Benefits of Collaboration and Diverse Perspectives in Solving Behavior Puzzles – Jody Ambrose and Megan Phillips

Saturday: 1:15 – 2:45 pm

Train with Trust® Behavior Consultants is a partnership between behavior experts and lifelong friends Jody Ambrose and Megan Phillips. Together they share a passion for animal welfare and education. They enjoy working individually, and as a team, to share their knowledge of humane training and best animal management practices.

Why Do Wolves Hunt Sheep While Dogs Herd Them? – Lord

Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Wolves hunt sheep, while some dogs herd them and still others guard them and yet dogs’ and wolves’ genomes differ by only 0.2%. So what accounts for these large behavioral differences? It has long been hypothesized that these difference in behavioral expression is due to a change in the timing of the onset of motor patterns (units of behavior), during early play. The aim of this study was to characterize and compare the development of foraging motor patterns in wolves and two breeds of dogs selected for different modifications of the adult wolf foraging behavior (Border collies and schutzhund German shepherds).

The frequency of the adult foraging motor patterns including “orient”, “eye”, “stalk”, “chase” and “grab-bite” were recorded in 11 wolves, 13 Border collies and 28 German shepherds from two to eight weeks of age. The onset, frequency, and sequencing of each motor pattern over the seven-week period was compared across wolves, border collies and German shepherds.

The results demonstrate that the timing of onset of adult motor patterns varies between dogs and wolves. However, this variation alone does not fully explain the behavioral differences we see between dog breeds. The data suggest that environment also plays an important role in the development of species-typical behavior.

The Pragmatic Consultant: Making it Work for the Client and the Cat – Jones

Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Working with clients at their level of expertise and lifestyles to provide the most effective behavior modification plans for their cats. A review of real life cases demonstrating techniques.

Shaping Without the Burst – Friedman

Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

A review of the use of shaping with animals in behavior modification programs.

Stereotypies in Horses – Haug

Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

A discussion of stereotypy behavior in horses, including discussion of actual cases, use medication and behavior modification plans.

Animal Welfare Science – What’s the Measure of “Good for the Animal?” – Burton and Fraser

Saturday: 4:15 – 5:00 pm

A discussion of the fundamentals of animal welfare science. How is welfare effectively measured and interventions weighed?

Genetics and Cocktails – Karlsson

Saturday: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

A discussion of the basics of genetics and animal behavior. How is the study of genetics used to learn more about animal behavior issues such as OCD.


Sunday Talks

More than Good Recommendations: Client Compliance and Implementation Strategies – Pachel

Sunday: 8:15 – 10:30 am

Every animal comes with at least one family member who will be responsible for implementing recommendations. For better or for worse, achieving a successful outcome through training and behavior modification is about so much more than training the animal! The “human element” side of behavior modification requires a person to recognize, navigate, and accommodate the patterns that affect the client’s ability to implement the plan that is given.

This talk will explore many of those barriers to success using a case-based format that will challenge you to think about problems in new ways. Specific topics will include navigating issues of anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism, identifying client strengths rather than faults, evaluating the physical environment for obstacles to success, and responding appropriately to sensitive information that is shared by clients. Attendees will learn to recognize communication patterns, partner more effectively with their clients, develop dialogues for navigating common situations, empower clients to implement recommendations, and ultimately be more successful in their business.

Applied Behavior Analysis in Practice – Karlsson

Sunday: 10:45 – 11:15 am

A guide to using applied behavior analysis in actual client practice. How is ABA effectively used from start to finish.

Medication for Cats and Dogs – Haug

Sunday: 11:20 – 12:50 pm (part 1) 2:00 – 3:30 (part 2)

Informing practitioners of the latest research and application of behavioral medication in cats and dogs.

You Can Build a Consulting Business! – Burton and Fraser

Sunday: 11:20 – 12:00 pm

Tips for consultants and practices on how to build their business; develop a business plan; market services and hire staff.

Building Your Business’ Online Presence – Blake

Sunday: 12:10 – 12:50 pm

Tips for creating an effective online presence including your website, social media, review sites and blogs. Use of strategy to make practical choices that will yield the most results on a small budget.

Building Your Contribution – Friedman

Sunday: 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Using writing and “donating” your knowledge as an effective means of growing your business in the animal consultant, veterinary and rescue/shelter world.

Doing Remote Consults for All Species – Jones

Sunday: 2:40 – 3:30 pm

The ins and outs of doing remote (online) consults for clients who cannot find professional help in their areas. Use of technology, working with other professionals, and more.

Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions – Shikashio and Loehr

Sunday: 3:45 – 5:15 pm

In this full day track, Trish and Michael discuss the ramifications of dog bites on families and the human-animal bond, as well as safe handling and skills needed for ethical, safe work with aggression. Some the main points:

  • Summarize knowledge and skill set needed before taking aggression cases
  • Implement precautions before meeting with clients Utilize additional measures to maximize safety
  • Explore various safety and management equipment
  • Instruct clients for safety during initial greetings with their dog(s)
  • Practice safety during initial greetings and assessments with shelter dogs
  • Compare various defensive handling skills
  • Apply various leash handling techniques in aggression cases
  • Identify various techniques used to break up a dog fight
  • Analyze and review aggression cases, discuss techniques used with each case

Case Series Relating to Medical Confounders – Pachel

Sunday: 3:45 – 5:15 pm

Unraveling the details of a feline behavior case requires an understanding of potential medical factors and influences, even for the non medical professional.  This presentation will take a case based look at how medical factors affect the case assessment, the recommendations, and the outcome.