I have to admit that I am one of these people as I tend to treat my two dogs as "people without speech". It is therefore difficult to get the dogs to understand that you are indeed "top dog" and not them!
If they believe they are, it is very difficult to train a dog and be able to take him or her out in public and particularly to places where they could run off-lead. Sure, they may be well behaved at home and in your own yard, but can you trust them to come back as soon as they are called?
Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth?
This sweet dog of mine is blind and although he looks sweet and innocent, he has become aggressive with other dogs (since he went blind) and often ignores me when I call him to come back. Does any of this sound familiar?
If so, then the following event is just the perfect thing for dog owners who are not top dogs, and I will be booking my place here! It will be run by The Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services (AVBS) who work in Adelaide.
If it seems a lot to pay for, I have spent far more than that on vets due to the behaviour of my dogs, and I would gladly pay for a whole day of learning how to have a better working relationship with my animals.
This workshop is aimed at vet clinic staff, veterinarians and vet nurses, or anyone that works with and handles dogs and cats, and this is a programme that AVBS are offering nationally.
The programme in Perth for the day will be as follows: 8.45 am - Registration and Introduction 9.00 am - Session One
11.00 am - Morning tea
11.15 am - Session Two
1.00 pm - Lunch
1.30 pm - Session Three
3.00 pm - Afternoon tea
3.15 pm - Session Four
5.00 pm - Close
Some of the topics that will be covered during this course include:
Socially Healthy Companion Canines
Socially Healthy Companion Felines
Fear & Learning: Anxiety vs Training
How to Start Treating for Anxiety
Common Dog Behaviour Problems
Common Cat Behaviour Problems
Preparing for the Vet Visit
Front to Back Door: Reduce Stress
Handling and Restraint Techniques
Dealing with Difficult Cats
Dealing with Difficult Dogs
Towel Techniques for Restraint
Dr Tracey Henderson BSc BVMS MANZCVSc (Veterinary Behaviour) and Tracy Irons (Certificate IV in Companion Animal Training) are both directors of the company Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services (AVBS).
This offers the unique combination of a vet with further qualifications in behaviour, and an accredited Delta trainer, working together, therefore enabling AVBS to offer a total and complete behaviour service.
Tracey Henderson has been providing behaviour consultations for dogs and cats since 2004 and in 2008 Tracy Irons joined her practice. Since then the two vets have been working in partnership and Tracy Irons will be conducting this workshop.
Early in 2012, Tracey and Tracy took the next step to establish Adelaide Veterinary Behaviour Services - a business that deals purely with animal behaviour, now known as Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services. They do not see clients as general vets anymore but only see those with behavioural problems.
This is an amazing opportunity for so many of us to learn how best to live with our dogs and cats, and an opportunity not to be missed!