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Leni Kaplan, DVM - What you need to know about CBD and your dog

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Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

CBD is a hot topic among pet owners and in veterinary medicine. Get the lowdown on CBD to eliminate confusing and conflicting information about this alternative therapy for dogs. This webinar will:

  • Clarify the difference between marijuana and CBD including the toxic aspects of THC.
  • Review of the science behind its safety and efficacy and available market products
  • Discuss dog owner and veterinarian perceptions about using CBD
  • Address the (il)legality of this controversial treatment option for dogs

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Sharon Carroll - Is it fear, anxiety, or something else?

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Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Currently there are a range of psychopathologies described in dogs. These include canine-PTSD, depressive-like conditions, ADHD-like disorders, canine compulsive disorder and a range of specific anxiety conditions and phobias. Each of these disorders is characterized by the presence of a collection of specific individual behaviors.

Some of the individual behaviors occurring in the above disorders are abnormal at any time, whilst many are normal under certain circumstances.
As we all become more aware of canine emotions, and we strive to ensure the psychological wellbeing of our dogs, it can become increasingly difficult to know what’s normal and what’s not.

When working out what’s normal, it needs to be remembered, that whilst there is a lot of discussion on the impact of genetics on behavioral pathologies, normal behaviors have a genetic basis as well (i.e. breed-related behaviors). These can include such traits as hypervigilance to movement, consistently high energy levels, low frustration thresholds, rapid escalation to high arousal, owner guarding behaviors, and provocation by the presence of unknown dogs or people.

So, when we see a dog lunging and barking at an approaching stranger, they may be demonstrating fear-based behaviors, but there may be another cause entirely. We need to ensure we are correctly identifying the emotion behind the behavior, so we can select the correct training approach. Using an incorrect strategy may be ineffective or it could even allow the behavior to escalate further. Looking at the individual behaviors more closely, and through a more objective lens, we can ensure each dog receives the help it needs.

In this webinar we will discuss fear, anxiety, frustration and over-arousal. We will look at common genetic traits that can lead to behavioral issues, and discuss various behavior-modifying techniques for reactivity, and the performance of aggressive behaviors toward people and dogs. We will also identify key behaviors that indicate it is time to seek out help from a veterinary behavior specialist.

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Katenna Jones - Fighting like Cats & Dogs: Dealing with Interspecies Aggression

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Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
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You’ve heard the saying - “they were fighting like cats and dogs!” So often images depict dogs chasing cats and the cats running in terror like this is just the accepted norm. Well do I have good news for you (and your pets!). Quite often canines and felines can cohabitate in harmony - or at least mutual acceptance - by taking specific measures. This webinar will review steps for appropriate introductions when adding a new pet, as well as interventions if they already live together. The goals here are to reduce stress, increase safety, and improve happiness for all species involved.

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Kathy Sdao - Cue Tips (REPEAT)

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Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
Fee: $19.95 - Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Imagine listening to your favorite music or an important newscast over your old car’s radio. All is well until you drive out of range of that radio station. The signal starts to fade and you begin hearing static. Your efforts to tune in the station bring no relief from that annoying masking noise. So, rather quickly, you’ll turn off the radio altogether rather than try to pick out your valued music or news from the meaningless background. I suspect this is how our dogs perceive many of our cues (sounds or gestures): potentially meaningful signals overlaid with confusing and aversive static. And so, to improve their welfare and ours, we’ll discuss several criteria crucial for choosing and maintaining our signals to maximize clarity. As a bonus, this will increase their ability to respond with fluency, enthusiasm and precision.

This webinar previously aired on May 21, 2020. Please check your webinar library before purchasing.

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Debbie Torraca - Strengthening with Bungee Cords—or, Getting a Pull Out of Bungee Cords

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 3pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
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Bungee cords are used safely to work on the different actions of a dog. Bungee work will work the muscles concentrically, eccentrically and isometrically. This activity may be utilized for any dog - and tailored to meet the needs of the dog.

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Petra Ford - When Science Meets Tradition

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 6pm Pacific Time (Click here for time at FDSA (Pacific Time). 
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Modern dog trainers are fortunate to have an enormous range of positive training techniques and trainers to learn from. Some of these options have come from the research lab where questions like, “Is a random or continuous pattern of reinforcement better for my purposes? Other techniques have come from the practitioners who work with dogs every day. Rather than holding individual variables constant, behavior is observed and conclusions are refined in a more holistic fashion.

Incredibly gifted trainers have roots in both traditions! Eventually, the art and science work together and allow us to become truly excellent trainers who are not boxed in at all. These individuals use both science and intuition, focus on finding their way forward using the best of both worlds, and often succeed at exceptionally high levels, possibly where others have not been able to succeed before.

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