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Telecourses: Kids and Dogs


Instructor: Ms. Pia Silvani, CCPDT and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB
(click here for Pia’s biographical sketch)

Millions of dog bites to children are reported each year; many more are not.  The ones most likely to NOT be reported are the ones within a family. The widespread myth about preventing and resolving these problems is that the child must be “dominant” over the dog. Do we really expect a 3 year old to “dominate” a dog that may be twice her size?

When these problems are misunderstood, it’s more likely children will be injured and dogs will end up at the local shelter or even worse, be put to sleep. Pet professionals, from veterinarians to trainers, have a huge challenge when a parent seeks your help.  Not only do you need to evaluate the dog, but, more importantly, you need to take a close look at the family dynamics and how each child in the family interacts with the dog.  

In this class, Pia will give you the benefit of her experience of how you can help parents better understand the nature of the problem, and bridge the communication gap - between parent and child as well as between the dog and his family.

You’ll learn what you can do to take a proactive approach to ensure that children remain safe and dogs remain in their homes!  As with dogs, children go through stages in their lives from crawling infants to walking toddlers to the toughest time, adolescence!  Pia will give tips, tricks and tools to get the pet parent on board, on how to deal with children of all ages, as well as ideas for getting buy-in from children - - not an easy task! 

Not only is Pia the Director of Behavior and Training at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison NJ but the co-author of the award winning book “Raising Puppies and Kids Together – A Guide for Parents” so she is uniquely prepared to teach this class.

The course comes with class notes and recommended readings. This class is approved for 1.5 CEUs from CCPDT and CACVT. Can’t make the live course? No worries – online replays are available immediately after each session and for one week following the end of the course. CEUs can be earned through listening to the replays by correctly emailing us answers to “test” questions given during the class

To ensure optimal class participation, class size requires a minimum of 7 people and a maximum of 20.
This class isn't currently scheduled. Please sign up for our ezine "Pet Behavior One Piece at a Time" to be notified about when it will be offered next. Also coming soon, On-Demand tele-webcasts of many of our most popular tele-webinars! Take the class on-line, on your schedule, and get your CEUs!
Call or email for further information. 303-932-9095 or info@animalbehaviorassociates.com
The class lasts approximately 1 ¼ hour.

Price: $39
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