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Equine Behavior and Common Behavior Problems
Dr. Jill E. Sackman, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVB, KPA-CTP
This talk will cover normal equine behavior and common behavior problems in the horse. We will also discuss the importance of management in preventing and solving behavior problems as well as understanding the role that pain and fear play in equine behaviors.

Equine Trailering Problems and How to Solve Them
Dr. Jill E. Sackman, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVB, KPA-CTP
This talk will review causes of trailering problems in horses, review best practices for safe / low stress trailering, preventing problems and how to overcome common behavior problems associated with trailering.

Low Stress Handling for Horses
Dr. Jill E. Sackman, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVB, KPA-CTP
Non-confrontational handling methods based on positive reinforcement are not only more humane, they are also far more efficient and safe than traditional forceful restraint. Use of low stress techniques in large animal restraint and handling in general lags behind that for small animals because of 1) perceived inherent danger in foregoing aggressive restraint with horses, and 2) that there is not enough time to implement behavior modification, especially in emergencies. This talk will focus on sensory perception and resultantant behaviors in the horse and how they relate to a horse's response to handling and stress. We will also cover implementation of behavior modification for low-stress handling of equine patients. In addition to reviewing basic principles of behavior modification, examples will be provided of various approaches and tips specifically for equine healthcare procedures and handling. 

The Two-Legged Animal: Working with the Human Side of Animal Welfare – Effective and Positive Communication, Empathy, and Compassion Fatigue
Angela Schmorrow, MSW, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, CSB-D and Lowell Zuckerman, MSW, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Whether we work in animal training, shelter and rescue work, veterinary medicine, or any animal welfare-related field, the animals we most frequently work with are still humans. Yet while we strive to continue to build our skills and knowledge in working effectively with the four-legged animals in our care, we too often neglect the importance of working with the human component effectively, efficiently, and compassionately. In this workshop, we will discuss skills related to working with our colleagues and clients, such as using effective, non-violent communication and positive methods for shaping behavior. We will also discuss extending that kindness to ourselves, and talk about how to recognize compassion fatigue, and know when and how to look for help.


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