This class has also been approved for 19 CEU’s by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. If anyone needs credits, they must bring their certification number along the day of class.
Topics for this two-day seminar will include:
• Evaluations/Assessments as a predictor of behavior.
• The 5 marketable skills that all shelter dogs can be taught in order to make them more adoptable and apt to stay in their forever home.
• Identifying the top 5 behavior problems in shelters and how to fix them.
• Kennel enrichment 101.
• Engaging and supporting volunteers.
• How to facilitate good dog meets and positive playgroups.
• Medical problems that present behaviorally and vice versa.
• Canine body language and safe handling.
• Positive counseling for adopters.
• Combatting compassion fatigue.
This workshop about canine behavior is targeted towards helping shelter staff, volunteers, rescue workers, and dog trainers to learn how to put together a behavior program for an animal shelter or rescue, using current dogs in residence at DVGRR. Continuing education units for the CCPDT and IAABC will be offered for attending this seminar.
Cost will be $180 for early bird pricing (ends 3/9/18), $199 for regular registration (for registrations received on or after 3/10/18), and $170 for any organization sending three or more people. Registration includes snacks and lunch on both days. Registration deadline is 4/2/2018. (Refunds can only be made if cancellation is submitted in writing by 3/30/18. No refunds for cancellations made after that time.)
Questions? For more information, please email Lisa Jagielski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nicole Skeehan has been working with dogs professionally for over 15 years.
She is in demand as a private trainer, contractor, and lecturer.
Nicole’s professional animal training career began in college where she taught horseback riding lessons. After graduating from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh with a double-major in marketing and advertising, she worked at a large training facility as a head trainer and obedience instructor. There she earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) title.
In 2005, Nicole decided to move into the world of Animal Sheltering. Her introduction to shelter work was with Animal Friends, a no-kill animal shelter and companion animal resource center in Pittsburgh.
In 2008, The Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia recruited Nicole for the position of Director of Animal Behavior and Training, where she built a program to enrich the lives of the animals during their stay in the shelter and to educate the public in an effort to find permanent homes for shelter animals. In this role, Nicole gained extensive experience working with the most vulnerable populations of animals, including those affected by extreme cruelty and neglect. Nicole’s specialty in this role was retraining and rehabilitating fighting pit bulls and helping them to acclimate to life as family companions. Nicole continues to work in the field of animal rescue by contracting with shelters to build behavior programming.
Nicole also created behavior programming and served as the Director of Behavior for New Leash on Life-USA, a prison dog training program, working hands-on with the inmates and their dogs.
Nicole’s efforts in animal rescue have been documented on television shows including Animal Cops: Philadelphia; Animal Planet’s: Dogfighting Exposed; National Geographic Network’s show What Breed Am I? and on local television and radio programming.
Nicole’s business, Philly Unleashed is currently ranked “Best of Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine and provides group and private dog training and behavior modification to the Philadelphia metro area. In 2013, Nicole was elected to the Board of Directors for the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (ccpdt).
Nicole also instructs the shelter behavior residency for the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, is a sought after speaker both locally and nationally, has produced numerous training DVDs, and is under contract to produce her first dog training book.
In her spare time, Nicole loves to travel and has successfully meshed vacations and animal behavior through working to rehabilitate wild parrots in Belize and baby elephants in Kenya. Nicole resides on a small farm in the Philadelphia area with her husband and a whole menagerie that includes: an Australian Cattle Dog named Uluru, a Border Collie mix named Porterhouse, two donkeys, four goats, and a flock of chickens.
“Nicole is an amazing teacher, dog trainer, and evaluator of canine behavior. Her ability to read students and their dogs and get them to start to enjoy learning makes training fun for everyone!
— Cindy Otto DVM
DANA VACHON, CPDT-KA:
Dana Vachon grew up in a family of animal enthusiasts. After graduating from The College of New Jersey, she worked for several years in technology, building community and project management. But her profession never felt quite right, and she knew she belonged in the world of animal behavior. In 2011, Dana took the plunge and began working as the resident puppy expert at Philly Unleashed, a prominent dog training company in the Philadelphia area.
In 2012, Dana earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed). Today, Dana works with Philly Unleashed specializing in coaching people through their dog’s life stages, from early development and adolescent behavior into adulthood. She’s so good at it that TawzerDog tapped her to film an instructional video on building and running a safe, fun, and effective puppy curriculum.
Dana also specializes in canine anxiety issues, particularly separation anxiety, agoraphobia, and low-stress handling for dogs that have been traumatized by aversive or harsh training methods.
Dana is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and, since 2012, co-instructs the Shelter Behavior Rotation for the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew Ryan School of Veterinary Medicine.
Because dogs aren’t the only animals Dana loves working with, she also volunteers at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she is learning to apply her knowledge of positive reinforcement training to other species.
Dana resides in South Philadelphia with her rescued pit bull, Fawkes, and two cats, Olive and Jasper.