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ClickerExpo 2018 Courses that Can Change Animal Lives: Making a Difference in Animal Welfare

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Making a difference

No one has to tell those who are in it that the enormity, complexity, and stress of animal welfare work are under-appreciated. Still, if you do this great work, you get the considerable satisfaction of making a difference each day, and success in animal welfare has been measurable. While the number of pets entering shelters is still enormously high at 6-8 million annually, it is down from 13 million in 1973, according to the American Human Society.

Our goal at ClickerExpo is to help you experience even more success. After all, success is very reinforcing. I’ve pulled together my top picks for courses that provide insights, innovations, and practical advice for making a difference in the work of animal welfare.

An ounce of prevention…

Lowering pet-surrender rates has a huge impact on animal welfare. According to the ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey, “pet problems” is the most common reason that owners rehome their pets, accounting for 47% of rehomed dogs and 42% of rehomed cats. In the survey pet problems were defined as: problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, animal grew larger than expected, or health problems owner couldn’t handle.

If surrender becomes less likely, then we are solving a root problem. The four courses that follow are helpful in the quest to find a suitable home for a surrendered pet. Material from these courses may also help clients keep everyday pet behaviors from transforming into enormous challenges that can result in surrender.

Taking shelter in science

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

The good news is that confidence in scientists has remained pretty stable since the 1970s. However, it’s a low bar; only 40% of the American population has a great deal of confidence in the scientific community. At ClickerExpo, our attendees would show survey results well above that average! Learning is centered on the idea that training and behavioral change stem from science. The more accessible and applicable the science, the more likely we can apply it effectively. Heck, at ClickerExpo we can even discuss it together!

Here are four courses critical to those working in shelter environments, courses that light a path from science to application:

The Rehab Protocols

The trick is to recognize what you are facing and be prepared.
We all like simple solutions, but most people recognize that complex problems defy simply fixes. Simple problems, on the other hand, often have simple solutions. The trick is to recognize what you are facing and be prepared. These faculty members have done that work for you with these seven courses that make your work with clients, co-workers, and animals work better.

You are just a few months away from ClickerExpo—see you there! Please continue to make difference in the work of animal welfare.

Register for SoCal (January 19-21, 2018) or St. Louis (March 16-18, 2018).

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Aaron Clayton is President of Karen Pryor Clicker Training and TAGteach International, and a member of the ClickerExpo Faculty.