NEW! 4-Part Animal Behavior Series with Kelley Bollen

  • 4 May 2021
  • 25 May 2021
  • Zoom

Back by popular demand . . .

NEW! 4-Part Animal Behavior Series 

with Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC

May 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2021

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Zoom



Back by popular demand! We are pleased to once again welcome Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC, for a 4-part animal enrichment & behavior series. This time, our focus is DOGS! Topics are below. Detailed descriptions and registration coming soon! 


May 4: Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Aggressive behavior is a serious behavioral concern when exhibited by pet dogs.  Organizations that rehome dogs need to understand the complexities of aggressive behavior in dogs and the safety concerns posed by this behavior before they offer dogs to the general public for adoption. This lecture discusses why dogs exhibit aggressive behavior, the different types of aggression we see in dogs, and what situations can trigger aggressive behavior. Also discussed is what we, as shelter professionals, can and cannot do to modify this serious and sometimes dangerous behavior. 

May 11: Canine Behavior Assessment & Decision Making

Organizations that re-home dogs have an obligation to make the best possible matches with adoptive families, provide behavioral adoption counseling to the adopters and to keep those families and the community safe from potentially dangerous dogs.  A thorough behavior assessment can help accomplish this goal.  A thorough behavior assessment includes everything learned about the dog prior to surrender and his/her behavior during his/her entire stay.  Additionally, a formal behavior evaluation protocol can provide the shelter staff with additional information regarding the dog’s basic personality and temperament traits and its threshold level for aggression in common everyday situations.  This presentation will discuss how to assure a thorough behavior assessment of the shelter dogs.

May 18: Behavior Modification in Shelter Dogs

While modifying behavior in the shelter environment is difficult, there are certain behaviors that shelters should attempt to modify for the welfare of the dog.  Behavior modification techniques can be helpful to change the negative emotions and unwanted behaviors that stem from them seen in shelter dogs. This presentation will discuss the emotions and behaviors we so often want and need to modify in the shelter environment and provide details on the behavior modification strategies to use in each case. 

May 25: Life Changing Animals: Placing the Difficult Dogs

Every shelter adopts out dogs with known behavioral concerns, whether the dog had a history of exhibiting these behaviors in a previous home or while at the shelter. It is imperative that shelters provide behavioral adoption counseling to the adopters of these dogs to ensure a successful placement. This presentation will discuss the types of behavioral concerns we see in shelter dogs and provides specific information for each issue that should be shared with the adopter.

*Ohio Animal Welfare Federation is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with th5 domains of the CAWA Exam specifications. Every hour of training equals 1 CE towards CAWA Recertification.

REGISTRATION FEE (includes all four programs)

You will be automatically enrolled in ALL 4 sessions (individual session registration is not available). A unique code and password will later be emailed individually for each session. The links may not be shared - thank you for respecting the speaker's livelihood.

  • $40 per person for staff and volunteers of Ohio Fed member organizations
  • $55 per person for non-members

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