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Happily Ever After… or, Not So Much? Prognostic Factors In Behavior Cases

May 7

7:00 am PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: CCPDT, IAABC, KPA


As trainers and behavior consultants, we all wish that we could be 100% successful at helping our clients and their dogs live harmoniously together for the long haul, in every single case. But the truth is, it isn’t always possible to “fix” dogs with serious behavior problems – and sometimes, there may be situations that simply aren’t a good long-term fit for either partner in the relationship.

Part of our job is to help our clients set realistic expectations for what we can achieve given the dog they have and their own unique living situation. So how do we make these assessments in the real world?

In this presentation, we will discuss specific factors in behavior cases that affect the likelihood of a good outcome and how this assessment may affect our plan going forward. As part of this conversation, we will also discuss when it may be reasonable to consider rehoming and/or euthanasia for behavior cases and how to compassionately handle these sensitive topics with clients.

Presented By:

Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA

Jennifer Summerfield (she/her) is a veterinarian and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), with a focus on treating behavior problems including aggression to humans or other animals, separation anxiety, and compulsive behavior disorders. She also teaches group classes and private lessons in basic obedience for pet dogs and coaches students getting started in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience. Jennifer is proud to be a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She is a passionate advocate for positive, science-based methods of training and behavior modification and loves helping pet owners learn to communicate more clearly with their dogs.

Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys competing in a variety of sports with her three shelties, including AKC agility, obedience, rally, and conformation. She has been a past webinar presenter for Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers, a guest lecturer on clinical animal behavior for veterinary technician students at her local community college, and also writes a blog on behavior and training issues for dog owners.