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Intro to Behavior Medications: What Are They, and How Can They Help?

May 23

8:00 am PT


Do you have a dog with behavior issues, or work with client dogs who do? If so, join me for a fun and informative discussion! You may already know how to address issues like anxiety, reactivity, or aggression from a training standpoint, but many dog owners and trainers are unsure about how medication might fit into the picture.

This webinar will provide an overview of the most common medications used to treat behavior problems in dogs. Our focus will be on practical, “real-world” information including:

  • How to know if your dog might benefit from medication
  • Goals of using meds in behavior cases – specific effects we want to see, and how they can complement a behavior modification plan
  • Different classes of drugs and how they work
  • Deciding how long to use meds and if/when to wean off
  • Natural supplements and calming aids

Presented By:

Jennifer Summerfield, DVM
Jennifer Summerfield 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.