Socialization is not just about exposure to novel stimuli, it is about providing positive experiences. Over the years the importance of early experience has been recognized by professionals, which is a huge first step. It is maybe even more important to recognize that socialization needs to be a pleasant experience for the dog and to be able to coach others on how to achieve this. Negative experiences can have a profound detrimental impact on the psychological well-being of the dog. This session will provide tips on how to make exposure to novel environments, people, and stimuli pleasant and enjoyable for the dog and how to avoid some common pitfalls.
The Secrets Behind Proper Canine Exposure to Novelty
4:00 pm PT
Debbie Martin (she/her) is a licensed veterinary technician in Texas, as well as a veterinary technician specialist in behavior (VTS-Behavior). She has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996 and worked in private practice for 14 years. Debbie is a Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Emeritus and is on the Clicker Expo Faculty.
Since 2005, Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, during behavior consultations.
Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.
She is a contributing author and co-editor of the textbook Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Wiley-Blackwell. Debbie and Dr. Martin have also authored a book on normal development and training for dogs: Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. The pair also authored the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. Debbie’s combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine and the Fear Free initiative. Debbie is honored to be a subject matter expert for Fear Free Pets and Fear Free Happy Homes. When she is not seeing clients, writing, or speaking, Debbie enjoys spending time at home with her husband and Belgian malinoises on their five acre property, aptly named the Malamo, in Spicewood, Texas or exploring the beautiful hill country of Texas on her motorcycle!