Featured Animal Behavior Seminars
Alana Stevenson delivers animal behavior and training presentations for shelters, animal welfare conferences, and rescue organizations. Alana brings a wealth of knowledge and professional expertise to her dog and cat behavior and training seminars.
Alana’s Featured Animal Behavior Seminars: Leash Isometrics™, Humane Low-Stress Feline Handling, and Association & Context Learning in Animals.To Book an Animal Behavior Seminar, please complete the Seminar Request Form.
Leash Isometrics ™
Leash handling utilizing isometrics
Alana has created a series of leash handling techniques that focus on proper body mechanics while utilizing the principles of isometrics. This allows you to use the leash without resorting to yanking or pulling on your dog, even unintentionally, and prevents injury. Dogs have an oppositional reflex and any pull on the leash will cause your dog to pull more or become reactive, aggressive, shy, or shut down. Alana’s special leash handling techniques are illustrated and explained in The Right Way the First Time ©2007 and again with a new series of pictures illustrated in Training Your Dog the Humane Way ©2011. Shortening the leash, yet keeping it relaxed, even for large dogs and strong pullers, and learning how to use your body to meet your dog’s resistance or to not react, instead of jerking or yanking on your dog if he suddenly pulls, will markedly change your dog’s behavior and make him much more attentive to you.
Humane Low-Stress Feline Handling
For Animal Shelters, Animal Hospitals & Feline Rescue Organizations
Humane handling makes handling cats easier!
Alana Stevenson has developed a Humane Feline-Friendly Cat Handling Protocol or SOP for animal shelters and feline rescue organizations.
Too often cats are poorly handled at animal shelters and during veterinary visits. The cat is set up for failure when interacting with people in the future, whether it be shelter staff, owners, volunteers, potential adopters, or veterinary staff. Cats are falsely labeled as ‘mean’ or ‘unapproachable.’ By learning humane handling and desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques, as well as how to manage the environment to make cats less fearful, you can prevent cats from panicking or becoming aggressive. This will make working with cats easier and more enjoyable.
Alana will present and address the following: how to determine if a cat is fearful or anxious and how to read feline body-language; how cats are misunderstood and the negative stigma attached to them; how to objectively describe behavior in cats; how your body-language and approach can prevent aggression and aversive responses in cats; desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques to use on cats to make handling them easier; the importance of movement and sound in affecting a cat’s behavior; removing a cat from a cage; acclimating cats to carriers and to being picked up and handled; how to hold and handle kittens; how to pick up and place down a cat; removing a cat from and placing him into a carrier; why minimal restraint produces more cooperation in cats; why scruffing should be avoided; environmental modifications and management to reduce fear; the importance in the placement of cages and carriers; how to make handling less stressful when examining cats or moving them from one place to another; and how to assess a cat during handling and which approaches might work best for each cat.All Cat Behavior & Training Seminars
Association & Context Learning in Animals
Animals are frequently trained with aversive methods. Dog and cat owners frustratingly struggle with their pets’ behaviors. Some animals are even deemed stubborn or ‘untrainable.’ It doesn’t have to be this way!
Most animals learn and understand the world around them—through association and context. In this seminar, Alana will present the principles of association and context learning. Animals make ‘associations’ by pairing events or sensations that occur simultaneously. Animals also learn and perform behaviors according to context such as where they are, what you are wearing, and who else is in the room. Knowing that animals learn this way is vital in order to effectively remedy behavioral problems and to teach dogs, cats, and other companion animals in a humane manner. Understanding the principles of association and context learning will forever change how you relate to and interact with animals. Your relationship with your dog and cat will be greatly enhanced and you will become a much better ‘pet’ guardian after attending this seminar.All Animal Behavior & Training Seminars