With a desire to reach more people with her educational seminars Kelley is making a number of her most popular lectures available as rental videos on the Vimeo platform. Below are the links to the first four lectures available for rent. Click to watch the trailer and follow the instructions to purchase the video viewing. Happy learning!
"Dogs and cats speak with their bodies and they always “tell” us how they are feeling with this language. Anyone who works with them should be able to read cat and dog body language in order to assess their emotional state. This information will ensure that the animal is properly and safely handled to reduce fear and stress. This presentation includes a discussion of how to read dog and cat body language and how to safely and humanely handle the shelter animals."
"The shelter environment can be a stressful place for animals. Stress reduction is the most important aspect of a behavior wellness program in the shelter. Animals that are stressed are at risk for reduced welfare. In addition to the psychological ramifications, stressed animals are more likely to get sick in the shelter environment. This presentation discusses why the shelter is a stressful place, how to recognize signs of stress, and what measures should be taken to reduce stress in the shelter animals during their stay.
"Enrichment involves providing a stimulating, and variable environment that encourages animals to think, learn, engage, and be well – mentally and physically. When animals are housed in restricted environments (like zoos, laboratories, and shelters) their physical and behavioral welfare is a serious concern. Shelters should place a priority on enrichment programs that reduce stress and promote the physical and psychological wellbeing of their animals. Keeping animals behaviorally, as well as physically, healthy is the humane thing to do. This presentation includes a discussion on how to implement an enrichment program and provides suggestions for procedures to ensure that the animals are provided with both mental and physical stimulation during their stay."
"Understanding how animals learn is the first step to being able to train them. This presentation discusses the ways in which animals learn and how best to communicate and train them. There are many simple training procedures that can be carried out in the shelter environment that improve adoption potential and success. Training is also a form of enrichment as it provides both mental and social stimulation."
"Aggressive behavior is a serious behavioral concern when exhibited by pet dogs. Organizations that re-home dogs need to understand the complexities of aggressive behavior in dogs and the safety concerns posed by this behavior before they offer these 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"