Understanding and Helping Fearful Animals

Instructors:  Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB

Fears, phobias and anxieties are among the most common behavior problems seen in companion animals.  Often these problems go unrecognized or the behaviors are attributed to other anthropomorphic motivations, such as “stubbornness”. Fears and phobias can also contribute to other behavior problems such as aggression, barking and destructiveness. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the components of fear, what motivates or “causes” its expression, how to recognize fear (there are many less obvious signs), how fears develop, and how to prevent, manage and resolve fearful behavior problems.This class will be valuable for any animal professional who deals with fearful animals. Whether you work with animals as a groomer, doggie day care provider, trainer, veterinary professional or behavior consultant, you will regularly encounter fearful animals. Knowing how to recognize subtle signs of fear, how to reduce fearfulness in animals as well as what is involved in resolving more serious fear problems will make your work more effective, more efficient, safer for people and animals and more humane. Any pet professional can benefit from this course. 

In this course you’ll learn:
• The nature of fear and its signs

• The relationship between fear, phobia and anxiety

• How fears develop

• What does and doesn’t influence fears

• How to recognize subtle signs of fear and fear motivation in other behaviors

• How to identify fear-related problems

• How to prevent fears from developing

• How to manage fears

• The different techniques for resolving fears

Here’s what several attendees had to say about this course and our webinars overall :

“[What I liked best was]… the practical suggestions and considerations to use in planning a program  to use with fearful dogs.  I will be more thorough in developing a hierarchy for systematic desensitization”.  Karen S.

I need to “digest” the information.  But it will certainly help me to understand techniques and why or why not to use them.”  Eileen P.

“This is absolutely my favorite way to learn as this media has two options, e.g. real time and replays to meet scheduling conflicts.  It also gives the attendee the opportunity to digest information before the next class which is so much better than attending an all day seminar as you can only absorb so much info.  The discussion of actual case studies is priceless.  Instructors are excellent and very accommodating.  Thanks again for a wonderful learning experience.  I am looking forward to many more.”    Rita P.

“Suzanne and Dan are great presenters.  I learned more from this webinar than I have from several books and DVD’s.  It is almost like being in the room with them- minus the expensive plane ticket.  I highly recommend the Animal Behavior Associates webinars to anyone who needs to earn continuing education units to maintain their certifications, or anyone interested in their pet’s behavior. “      Crystal S.

Click HERE to view the course outline

The course comes with class notes and recommended readings. You’ll find these, and all other information necessary to access the course, on the course page  after you register and log in.

This webinar course consists of three sessions (classes) of  1 ½ hours duration each.  The course is now available ON DEMAND so after you purchase the course you can watch the sessions when it’s convenient for you.  You have 30 days to complete the 3 session course.

This course has been approved for  CEUs by CCPDT.  After approval, you can receive CEU credits either by attending the live webinar or watching the recorded replays. To obtain CEU credit for watching the replays, you must successfully answer questions asked in the recorded session.
Course Fee:  $89   Register using the “Buy” button below.

This course is CCPDT approved by CCPDT for 5 CEUs for CPDTs
You can earn CEUs by submitting emailed answers to questions asked by the instructors during the recorded class. We’ll provide the details once you register.

Pro Members of our Behavior Education Network (BEN) receive a 25% discount – register for only $66 –  AND have perpetual access to the course through the recorded replays.

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