All About Anxiety Session Descriptions

What Nobody Told You About Separation Anxiety - Moira Hechenleitner

Do you feel secretly uncomfortable when someone asks you to help them with their separation anxiety dog? Do you find yourself creating a behavior plan following a script that deep down doesn’t make sense to you? Knowing what separation anxiety is, how to find out when a dog is suffering from it, and what the most important aspects are will be crucial when deciding how to move forward in helping separation anxiety dogs, and it will be the highlight of this presentation. 

Separation Anxiety: Behavior Change in Action - Moira Hechenleitner

Are you tired of trying to help dogs overcome separation anxiety without seeing major changes? This presentation will take you through actual case studies with video from start to finish that include not only the importance of body language, but how following simple, and pragmatic training techniques can promote real progress, and take your behavior modification approach to the next level, helping you succeed when working with separation anxiety dogs.

Understanding Anxiety - Katenna Jones

Anxiety is normal for most species but becomes problematic when it is persistent, out of control, or excessive. It is a medical condition that is just as serious as any other, such as epilepsy or kidney disease. When we as human caregivers see excessive anxiety in our pets, we are obligated to alleviate that emotional pain exactly as we would if they were in physical pain. The best way to do that is to first understand anxiety. This session will dive into the details of anxiety, what it means, and what is happening inside the body as well the mind. Discover how it impacts daily life, the long-term effects, subtle signs to help  you spot it early, and more. 

The Reality of Adopting an Anxious Dog - Katenna Jones

With increasing frequency, behavior consultants are seeing adopted dogs with serious behavior problems and it is likely this trend will continue to rise. Occasionally, an adopter is specifically looking to rescue a problem dog, while others accidentally fall in love and commit to the work. However, in many cases the new adopters are stunned to find the happy dog they brought home is now a ball of anxiety. On the flip side, the rescue may have truly had no idea there was any anxiety when placing the dog, or inadvertently minimized the severity of the staff favorite’s issues. In all cases, everyone was of course well intentioned and truly thought they understand anxiety and what it takes to address it. Unfortunately, unless they’ve lived through the resolution of real anxiety, the vast majority of people do not truly realize the magnitude of the impact that will occur emotionally, physically and financially. In this session, real anxiety cases will be discussed from the perspective of the rescue as well as the adopter, along with a review of what it took to address the case.

Identifying Anxiety in a Multi-Dog Home - Erika Lessa

In multiple dog homes, dogs are communicating with one another constantly. These conversations are full of complexity. Learning about body language, watching the movements of dogs with each other during daily events, and understanding their choices can help you support their needs. Whether you have a long established social group or have recently added a dog, this talk will help you identify signs of anxiety, how to provide relief, and what it means for your entire family.

Anxiety and Aggression in a Multi-Dog Home - Erika Lessa

For our pet dogs, anxiety is a common factor in aggressive events. Dogs may appear to be “fine” and all of the sudden, someone gets bitten. Tolerance has a shelf life and can eventually run out. An anxious dog may be experiencing bullying by a housemate, or struggling to keep possession of things like food, toys, or resting areas and discovers the effectiveness of aggression. The discussion will include the cumulative impact of multiple anxiety-provoking events, also known as trigger stacking, how best to handle events in real time, management strategies, and anxiety reduction options.