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Keep Your Candle Burning: Avoiding Professional Burnout

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Internationaler Berufsverband der Hundetrainer (IBH)
Schulungszentrum für Tierverhaltenstherapie und Erziehungsberatung TVT e.U. (SzTVT)
Österreichischer Berufsverband der Hundeerzieher, -trainer und -verhaltensberater (ÖBdH)
Tellington TTouch® Verein Deutschland
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You’re a professional dog trainer or veterinary staff member. Maybe you’re self-employed or maybe you work at a training school, a veterinary clinic or an animal shelter. You’ve taken lots of classes and attended conferences to gain a better understanding of the science of learning. If you’re lucky, you’ve had excellent mentors teach you the physical skills – the “chops” – of training. You’re working in your dream job. And yet…why do you sometimes wonder what it would be like to be a barista instead?

Our work as trainers or veterinary professionals can be relentless, exhausting and heart-breaking. Clients often hire us to “fix” a pet’s destructive or dangerous behavior, after intervening in ways that unwittingly made the problem worse. We need to empathize with our clients’ disappointment and frustration while teaching new habits, knowing the pet’s life might be at risk.

And because dog training is such an unregulated profession in much of the world, we likely work amidst other trainers who lack a solid foundation in education, experience or ethics. We find ourselves vacillating between wanting to “out” them and being demoralized by their slick marketing efforts.

Given this, how can we keep doing our work, with both skill & joy? You already know how to teach a dog how to do a long-duration behavior (e.g., a down-stay). We’ll examine familiar training principles (frequent, varied, well-timed reinforcement; minimization of pain & pressure; agency) as they apply to our own long-duration professional behaviors.
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The following organizations acknowledge this webinar for CEUs:
Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)
1.5
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
1.5
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
1.5
Internationaler Berufsverband der Hundetrainer (IBH)
The Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
1.5
Schulungszentrum für Tierverhaltenstherapie und Erziehungsberatung TVT e.U. (SzTVT)
Österreichischer Berufsverband der Hundeerzieher, -trainer und -verhaltensberater (ÖBdH)
Tellington TTouch® Verein Deutschland
International Avian Trainers Certification Board and International Animal Trainers Certification Board (IATCB)
1.5
Kathy Sdao

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Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She’s spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in the 1980s, she was part of a research team that trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She received a master’s degree in experimental psychology and was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for applied open-ocean tasks. After that, Kathy spent five years as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. There she expanded her training skills by working with beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, seals, otters and polar bears. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare, where Kathy first began teaching clicker-training classes for pet owners.



Since selling Puget Hound in 1998, Kathy has owned and managed Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching one-on-one training lessons, and coaching novices and professionals to cross over to positive-reinforcement training. In addition, she has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the Seattle Times, consulted with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Susquehanna Service Dogs, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society’s “Service Dog Education System” and taught at the Instructor Training Courses hosted by Dogs of Course. And, in a sillier moment, Kathy appeared as the “Way Cool Scientist” on an episode of the television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Kathy is proud to be one of the original faculty members for Karen Pryor’s long-running ClickerExpos and has taught at 32 of these popular conferences since 2003.



Kathy has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. She’s taught nearly 250 seminars, workshops, conference presentations & webinars, enjoying these opportunities to share her passion for the incredible power of positive-reinforcement training, confirmed over decades of working with dozens of species.



Kathy’s first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012 and is available from Dogwise; please see www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB1246 for details.



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