The Great Big Dog Behavior Workshop

11/17/2018 @ 9:00 AM at Agile Canines Training Center with Dr. Chris Pachel DVM, DACVB, CABC | Map
Do you work with complex dog behavior problems*? Would you like to better understand the many reasons why dogs engage in unwanted destructive, dangerous, and fearful behaviors?

Join us as we dive down the behavior rabbit hole to uncover the myriad factors that influence our dogs' behavior: from critical socialization windows for puppies (it may not be when you think!), to brain development in adolescent dogs (teenage impulsiveness is totally a real thing), to medical issues that masquerade as behavioral issues, and MUCH more.

During this intimate, interactive two-day seminar, you'll decode complex dog behavior issues with Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC, and learn practical, effective techniques to use when working with dogs displaying fear, anxiety, or aggression. Hear case studies, participate in round table discussions, and learn from a nationally recognized expert about the physical, physiological, and environmental influences on dog behavior, from puppyhood through senior dogs (and everything in between!).


Day 1: From Puppy Breath to Grey Muzzles
- 9:00-10:30am: Windows of Opportunity: Canine socialization
- 10:30-11:00am: Break, morning snack provided
- 11:00am-12:30pm: Adolescent Behavior, Part 1: Physiological development of 'canine teenagers'
-12:30-1:30pm: Lunch on your own
- 1:30-3:00pm: Adolescent Behavior, Part 2: Interventions and methods for adolescent dogs
-3:00-3:30pm: Break, afternoon snack provided
-3:30-5pm: Grey Muzzles: Age-related changes in behavior in senior dogs

Day 2: From Theory to Practice
-9:00-10:30am: Do you see what I see: Medical issues that present as 'bad' behavior
-10:30-11:00am: Break, morning snack provided
-11:00am-12:30pm: Impact of fear & anxiety on learning
-12:30-1:30pm: Lunch on your own
-1:30-3:00pm: Desensitization & Counterconditioning: The details make the difference
-3:00-3:30pm: Break, afternoon snack provided
-3:30-5:00pm: All in the family: The impact of family dynamics on behavior assessment & intervention

CEUS: This event has been submitted for CEUs through the KPA, but has not yet been approved by this organization. Updates will be posted here when they are available. It has been approved for 9 CEUs for trainers and 4.5 for behavior consultants through the CCPDT. It has been approved for 13.5 CEUs through the IAABC. It has been approved for 14 CEUs for DVMs and CVTs through the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Workshop cost:
Early-bird registration (prior to October 1st):
- Single registration: $200.00
- Group discount for 5+ people: $125.00 each (email for a group discount code)

Regular registration (after October 1st):
- Single registration: $250.00
- Group discount for 5+ people: $175 each (email for a group discount code)

*This workshop is suitable for dog trainers and behavior consultants, veterinary professionals, shelter/rescue workers and volunteers, and animal behavior students.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Chris Pachel, owner and primary clinician for Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and worked as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of his behavior residency program. He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He spent 3.5 years of his residency period under the mentorship of Jacqui Neilson, DVM, DACVB at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR before purchasing the practice from her in 2011.

As the owner and primary clinician for the Animal Behavior Clinic, he brings an approach to behavioral therapy which combines learning theory, medical training, and experience along with compassion and effective communication to create a balanced treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Pachel’s methodology emphasizes the importance of the human-animal bond and the role that companion animals play in the lives of their families.

Outside of direct patient care, Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught undergraduate and professional courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of a book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy.

In his spare time away from the office, Dr. Pachel enjoys distance running, strength training, yoga, and weekend RV excursions. He is a supporter of beer festivals, wineries, and the Portland food scene, and is always looking for new recommendations for places to visit. He shares his home with his partner of 16 years (who happens to be a veterinarian as well) and a Bull / Rat Terrier cross named Corneliuz.
Workshop registration - $200.00
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