Enrichment for Shelter Dogs

October 2015 by Rebecca Lohnes, MS

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 55 minutes

Positive reinforcement training and enrichment exercises are some of the best ways to reduce kennel stress and increase adoptability for shelter dogs. This seminar teaches viewers about the benefits of getting a dog's food out of their food bowl and into a training and enrichment program. Whatever your shelter's budget, you'll learn about quick and easy ways that you can convert a dog's daily ration to an increased quality of life that are fun and achievable for canine and humans alike! This is a presentation from the 2015 ASPCA-Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference at Cornell University.

About Rebecca Lohnes, MS

Rebecca is the Behavior and Training Manager at Lollypop Farm. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Yale University in 2005.  Before entering graduate school, Rebecca gained field experience with many different taxa and ecosystems. She spent the year monitoring nesting songbirds in the cypress swamps of southern Missouri, teaching park visitors about raptor migration at Grand Canyon National Park, monitoring nesting Golden-Headed Quetzals in the cloud forest of eastern Ecuador, and partnering with private landowners to preserve Mountain Plover nests in agricultural fields in northeastern Colorado.  Rebecca continued her education at Cornell, where during her last year of graduate work, Rebecca shifted focus and began learning all that she could about training, common behavior problems in dogs and cats, and animal sheltering. After graduating with a master’s degree from Cornell, Rebecca served as the Behavior and Training Manager at the SPCA of Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY.

 

 

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