Behavior Dogs Alive! Solving Eight Common Behaviors that Happen in Shelters

April 2020 by Mike Kaviani and Regan Goins

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

Video Length: 43:00

What can common shelter behaviors in dogs show us about their needs and wants? How can daily enrichment and foster care help us manage behaviors seen in sheltered dogs? Learn practical and manageable solutions for common behaviors and increase your lifesaving immediately.

This presentation was recorded by Maddie's Fund® at the 2020 American Pets Alive! Conference.

About Mike Kaviani
Chief Program Officer, Dogs Playing for Life

Mike Kaviani is the former director of Orange County Animal Care. He began working with shelter animals at the Irvine Animal Care Center in California when he was 18. His "3rd Chance for Pets Program" received national recognition when IACC was given the 2007 Shelter of the Year award primarily due to this program. In 2010, Mike became the Director of Training and Behavior at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. At SASF, he worked under the guidance of Aimee Sadler, and together their work resulted in the shelter consistently reaching one of the highest save rates in the country. Mike has been a Dogs Playing for Life Team Member and part of the program's development throughout his work with Aimee.


About Regan Goins
Dog Care Manager, Austin Pets Alive!

Regan Goins is the former Maddie's® Dog Foster Program advisor for American Pets Alive! and the dog foster assistant manager at Austin Pets Alive!. She has now taken on the role of Dog Care Manager at Austin Pets Alive!. Regan started from the ground up as a kennel tech at Austin Animal Center (AAC). She grew into enrichment, adoption, counselor, and finally, behavior team, roles throughout her tenure at AAC. Right before Hurricane Harvey, Regan joined APA!'s staff, where she managed the dog foster team through a peak of 1,000 dogs in foster at one time. Regan has also pioneered APA!'s behavioral foster program and specializes in building programs to foster behavior dogs, which increases the options of long stays and behavioral cases while in care and provides them a faster road to decompression and adoption.


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