Shelter Summer Institute Schedule

Schedule for August 20-24, 2018 in Roanoke, Virginia 

 

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Monday, August 20

9 AM - 12 PM

Lecture: Introduction to Dog Behavior & Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Shelter Edition. How do we develop evidence-based interventions in the shelter? We start by observing the dogs!

1:30 - 5 PM

Shelter tour & working field trip at Roanoke-area Shelter TBA

We'll work be working in small groups to understand firsthand how to use various methods of behavioral observation and data collection techniques

Welcome dinner at Roanoke-area Restaurant TBA

 
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Tuesday, August 21

9 AM - 12 PM 

Lecture: Behavior Assessments - What Does the Science Say? How do we use intake info, observations from staff & volunteers, assessments to make decisions & recommendations

1:30 - 5 PM

Working field trip at Roanoke-area Shelter TBA

We'll be assessing dogs, gathering information, & making recommendations. Teams will evaluate dogs & come back together to discuss findings (comparing different evaluations of the same dogs)

Group walk with shelter dogs 

Dinner on own

 
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Wednesday, August 22

9 AM - 12 PM

Lecture: Dog-Centric Enrichment - Co-housing, dog-dog interactions, & playgroup recommendations (including issues with aversive control)

1:30 - 5 PM

Shelter tour & working field trip at Roanoke-area Shelter TBA

We'll conduct shelter dog introductions, discuss behaviors observed & personalities that work well together, and facilitate interactions among small groups of dogs

Dinner at Roanoke-area Restaurant TBA

 
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Thursday, August 23

9 AM - 12 PM

Lecture: People-Centric Enrichment - Sleepovers, in-kennel enrichment & behavior modification

1:30 - 5 PM

Shelter tour & working field trip at Virginia Shelter TBA

We'll observe the shelter's dogs, identify appropriate/inappropriate behaviors, develop interventions, and test their efficacy

Group hike with shelter dogs

Dinner on own

 
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Friday, August 24

9 AM - 12 PM

Lecture: Doing What We Do Better - Increasing adoptions, reducing length of stay, decreasing relinquishment & providing community support

1:30 - 5 PM

Research/Program Design: What is one program you’d like to implement at your shelter & why? Describe logistics of implementation: What would you do, who would do it, and how would you measure success

What is one research study you’d like to carry out at your shelter & why? Describe logistics of implementation: What would you do & how would you carry it out

Cocktail Hour & Research/Program Presentations at Roanoke-area Restaurant TBA

(Immediately following) Farewell Dinner at Roanoke-area Restaurant TBA