Shelter Winter Institute

Schedule for January 14-18, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona

 

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Monday, January 14

9 AM - 12 PM: Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Yuma Room

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: Arizona Animal Welfare League

Shelter tour & working field trip: 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 Tempe-area Restaurant TBA

 
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Tuesday, January 15

9 AM - 12 PM: Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Yuma Room

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: Lost Our Home Pet Rescue

Shelter tour & working field trip: 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)

Dinner on own

 
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Wednesday, January 16

9 AM - 12 PM: Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Yuma Room

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

1:30 - 5 PM: Arizona Humane Society, Campus for Compassion

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

Dinner at Tempe-area Restaurant TBA

 
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Thursday, January 17

9 AM - 12 PM: Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Yuma Room

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

1:30 - 5 PM: Arizona Humane Society, Sunnyslope Campus

Working field trip: 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, January 18

9 AM - 12 PM: Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Yuma Room

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

1:30 - 5 PM: Arizona State University, Memorial Union

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 Tempe-area Restaurant TBA

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