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Managing Multiple Dogs Presented by Kathy Sdao

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016
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  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • (EDT)
  • Recorded Webinar

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(One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)


Presented by Kathy Sdao

CEUs PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)


Whether you supervise a dog day care or playgroup, take your dog to a dog-park, or simply have a multi-dog family, you will have to manage groups of unrestrained dogs. These situations in which dogs are off-leash and free to interact can be potentially volatile. Dogs can be physically hurt and they can also experience emotional trauma from threats or bullying. You need to be able to recognize warning signs, intervene when necessary without making the situation more risky, and have a plan to facilitate friendships between dogs. The presenter will review some skills, protocols and behavioral knowledge that will help you keep dogs and handlers safe while promoting constructive canine socialization and fun.


Webinar Objectives

  • Identify common but unwise advice for managing groups of dogs.
  • Define the role and the associated behaviors most important for people who supervise groups of dogs.
  • List minimum requirements for dogs’ physical and mental health in daycare settings.
  • Understand general safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between “normal” dogs.


About the Presenter



Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist who has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, initially with marine mammals and currently with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a Master’s as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Sdao worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. After leaving the zoo world, she and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog day care facility where she began teaching clicker training classes for dog owners. For the past 17 years, Sdao has owned Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive reinforcement training. Sdao is an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at 29 of these popular conferences since 2003. She also has traveled extensively educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012. 

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