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Deep Dive Into Trauma and How It Affects Dogs and Their Humans with Shannon Riley

Deep Dive Into Trauma and How It Affects Dogs and Their Humans  with Shannon Riley


August 21, 2024    
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (ET)


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The word “trauma” is being used a lot these days. It is great that there is more awareness that trauma exists and can affect a person or animals’ behavior. However, if a trainer does not truly understand how trauma affects the brain and behavior (of both the human and the animal) then may not be successful.

Whether your client has experienced trauma or if the animal you are training has experienced trauma, it will affect the way that they learn. The trauma can lead to anxiety, fear and/or stress in places you may not expect. It is important to understand how trauma effects leaning and it is important to have empathy and understanding when working with these humans and animals.


Learning Objectives

  • What is trauma really?
  •  Understanding how trauma effects the brain and behavior (of humans and dogs)
  • How trauma can affect your client’s ability to train their dog
  • Ways to help dogs and humans that have experienced trauma



Your Presenter -Shannon Riley  BA, RVT, CPDT KA, KPA-CTP

Shannon Riley is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician, Wellness Coach, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Shannon has also spoken at the Annual APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) conferences and covered topics such as “Compassion Fatigue” and “What Is Your Dog’s Currency?” In 2021, she spoke at Pet Professional Guilds Geek Week.




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