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Triage for Dog Training Professionals: An interactive webinar with Jean Donaldson and Kristi Benson

Triage for Dog Training Professionals: An interactive webinar with Jean Donaldson and Kristi Benson


December 22, 2023 - May 31, 2027    
12:00 am (ET)


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On-Demand Webinar: Watch as soon as you register


Webinar Description

Triage—that is, identifying and prioritizing issues in order of urgency for treatment—is an important skill for dog training professionals, who are often presented with dogs that have a veritable laundry list of issues and dog guardians who have limited bandwidth together with a tenuous understanding of animal welfare and public safety. During this webinar, the Academy for Dog Trainers staffers Jean Donaldson and Kristi Benson will operationalize triage with plenty of useful examples, and then, using a case-study format, have an interactive segment with audience participation to practice making triage decisions in sample cases.

Learning Objectives

  1. When triage is unimportant/when the client can choose
  2. Important considerations for triage: Public safety, animal welfare, and others
  3. Scripts for clients to assist with getting buy-in to treatment plans
  4. How triage can guide you to refer cases as needed

Your Presenter – Jean Donaldson

Jean is the founder and principal instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 800 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training, teaching and behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers’ Association of America’s Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro. In 2017, Jean was recruited to create Dog Training 101 for The Great Courses.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in a variety of dog sports, including OTCh, TDX, HIT and FDCh. While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.


Your Presenter, Kristi Benson

Kristi Benson is an honours graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). She has an online school helping dog guardians with a variety of behaviour issues, such as barking and house soiling. Kristi is also on staff at the Academy for Dog Trainers, helping to shape the next generation of canine professionals. She handles special projects such as the Academy’s Husbandry Project, books webinars, and is a student mentor and coach.


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