We provide consulting services, workshops and seminars for professional trainers, behavior programs and shelters. For more details and cost information, please call Lindsay Wood, Director of Animal Training & Behavior at 303-442-4030 x369.
Behavior Modification Program
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley's Behavior Modification Program provides individual attention and support to animals with behavior concerns, such as food guarding, reactivity, shyness or litter box troubles. This program saves lives by increasing an animal's chances at a successful adoption, and as such, it is not uncommon for animals to be transferred to us from other shelters that do not have the resources to provide this valuable service. If your organization is interested in developing your own Behavior Modification Program or adapting one already in place, please contact Lindsay Wood, Director of Animal Training & Behavior at 303-442-4030 x369.
Click here to read an article by Humane Society of Boulder Valley Director of Animal Training & Behavior Lindsay Wood featured in Animal Sheltering magazine about modifying food guarding behavior in shelter dogs.
Training & Behavior Internship
The Animal Training and Behavior Intern supports the Animal Training and Behavior department by assisting with the care of shelter dogs and cats in the behavior modification program, observing and assisting in public training classes, and observing public behavior consultations. The internship is designed to provide students, shelter workers, and trainers with an opportunity to cultivate shelter behavior and training career skills. Interns learn about shelter dog behavior modification and basic training, practice public speaking skills in the classroom, and develop client coaching and communication skills.
The internship may involve supporting the staff in the following scenarios:
- Daily care of shelter dogs in the behavior modification program
- Behavior modification sessions for shelter dogs
- Basic manners training sessions for shelter dogs
- Playgroups for shelter dogs
- Socialization of undersocialized kittens and young dogs
- Public , clicker-based training classes
- Administrative support (data entry, class registration, scheduling appointments)
Additionally, public speaking skills may be developed through classroom teaching segments and/or short presentations. Interns will provide support to all areas of Humane Society operation through crossover and weekly participation in other departments.
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Statements
- AVSAB Position Statement - Puppy Socialization (PDF)
- AVSAB Position Statement - The Use of Punishment (PDF)
- AVSAB Position Statement - Dominance Theory (PDF)