We provide consulting services, workshops and seminars for professional trainers, behavior programs and shelters. For more details and cost information, please call Allison Hartlage, Manager 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 Allison Hartlage, Manager of Animal Training & Behavior at 303-442-4030 x369.
Click here to read an article by former 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.
Behavior Modification Immersion Program
This program is currently on hold and is expected to resume in 2017. Please click here to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities. Thank you!
This program is designed to provide students, shelter staff, and animal trainers with a unique opportunity to develop professional experience in behavior modification using effective and efficient force-free, science-based strategies. Participants will assist with daily enrichment, training, and behavior modification sessions for shelter dogs and cats enrolled in the Humane Society of Boulder Valley's Behavior Modification Program. Participants may observe and support Training and Behavior Consultants during behavior consultations and training classes and may also provide administrative support as needed. Participants will learn to implement treatment plans for behavior conditions including food guarding, fearful and / or under-socialized behavior, body handling sensitivity, and separation anxiety. Additionally, participants will learn treatment plans for efficient socialization of feral kittens and for resolution of cat house-soiling / inappropriate elimination. Skill development for low-stress animal handling, observation of animal behavior and body language, and appropriate use of counter-conditioning and desensitization techniques will be emphasized. Participants may choose a specific area of concentration and may have the opportunity for weekly crossover participation in other departments.
Clicker training skills are required. Applicants should have a solid understanding of animal learning theory as well as applied experience in force-free animal training. Some experience as an animal shelter employee or volunteer is strongly desired. Must be at least 18 years old. High school diploma required. Work is performed in training arena, kennels, and office environment including some work outdoors. Participants must be able to safely handle large dogs on leash. Participants may be exposed to zoonotic diseases, cleaning agents and chemicals. Shifts are spent walking, standing, sitting, bending, lifting, answering telephones, and performing data entry.
A three month commitment of 20-30hrs/week is required. Participants must be available during business hours with some evening and weekend hours.
A $750 non-refundable tuition fee will be charged to participants.
January 15th for Spring candidates, April 15th for Summer candidates, July 15th for Fall candidates
To apply please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Statements
- AVSAB Position Statement - Puppy Socialization (PDF)
- AVSAB Position Statement - Use of Punishment (PDF)
- AVSAB Position Statement - Dominance Theory (PDF)