Positively Solved: A Complete Approach to Common Behavior Problems

As dog trainers and professionals, we all face the challenge of developing solutions for behaviors that clients find undesirable. Frequently, clients give us multi-variable, disjointed descriptions of their problems and issues. How can we help those clients most efficiently and effectively? The answers come from applying a systematic, step-by-step approach.

With a solid planning procedure in place, it is possible to identify quickly the reinforcement and/or motivation that drive a behavior, and then come up with possible solutions. If the desired results are not seen, or desired client compliance is not offered, it is also possible to reassess and change the plan.

In this Learning Session, Debbie Martin and Tia Guest will teach you how to apply this training model in order to help your clients with dog behavior problems from A to Z.

Who benefits from this type of program? You can use this planning procedure working with clients, supervising others, or providing hands-on animal training. Dog trainers, exotic animal trainers, veterinary technicians, and behavior managers at shelters and rescue organizations will all find this Session of great practical use. 

This Session is focused primarily on animal issues, not handler issues. Learn from a combination of case examples and live application of the training model to solve audience-submitted cases.

Debbie Martin

Debbie Martin is a licensed Veterinary Technician in Texas, as well as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior (VTS-Behavior). She has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996, and worked in private practice for 14 years.

Since 2005 Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, during behavior consultations.

Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.

She is a contributing author and co-editor of the textbook Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Wiley-Blackwell. Debbie and Dr. Martin have also authored a book on normal development and training for dogs: Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. The pair also authored the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. The course provides not only the thorough knowledge necessary to provide puppy socialization classes, but also a complete curriculum with supplemental materials. Debbie’s combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine and the Fear Free initiative. Debbie is honored to be representing veterinary technicians and animal trainers on the Fear Free executive committee and also a subject matter expert for Fear Free Pets. When she is not seeing clients, writing, or speaking, Debbie enjoys spending time at home with her husband and three Belgian Malinois on their 5-acre property, aptly named the Malamo, in Spicewood, Texas or exploring the beautiful hill country of Texas on her motorcycle!