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Behavior: Implementing Puppy And Kitten Socialization Programs

Behavior: Implementing Puppy And Kitten Socialization Programs

Behavior: Implementing Puppy And Kitten Socialization Programs

Amanda Eick, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS-Behavior
Amanda Eick, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS-Behavior
on behalf of VetMedTeam

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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015
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Last updated: 23 May 2017

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The socialization period that pets experience (or don't experience) will affect them for the rest of their lives. Puppy and kitten socialization is critical; in fact, appropriate socialization at the correct age will decrease the number of pets relinquished to shelters or to new owners. Socialization courses can be fun and rewarding for pets, pet parents and team members.

While puppies and kittens are cute, they also come with owners; often it is the owners who need more training than the patient! Veterinary team members play a significant role in this stage of client education, and creating a class of this nature for clients will build long-term relationships, ultimately resulting in increased client compliance, retention and referrals.

Behavior: Implementing Puppy and Socialization Programs is a 3 week course that will help veterinary team members become familiar with science of socialization, while enabling them to create a program that will be a successful addition to the practice.

Some of the assignments in the course will require practice resources and/or personal practice experience to complete.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Recognize and describe milestones in puppy and kitten development
2. Describe and discuss how early socialization impacts puppy and kitten development.
3. Define the goals and benefits of socialization
4. Explain the benefits of socialization classes to clients and team members
5. Implement surveys to identify client needs
6. Define client expectations that need to be met when hosting a class
7. Design and implement successful puppy and kitten class curriculum
8. Identify skills and topics to be covered in each socialization session
9. Consider the concerns veterinary professionals have about positive reinforcement
10. Discuss how to select reinforcers for individual animals and explain how to use positive reinforcement to teach behaviors.
11. Explain and address the logistics of structuring socialization classes
12. Evaluate and choose materials for use in class
13. Identify different client related challenges that can arise and discuss how to manage these challenges
Amanda Eick, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS-Behavior

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Amanda Eick, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS-Behavior
on behalf of VetMedTeam

Amanda Eick is the veterinary behavior technician and practice manager for The Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior and a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner. Amanda has been providing behavior services and assisting with veterinary behavior consultations for over 16 years in various capacities: general practice, as a the owner of her own business, and a veterinary technology instructor.

Ms. Eick speaks at various regional, state and national conferences on animal behavior and veterinary technician utilization. She has also been active with the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians in various board positions and is a member of NAVTA and the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. When not at work, Amanda competes in hunt tests and field trials with her German Shorthaired Pointer.

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  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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