Professional Education 

St. Hubert's is leading the way in advancing the animal welfare field... 

St. Hubert's Shelter Partner Workshop Professional Education series and other hosted training opportunities bring valuable educational opportunities to shelter/rescue personnel at convenient and rock-bottom cost to participants.  The sessions are designed to fit into the busy schedules of shelter staff and provide excellent networking opportunities.  Workshops are generally scheduled September through May and break for the summer.


SHELTER PARTNER WORKSHOPS--PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION SERIES

CAT BEHAVIOR COUNSELING, PART II

Keeping Kitties OUT of Your Shelter and IN the Homes They Already Have

Matthew Wildman, Vice President of Community Engagement

St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center

Thursday, November 16    10:00 am-2:00 pm     Community Room   

575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ         $10.00 includes lunch

Cat behavior issues is a common reason for owner surrender . . . but it shouldn’t be, because most cat behavior issues are resolvable. Cat behavior counseling offers your shelter or rescue the opportunity to keep dozens, even hundreds, of cats in their homes each year. That’s dozens or hundreds of fewer cats that you ultimately have to find new homes for. In the second part of this highly regarded presentation, participants will role play cat behavior counseling scenarios and develop the skills and knowledge to help keep cats in their homes.  Matt will also review the topics of his first presentation: understanding cat’s needs (the key to assessing a behavior issue and knowing how to resolve it); assessing and resolving the most common cat behavior issues; and exploring the essential, but often overlooked, component of how to counsel cat owners in crisis. By the end of the workshop, participants will feel confident in their ability to transform what seems like a hopeless situation into a likely success story.

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Matt Wildman is Vice President of Community engagement with St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center.  He was previously the resident cat behavior expert at The Humane Society of United States where he developed HSUS's Guide to Cat Behavior Counseling and created and taught HSUS's Cat Behavior and Retention Course to over 250 animal sheltering personnel and volunteers. Matt was a public high school history teacher in Brooklyn for eight years before transitioning into the animal sheltering world as the Humane Educator and Volunteer Coordinator at NYC’s Animal Care & Control (now Animal Care Centers), where he worked for three years. He has spoken at conferences throughout the country on cat behavior counseling.

Register by phone or email:  Nora Parker 973-377-7094 [email protected]

Managing Change and Challenging Our Approaches to Adoptions

Betsy McFarland, Principal
Adisa

Thursday, December 14    10:00 am-2:00 pm     Community Room   

575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ         $10.00 includes lunch

Our movement is changing rapidly, and keeping up with evolving trends and approaches can be difficult. Twenty years ago, it was common for TNR to be considered abandonment. Now TNR is widely recognized as the most effective way to manage community cats. Even ten years ago, it was widely felt shelters must accept every animal brought to them, at any time. Now, “managed admissions” policies are routinely employed, resulting in greater lifesaving. And gone are the days when adopting pets as gifts was shunned. Back by research showing the benefits, shelter pets are now routinely delivered on Christmas morning by shelter staff dressed up as Santa and his elves! 

 

Change is important, even though it’s basic human nature to resist it! Whether you are working with your shelter or rescue to implement a new approach for managing cats, looking to shift how you engage the public in adoptions, or aiming to add a new foster program, understanding how people view and process change – whether big or small – is critical to successfully evolving your operations. We’ll arm you with key strategies for understanding resistance to change and provide effective strategies for moving people past it.  Then, we’ll take a deeper dive specifically into adoption philosophies and explore whether we are making it hard for people to do the right thing. How YOU engage and treat potential adopters can mean the difference between someone saving a homeless pet, or supporting an inhumane puppy mill! We’ll identify potential barriers to adoption, what happens when we turn someone away from our shelter or rescue, and what we can do to help people in our communities do the right thing.

 

Betsy brings 20 years of experience in animal protection, including serving for five years as vice president of The Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) companion animals section. In her 18 years at HSUS, Betsy led the development and growth of multiple programs aimed at keeping pets in homes and increasing adoption of pets from shelters and rescues—including the Pets for Life program which brings spay/neuter and other critical services to underserved communities, and The Shelter Pet Project, a national advertising campaign with the Ad Council and Maddie’s Fund to promote pet adoption. She provided direct assistance to hundreds of animal shelters, humane organizations, and other agencies around the world in handling various animal care and protection issues, and was a founding board member of Shelter Animals Count, where she remains a volunteer. She oversaw Animal Care Expo, the largest conference for animal welfare professionals, attracting more than 2,300 attendees from more than 40 countries every year. Betsy has extensive hands-on experience responding to numerous natural and manmade disasters—from hurricanes and floods to hoarding cases and large-scale seizures of puppy mill dogs. 

 

Passionate about engaging the community, Betsy has extensive experience in engaging and growing volunteers within organizations large and small. She is the author of Volunteer Management for Animal Care Organizations and has published research on staff-volunteer relationships. Betsy is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) through the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) and holds a degree in psychology from George Mason University. She has served on a variety of animal-related boards including the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D) and Animal Grant Makers. 

 

Register by phone or email:  Nora Parker 973-377-7094 [email protected]

What Garbage Dumps Tell Us About The Natural History Of Domestic Dogs

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GREETINGS=PLAY OR CONFLICT

David Muriello, CPDT-KA, Director

CATCH Canine Trainers Academy

Wednesday, January 31, 201810:00 am-2:30 pm     Community Room   

575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ         $10.00 includes lunch

 

GARBAGE DUMPS

Back in 2009 David journeyed into the garbage dumps of Mexico City with a small group of dog trainers led by renowned animal behavior expert Dr. Ray Coppinger.  The team was there to study the behavior of dogs living among people in the "villages" of the landfill.  This eye-opening experience gave them a glimpse into the process by which wolves likely evolved into dogs.  David will share photos, videos and research from one of the most unique places he’s ever had the opportunity to study dogs.  The essence of our beloved pets can be seen in the freedom enjoyed, and challenges faced, by the dogs in the dump and the information enhances our understanding of our canine friends.

 

GREETINGS=PLAY OR CONFLICT 

When two dogs greet you can expect one of three basic outcomes:  play, conflict, or disinterest.  Why are greeting skills so important and what determines which direction the interaction will go in?  In this session, you’ll study the signals and behaviors that dogs exchange when they first meet.  Being able to handle dogs and read their behavior in the moment of greeting can be a hugely helpful skill for all shelter staff who want to learn more about the social skills of the dogs in their care.  With video and live dog-to-dog interaction we will take our understanding of dog-to-dog interactions to the next level—invaluable tools for introducing dogs being considered for adoption to existing canine family members. 

 

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David Muriello is a longtime Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has been certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers since 2004.  He is also a national speaker for Petfinder and Petco, as well as a member of the education Advisory Group for the APDT.  David is the curriculum designer and lead instructor for a collaborate initiative with St. Hubert’s—providing humane-based instruction for dog trainers in the shelter environment.

 

 

 

Register by phone or email:  Nora Parker 973-377-7094 [email protected]

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PAST SESSIONS

Hands-On at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center with
CATCH Canine Trainers Academy

Build Any Behavior, Get Lasting Results
October 2 - 6, 2017

SOLD OUT

To get your name on the waiting list please email CATCH at [email protected] or Contact Us here.

Keep your eye out for 2018 workshop dates to be announced.

“Impeccable curriculum and hands-on experience with dogs and mentoring – I give it a 10.”
– Greg S., Fall 2015 Graduate

One-week of learning the dog training skills that professionals use. For dog lovers and anyone that works in the dog industry who wants:

Hands-on study in the complete process of training any behavior from getting the dog to learn the first moves to fading lures and generalizing performance to all situations, including distracting environments

A Certificate highlighting that your work has been evaluated by a Certified Mentor Trainer

A very productive week of hands-on training with in-person coaching from accomplished professionals

To close gaps in your knowledge and refine/refresh your skill set by teaching a wide variety of behaviors to dogs of all sizes and personalities

To learn innovative professional, science-based training techniques with force-free, positive reinforcement methods

To enrich the lives of shelter dogs and help their chances of finding a great home

We provide the dogs, expert coaching, study materials, and equipment. You bring your passion to learn and make a difference in the lives of dogs! 
 

Enrollment limited to only 12 slots for an intimate learning experience.

For more information click here: One-Week Hands-On Workshops or quick apply here. 

Or contact Student Support: 
877.752.2824 (877.75.CATCH) | [email protected]

 


Hands-On at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center with
CATCH Canine Trainers Academy

Body Language, Behavior & Problem Solving
August 14 - 18, 2017

 "Sold Out - Please request to be on the waiting list."

“This last week was amazing. Being surrounded by a terrific group of people and getting your direction and guidance, I came home eager to apply myself to finding a job working with dogs right away. I have been impacted tremendously. A huge applaud to you and St. Hubert’s for changing one life, one paw, one dream at a time! THANK YOU!”  – Heather D., Fall 2016 Graduate

One-week of learning the behavior analysis and problem solving skills that experts use.

For dog lovers and anyone that works in the dog industry who wants:

Hands-on study in how to “speak dog” – observing and analyzing body language in real time with the goal of becoming fluent so you can enhance your skills in behavior evaluation, safety, and decision-making for training plans.

·         To learn innovative, professional, science-based behavior problem-solving techniques with force-free, positive reinforcement methods

·         A very productive week of running play groups hands-on for social behavior analysis and handling skills with in-person coaching from accomplished professionals

·         A Certificate highlighting that you have been coached and evaluated by a Certified Mentor Trainer

·         To close gaps in your knowledge and refine/refresh your skill set by analyzing behavior in dogs of all sizes and personalities

·         To enrich the lives of shelter dogs and help their chances of finding a great home

We provide the dogs, expert coaching, study materials, and equipment. You bring your passion to learn and make a difference in the lives of dogs! 

Enrollment limited to only 12 slots for an intimate learning experience.

For in-depth details on study topics and more click here: Body Language, Behavior, and Problem Solving Skills: One-Week Hands-On Workshop

Or contact Student Support: 
877.752.2824 (877.75.CATCH) | [email protected]

 


Hands-On at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center with
CATCH Canine Trainers Academy
June 19- 23, 2017

“Impeccable curriculum and hands-on experience with dogs and mentoring – I give it a 10.”
– Greg S., Fall 2015 Graduate

One-week of learning the dog training skills that professionals use. For dog lovers and anyone that works in the dog industry who wants:

Hands-on study in the complete process of training any behavior from getting the dog to learn the first moves to fading lures and generalizing performance to all situations, including distracting environments

A Certificate highlighting that your work has been evaluated by a Certified Mentor Trainer

A very productive week of hands-on training with in-person coaching from accomplished professionals

To close gaps in your knowledge and refine/refresh your skill set by teaching a wide variety of behaviors to dogs of all sizes and personalities

To learn innovative professional, science-based training techniques with force-free, positive reinforcement methods

To enrich the lives of shelter dogs and help their chances of finding a great home

We provide the dogs, expert coaching, study materials, and equipment. You bring your passion to learn and make a difference in the lives of dogs! 
 

Enrollment limited to only 12 slots for an intimate learning experience.For in-depth details on study topics and more click here: Pro Dog Training Skills: One-Week Hands-On Workshop

 

Or contact Student Support: 
877.752.2824 (877.75.CATCH) | [email protected]

 

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RedRover Responders Workshop

Saturday, May 13, 9am-1pm

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare CenterCommunity Room

 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ

Led by an experienced RedRover Responders volunteer, this session will prepare and qualify attendees at all levels of experience to join the teams who deploy with RedRover to natural and man-made disasters or animal cruelty/neglect cases.   RedRover Responders assist with the care and sheltering of a variety of types of animals at any location where help is requested.  

St. Hubert’s has benefited from the assistance of Red Rover volunteer responders when welcoming large emergency intakes of animals and our staff on deployment has worked alongside them as well on cases around the country.  We are pleased to host this training workshop.

For additional information on the training and to register CLICK HERE.

Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CCBC

 

Friday December 9th, 10:30-2:30

St. Hubert's Community Room    575 Woodland Ave.    Madison, NJ
$10.00 includes lunch
Topics:
Dos and Don'ts for Introductions
Reading Dog to Dog Interaction
Play Groups for Shelter Dogs
And More!
Register with Nora Parker by providing your name, shelter/rescue affiliation and contact info
at [email protected] or 973-377-7094

We have applied for advance approval of Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits


Hands-On at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center with
CATCH Canine Trainers Academy
APRIL 24 - 28, 2017

“This last week was amazing. Being surrounded by a terrific group of people and getting your direction and guidance, I came home eager to apply myself to finding a job working with dogs right away. I have been impacted tremendously. A huge applaud to you and St. Hubert’s for changing one life, one paw, one dream at a time! THANK YOU!”  – Heather D., Fall 2016 Graduate

One-week of learning the behavior analysis and problem solving skills that experts use.

For dog lovers and anyone that works in the dog industry who wants:

Hands-on study in how to “speak dog” – observing and analyzing body language in real time with the goal of becoming fluent so you can enhance your skills in behavior evaluation, safety, and decision-making for training plans.

·         To learn innovative, professional, science-based behavior problem-solving techniques with force-free, positive reinforcement methods

·         A very productive week of running play groups hands-on for social behavior analysis and handling skills with in-person coaching from accomplished professionals

·         A Certificate highlighting that you have been coached and evaluated by a Certified Mentor Trainer

·         To close gaps in your knowledge and refine/refresh your skill set by analyzing behavior in dogs of all sizes and personalities

·         To enrich the lives of shelter dogs and help their chances of finding a great home

We provide the dogs, expert coaching, study materials, and equipment. You bring your passion to learn and make a difference in the lives of dogs! 

Enrollment limited to only 12 slots for an intimate learning experience.

For in-depth details on study topics and more click here: Body Language, Behavior, and Problem Solving Skills: One-Week Hands-On Workshop

Or contact Student Support: 
877.752.2824 (877.75.CATCH) | [email protected]

 

October 26 10am-5:15pm   $10.00 includes lunch
St. Hubert's Community Room    575 Woodland Ave.    Madison, NJ

Topics include:
The Breed ID Game: Removing Labels to Increase Adoptions
Kennel Enrichment/How Dogs Learn
Improving Marketing for All Pets
Foster Care
And More! 

Register with Nora Parker by providing your name, shelter/rescue affiliation and contact info
at [email protected] or 973-377-7094

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Kristen Collins, Senior Director
ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation
 

Wednesday, June 15    10:30 am-1:00 pm
Community Room    575 Woodland Avenue    Madison, NJ
$10.00 includes continental breakfast

For many fearful dogs in shelters, especially those with hoarding or puppy mill backgrounds, time and love simply aren’t enough. The groundbreaking work at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s has expanded and evolved in the two years since Kristen presented SECOND CHANCE FOR FEARFUL DOGS for us. In response to multiple requests for another session with her, Kristen will discuss how to identify, better understand and respond to the most common problematic behaviors seen in fearful shelter dogs. Based on the successes at the Center, she’ll delve into what you can do to best ready fearful, undersocialized dogs for placement in homes, focusing on enrichment strategies, low-stress handling tips and behavior modification techniques designed to improve adoptability and quality of life for these neediest of dogs.  

Register by phone or email:  Nora Parker 973-377-7094 [email protected]  

Kristen Collins, Senior Director
ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation  

Wednesday, June 15    10:30 am-1:00 pm
Community Room    575 Woodland Avenue    Madison, NJ
$10.00 includes continental breakfast

For many fearful dogs in shelters, especially those with hoarding or puppy mill backgrounds, time and love simply aren’t enough. The groundbreaking work at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s has expanded and evolved in the two years since Kristen presented SECOND CHANCE FOR FEARFUL DOGS for us. In response to multiple requests for another session with her, Kristen will discuss how to identify, better understand and respond to the most common problematic behaviors seen in fearful shelter dogs. Based on the successes at the Center, she’ll delve into what you can do to best ready fearful, undersocialized dogs for placement in homes, focusing on enrichment strategies, low-stress handling tips and behavior modification techniques designed to improve adoptability and quality of life for these neediest of dogs.  

Register by phone or email:  Nora Parker 973-377-7094 [email protected]  
  

April 20, 2016
St. Hubert's Community Room
Presented by Lawrence Bertorelli, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Business Consultant
 

Presented by Larry Feldstein, Senior Shelter Manager, Merck Animal Health

Recognizing, treating and preventing illness in the shelter is key to the performance of all animal welfare organizations’ missions.  In this session Larry will covered a number of areas that address good practice in both keeping the animals themselves healthy and making sure that their environment supports, rather than works against, that goal.  Topics covered include:Compassionate Care of Pets/ Proper Sanitation in the Facility, Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, Feline Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, and Parasites.

Larry is well known to many in animal welfare, having been working with shelters in the NY/NJ/Eastern PA marketplace for eight years. He provides a variety of educational presentations on timely topicsincluding but not limited to sanitation, disaster preparation and canine & feline diseases.  He also provides Merck Animal Health goods and services pharmaceuticals exclusively to nonprofit accounts. 
                      

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