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Confessions of a Dog Trainer:
The Human Experience of Dealing with Behavior Challenges in Pets

Working through behavior problems with our pets can be indescribably difficult – both for them and for us. While we work so hard to help them learn more effective ways to cope with stressors, we often struggle to cope ourselves. Pets with behavior challenges can leave us feeling frustrated, embarrassed, angry, and isolated. 
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These webinars are suitable for pet guardians, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, dog sports teams, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior intervention.

In this Webinar

We will highlight the emotional toll pets like this can take on their caregivers, as well as provide tools to help the caregivers.

This will be co-presented by two of Behavior Vets’ own Behavior Consultants: Jennifer Abrams (LVT, MA, CSAT,
ACAAB) will share the journey she has taken with her own behaviorally-challenged dog and the rollercoaster of emotions this experience has, and continues to, provoke; and Janna Dewey (CPBT-KA, MA, LPCC, EAMH Practitioner) will examine which caregiver responses were most beneficial for the process, and where are areas to explore and integrate more caregiver care to build resiliency to the stress of going through a process like this.

We will discuss ways to build stress tolerance, practice empathy, and develop an essential human social support system. Join us for this exploration of the caregiver’s side of the pet training experience and a conversation about human emotions during the training process.

This is an online event. This webinar will be recorded and sent out two weeks after the live event.

Anyone who purchases a ticket will receive a recording one week after the event date. You will be able to view the webinar even if you cannot join us on the live event date. The recording will be available for viewing for up to 12 months. This webinar will also be available for purchase on our website 3 weeks after the live event.

1.5 CEUs Pending:

Shelter/Rescue/Vet Student/Vet Tech Tickets - no expiration date: 30% off general admission ticket (discount code is SDFWBV)

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more - please contact [email protected] for more information.
Cancellation policy: No refunds

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Meet the instructor

Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams, an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, is a CT native who is proud to call NYC home. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and a NYS Veterinary Technicians license in 2011, a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Animal Behavior from SUNY Empire State College in 2013 and an M.A. in Animal Behavior & Conservation from Hunter College in 2019. Her thesis, “Trazodone as a mediator of transitional stress in a shelter” was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior in 2020. Jennifer is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).Before joining Behavior Vets, Jen spent nine years at Animal Care Centers of NYC. She started as a licensed veterinary technician and quickly became a Behavior Supervisor, Behavior and Enrichment Manager, Senior Manager of Behavior and Volunteer Programs, and finally the Director of Animal Welfare. She developed best practices and organizational policies to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the companion animals under ACC’s care and oversaw the behavioral evaluation and environmental enrichment program as well as the canine behavior training and outreach program.Jen has spoken at the Animal Behavior Society, National Council on Pet Population Research Symposium, Canine Science Conference, and Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo. Her work has been featured in the Association of Shelter Veterinarians newsletter, The New York Times, and on She was featured on Episode 6 of “Shelter Me: Hearts and Paws” on PBS.In her spare time, Jen likes to cook, swim, and hike. She is also a sports enthusiast with an affinity for the NY Mets and the LV Raiders. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her boyfriend and dog.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Janna Dewey

Janna is originally from Jupiter, Florida and moved to Colorado 6 years ago to
work as a zoo keeper at the Denver Zoo. Janna earned a B.A. in Psychology and a
Minor in Theatre from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. She has
also earned a Master’s in Counseling from Regis University, graduating in
2022. Janna is a Certified Professional Bird Trainer (CPBT-KA) through the
International Avian Trainers Certification Board and a Certified Equine Assisted
Mental Health Practitioner through University of Denver.
Patrick Jones - Course author