Building Resilience in Dogs

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy or even significant sources of stress. We know that there are ways to increase a person’s resilience, but what about the dogs we work with who are stressed or traumatized, who have lost their families or homes, or been victims of abuse or neglect? What can we learn from human psychology and ongoing work treating traumatized dogs to help dogs in our care recover from their past and become more resilient?

Author Patricia McConnell will offer practical and science-based ways to help dogs develop resilience, no matter what they have been through in the past. Professionals, including behaviorists and trainers, and volunteers who work with dogs will benefit from this 60-minute webinar.

This webinar has been approved by both CCPDT and IAABC for CEUs. To receive credit after you watch the full recording, email your IAABC request and/or CCPDT membership number to ASPCAlearning with the webinar name. We will submit CCPDT information once per month.


Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB), is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and is an Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." For fourteen years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 110 cities around the country. She is the author of many books on dog training and dog and cat behavior problems.


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