Dogs Have Issues Too – Recorded Presentation

Dogs Have Issues Too: Helping Dogs Cope With Stress

Speaker: Jane Miller, LISW, CDBC, AABP-CDBT

Provided as a recording.

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Cost: $25.00

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This webinar presentation is a very brief overview/introduction to helping dogs cope with stress. Jane Miller provides a number of stress reduction/relaxation techniques along with monitoring methods.  This is a basic introduction to stress reduction/relaxation techniques covering the definition of stress, eustress and distress. We will not be focusing on the brain’s role in this first introduction to stress.

The stress reduction techniques that are discussed include breathing, acupressure points, TTouch, canine massotherapy, reiki, meditation, and biofeedback etc.  The monitoring methods of stress are addressed. These include, stress signs/body language, cortisol levels from saliva, urine and hair, heart rate and variable heart rates, breathing rates, pulse, vagal tone, biofeedback, and MRIs. Some are controversial in that they are costly and invasive and may cause stress levels to increase by the testing itself.

You’ll learn:

  • What is meant by good stress eustress vs. bad stress distress
  • Various stress reduction techniques to add to your toolbox since different methods work for different dogs…one size does not fit all
  • An introduction  to breathing techniques, acupressure points, TTouch, canine massotherapy,
  • How to apply this knowledge and monitoring techniques
  • Methods of monitoring heart rate,pulse, breathing rate,  cortisol levels, biofeedback MRIs  and the pros and cons of these techniques.

Resources: An extensive list of videos, links, references, articles, websites, diagrams, etc. will be provided.

A question and answer session will follow this dogs and animal welfare webinar that will be moderated by Dr. Cheryl Aguiar



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This is a terrific article by Hal Herzog, Ph.D., published in Psychology Today. Dr. Herzog is professor emeritus of psychology at Western Carolina University and author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals.

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Did you know that over 40 million Americans are living with a mental disorder?

Did you know that every day, over 100 people commit suicide in the U.S. alone?

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Imagine being so paralyzed by doubt, social anxiety, or memories of past traumas that you couldn’t leave the house or hold down a job. “My dogs have given me a life,” says Tracy of her services dogs, Finola and Baron. “They’ve given me the ability to go out… to cry, to laugh, feel emotions again.”

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