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      January 29, 2019

      Tuesday   6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

      3030 Poplar Avenue
      Memphis, Tennessee 38111

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      Dog as a Second Language: Dog Body Language 101

      As part of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers' National Train Your Dog Month®, MAS and the Positive Dog Trainers of the MidSouth will co-host “Dog as a Second Language: Dog Body Language 101,” a dog body language seminar, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Meeting Room A.

      The seminar will feature presentations from the following dog behavior professionals on the importance of reading dog body language and how to interpret your dog’s visual cues:
      • Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Jennie Lane, RVT, MA, ACAAB
      • Dog trainer Maia Owen, KPA-CTP, CSAT
      • Dog trainer Lee Phelan, CPDT-KA, PMCT

      “Our dogs may not be able to tell us what they’re thinking with words, but they’re definitely doing it in other ways,” said Ann Marie Easton, founder of Positive Dog Trainers of the MidSouth. “Our dogs rely on us to understand what they’re telling us.”

      Understanding dog body language can help strengthen your bond with your dog, improve your training results, and keep your dog, friends, and family safe during interactions with the dog.

      “We all need a good understanding of dog body language, so we know when our dogs are trying to tell us they’re uncomfortable or afraid,” said Alexis Pugh, director of Memphis Animal Services. “We can prevent so many bites simply by paying attention. The key is learning to pick up on their subtle cues BEFORE their only remaining option is to bite.”

      Understanding dog body language is especially important for parents, as children are by far the most common victims of dog bites and most dog bites affecting young children occur while interacting with familiar dogs during everyday activities, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

      The Positive Dog Trainers of the MidSouth are offering this seminar free to the public (humans only—dogs are not allowed at the library) but ask that attendees bring an item donation for Memphis Animal Services. Needed items are listed on the MAS website: https://www.memphistn.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=11150816&pageId=12088573

      About Memphis Animal Services
      Memphis Animal Services offers a wide range of programs and services including the sheltering of lost and homeless animals, pet adoption and placement, spay/neuter programs, handling of animal control complaints & bite cases, dog licensing, cruelty investigations, humane education, and more. Memphis Animal Services has maintained an 88 percent save rate for the past year and is working toward the goal of saving every healthy, adoptable pet. For more information, visit www.memphisanimalservices.com, call 901-636-1416, or visit the facility at 2350 Appling City Cove. To become a fan of Memphis Animal Services on Facebook go to: https://www.facebook.com/memphisanimalservices/. Follow Memphis Animal Services on Twitter & Instagram @AdoptMAS.

      About Positive Dog Trainers of the MidSouth
      Positive Dog Trainers of the MidSouth is a group of professional dog trainers dedicated to force-free training methods. They are committed to the science of behavior, which supports the use of positive reinforcement of desirable behaviors and has proven the need for humane training techniques. Most members are certified either through a national organization or independent trainer academies and all acknowledge the importance of continuing education. They network, discuss training topics, and refer clients to each other when appropriate, thereby providing professional, trusted, and humane trainers for the Memphis community. For more information, contact AnnMarie Easton at annmarie@pawscompanion.com or www.pawscompanion.com.

      Cost: Free - There is no cost to attend but we ask that you bring an item donation from MAS's wishlist: https://www.memphistn.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=11150816&pageId=12088573&action=design

      Categories: Education | Pets

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
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