Training Matters, located at 1104 Ames Hill Road in Brattleboro, Vermont, is pleased to offer occasional seminars, workshops and classes to introduce residents of Brattleboro and surrounding communities to the latest thinking on positive dog training and animal behavior.
These sessions are packed with interesting and practical dog training strategies and information for other companion animal owners.
- Former zookeeper and professional dog trainer Sara Matters covers topics ranging from basic manners and obedience training for dogs to animal behavior across species, from parrots to pigs. Future sessions may include:
- Basics of canine behavior,
- How animals learn,
- Operant conditioning in zoo animals and how it can work for your pet,
- How to keep your animals adequately stimulated when life gets hectic or the weather is lousy and why it’s important
Additionally, Training Matters hosts applied workshops and other educational seminars for animal training professionals and other animal care practitioners. Applied workshops cover topics like evidence-based enrichment provision and force free husbandry training. Informational seminars include topics such as the elements of applied behavior analysis that all trainers and animal care professionals should understand to do their best work, how to work with fearful animals, and the latest science on topics such as neuroscience and cognition.
Check back here periodically to find out about upcoming classes and events!
Covid-19 policy: We are proceeding with events in person as of August 2021. As a backup, we will have Zoom rain dates in case live events cannot proceed as planned. The Zoom-date, if you will, will be at the same scheduled time as the scheduled event, but will be held via Zoom. Partial refunds will be offered if that is the case.
Our facility is a large one, capable of holding up to 90 people under previous guidance recommending social distancing of 6′ between people. None of our events will be anywhere near this large. Our events are intimate, small, relaxed gatherings and we want to keep them that way. We require that attendees be vaccinated, boosted, and masked indoors. We will keep up with Covid restriction recommendations for gatherings and adhere to those. We are simply hoping to proceed as normally as possible at any given time.
Winter classes with Sara Matters and Debbie Jacobs
Single-behavior group classes conducted by Debbie Jacobs and Sara Matters, reviewing training and management solutions to common behavioral issues pet owners face.
Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called
Two-class course to teach your dog to reliably come when called, March 9 and 16. There will be two separate group classes, one at two p.m. and another at 4 p.m. The 4 p.m. class is currently full. $60 for the two-class course. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Understanding Your Rescue Dog: Why they do what they do
This seminar focused on the difficulties adopters of rescue dogs often face. Adopters learned what they need to know about their dog’s behavior to make life easier for dogs and humans alike. Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-KA, RBT and fearful dog specialist, provided expert help on addressing safety hazards for dogs and their owners. Cost is $25. Email email@example.com to receive an invoice and make payment.
An Introduction to Fear-Based Behavior Across Species
With Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-KA, RBT; Michelle Martiya, equine trainer; Katenna Jones, ScM, ACAAB,CCBC, CDBC, CPDT-KA; Emily Strong, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA
This event was held via Zoom in February of 2021. The focus was on how we address fear-based behavior challenges in multiple species to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges professionals face and how they handle them. Species discussed were dogs, horses, cats and birds. The event was two hours in length. Once the recording is purchased, Training Matters will send a link to access the recording via the email address associated with the payment. There may be a delay as this is not an automated process. Cost is $25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invoice and make payment.