Veterinary Technician

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(VT4) The Secrets Behind Proper Canine Exposure to Novelty

Monday, March 5
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
MBCC, Banyan, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Specialty Veterinary Technician Session: Socialization is not just about exposure to novel stimuli, it is about providing positive experiences. Over the years the importance of early experience has been recognized by professionals and that has been a huge first step. It is maybe even more important to recognize that socialization needs to be a pleasant experience for the dog and be able to coach others on how to achieve this. Negative experiences can have a profound detrimental impact on the psychological well-being of the dog. This session will provide tips on how to make exposure to novel environments, people, and stimuli pleasant and enjoyable for the dog and how to avoid some common pitfalls.

Debbie Martin

Co-Owner
TEAM Education in Animal Behavior

Debbie Martin is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technician Specialist (Behavior), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Emeritus, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, as well as the Animal Behavior Technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations in Spicewood, TX and co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior. Debbie obtained a BS degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and was a preschool teacher before she went back to school to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a full-time Registered/Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1996 and has been the Animal Behavior Technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations since 2005. Debbie is the Past President and Treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. She is a member of The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Ms. Martin is a published author, and her writing has been featured in Today's Veterinary Technician, NAVTA Journal, and American Veterinarian. Ms. Martin is co-editor and a contributing author to the text Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses and Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice – Behavior. Ms. Debbie Martin and Dr. Kenneth Martin co-authored the Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog book and the acclaimed Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right for Instructors Course. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing with her dogs, and riding motorcycles!

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