Tawzer Dog | The Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care For Senior Dogs

The Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care For Senior Dogs

Video Description:

Lori, a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner and Kathy, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, share a deep love for senior dogs. They’ve combined their decades of animal-care expertise to teach this custom-designed workshop which welcomed as participants a small group of senior dogs and their caregivers. Lori and Kathy’s goal is to empower you to joyfully and actively engage with and support your aging dog. Watch these experienced professionals share several methods to keep your dog's mind and body agile and strong. They also discuss many ideas for making everyday life easier for your senior dog. The result is a dog who is more competent and confident in the face of physical and cognitive challenges and who has additional opportunities for staying healthy.

Workshop Agenda:

  • Lori: Defining & Observing Seniorhood
  • Kathy: Kindle the Spark of Life
  • Lori: Everyday Life with Seniors
  • Kathy: Maximize Emotional Resilience
  • Lori: Touching & Wrapping
  • Kathy: Expect Changes in Compliance
  • Lori: Movement & Conditioning
  • Kathy: Keep Them Eating
  • Kathy: Let Us Play
  • Lori: Thoughts on Life's Final Transition
  • Discussion/Q & A

Topics include:

  • Effects of aging and what you can expect
  • Various healthcare options that complement mainstream veterinary care
  • TTouch bodywork and wrapping techniques, including leg and body wraps
  • Strategies for minimizing age-related anxiety and maximizing emotional resilience
  • Methods for modifying cues to accommodate sensory limitations
  • Movement and conditioning exercises that benefit seniors
  • Games to keep mind and body active
  • Help for senior dogs who have difficulty standing up or climbing stairs
  • Tips for dealing with loss of appetite
  • Considerations regarding end-of-life decisions

Presentation by: Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB and Lori Stevens, CPDT-KA, SAMP

Cover photo by Jon Smith Photos

Copyright © 2014, Tawzer Dog LLC

Presenter Bio:

About Kathy Sdao:

Kathy Sdao began working as a full-time animal trainer in 1986. She trained dolphins at the University of Hawaii (obtaining a master’s degree in comparative cognition) and for the US Navy, and was a whale-and walrus-trainer at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Washington State. Since 1998, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training which provides behavior-modification services for pet owners. In 2006, the Animal Behavior Society granted Kathy the credential of Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Each year, Kathy travels around the world teaching about a dozen seminars and workshops for trainers. Her first book, Plenty In Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in March 2012.

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About Lori Stevens:

Lori Stevens is a Senior Tellington TTouch® Practitioner, Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP) for dogs, cats, and other animals. She is also certified in Canine Massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage and in Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage. Lori has a positive and gentle approach to solving an animal's behavioral and physical challenges. She continually strives to better understand the interactions among animal behavior, performance, learning and health. She has an established practice which offers private sessions and workshops. Lori’s experience and approach are holistic and emphasize respect for animals as teachers. See SeattleTTouch.com for more information.

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This video qualifies for 6.25 trainer CEUs and 6.25 behavior consultant CEUs