Upcoming Events

This page lists events where Words, Woofs, and Meows publisher and editor Don Hanson will be speaking on various pet-related topics. How you register for an event may vary depending on where it is being held, the host, and if any fees are involved. Details are included in each description.

 

April 2019

Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful, Anxious, etc.

Sunday, April 14th at 11.50 AM at Green Acres  Kennel Shop in Bangor, ME –  Pre-Registration is required,  call 945-6821.

Do you have a dog that is anxious, fearful, reactive, or aggressive towards people, dogs, or other animals? If so, you may find this seminar very informative and very helpful.

Don is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and will be speaking based upon his knowledge but also from personal experience, as he has lived with three dogs that fell somewhere on the anxiety to aggression spectrum. The seminar is for people only and is the first step in working with Don as part of a behavior consultation. ( FMIhttp://bit.ly/HelpDogAggx )

Doors are open for check-in at 11:30 AM and the seminar will start promptly at 11:55 AM and will end sometime between 3:30 PM and 5 PM depending on the number of people attending and the number of questions. There is a $60 fee per household for this seminar. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. The fee is non-refundable unless Don postpones or cancels the seminar. Don strongly encourages ALL adult family members that live with the dog attend as they all must be informed and part of helping the dog to get better. Seating for the seminar is limited.

You must register and pay in advance, no later than April 6th. You can register by stopping by the store or calling us at 945-6841 and making payment with a credit card.

At the seminar, Don will be discussing behavioral issues in general terms only; he will need to see you and your dog individually to offer behavioral programs designed for your particular situation. Don will discuss the following at the seminar:

  • common causes of anxiety, fear, reactivity, and aggression
  • the common myths about dog behavior,
  • the role of emotions and stress in behavior
  • why training will NOT typically change fear and aggression
  • the need to manage your dog and their environment to keep everyone safe and to prevent the undesirable behavior from occurring
  • dog bites as viewed by the medical and legal professionals
  • things you can do to reduce stress for your dog immediately
  • decisions you need to make as a family before moving forward with a behavior consultation

You will receive a handout which will contain links to several articles available online. These articles will help you to better understand canine body language and other signs of stress and anxiety. By being able to identify when your dog is becoming stressed, you will be able to intervene before the dog starts reacting.

May 2019 Dog Parks – Dog Behavior & Body Language – What You Need to Know

Saturday, May 11th at 10 AM at P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden, ME – Pre-registration is not required.

Sunday, May 19th at 3 PM at Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, ME Pre-Registration is required. Sales open on April 1st via Eventbrite athttp://bit.ly/EVENT-GAKS-DogParks19MAY19.

The total cost of this seminar is $11.26 per ticket, of which $10 will go to the Friends of the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank and $1.26 is a processing fee charged by Eventbrite.


Going to the dog park is not an enjoyable experience for all dogs and people and can result in irreparable physical and emotional trauma. If you would like to learn more about how to prepare yourself and your dog for the dog park, and what to look for at the dog park, I invite you to my presentation: Dog Behavior, Body Language & Dog Parks. Don will address what you will need to know about canine behavior and canine body language to make sure your visit to the dog park is safe and fun for all. He will also provide you with four checklists that will allow you to assess: 1) if you are ready for the dog park, 2) if your dog is ready for the dog park, 3) the physical aspects of the dog park, and 4) the dog parks culture (the behavior of the people that make up the dog park).

You must register and pay in advance for the May 19th seminar at Green Acres Kennel Shop. The cut-off for registration is Friday, May 17th. Seating for the seminar is limited.

Sales open on April 1st via Eventbrite at – http://bit.ly/EVENT-GAKS-DogParks19MAY19.

The total cost of this seminar is $11.26 per ticket, of which $10 will go to the Friends of the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank and $1.26 is a processing fee charged by Eventbrite.

 

November 2019

Dogs, Kids, & The Holidays – Keeping it Fun and Safe

Saturday, November 9th at 10 AM at P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden, ME – Pre-registration is not required.

Tuesday, November 12th at 6 PM at Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, ME – Pre-registration is required.

 Sunday, November 17th at 3 PM at Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, ME – Pre-registration is required.

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