This week, Tabitha is joined by CDBC, CCBC, CSB, CPDT-KA Dot Baisly.
Dot and I discuss why and how to approach adoptions with a conversation-based approach. This approach advocates for both the animal and the human. Using this approach helps to reduce the length of stay for the animals in our care, engages match making, can be used to place behaviorally challenged animals, and helps to strengthen the shelters reputation and creates a positive culture. Dot shares her experience as she has implemented this in the shelters she has worked along with some case studies of where this technique was used to adopt a behaviorally challenged animal.
Dot Baisly is the Executive Director for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Behavior Consultant at Heal Veterinary Clinic in Watertown, MA. Dot also holds a master’s degree in Animal Behavior from Tufts University and is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), a certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC), certified cat behavior consultant (CCBC), and certified shelter behavior specialist (CSB). Dot is currently a core member of the Shelter Playgroup Alliance team where she facilitates course content for the on-line program and in-person workshops. Most recently she was the director of behavior for Northeast Animal Shelter where she built a behavior program and transformed the organization’s approach to behavior as a result of her leadership. Prior to this she was also the lead behavior staff at the SPCA of Westchester and then the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Dot also worked as a consultant for Paws With A Cause, working with service dogs and the clients they serve for over 10 years. She has been working in animal welfare, veterinary care and behavior for over 20 years, both in animal welfare and rescue organizations and as a private consultant. Dot has consulted with private clients since her initial certifications, working with owned cats and dogs on a regular basis. In her private practice, Dot specializes in working with dogs and cats exhibiting significant behavioral concerns, including human-directed aggression.
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