Companion Animal Webinars (4-H Emphasis)

Companion Animals September 30, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

The following webinar series was designed for 4-H leaders and teen leaders to help improve their ability to serve the youth in their 4-H companion animal clubs.

Each webinar will have a 30-40 minute presentation with a question and answer period at the end.

The Healthy Dog

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What is a healthy dog and how do you know if a dog is healthy? Learn about what a veterinarian looks for to determine if a dog is healthy. Also to be covered will be disease prevention and health testing and screening for inherited diseases. agility

Our speakers include Karen Potter DVM and Elizabeth Wells PhD. Karen Potter is a graduate of Michigan State University College of veterinary medicine and works in a mixed practice in Lincoln, Michigan. She breeds, shows and trains a variety of sporting dogs and has been an active participant in 4-H programs over the past 15 years. Elizabeth has a PhD from Michigan State University and retired after 26 years of service with MSU Extension. She now owns a private dog training business and is active in breeding, showing and training Samoyeds and Pomeranians. She gave leadership to the MSU 4-H Companion Animal program in Michigan for many years.

Cats 101 

Click here to watch this archived webinar: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p6av08yqkja/

Cats are now the most popular companion animal in U.S. households. Join us for tips about cat behavior that will lead to a better understanding of. and relationship with, our feline friends. We will discuss how cats communicate, and will focus on common behaviors that lead to conflict-namely, destructive scratching and litterbox issues.

Amy Fischer is a Teaching Associate and Extension Specialist with the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, where she coordinates the Companion Animal Biology and Humane Education program. This program emphasizes the science of companion animals as well as their roles in society, and encourages students to apply knowledge through a variety of internships, service-based learning projects, and other opportunities based on community partnerships. Fischer serves on the Boards of Directors of the Champaign County Humane Society and the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs. She has volunteered with numerous domestic and international cat and dog population control campaigns, and is deeply committed to advancing the application of nonsurgical sterilization methods in humane population control. Fisher attended the University of Wisconsin, where she received her Ph.D. in Animal Science in 2004.

Working with Youth and Dogs

Click here to watch this archived webinar: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p5g0t05108s/

In this webinar, our presenters will discuss the best practices on how to handle reactive dogs and how to employ positive training methods to get the results you want. They will also cover the important of safety in working with kids and their dogs. This webinar will also look at the use of crating, fenced in areas, and dogs being on and off the leash.

Lucinda B. Miller, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor with Ohio State University Extension. As an Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Miller is responsible for providing leadership to Ohio 4-H small animal and companion animal science programs, focusing on life skills, best practices, and career development. Miller also provides leadership to 4-H PetPALS, a volunteer leader-directed animal-assisted activities program linking youth and their pets with senior adults. Miller lives on an 86-acre farm in Central Ohio with her husband, 14 Quarter Horses, 4 Nigerian Dwarf Goats, 2 pet rabbits, 7 chickens, 4 cats, and 6 dogs. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, does animal-assisted activities visits with her dogs, rabbits, and chickens, shows Salmon Faverolle chickens, and enjoys bicycling.

Taking Your Members and their Dogs Beyond the Local 4-H Show

Click here to watch this archived webinar: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p6hy84sgs3j

Learn how to get involved in companion events, junior showmanship and conformation with AKC and other organizations. This webinar will cover topics from what is needed to show your dog to how to enter dog shows, obedience, agility, or rally trials. This webinar will be a great Dog jumping webinar for anyone wanting to show their dog competitively beyond their local 4-H show.

Our speakers include Karen Potter DVM and Elizabeth Wells PhD. Karen Potter is a graduate of Michigan State University College of veterinary medicine and works in a mixed practice in Lincoln, Michigan. She breeds, shows and trains a variety of sporting dogs and has been an active participant in 4-H programs over the past 15 years. Elizabeth has a PhD from Michigan State University and retired after 26 years of service with MSU Extension. She now owns a private dog training business and is active in breeding, showing and training Samoyeds and Pomeranians. She gave leadership to the MSU 4-H Companion Animal program in Michigan for many years.

Rally Obedience for 4-H Clubs

Click here to watch this archived webinar: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p5s2oegpwin/

Have you ever wanted to start rally obedience in your 4-H club? This webinar will cover how to do so and much more on rally obedience. The presenter will start by covering what rally obedience is to how it works. Once that is covered, they will next inform you about novice signs, how to preform them, and how to teach them to your members. The webinar will wrap up with the benefits of rally obedience for youth.

The presenter for the webinar will be Dr. Elizabeth Wells. Elizabeth has a PhD from Michigan State University and retired after 26 years of service with MSU Extension. She now owns a private dog training business and is active in breeding, showing and training Samoyeds and Pomeranians. She gave leadership to the MSU 4-H Companion Animal program in Michigan for many years.

 

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