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Introduction to puppy and juvenile learning and training

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Date: February 15, 2012
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM (EST)
Cost: $25.00 for Members
$55.00 for Non-Members
Target Audience: Beginning Trainer, Intermediate Trainer
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Introduction to puppy and juvenile learning and training

with Dr. Noa Harell

Puppies learn constantly from their environment. They learn things we teach them, as well as a lot of learning on their own. The more we control their environment and supervise the puppy – the more control we have over their learning process, to channel it toward desirable directions. Learning is most easily done on a "clean slate" – this process is much easier than "unlearning" things through previous experience, although it is important to remember that the canine brain is prepared to learn different things at different ages. That said, as well as remembering that dogs are a neotenic species (that is, they retain some juvenile and adolescent behaviors into maturity), it is possible, and vital, to keep learning a game for both dog and human, in order for the dog to remain motivated to learn. When teaching dogs, several points are crucial to keep in mind, in order to prevent communication errors. One of them is the mistake of anthropomorphism ("humanizing" the dog's point of view). The webinar lists such common errors and the ways to avoid them. Socialization is a widespread yet often misused term. During this session, we clarify the term and explain the ways and ages to socialize puppies – including enrollment in puppy classes (goals, implementation, mistakes and problems to avoid).

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what motivates puppies and juveniles and how they learn; how these tendencies can be used for teaching the puppy desired behaviors; how behavior problems develop and what can be done to prevent them.

  • Socialization: what is it, why is it important and how can we promote it for the puppy and the human-animal bond's benefit

  • Puppy classes – goals and emphases in practice

Presenter Information:

Dr. Noa Harell received her DVM degree in 1994 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 1997 she participated in an externship program in veterinary behavioral medicine at Cornell University, NY. Since 1997 she has been seeing canine and feline behavior cases at a private practice setting, and teaching an introductory course in behavioral medicine to veterinary students at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine of the Hebrew University.

Since 2009 she has been running a referral veterinary behavior clinic in Ramat-Gan, Israel and currently sees behavior cases exclusively, at her practice.

In addition to teaching veterinary students and mentoring them on seminars and research in this field, Dr. Harell's teaching and lecturing experience in the field of companion animal behavior includes continuing education lectures to veterinarians, animal behavior courses to dog trainers, lectures to various canine professionals such as the Israeli Customs Authorities canine handlers, the Israeli Prison Services' canine handlers, and lectures to the general public on companion animal behavior.   

She attends American, European and International veterinary behavior conferences annually. Her professional goal and mission are to promote humane and evidence-based behavior therapy for companion animals in her country, through collaboration with veterinarians and trainers and through teaching.


  • CCPDT: 1.5 CEUs
  • IAABC: 1.5 CEUs 
  • KPA: 1.5 CEUs 
  • IACP: 1.5 CEUs
  • CAWA: 1.5 CEUs


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