Attend free animal welfare in animal assisted therapy lecture

CJBENTLEYIf you’re in the Oakland County, Michigan area and are interested in learning more about working with dogs in animal assisted therapy (AAT), consider attending the free lecture, “It’s Not Dog Whispering, It’s Dog Listening.

Sponsored by Oakland University’s Center for Human Animal Interventions, the presentation will be held Thursday, March 24, 2016, from   4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Oakland’s Human Health Building, Room 2086.

 Well-known animal behavior consultant C.J. Bentley will discuss a number of animal welfare factors that are essential to a safe and productive environment for everyone in an AAT session. Bentley’s presentation will focus on determining if a dog is well suited to AAT, identifying stress in dogs and learning how the practitioner’s stress can affect the dog and what to do about it.

Bentley is senior director of operations for the Michigan Humane Society and the past executive director of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Please contact Amy Johnson for more information about the free lecture. To learn more about animal assisted therapy, visit Oakland University’s animal assisted therapy website.

If you could ask C.J. Bentley one question about safeguarding your dog’s welfare in an animal assisted therapy situation, what would it be?

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