Recorded Behavior Webinars
The East Bay SPCA now offers a variety of affordable on-demand, online courses on common cat and dog behavior topics. These presentations include introductory courses on behavior, as well as specialty courses that are designed to help understand and address specific challenges. They are available for you to watch at your convenience for a small fee. Stay tuned as we continue to add new webinar topics!
All course fees support the programs and services of the East Bay SPCA.
Is there a persistent behavior challenge you are working with your cat or dog that you would like more information on? Take a look at our Behavior and Training Resource Library for topics and tips you may be looking for or learn more about our Behavior and Training Helpline.
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Friendly, Fierce, or Frisky – Feline Communication 101
Identify body language, explore enrichment, and learn skills for interacting more knowledgeably with your feline friends! Whether you’re an animal care professional, a longtime pet owner, a new adopter, or are simply interested in learning more about the mysterious creatures we share our homes with, this course is for you.
This course includes two (2) one-hour long sections with two section quizzes.
Hisses to Kisses: Addressing Fear in Cats
Fear is by far the biggest behavioral challenge faced by our shelter cats. As such, our behavior team knows a LOT about helping fearful cats gain confidence! Join our Behavior and Training Associate Micah McKechnie for an in-depth guide on how to help scaredy cats overcome fear– whether they are in a shelter, in foster, or their forever home.
This course includes one (1) hour-long lesson with a final quiz.
Decoding Doggie Dialogues: Canine Communication 101
Ever wondered what your dog is trying to tell you? You may be surprised at just how many signals you can watch for on a daily basis! Our trainers observe and train hundreds of dogs each year, and want to share their knowledge and expertise with YOU! Join our Behavior and Training Associate Chris Money for an in-depth tour of how to read your dog’s signals, and how to effectively communicate back with them!
This course includes three (3) lessons with associated section quizzes.
Clicker Training 101
For decades, the scientific community has agreed–training using positive reinforcement (often abbreviated as R+) is the most effective, ethical, and humane way to communicate with our animals. Clicker training has so many applications; helping to attain specific training goals, enriching the lives of our animal learners, and building stronger bonds of communication and understanding between animals and their guardians. We are excited to offer this interactive module as an introduction to positive reinforcement training. These are the building blocks that you can use to begin your training journey!
This module will walk you through the most basic foundations of R+ training, and provide you with the skills you need to begin to explore training for yourself–whether this is with a shelter animal as a volunteer or foster, or with your own critters at home.
This course contains five (5) interactive modules and four (4) section quizzes.
Dog Reactivity Basics
Are you looking to reduce unwanted barking? This webinar is for you! Reactivity is our #1 most requested training topic. This module covers everything our certified trainers go over with reactivity private training clients on their first day! From training theory to training exercises, this webinar will jump start your reactivity training journey.
This course includes a single 40-minute training webinar.
Decompress for Success: The Science of Managing Canine Stress
Want to learn a few simple tools that you can use to reduce stress and help improve your dog’s quality of life? This mini-module offers 3 easy ways that you can help meet your dog’s needs and encourage relaxation. Whether you are working on a behavior challenge or simply exploring ways to enrich your dog’s life, these are the strategies our certified trainers recommend to get started.
This mini module includes a single 17-minute training webinar.