Guest Speakers

We host a variety of guest speakers who are leaders in the animal welfare industry throughout the year.

Great Big Dog Workshop: From Theory to Practice

Dr. Chris Pachel

Saturday, May 30, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Online Workshop hosted on Zoom


Topics Include:

  • Do you see what I see: Medical issues that present as behavior problems
  • Impact of fear & anxiety on learning
  • Desensitization & Counterconditioning: The details make the difference
  • All in the family: The impact of family dynamics on behavior assessment & intervention

Continuing Education Credits:

  • RACE – 6 hours
  • IAABC – 6 units
  • CCPDT – 1 unit for trainers, 4 units for behavior consultants
  • IACP – 12 units
  • KPA – 6 units

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Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010.  He has operated both house-call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR.  Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the US, and has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as Intercat aggression and Pet selection for animal assisted therapy.  He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior, and is also a Vice-president of Veterinary Behavior on the executive leadership team for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, providing positive reinforcement behavior modification and board/train services within a franchise-based business model.

Enrichment for Dogs and Cats

Emily Strong

Saturday, October 24, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

East Bay SPCA, Oakland
8323 Baldwin St.


Topics Include:

  • Enrichment for Dogs: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Incorporate It Into Your Everyday Life
  • Enrichment for Cats: Taking the Principles We’ve Learned and Applying Them to Cats
  • Dogs in Shelters: Sustainable and Effective Applicability for Sheltering Organizations
  • Cats in Shelters: What’s the Same? What’s Different?

Tickets coming soon!

Emily Strong

Emily Strong, CDBC, CPBT-KA, SBA is Co-Owner and Behavior Consultant at Pet Harmony, LLC, Co-Founder and President of First Train Home, and co-author of the book Canine Enrichment For The Real World. She and her business partner, Allie Bender, also run a Mentorship Program for budding behavior professionals as well as a membership site called Pet Harmony Pro Campus for established behavior professionals. Emily has been involved in various animal welfare fields since 1990, working and volunteering in animal shelters, rescue groups, veterinary hospitals, stables, wildlife rehabs, an aviary, and finally as a behavior consultant. While a behavior consultant in Austin, TX she was on the board of Wings of Love Bird Haven and co-founded and ran Austin Parrot Society. She then relocated to Utah to work as a behavior consultant at a multi-species animal sanctuary for almost 3 years before moving to Salt Lake City to go back into business for herself, publish the book, and launch Pet Harmony’s various programs. She has been training animals of many species her whole life, including (but probably not limited to): dogs, cats, parrots, a wide variety of other species of birds, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, rats, mice, horses, miniature donkeys, pigs, goats, tortoises, leopard geckos, snakes, pygmy octopi, fish, and even insects. In addition to co-running Pet Harmony and its various programs, she is also a national speaker, a freelance writer, and has an international client base.

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