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Making Sense Out of Rescue

Making Sense Out of Rescue

Train your Training Team and Foster Homes

Anyone working with dogs should be able to recognize signs of stress and know what to do in order to prevent a dog from having to react due to fear. This is important not only for the safety of the people that work with them, but just as importantly for the dog’s future well being.

SEMINAR FEE:  $60.00 (includes light refreshments)



Keynote Speaker - Dr. Fiia Jokela

Behavioral Signs of Stress and Anxiety

When bringing in dogs from hoarding situations, puppy mills, shelters, etc., it is important to learn how to observe “signs” that could signal a possible problem. Learning a more integrated approach to understanding canine behavior better and differentiating normal from abnormal behavior is what will make the difference in successful placements.

Topics include:

  • How to recognize and assess whether a dog will benefit from training OR whether a behavioral veterinarian and medication may be needed.


Julie Dorsey-Oskerka

Training Begins with You

Our team will teach you HOW to prevent problems and begin training! 

Calming Therapies that can be introduced into the environment to reduce stress during transport, and when arriving in foster homes, are the first line of treatment and require no extra time or skills to use. Learn what’s available, how they work, and how to use them. 


Liz Geisen

Fear-Free Handling Techniques

Reduce stress and keep people safe when interacting with dogs for whom you have little or no history. How to properly approach and leash up, moving a fearful dog, getting dogs in/out of a crate/enclosure, and other safe handling techniques to use when needing to administer meds.


Steve Frost 

Training Skills

Training skills are the foundation for life – but training skills that build confidence can prevent problems while in your care. You’ll learn the 3 most important skills you can easily begin teaching that will set dogs up for success, not only at adoption events, but that can keep them in their forever homes



CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations received BEFORE 1/18/2018, the seminar fee will be refunded at 100%. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received AFTER 1/17/2018 11:59pm.

Event Properties

Event date 01-21-2018 1:00 pm
Event End Date 01-21-2018 5:00 pm
Capacity 50
Registered 47
Available Seats 3
Cut off date 01-20-2018 11:55 pm
Individual Price USD60.00
Instructor Dr. Fiia Jokela, Julie Dorsey-Oskerka, Liz Geisen, Steve Frost, Lou Ann Forbes
Number Hours 4
Starfish / ASB (Batavia)
167 Oswalt Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA
Starfish / ASB (Batavia)
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USD60.00 3

Friendly Support

We're here to help. Our experienced trainers guide you through every step of the process as you learn how to build a lifetime relationship with your dog based on trust and understanding. 

Quick Start Package

Would you like to know more about your dog? Would you like to prevent mistakes and create a positive training plan without being overwhelmed? Check out our Intro to Training package.

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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

Modular Classes

Our classes are modular so that you can choose a location (throughout Chicagoloand) and time that best suits your schedule each week. View our calendar for upcoming sessions.