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    ISPACS: International Shelter Programme for Applied Canine Studies

    Sheila Harper B Ed, BA with Winny Boerman B.App.Sc

    This is a unique course being offered to all shelters in Niederösterreich, Austria.

    Bias towards dogs, but some areas may be useful for other animals, such as record keeping, rehoming etc.
    • Understanding canine communication
    o Prevention of escalation
    o Recognition of subtle and overt body language
    o Recognition of the emotional state of a dog
    o Understanding the influence of human body language, how to avoid conflicts and to improve relationships
    • Handling skills and general husbandry, respect, nutrition & suggestions for feeding regime
    • Understanding stress, stressors, prevention, management and strategies for stress reduction
    • Enrichment and appropriate mental and physical exercise
    • Welfare and provision of basic needs according to the individual; life stages
    • Safe practices
    • Assessment
    • Housing and pairing, and grouping for social learning. Appropriate introductions and how to build up safely
    • Procedures for care and rehoming
    • Behaviour problems; steps towards rehabilitating dogs, to give a better overview of the dog for successful rehoming through appropriate support and actions
    • Key points for working with volunteers
    • Record keeping

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