Seminars

The goal of all seminars is to provide useful information in a user-friendly manner that includes examples, case histories, photographs, visuals, and other enhancements to illustrate key concepts, and also provide ample time for questions.

Seminars are available for the following groups. Although some of the topics overlap, the presentations are developed to meet the needs of a particular audience. Upon request, seminars can be designed to address behavioral, bond, and/or communication topics of particular interest to a specific group. For further information, contact mm@mmilani.com.

Target Audiences:

Veterinarians and Veterinary Support Staff

Seminars for veterinarians cover the complete spectrum of behavioral, bond, and communication subjects as these relate to the treatment process. Topics include normal and abnormal animal behaviors and normal and abnormal human-animal relationships as these affect animal health and quality diagnosis and treatment of medical problems in-house and on an out-patient basis. Communications seminars explore the animal-client-veterinarian triad, animal rights, burn-out, the role of guilt and love in the treatment process, discussing cost, dealing with the terminally ill patient, euthanasia, and other everyday aspects of practice that may undermine the quality of the treatment process.

General Pet-Owning Public

Seminars for the general public explore a wide range of subjects dealing with normal and abnormal canine and feline behavior and the human-animal bond in an informal, listener-friendly manner. Illustrations and anecdotes are chosen to represent the full spectrum of animal behavior and human-animal relationships to enable participants to see how they and their own pets fit into the overall scheme of things.

Subjects include overviews of normal and abnormal companion animal behavior, normal and abnormal human-companion animal relationships, human and animal perception and emotion, preparing for or coping with the loss of a pet, among others. As always, helping people develop a comprehensive rather than problem-oriented view of their animal’s health, behavior, and relationship with them serves as the primary focus. 

Breed Groups and Kennel Clubs

Seminars for breed and kennel club audiences delve into animal behavioral, relationship, and communication topics as they relate to that particular breed as well as species. Specific topics include the effects of evolution, domestication and the positive and negative effects of human emotions associated with a particular breed, the advantages and disadvantages of purebred rescue from a bond and behavioral perspective, and the links between physiology and behavior as these affect the selection of breeding animals. Seminars for specialty groups may be coupled with those for the general public and/or with private sessions for group members.

Trainers and Behavioral Consultants  

A basic truism in an animal-related service of any kind states that client compliance is directly related to that person’s perception that said service meets their own as well as their animal’s needs.  These seminars keep this reality in mind as they explore the interplay between the animal’s behavior, physiology, and relationship with the person training the dog, be that person the owner, trainer, or someone else. Instead of describing yet another method for training dogs, these seminars provide trainers and behavioral consultants with the behavioral and bond understanding necessary to properly analyze problem behavior in general or for specific problems. Armed with this information, participants then learn how to develop and implement a training program that will meet specific animal and owner needs.

Animal  Control and Shelter Personnel

Seminars for animal control and shelter personnel address three key areas critical to success for animal and human alike: scientific knowledge about normal and abnormal canine and feline behavior, scientific knowledge about the nature and effects of the different forms of human-animal bonds, frank and comprehensive discussion of the emotional and ethical dilemmas raised by rescue, adoption, euthanasia, and other issues faced by shelter personnel on a daily basis. Once participants understand these basics, they learn how to use them to communicate effectively with existing or potential animal adopters to ensure the maximum benefit those people and their new animals.

Other Animal Care Professionals

Even though the livelihood of a surprising number of people depends on their ability to interact with companion animals and/or their owners in a meaningful way, many people lack the necessary knowledge of animal health and behavior, the human-animal bond, and communication skills to do this. These seminars rectify this situation by providing employers and employees who work in these areas with this critical information.