This week's topic - From Formal to Functional: Using Comprehensive Information to Effectively Assess Animals, with Dr. Carley Faughn
How can we learn more about the animals we work with and help them overcome challenges when we have so many other responsibilities and things to do on a daily basis? We will explore how everyday interactions, focusing on functional assessments, with animals is a learning experience not only for them but also for us to learn more about their individual needs and increase positive outcomes. Each interaction we have with the animals in our care is an opportunity for us to better understand who they are. Whether we are entering a dog’s kennel to leash them for a walk, taking a dog for an outing in a car, or we are opening a cat’s kennel to clean their litter box, how they behave in these and other daily situations informs us of how we can help them better handle being in a shelter, foster home, or adopted home and develop life skills. In this session, attendees will learn about the ABC’s of functional assessments, how to be aware of each animal’s behavior, understand what that behavior means, and help the animal’s overcome challenges as soon as they are recognized with techniques to easily implement into daily routines. By doing this, we are setting them up for success by looking at the animal in front of us and using that information to help them with what they need.
Dr. @Carley Faughn (PhD, CAAB) has worked with canines, felines, and nonhuman primates since 2007 merging her passion for comparative cognition, animal welfare, and animal rescue. Dr. Faughn is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) and the Senior Strategist of Research for Lifesaving Programs at Best Friends Animal Society. She focuses on solving for advanced behavior challenges for dogs and works with teams to develop lifesaving behavior modification models for shelters across the country. She also develops and implements applied animal behavior research, initially focusing on large dogs and saving those most at risk nationwide, while also investigating successful lifesaving programs in general. Dr. Faughn consults with various teams within Best Friends Animal Society and with Best Friends’ Network Partners across the country to develop creative wellness and enrichment plans and to facilitate teachings about animal behavior and cognition. Dr. Faughn has held various roles within Best Friends from Dogtown Manager to Senior Manager of Animal Care, to her current position focusing on applied research within the lifesaving scope. Before coming to Best Friends Animal Society, Dr. Faughn served as Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid (AAA) in Lafayette, LA for three years and while completing her PhD at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Cognitive Science, 2014).
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