M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
The Role of Enrichment in the Treatment of Canine Reactivity
As an intern at the New Hampshire SPCA, I worked primarily within the behavior and training department. I assisted my mentor, Linda Haley, and the SPCA’s other trainer, Danielle Fuchs, with classes, playgroups, and 1-on-1 private appointments. I shadowed Nadine Perry during her agility classes by adjusting jump heights and learning about how to efficiently run obstacles. I also presented to the summer campers weekly about clicker training. By the end of the summer, I was running my own playgroup, having discussions with owners, and completing vaccination checks independently for all the classes offered through the SPCA. My education from MAPP prepared me well for my externship. I knew a great deal about the various aspects of sheltering, an in-depth understanding of clicker training, enrichment, and various other treatment methods. I felt as though I was especially prepared for this externship by my courses in Animal Behavior, Applied Animal Behavior, and the companion animal module of Animals and Society. All the lessons I learned throughout this experience is quite extensive. What I believe will be the most applicable in the long run, is how I learned more about understanding owners, communicating with them in a positive manner, and giving them the appropriate guidance needed for them to be the most successful with their pets.
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