Sunday, March 14, 2010


Puppy Seminar

Featuring Dr. Jennifer Messer

Sunday April 18, 2010
Crowne Plaza Don Valley Hotel
Toronto, ON
9 am to 5 pm

This is a must attend seminar for anyone who has a puppy, is thinking about acquiring a puppy or any dog professional who works with puppies! This one day workshop will enlighten and enhance your understanding of puppy behaviour, health and training and give you the information and skills you need to effectively identify and comprehend all aspects of puppyhood.

Seminar Overview

Are temperament tests useful?
Do they predict adult dog behaviour?
What’s the difference between temperament and behaviour?

This seminar presents a critical evaluation of temperament testing and behaviour assessments of puppies to help potential dog guardians and trainers decide what role these tools should play in evaluating puppies and making associated training recommendations

Can I take my unvaccinated puppy out visiting?

Do I need up to date vaccines to join puppy school?

This seminar will provide a practical understanding of puppy vaccination - what diseases are commonly vaccinated against, which diseases are of most concern in the puppy class environment, how the puppy’s immune system responds to vaccination, and what the rationale is behind puppy vaccine schedules.

How important are puppy classes?

This seminar explores the key components to a well-rounded Kinderpuppy curriculum, and how these essential elements can be implemented in a Kinderpuppy course. Video clips from a variety of puppy classes will be used for illustration.

The socialization window of puppies is short and precious. Some learning can only take place easily and reliably while the puppy is still quite young, so you need to be able to take best advantage of this brief opportunity. Find out what the 5 key puppy training tips are and how to implement them effectively.

About Jennifer Messer

Jennifer Messer is a veterinarian working in a small animal practice. In addition to routine clinical medicine, Jennifer conducts private canine behaviour consultations and has implemented an in-clinic puppy parenting program to educate dog-owning clients about puppy behaviour and training.

Jennifer completed a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at McGill University, where she graduated with first class honours in 1993. She then went on to study Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, and graduated with a DVM in 2001. During her years as a veterinary student Jennifer established and operated Montessaurus Puppy School in Guelph. Jennifer has given numerous lectures and workshops to veterinarians, dog trainers, veterinary students, and the general public on a variety of canine behaviour topics, including aggression and early training and socialization. She has also written on canine behaviour for Chatelaine magazine and has been featured on Discovery Channel.

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