Helping Your Human Clients Help Their Animals:
A Workshop for Building Skills and Strategies for Collaborative Relationships

Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16 2019, Ann Arbor
$250.00 for the 2 day workshop (no one-day option)

    Doors open at 8 AM for a Continental Breakfast (included).
    The workshop will begin at 9 AM each day.
    CEU credits are pending from IAABC and CCPDT

    Registration CLOSES March 30, 2019
    No refunds issued after March 15, 2019

Perhaps some of the most frustrating aspects of any profession devoted to the care of animals include helping the human clients make choices that serve their animals well and motivating owners to follow through on professional recommendations. This dilemma is faced by a wide range of animal care professions: veterinary, training, behavioral, grooming, pet sitting, exercise, and more.

This 2-day workshop is designed to provide practical skills and strategies that significantly improve the chances of gaining client cooperation, motivation, and follow-through. Taught by a family psychologist and animal behavior consultant with over 40 years of experience helping people change, this workshop gets down to the nitty gritty: how to communicate better, improve compliance, and teach more effectively.

We’ll focus on the practicalities, with brief lecture, case examples, live demonstrations, and skill development segments drawn from the presenter’s and attendees’ real-world experiences and challenges. Many of the skills covered are best learned in a live environment where voice intonation and body language and other human nonverbal skills can be demonstrated, practiced, and mastered. Past participants in this workshop have said it greatly helped change their working relationships as well as their own confidence in working with the human side of the equation.

Register Now:

Helping Your Human Clients Help Their Animals, April 15-16

    If you are registering more than one participant please update charge appropriately ($500, $750, $1000) and indicate the names of additional participants in the space under “Additional Information”.

FOOD: The workshop fee includes a continental breakfast buffet, morning & afternoon snacks, Lunch, and an all- day beverage service both days. Indicate on the registration form if you have dietary requests or allergies/restrictions.

The Presenter:

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC is a licensed psychologist specializing in children and families, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with 45 years of experience working to help people make changes. She is the President of the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, its Playful Pooch Program, and the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. She has been a frequently-invited presenter to audiences of animal professionals in the U.S., the UK, Europe, and Australia, with consistently excellent reviews. She shares her many experiences working with animals as well as with families in a down-to-earth, practical manner that has earned her several national awards for her teaching. She is very approachable in her style, and her workshops are always fun while covering lots of material.

Dr. VanFleet is the author of 10 books and dozens of articles and chapters in both human psychology and animal behavior, and of the acclaimed Human Half of Dog Training. She has won two Maxwell Awards and several special awards for her books and articles from the Dog Writers Association of America. Her latest book, Animal Assisted Play Therapy, has received kudos from reviewers from the fields of both human psychology and animal behavior.


is a wonderfully innovative and comfortable conference center in Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan.
Located in the Glencoe Crossing Plaza, just off of Route 23 at Washtenaw,
the address is:
4735 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone 734.221.5050