Podcast Guests: Debbie Martin

Debbie Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a full time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996. Debbie is the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, a specialty veterinary practice located in Spicewood, TX, with practice limited to the prevention and treatment of animal behavior disorders. She assists a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Kenneth Martin, who is also her husband, during behavior consultations. They are proud to have the first behavior specialty Fear Free Certified Practice. Debbie is a co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior. Debbie is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Behavior. She is the treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and an active member of SVBT (Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians). Debbie is a Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Emeritus and a Certified Training Partner and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and on the Clicker Expo Faculty.  Debbie and her husband published a book on normal development and training in dogs, Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. They are also the authors of the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. Debbie is the co-editor and a contributing author of the textbook, Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, published in 2015. Debbie is honored to be a Fear Free Elite Certified Professional, a member of the Fear Free Advisory Panel, and a subject matter expert for Fear Free Pets and Fear Free Happy Homes. She lives in Spicewood, Texas and enjoys exploring the beautiful hill country by motorcycle.

In this episode we discuss:
  • The challenge of socializing a puppy while also social distancing.
  • Creative ideas to build your puppy’s resilience.
  • Options to make the most of what you CAN do.
  • How to strategize your puppy’s training to prevent problems in the future.
  • That not everything is ruined and there is still hope your puppy will be behaviorally normal, even after all this.

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Discount Code for the Puppy Start Right for Instructors course:  DRINKAPRIL for 15% savings. (It expires at the end of April!)

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