We all know what it’s like to feel anxious and afraid. But when our dog is barking lunging or our cat is hissing and scratching, it’s not always easy to empathize with them. While we’ll never know what they’re truly experiencing, this 6-part webinar series aims to deepen your understanding of your fearful pet and how to better support them.
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Understand Your Fearful Pet & Learn How to Help Them.
The webinar series will answer questions like:
- What’s the difference between fear and anxiety, and what can I do about them?
- How can I tell if my pet is afraid?
- Why is my pet comfortable with a trigger one day then is terrified of it the next?
- What even is a trigger?
- What do I do when my pet is panicking?
- How can I find help?
While in many ways this webinar series is for your fearful pet, it is also for you: we’re hopeful you’ll feel seen, heard, and supported, too!
*Please note: this webinar series is for educational purposes and is not a replacement for working with a trainer, behavior consultant, veterinarian, or veterinary behaviorist.
How does the Webinar Series Work?
- One webinar will be presented every month, on Thursdays at 3 pm Eastern, starting in September (See below for dates.)
- The webinars will be presented live via Zoom. Recordings will be available for those who can't attend live.
- You can attend any webinar you choose for $35, or sign up for the whole series for $180 ( a package savings of $30).
- Each webinar covers a specific topic; you can attend any or all!
A Note from Presenter Emily Tronetti
My passion for helping animals who struggle with fear and anxiety comes from a variety of experiences. I’m reminded daily of how important this work is by my two dogs, Aela and Aldo, and my cat, Nora, who have each grappled in their own ways with fear, anxiety, and stress. I also have had countless gut-wrenching experiences working with terrified dogs and cats in animal shelters, veterinary hospitals, homes, and other environments. Other animals are subjected to so much trauma that often goes unnoticed. I’ve devoted my life to trying to change this, and I believe the first step is deepening our awareness and understanding of what these animals experience.
I’ve become equally passionate about helping guardians of dogs and cats who are fearful. Caring for an animal who struggles with feeling safe in the world is hard. I’ve become a firm believer that we better support others when we make caring for ourselves a priority. It’s something I’m still figuring out how to do, too. I look forward to supporting and learning from each other!
Webinar 1: Getting Help for Your Fearful Pet
Wednesday, Oct 6th 3:00 p.m. ET
Many companion animals struggle with fear, anxiety, and stress. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about these issues. Beliefs like “they’ll just grow out of it” or “that’s just how they are” can prevent dogs and cats from getting the help they deserve.
In this live, interactive webinar, we’ll discuss how to know when your pet needs behavior support and who to look to for help. We’ll talk about the different types of animal behavior professionals and look at what credentials and experience to look for. You’ll learn how to find someone reputable and what questions to ask before hiring them. There will also be time for you to ask questions, share your story, and get support from other guardians who know what it’s like to care for a fearful pet.
Webinar 2: What's the Deal with Fear? Understanding Fear & Anxiety in Our Pets
Thursday, Oct 28th at 3:00 p.m. ET
We know that fear and anxiety are common in companion animals. But what’s the difference between the two? Can an animal be fearful but not anxious? What about the other way around? This live, interactive webinar will answer these questions and so much more! Not only will we explore the difference between fear and anxiety, but we’ll also explore the various reasons why cats and dogs experience these challenging emotions. Be sure to bring your own questions for us to dive into. There will also be time for you to share your story and get support from other guardians who know what it’s like to care for a fearful pet.
Register for Webinar 2 - $35
Webinar 3: Communication is Key: Identifying Fear, Anxiety, & Stress in Cats & Dogs
Thursday, Nov 18th at 3:00 p.m. ET
When it comes to animals who are experiencing fear, anxiety, and stress, communication really is key. Learning what your dog or cat is communicating has several benefits. You’ll be able to recognize signs of stress earlier, so you can prevent worsening fear and anxiety. These earlier interventions are also essential to preventing reactive and aggressive behaviors. Reading animal body language is a skill, and this live, interactive webinar will provide plenty of opportunities for you to practice it! There will also be time for you to ask questions, share your story, and get support from other guardians who know what it’s like to care for a fearful pet.
Webinar 4: How Your Fearful Pet Perceives the World (and what to do about it)
Thursday, Dec 16th at 3:00 p.m. ET
The world can be a scary place for our companion animals. In this live, interactive webinar, we'll talk about common environmental triggers and how this influences their behavior. When we consider all of the strange sights and sounds our dogs and cats must face, it’s no wonder they sometimes feel unsafe! Unfortunately, these feelings can result in challenging behaviors, like barking, lunging, and even biting. This happens when our dogs and cats go over threshold. I'll share more about what this means, including strategies for keeping pets under threshold. We'll look at examples like creating distance and giving our pets as much choice and control as possible. There will also be time for you to ask questions, share your story, and get support from other guardians who know what it’s like to care for a fearful pet.
Webinar 5: Supporting Your Fearful Pet: Decompression & Enrichment
Thursday, Jan 13th at 3:00 p.m. ET
Dogs and cats who struggle with fear, anxiety, and stress need our support. As we can all relate to, worrying is exhausting. Our pets benefit greatly from time to decompress. This webinar will talk more about what decompression is and why it's so important. We'll discuss specific strategies to help your dog or cat recover from scary or stressful events. We will also talk about enrichment and why it's essential to our pets' wellbeing. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite enrichment activities for dogs and cats with you! I'd love to hear the fun, enriching things you do with your pets, too. There will be time for you to share this and more, to ask questions, and to get support from other guardians who know what it’s like to care for a fearful pet.
Webinar 6: Show Yourself Some Love: Self-Care for Guardians of Fearful Pets
Thursday, Feb 10th at 3:00 p.m. ET
Register for Webinar 6 - $35
Caring for a dog or cat who is struggling with fear or anxiety is far from easy. In fact, it can be frustrating, exhausting, and sometimes, feel downright hopeless. We may be tempted to blame or shame ourselves for not doing more to help our pets. However, these negative thoughts and feelings don't serve us or our pets. In this live, interactive webinar, we'll talk about the importance of being kind to ourselves, and how we deserve support just as much as our pets do. While this includes reaching out to others for help, we must also make caring for ourselves a priority. We, too, must take time to decompress. During this webinar, we'll brainstorm strategies for self-care and share our stories. We've got this!
Emily has a Master of Science in anthrozoology, the study of the relationships and interactions between humans and other animals. She’s currently pursuing her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational and Professional Practice with a specialization in humane education through Antioch University. Emily has a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior and a Certificate in Training and Counseling (with honors) from The Academy for Dog Trainers. She owns Coexistence Consulting and strives to improve the relationships between humans, other animals, and the natural world through consulting and humane education. Emily’s passion for animal welfare led her to co-found the Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers, a nonprofit that connects shelters and rescues with behavior support. Emily and her spouse live in Fredericksburg, VA with Aela the herding mix, Aldo the papillon, and Nora the adorable cat.