Thursday, August 15, 2024
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cats are both social and solitary animals. They learn quickly, but they learn differently than dogs. They have specific territorial needs, and their means of showing stress are often subtle.
Come learn more about the secret life of your cat!
Important Details: This event is for people only. There is no cost, but donations are greatly appreciated to help us continue providing these free community events. Attendees must RSVP online.
Meet Your Instructor
Mittsy Voiles, CPDT-KA, Behaviorist at Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic
Mittsy is a Behaviorist at Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic. In addition to in-clinic behavioral help, she teaches classes for puppies and adult dogs here at the clinic. She also offers private lessons and home visits for dogs and cats in Lake Mills, Jefferson, Fort Atkinson and other nearby communities.
A CPDT-KA certified trainer, Mittsy has been working in animal behavior since 1998. She has worked with dogs and cats in clinics, animal shelters, and rescue organizations, including training, behavior assessment, and enrichment programs. She has also developed enrichment and conditioning programs for zoo animals, including bats, parrots, chimpanzees, baboons and dingoes, since 1999.
Prior to joining the staff at Lake Mills, she was the Animal Care and Behavior Manager at Elmbrook Humane Society in Brookfield, evaluating and treating behavior and training challenges to improve the lives of shelter animals.
As founder and director of Good dog!, Queensland Australia, from 2003 to 2007, Mittsy developed and taught training classes for puppies and adult dogs, focused on understanding behavior, preventing problems such as aggression and fearfulness, and providing proper care for the lifetime of the dog. Mittsy also provided in-home behavior evaluations and private training.
Her original interest in animal behavior was sparked when she became a volunteer and then an assistant trainer with Dog's Best Friend, Ltd., started by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. and then attended Dr. McConnell's animal behavior class at the University of Wisconsin.
Mittsy's training philosophy is simple, and is familiar to reward-based trainers around the world: If you train with your brain (rather than relying on equipment), you don't need physical contact with the animal you are training. The secret to training is to understand the animal, and to discover what motivates the animal to do what you want to teach. If you train for motivation, you get an animal who wants to work with you. That builds trust, invites optimistic behavior, and allows the animal to be creative.