Ready, Set for Groomer & Vet

Nowadays we know that training is about much more than just “obedience” or “manners” — it’s an essential component of animal care. In fact, in the exotic animal world (where Laura Monaco Torelli began her career), the main focus of training is cooperative husbandry. Good medical health underpins good behavioral health, but many pets, and their owners alike, dread a visit to the groomer or vet. It is problem that can be turned around with a simple proactive approach involving training games and activities.

In this Session, you’ll learn:

  • How to safely and proactively integrate husbandry training into group and private sessions, including how to plan for, practice, demonstrate, and follow up on a variety of behaviors to ease grooming and veterinary care.
  • How to build a great team around each pet’s care, gaining essential buy-in from both clients and their veterinary and grooming professionals.
  • How incorporating training for husbandry can create variety and interest in course content for both owners and trainers.

Join Laura to learn how she successfully integrates her Ready, Set for Groomer & Vet program into group and private sessions at Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago. It has translated into increased referrals from veterinarians, both for everyday training, and for work with dogs (and owners!) who are stressed during routine care.

Whether you teach private or group sessions, work as a groomer or veterinary professional, or just want to improve the veterinary or grooming experience for own dog, you’ll walk away with a new perspective on how training can enhance the relationships between dogs and the people who care for them. Come and get ready… set… for the groomer and vet!

Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of terrestrial animals, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs.

Laura serves as a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.'s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She offers private training at West Loop Veterinary Care, located in downtown Chicago.. Laura has presented at many professional conferences and taught seminars across the United States, Italy, Sweden, Japan, and the Caribbean. She has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN and NBC 5 news and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. This is her seventh year speaking at ClickerExpo.