Here are some extra things I’m up to—come join me!

Here are some extra things I’m up to—come join me!

Check out these opportunities to geek out with me (and awesome guest speakers, too) about science and dogs

Research Bites Podcast

Interviews with animal behavior researchers about applied animal behavior.

Latest episode: June 30th, 2022

The Power of Choice

Online seminar 

July 16th and 17th

Do you work with dogs who have big behavior issues and are stressed to the max?

Do you want to learn more about how giving dogs choices can help decrease their stress and improve behavior?

Join Irith Bloom (CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, CSAT, KPA CTP, VSPDT, CBATI, TAGteacher, VSDTA Faculty, DWA Faculty) and Kristina Spaulding (PhD, CAAB) for two days of in-person interactive learning with working spots for 12 dogs.

Understanding and Addressing Stress

FDSA Webinar – with Irith Bloom

Thursday, July 28th at 6 pm ET

Stress is a huge factor in animal behavior. Join Dr. Kristina Spaulding and Irith Bloom to learn more about stress – what stress is, how stress affects learning and behavior, and why the way we train needs to take stress into account. Whether you are struggling with an over-the-top dog who just can’t seem to focus at agility trials or battling more serious behavior issues, this webinar is for you!

Improving Canine Lives by Increasing Agency

FDSA Webinar – with Irith Bloom

Thursday, July 28th at 9 pm ET

Agency has become something of a buzzword in the positive reinforcement training community. But what exactly is agency, and why is it so important? In this seminar, Dr. Kristina Spaulding and Irith Bloom will provide you with a stronger understanding of agency. They will also give you tools to increase both agency and stress resiliency. Want an optimistic dog? This session is for you!

APDT Conference – full day workshop and multiple talks

– with Irith Bloom

October 19th – 21st, Daytona Beach, FL

Join us in person for this year’s APDT Conference. Irith and I will be doing a variety of talks on agency and choice. And don’t miss the panel discussion on Finding Your Crew – fostering support and friendship among dog professionals.


Fear and Impulsivity Mentorship – October 17th, 2022 – Would you like to improve your effectiveness and success rate with impulsivity/hyperactivity, reactivity, and fear clients, or are you looking to get started with these types of behavior issues?

Fundamentals of Ethology – January 11th, 2023 – Think outside the Skinner box! Ethology is the scientific and objective study of how animals behave in the real world. This course will teach you the core concepts of ethology — how animals see their world, and why they behave the way they do.

What is a Dog? – February 15, 2023– This course takes a deep dive into our understanding of dogs as a species, and therefore how we live with them and train them, how they learn, and how we can best solve behavioral issues if they arise.