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10/11/2017 - Understanding Your Best Friend: Presentation with Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener

In this presentation on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1-3pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library, Certified Dog Listener Phil Klein will give a presentation on how to gain a better understanding of dogs and their challenging behaviors. Attendees are invited to bring their questions but not their dogs for a fun, informative presentation.

This presentation will cover how canines see the human world, how canines communicate (including the importance of eye contact and movement), and the underlying reasons for behaviors like nervousness, toileting indoors, incessant barking, aggression, jumping on people, pestering for attention, destructive chewing, separation anxiety, pulling on the leash, and more. Attendees of this program will learn the simple, dog-friendly changes in how to interact with their dogs to transform dog behavior in a kind and lasting way. In doing so, attendees will have a calmer, happier dog and a more enjoyable canine-human relationship.

Per the Southbury Public Library’s Behavior Policy amended in April 2017: “The library does not allow animals on its premises, with the exception of service dogs individually trained to do work or perform tasks for persons with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therapy dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, and other species of animals are not considered service animals under the ADA. A doctor’s note stating that a person needs to have an animal for emotional support does not suffice to qualify an animal as a service animal.” All program attendees and library patrons are expected to abide by this policy.

Phil Klein’s path to becoming a Dog Listener started when his family rescued a special dog named Abby from Labs4Rescue; her behavioral challenges were the motivation for Phil to learn more about dogs and find a way to help Abby overcome her fears. In the process, Phil discovered Jan Fennell, The Dog Listener who had developed a revolutionary method for training dogs based on their instincts. In 2009, Phil attended Jan Fennell’s Foundation and Advanced Canine Communications courses, thereby becoming a Certified Dog Listener. Through in-home consultations, volunteer work with Labs4Rescue and other rescue organizations, and public talks, Phil has been honored to help hundreds of dog owners and their dogs.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.


Contact: Elizabeth Kelly
Reference Librarian
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 133