With two decades of involvement in animal sheltering in three countries, including nearly 8 years with the ASPCA, Trish is available to consult on a wide variety of shelter behavior issues, from intake to enrichment, rehabilitation, assessment, adoptability criteria-setting, and post-adoption support.

As co-chair of the IAABC Shelter Division, Trish runs a very popular Shelter Dog behavior Mentorship a few times a year. The course is online, and modules can be accessed whenever you have time. IAABC Shelter Dog Behavior Mentorship

Trish and IAABC president, Michael Shikashio also travel worldwide to present their very useful and popular workshop on aggression in dogs. 

Shelter trainings start at $950 per day plus travel expenses.  Follow-up calls or video conferences are $125 an hour.


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Lecture topics and staff/volunteer training sessions available include:

  • Canine body language
  • Feline body language
  • Dog play
  • Breaking up dog fights
  • Defensive handling
  • Dog handling
  • Dog-dog introductions
  • Cat handling
  • Cat clicker training
  • Horse clicker training
  • Enrichment for shelter dogs
  • Enrichment for shelter cats
  • Litter box problems in shelter cats
  • Behavior modification for shelter dogs
  • Food and resource guarding in shelter dogs
  • Managing overaroused dogs in kennels
  • Behavioral assessments
  • Setting behavioral criteria for adoption
  • Matching adopters to pets – review of adoption policies and procedures
  • Housing and enriching horses and goats in the shelter

Other topics can be prepared – if your shelter has specific needs, just ask!

Here are some free resources Trish has helped create for shelters:

ASPCA Canine Communication series

ASPCA Feline Communication series

Sheltering the Hard to Shelter Dog – G2Z conference, Australia

The Hand that Feeds You: Resource guarding in shelter dogs

Litter Box Problems – G2Z conference, Australia


Cost: $700 per day, plus expenses. Travel days, $300 per day

Shelter behavior workshop Gold Coast, Australia
Shelter behavior workshop
Gold Coast, Australia
Litter Box Problems lecture G2Z conference, Australia
Litter Box Problems lecture
G2Z conference, Australia

“I thoroughly recommend the services of Loehr Animal Behavior for both pet owners and for animal welfare and management organisations and departments. Trish’s considerable behavior knowledge and experience extends across many species and applications. In addition, Trish is a very engaging speaker and trainer of people, making them feel comfortable in the learning environment. Trish can assist in reviewing organisation policies, programs and processes right through to working with individual animals on the ground. Trish has significant industry, animal handling and communication skills that are combined with a refreshing empathy and understanding. Staff, management, pet owners (and the pets themselves!) will enjoy Trish’s gentle, honest and down to earth approach.”
~Nell Thompson, G2Z, Victoria, Australia

Consulting in Geelong, Australia:
“It’s always a good exercise to look for ways to improve and having Cynthia and Trish visit us is one of the highlights of the year for GAWS.”