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 any time up to two months after the mentorship ends. IAABC Shelter Dog Behavior Mentorship

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

Remote consulting services for shelters is available by phone, Skype, FaceTime or Zoom, at the special COVID rate of $100 an hour.

shelter dog behavior nose

Remote training can also be given to your staff via remote video conference.

Training topics 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

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


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