Free Pet Training Lectures Coming to Atlantic County Park

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Many people struggle with getting their pet to listen, which is why a former pet trainer in Atlantic County has decided to volunteer her time to help.

“You can train a goldfish if you wanted to," said Loring Slivinski, former certified pet trainer and former veterinary hospital owner. "I’ve seen videos on YouTube where people have trained goldfish to swim through hoops." 

Slivinski explained that pet owners just have to know how to properly motivate their pets. During a series of lectures beginning at the end of the month, she wants to teach them how.

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“There are a lot of misconceptions about the best way to get a pet to do what you want to do," said Slivinski. "There’s a lot of old school trainers who are still using a lot of punishment-based methods.”

But she also explained that punishment-based methods can be problematic.

“They kind of maybe work in the short term, but there’s a lot of longer-term implications in terms of your relationship with your pet," said Slivinski.

What she’s hoping to do is educate people about positive training and positive reinforcement, and as she said before, it can be with just about any pet.

“Cats are a little bit harder because they’re not as food motivated as dogs, but you can train a cat," said Slivinski. "You see these commercials of the cats running and jumping on all of these different places and going to this bowl and that bowl and doing the ramp the agility course. You can absolutely train just about anything.”

Some of the cat behavior topics she’ll be discussing are litter box issues, cat aggression, and destruction. Some of the dog topics will be obeying commands and walking on a leash.

“My goal is to just put as much information out there as I can to help people and their pets,” said Slivinski.

The first lecture will be on Thursday, February 21st at the Warren E. Fox Nature Center located in the Atlantic County Park. Each third Thursday of every month from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Slivinski will be discussing new topics and answer any questions pet owners may have about solving frustrating pet behavior.

The lectures are free and open to the public, but organizers request you don’t bring your furry friend along.

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