Internships & Seminars

We offer custom internships to shelter personnel and shelter trainers exclusively
and in the context of working with sheltered animals. Please note: we do not offer internships for private dog training. We are here to help you advance your skills as handlers and trainers, with a better understanding of canine behavior within the context of sheltering, so that you can enhance the quality of life for your animals as well as save more lives!
In addition to internships, we also offer training & behavior seminars at your organization. Our seminars include a Power Point presentation, packed with video examples, followed by hands-on work with your sheltered dogs. Many shelters have chosen to add additional days of hands-on training to work on any aspect of our Training and Behavior Department Program or protocols that will benefit their organization. Our most requested seminar is…
Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation
102 Old Riverhead Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Hotel Accommodations:
Hyatt Place Long Island/East End

451 East Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901, USA Phone: +1 631 208 0002

***Please call 631-208-0002 to make your reservation and include the rate code SOAS to qualify for our corporate rate***

We do not have set dates/curriculum for our internship program. Understanding that each shelter and its’ resources differ, we have chosen to maintain individualized internships to best meet your needs. Many people feel that 3 days give them a solid foundation and understanding of our Training and Behavior programs and the principles behind our protocols. If you feel our programs can help you, please contact us to discuss dates and a curriculum that will suit you best!
With over 25 years of experience working with multiple species in varying venues, our Director of Behavior & Training, Aimee Sadler , has developed training and behavior programs that maximize resources to meet the needs of more sheltered animals resulting in solid life-saving statistics at two open admission shelters in two different regions of the country. Both the Longmont Humane Society and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation have been able to maintain a Live Release Rate for their canine populations exceeding 95%! Aimee has been recognized for her work in animal welfare and is one of the proud recipients of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award for 2011. Aimee now travels the country and has introduced play groups to over 50 shelters, resulting in happier and healthier animals (and staff and volunteers!) and reduced euthanasia. Here’s what some people are saying about their experience working with Aimee and her behavior teams:
Hope to see you again at HCAS!!!!! Our dogs(and our volunteers/staff) have reallllyyy been loving the group play sessions.Thank you for showing us the way :)”…Victoria Parker, volunteer
“My short feedback is that I greatly enjoyed her presentation and found it well done and displaying a real understanding of the unique challenges, of working with animals in the shelter environment. The playgroups and the necessary knowledge and skills needed to run them, were excellently explained and demonstrated to attendees. I personally feel that my training tool box has been expanded and I feel confident that I now have the skills to assist in the running of playgroups. I am personally grateful to Aimee, for opening this door for us and most importantly for the dogs that will benefit enormously from this enriching activity. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Lauren Ranghelli KPA CTP”
“Thanks for the handouts and for putting on this seminar with Aimee and Mike. I found it very helpful – thorough, well presented, and containing new ideas that I’ll be able to use. Dani Weinberg, Ph.D. – Dogs & Their People, Albuquerque, NM – Certified Dog Behavior Consultant – Karen Pryor Academy Faculty – Author of “Teaching People Teaching Dogs”
“Aimee has developed one of the best behavior programs I’ve seen in shelters…and I’ve seen a lot of shelters! She takes behavioral knowledge and creates new applications…” Dr. Pamela Reid, PhD VP of Behavior, ASPCA
Internships: $200/day/pp plus expenses (for multiple attendees from one organization, please contact us regarding discounted rates)
Seminars: $700/day for Aimee and an assistant plus travel expenses for both (air, hotel and rental car, if necessary).
*** There is a potential for sponsorship for internships and seminars. Please contact Aimee for details. ***

Thank you very much for your interest in our life-saving programs! Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions or would like to schedule either your internship or seminar.