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Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA): How does “Least” and “Minimally” fit into behavior modification?


During this 90-minute session you will learn about the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) ethical principle and explore several case studies that illustrate the use of LIMA to address problem behaviors, including severe fear and inter-dog aggression. During this session we will discuss training and behavior modification practices that do, and do not, adhere to LIMA principles. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to assess what is truly least intrusive, and have ideas of how to incorporate some specific practices to increase choice for the animals that you work with.

This webinar is suitable for veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior intervention.


About Mara:

Mara Velez, MS, CPDT-KA is the Executive Director of the Shelter Playgroup Alliance and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Prior to co-founding the Shelter Playgroup Alliance, Mara spent over a decade in sheltering, including several years as a behavior and training consultant at Contra Costa Animal Services, an open-admission county shelter, where she collaboratively designed, developed, and implemented behavior program structures, including a robust volunteer training program, a behavior evaluation, and canine enrichment and playgroup guidelines. Mara holds bachelors and master’s degrees in psychology and completed all of the course work for a doctorate in education.