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2016 “Pet Matters” Seminar Series

The Farm at Natchez Trace is excited to announce the schedule for our 2016 seminar series. Now in its 11th year, the Pet Matters Seminar Series is held on the last Sunday of the month, April through September. Admission is FREE, but space is limited. Contact The Farm at (615) 662-6628 or Community@thefarmatnatcheztrace.com to reserve your seat. Seminars take place at 1pm and include a question and answer session. Refreshments provided. Tours of the facility always available! Parking is available in the circular drive in front of the main building just past the white farmhouse. Additional parking is located near the Farm house. Signs will be posted. Tours offered for newcomers and returning guests alike!

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April 24th
Pet Anxiety

with Dr. Beth Strickler of Blue Pearl Veterinary Practices

Separation anxiety, hyperactivity, compulsive behavior and aggression are only a few of the problems that can occur in pets with anxiety. Dr. Beth Strickler of Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Board Certified in Veterinary Behavioral Medicine joins us to provide essential information that can help you find the best treatment for your furry friend.

May 22nd
Cat Behavior

with Pam Johnson Bennett Therapy

Syndicated cat behaviorist Pam Johnson Bennett, takes a break from her Animal Planet TV show to join us again this year to discuss her revolutionary “Think Like a Cat” approach to feline behavior! She will examine techniques for multiple-cat households, litter box concerns, aggression and other common feline behavioral issues.

June 26th
Pet Nutrition

 w/ Raj Naik DVM, Specialist in Pet Nutrition

We know that what we feed our pets significantly affects their overall health and well-being on every level.  Dr. Raj Naik, veterinary specialist in Pet Nutrition has the  knowledge and experience to speak directly to finding the best diet to meet your four legged friend’s  individual needs.  To find out if your pet is on the very best food to fit your budget, you won’t want to miss this very special Pet Matters Seminar on What’s in Fido’s Food?

July 24th
Keeping Fit with Your Pet

 w/ Kara Sustic of Animalia Health and Wellness

Did you know that there are organizations in Middle Tennessee that allow you the joy of exercising with a dog, even if you don’t actually have a dog? Have you ever wondered about teaching your dog to use a treadmill and to go about that safely? Maybe you have wanted to take your dog swimming or hiking but you weren’t really sure where the best swimming holes and hiking trails for dogs are. Join us for this hour long seminar “Keeping Fit With Your Dog” as Kara Sustic of Animalia Health and Wellness, breaks down the health benefits, important safety tips and even lists some of the unique and diverse options available today to make exercising with your dog a fun, safe and enriching experience for you both.

August 28th
Therapy Animals

with Linda Brewer of Therapy ARC

Linda Brewer of Therapy ARC discusses what it takes for you and your pet to partner in this work.
Sometimes all it takes to make someone’s day better is to be able to cuddle with a furry friend, give a head rub, or get a loving lick on the hand. If you’d like to see if you and your dog have what it takes to become a part of this rewarding program, call or email today to reserve your spot as Vice Chairperson of Therapy ARC, Linda Brewer, speaks about the wonderful world of therapy work! (This seminar is for two-legged guests only. Please do not bring your pets)

September 25th
Dog Behavior

w/ Nikki Ivey of DogSpeak

Does a tail wag always mean a dog is happy? Does showing of teeth always mean aggression? The truth is, dogs use body language to talk to each other and to us all the time, but sometimes we humans just don’t get it. In this two hour seminar, professional dog trainer, author, Canine Behaviorist and Owner &  Founder of DogSpeak, Nikki Ivey, will reveal the secrets to understanding “man’s best friend”. You will learn safe and responsible ways to interact with dogs at home or in public. Since 1996, Nikki has been working to help pet owners and professionals internationally to have a better understanding their canine companions, promoting the healthiest possible relationship a person can have with their dog.