unnamed-1Mike Kaviani’s expertise and dedication to dog behavior improvement spans across many successful programs and several states. He began his own dog behavior programs in California when he was only 18 with monumental success, first with his “3rd Chance for Pets Program,” which received national recognition.

His commitment to animal shelters did not stop with these programs, however. He also served as the shelter services assistant for a program in the Bay Area called BAD RAP and held the position as director of training and behavior at Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Mike follows a model he learned from his mentor Aimee Sadler, a program called “Playing for Life.” This approach has been called the most progressive behavior program in sheltering, incorporating dog playgroups and training that not only increase adoptability, but quality of life while in the shelter.

In the Spring of 2012, Mike brought his revolutionary experiences to Austin Pets Alive!, where he drumstickcontinues to bring the city even closer to a 100% save rate by targeting the hardest to place large dogs with behavior issues. In his behavior program at APA!, Mike conducts daily playgroups, provides training and behavior modification, adoption follow-up and support, and teaches weekly volunteer training classes.

Mike takes saving the last 10% seriously, and wants to teach you to save them all! Register for the 2014 American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference to learn from Mike as well as other local and national leaders in no-kill and start saving more lives! www.americanpetsalive2014.eventbrite.com

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