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Seminar: Don’t Just Grab the Pussycat – Consent for All Species

December 7 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Whether it’s scratching a dog’s head, grooming a cat, overfeeding a child, or intimate contact between adult humans, the power to give or deny consent is a basic need that is often ignored. International dog trainer and author Grisha Stewart believes that the more we pay attention to all types of consent, the safer the world will be for everyone.

The bulk of the seminar will be about how to ask for and get consent from animals for things like nail trimming, petting, etc. Learning the details of consent for vet care, grooming, petting, picking up, etc. will dramatically improve the quality of life for your dogs, cats, and your human family. It increases safety and peace of mind.

But there is an…

ADULT CONTENT ADVISORY, because for a small portion of the seminar, I will also discuss issues around consent for physical contact between humans.

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Two dates! EUGENE Dec 7, PORTLAND Dec 11, both 6:30-8:30 pm.

The Portland seminar is at the Eliot center, home of the Unitarian church downtown. Eugene seminar is at Training Spot, Eugene’s premier dog training school.


  • Boundary setting in humans and non-human animals
  • How consent can only be given in the moment. Authentic consent cannot be given after the fact or in advance.
  • Effects of contact without consent
  • Benefits of asking for consent before physical contact
  • How to ask for and receive consent from non-human animals (voluntary blood draws, etc.)
  • Comparison of different animal training techniques and how they relate to consent
  • How helping your dog communicate consent and cut-off signals can improve your dog’s behavior and your relationship with your dog
  • How clear consent of your own boundaries can improve your relationship and sex life with your human partner(s)
  • How to defend your animal’s right to give/deny consent
  • How discussing consent in contact with animals can educate humans about boundaries with one another


Grisha Stewart is an author, international speaker, and dog trainer who specializes in dog reactivity. She founded Empowered Animals and the online Animal Building Blocks Academy in Alaska and Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which has earned many awards, including Best of Western Washington.

“Ahimsa” is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects Grisha’s focus on force-free methods to promote the well-being of dogs and their humans.

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December 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Animal Building Blocks Academy


Training Spot
90 Lawrence St
Eugene, OR 97401
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