You Got a Friend in Me: Training to Enhance Bonds and Overcome Behavioral Challenges with Constructional Affection

A webinar with Maasa Nishimuta and Sean Will , March 21 2024, 7 pm CET

You Got a Friend in Me: March 21 at 7 pm CET Find your local time Here


Do you live or work with an animal that can get too excited and jump, mouth, or scratch people, destroy furniture and objects, or struggle with separation anxiety? Do you want to learn how we can teach them desirable behaviors humanely, ethically, and effectively? Let's explore and learn what you can do to understand your dog's needs and solve these behaviors while achieving important training goals!

Constructional Affection is a training procedure that can help enhance our relationships and help effectively overcome common behavioral challenges. This procedure is perfect for people new to training or living with dogs, novice or experienced trainers, and especially for those volunteering or working in animal shelters! 

Through this presentation, Sean and Maasa will provide a detailed look at how Constructional Affection can help solve many behavioral challenges that require fast and effective solutions. This presentation will introduce the procedures involved in Constructional Affection, how to know what dogs are ready for it, how to do it, and review some practical examples of using Constructional Affection in everyday life through videos.

Sean & Maasa's bio and information on CAAWT:


Sean Will studied under Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and earned a master's degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. While studying at UNT, he spearheaded the development of Constructional Affection under the instruction of Dr. Rosales-Ruiz and developed constructional shelter programs to increase efficiency in local animal shelters. Currently, Sean is a doctoral candidate at Florida Tech researching problem-solving and animal training.


Maasa Nishimuta studied under Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and earned a master's degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. In her master's thesis, she studied the reinforcing effects of affection in the form of petting and gentle scratching with rescued equines. She modified Constructional Affection for use with equines and continues to apply Constructional Affection with animals in shelters where she volunteers.


In 2020, Sean and Maasa founded the Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training (CAAWT). CAAWT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help dogs in shelters get adopted and help dogs living with humans stay together. To fulfill this mission, CAAWT aims to remove financial barriers preventing people and organizations from accessing needed behavior support and training. 

 CAAWT has helped develop programs that have improved the lives of animals and their caretakers across the globe—helping to resolve issues relating to hyperactivity, anxiety, fear, aggression, and more. Through connecting with trainers, shelters, rescues, zoos, and people living with animals, CAAWT has been able to continue to reach the animals and their humans in need of behavioral and training support. 

To learn more about CAAWT and our work, please check out the website, the CAAWT Membership, Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training Podcast, the annual CAAWT Conference, webinars, and more! 

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CAAWT Membership:



Podcast: Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training is available on most of the podcast platforms.

(If you are a member of Hund i Fokus' member portal, access to the webinar is included in the membership. Log in information will be added to the Facebook group.)

The webinar lasts for approx. 2,5 hours, including questions.


Information about the Members portal for the English speaking. 


Informasjon om Medlemsportalen for Skandinaver.