Get a new leash on stress management

Sidestep the gimmicks for smart resilience training you can do right in the office.

You've got a great animal-care team--let's make it even better

  • Stop chasing your tail
    Keep burnout at bay with individual and group stress management.
  • No more barking up the wrong tree
    Trade productivity-killing habits for smart, empowering ones.
  • Keep your eye on the ball
    Increase focus by learning how to manage modern distractions.
  • Unleash your pack power
    Improve teamwork and individual accountability.
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 Rise VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

 ​President of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy, child/family psychologist, play therapist, and author


​Colleen Pelar is a superb speaker! I have heard her present numerous times at very large conferences and in smaller meetings, and she has excelled each time. She is well-prepared, knows her material, speaks from the heart, and includes great humor. She is both profound and practical. There are many people who share my assessment of her, and in fact, I have heard only excellent comments from others who have heard her speak as well. I give her my unreserved and highest recommendation.

Colleen is an dynamic communicator of ideas and an inspiration to those who have the pleasure of working with her.  Her witty, down-to-earth approach helps frame complex subjects in a way in which audiences can absorb.  She is a consummate storyteller.  If you are looking for a creative solution to team building challenges, there is no better place to turn than to Colleen.

 Are you looking for a new solution?

You're responsible for a lot, and you care deeply about building and supporting a healthy, productive team, whether it's

  • Recruiting great team members
  • Reducing turnover
  • ​Gaining a competitive advantage

But how to get there?

The internet is crawling with expensive, gimmicky options: Obstacle courses, paintball outings, inspirational speakers, meditation circles ...

How about some down-to-earth ​resilience training you can do right in the real-life context of your animal hospital or organization, focused on your specific goals?

Colleen Pelar

Hello, I'm Colleen Pelar. I'd love to help your animal hospital sing.

Not actually sing, of course. But fire on all cylinders, win the blue ribbon, be the best they can be--you choose the cliche. Scratch that: Let's just focus on your goals for your team. Tell me your goals, and I'll customize my interactive training programs to help you reach them.

I've been guiding teams, groups, and individuals for 25 years. My goal has always been the same: Bring innovative, fresh energy to every situation. Focus on what can be done. Get it done by providing people with the insights and skill sets they need to reach new heights. (Oh, shoot--another cliche. Hazard of the job, I'm afraid.)

Here's some information about my credentials and experience.

And some info about those programs I'd love to personalize for you.

Ready for a new leash on resilience?

Let's chat about your team and your goals. I'll send you a program proposal customized to your needs and budget.

What's with all the dog references?

You may have noticed a few. There's a simple explanation: I used to be a professional dog trainer. In fact, that's where I originally honed my speaking skills.

Over the years, I came to realize how relevant good dog training principles are to life in general, and to a productive workplace in particular. Concepts like reinforcing behavior you like, for example, or setting one's environment up to promote success.

So I use a lot of dog analogies in my talks. I figure a little dog speak is preferable to worn-out workplace jargon like "synergy," "paradigm," and "bandwidth."

Dachshund lying down

​Customized ​resilience programs for combatting burnout and compassion fatigue for veterinarians, vet techs, and other animal-care professionals.​

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