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    • Sunday, September 27, 2015
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Pamela Johnson

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, PPG 1.5, KPA 1.5

    You will learn how to train dogs to do a variety of important life saving behaviors that all dogs should know and practice as well as safety behaviors.

    Pamela will take you through a variety of ways to condition your dog to accept wearing a cone and a muzzle, enjoy being handled and even massaged. She explains why it is important to train dogs to enjoy these things and not wait until an emergency happens when the dog is scared and worried because all of a sudden he has to wear a muzzle or a cone. 

    Do you or your clients have a difficult time getting dogs to take medication? This webinar will go over a few different ways on how to get your dog to take and enjoy taking his medication, without any struggle. Finally giving your dog medication will be easy and stress free for you and your dog. 

    You will also learn what you would need if an emergency or disaster strikes, such as first aid kits and what to put in them, handouts that could help you relocate your dog if they were to go missing and other valuable ideas on how to be prepared for anything. Accidents, emergencies and disasters happen when you least expect it. Are you prepared? Do you know what you would do? Do you have a plan? 

    Webinar Objectives



    Come when called

    Leash Walking

    Impulse Control

    Safety behaviors:

    • Wearing a muzzle
    • Cone
    • Taking medications 
    • Handling

    Preparing for the unexpected:
    • Emergency Plan
    • First Aid Kits
    • Emergency Handouts
    • What to do if you are separated from your dog or pet.
    • What to think about and plan for if you are evacuated with your dog or pet.

    About The Presenters

    Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT and  is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.

    Pamela is a clicker dog trainer and educator in San Diego, California. Pamela began her training career when growing up on a small farm where she trained the family dogs, cats, and horses. She learned about clicker training and behavior modification through reading books, attending Clicker Expos/APDT conferences, watching dog training videos and taking numerous classes with her own dogs. Pamela believes it is important to continue learning throughout ones life and she loves finding new ways to train dogs. Pamela started her own business, Pam's Dog Academy in 2007.

    To learn more about Pamela click here


    - Love of the Water
    - Ability to Swim
    - Basic Foundation Skills
    - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
    - The use of targeting to aid in balance
    - Training techniques for dry land and water 
    - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
    • Sunday, November 29, 2015
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Saturday, November 30, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Targeted Targeting

    Learn How To Improve your Targeting Mechanics 

    A webinar packed full of easily implemented mechanical skill improvements with Yette Van Veen


    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5

    Join Yvette for this webinar that delves into some of the more complex uses for targeting. Learn what targeting is. Make use of criteria increases wisely. Achieve the elusive and often difficult to achieve "hold"/duration. Using position of feed to lead into duration quickly and easily. Learn about the problems with pointing at targets can lead to unnecessary "clean up."

    Learn how playing to the dog's anatomy and movement can help the training process. Build or decrease intensity based on what one requires. (for example, you might want a offered gently or you might want a gentle nudge to close a door. In other situations, you might want a hard push.)

    Webinar Objectives

    • What is targeting? How to use it to create a variety of behaviors.
    • Focusing on beyond basic targeting skills to create a variety of useful and fun behaviors.
    • Learn how to create elusive targeting "holds" that are essential for husbandry (Keep your paw on my hand....hold your chin in my hand....) but also that create those amazing tricks (Dogs balancing things!)
    • Along with nose and paw targets, look at other body targets such as a shoulder target to create the stylized heeling where the dog's shoulder is "stuck" to one's leg. Not the only style of heeling, but it's showy!

    About Your Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen PCT-A

    Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

    Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

    • Friday, April 29, 2016
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    With Dr. Loren Martin

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5

    Empathy is an important psychological construct that involves the ability to recognize and share emotions with others. For many, the term empathy evokes thoughts of higher-order cognitive behaviors, and it is surprising to many that signs of empathy are evident in species other than humans and nonhuman primates. The ability to share emotional states relies on a perception-action mechanism that includes mimicry and emotional contagion. The ability to mimic another’s emotional or physical state is essential for successful social interactions and is found in a number of animal species. In studies of empathy, pain is often used as a stimulus because it is universally understood and easy to measure. We have used pain to show that lower mammals, such as mice, have the capacity for empathy while others have used social observational fear learning as a proxy to measure empathetic behaviors. This webinar will highlight studies that examine empathy in animal species ranging from mice to dogs to elephants and will detail some of the biological machinery that engages empathy behaviors in animals. Studying empathy in animals may prove useful in fully understanding the neurobiological processes of empathy-related behaviors and in a sense animal-related empathy represent a basic form of social communication that appears to be a conserved social behavior among mammals.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to discuss the different components of empathy in the context of pain across different species
    • Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to discuss the physiological underpinnings that block empathy and methods for empathy-enhancement

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Loren Martin

    Dr. Loren Martin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology with a primary appointment on the Mississauga campus. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Mogil at McGill University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2009. He recently joined the University of Toronto Mississauga in January 2015.

    His work has shown that processes such as empathy are negatively affected (in mice and humans) by increased social stress and his lab currently studies the underlying biological mechanisms of empathy and prosocial behaviours (using both animal and human subjects).

    • Monday, June 27, 2016
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Jane Ehrlich

    CEU's PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    Join Jane Ehrlich for this webinar on how to identify aggressive cat behaviors. It is important to understand why a cat might feel aggressive towards her owner, or to other people or guests within the household. In addition, through knowledge of body language to both anticipate the cat's moves and manage them 'in full flow', we can avoid the use of aversives, such as water spritzers and screams and cans filled with pennies.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify reasons for a cat's aggression towards a human
    • Learn the differences between play aggression and the real thing!
    • Note the difference in body language that indicates developing aggression
    • Learn how to achieve a happier relationship between you and your cat
    • Understand how to manage a cat's anger 

    About the Presenter

    Jane Ehrlich, ACBC

    Jane is an Associate Certified Feline Behaviorist through the IAABC. Jane has over  28 years' experience, with clinical, academic and shelter background. Jane has given talks in universities, vet tech colleges, shelters and vet clinics. Jane established her business Cattitude Feline Behavior, offering consultations in homes, by phone, email and Skype for clients worldwide

    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, July 01, 2018
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Dawn Gilkison

    CEUs PPAB, 1 IAABC, 1 CCPDT, 1

    Once you have set training goals, it makes sense to use your time efficiently to achieve outcomes. 

    This webinar will detail a way for you to structure your training sessions so that you and your dog are set up for success. 

    Whether you are training a companion or a performance dog it is important to be aware of aware of all factors so you can control the environment to your advantage. This will help you reach your training goals sooner.

    The webinar will define the five sections that training sessions can be dissected into. 

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand the environment, where you are training
    • Know what equipment and tools you will be using
    • Learn about engagement and how you relate to your dog
    • Understand what is efficient action, your training plan and mechanics
    • Lastly learn about the process of evaluation, your reflection and next steps

    About The Presenter

    Dawn Gilkison KPA CTP is the owner of Positive Solutions Dog Training, located in the Portland, Oregon metro area. 

    Dawn has trained dogs for agility, obedience, conformation, and upland and waterfowl hunting. She works with clients one-on-one to create attentive companions and focused performance dogs. In addition to training dogs, Dawn teaches Biology at a local community college.

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