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    • Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    • 6:30 PM (PST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    Join Dr Jean Dodds, DVM for a webinar on Vaccine Issues.

    Dr Jean will discuss the following in this 90 minute webinar supported by case examples and photographs.

    Topic Information

    Modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases. However, the challenge to produce effective and safe vaccines for the prevalent infectious diseases of animals has become increasingly difficult. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is compelling.  While some of these problems have been traced to contaminated or poorly attenuated batches of vaccine that revert to virulence, others apparently reflect the host’s genetic predisposition to react adversely upon receiving the single (monovalent) or multiple antigen “combo” (polyvalent) products given routinely to animals. Animals of certain susceptible breeds or families appear to be at increased risk for severe and lingering adverse reactions to vaccines.



    A 90 minute webinar

    CEU's Pending

    IAABC - 1.5 CEU

    CCPDT - 2 for Behavior Consultants

    KPA - 1.5 CEU


    About The Presenter


    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include: 

    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

    • Monday, April 01, 2013
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Sunday, March 31, 2019
    • 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr Jean Dodds, DVM

    CEUs:  CCPDT 2, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

    Join Dr Jean Dodds, DVM for a recorded webinar on Thyroid Disease. Dr Jean will discuss the following in this 90 minute webinar supported by case examples and photographs.

    Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of dogs, and up to 90% of cases result from an autoimmune disease that progressively destroys the thyroid gland (autoimmune thyroiditis). Once more than 70% of the gland is destroyed by this process, classical clinical signs of hypothyroidism appear. Because the condition is heritable, it has significant genetic implications for breeding stock.  Accurate diagnosis of the early stages of autoimmune thyroiditis offers important genetic and clinical options for prompt intervention and case management. It is often difficult to make a definitive diagnosis.


    About The Presenter

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:

    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

    • Sunday, April 21, 2013
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

     Recorded Pet Professional Webinar

    Pet Nutrition - Dr Jean Dodds, DVM

    Proceeds from this webinar to to Dr. Jeans Non Profit Hemopet.

    Join Dr Jean Dodds, DVM for a webinar on Pet Nutrition

    Dr Jean spends 90 minutes covering some fascinating areas of pet nutrition. This is a must watch for all pet professionals and pet dog owners.

    Topic Information

    Wholesome nutrition is key to maintaining healthy immune function and resistance to disease. Discussions will focus on the basic ingredients and trace vitamins, minerals, and immune-balancing nutrients that promote healthy endocrine and immune function as they apply to health and disease.

    The presentation covers

    • Pet nutrition and balanced diets
    • Food intolerance
    • Food allergies
    • New testing methods
    • Clinical signs and treatment
    • Liver cleansing diets
    • Nutrition and the Thyroid
    • Nutrigenomics

    With your registration you receive a PDF version of the Power Point Presentation too.

    The exciting new field of nutrigenomics is an emerging science that studies the molecular relationships between nutrition and the response of genes in promoting health.  Different diets elicit different patterns of gene and protein expression as well as metabolite production; these are termed molecular dietary signatures. See www.nutriscan.org


    CCPDT 1.5 CEUs

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs

    KPA 1.5 CEUs


    Thanks, an excellent webinar – one of the best (most useful) that I have ever attended.

    Oliver Beverly

    I am so glad I was able to attend your Webinar.
    There was so much wonderful information and I learned a lot.
    Thank you for the email with the Webinar information – I’ll be
    able to refer back to it whenever I need it.
    Debbie Marino
    The Inn Dog House

    I thought Dr. Dodds webinar was excellent. Her comments were organized beautifully and the presentation was very informative. Her talk piqued my interest in pet nutrition, and I am going to look into it further. She mentioned she has a book coming out soon. I would love to purchase a copy and will listen to the recording again to get the title.

    Thank you and thanks to Dr. Dodds for presenting this excellent, informative webinar!

    Kindest regards,

    Sandra Lacroix

    Thank you so much to Dr. Dodds for her wonderful presentation. There was so much useful information, I'll be listening and looking at the powerpoints again.

    Seminars like this are just one reason I love the PPG!

    Jan Casey, MS, DipCBST - Companion Animal Sciences Institute
    Senior Behavior Consultant - Courteous Canine, Inc/The DogSmith of Tampa
    Pet Professional Guild Charter Member


    A 90 minute webinar

    About The Presenter

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:


    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

    • Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar

    A Recorded PPG Webinar

    Canine Structure in Relation to Activity


    CPDT  1 CEUs

    IAABC  1 CEUs

    KPA  1 CEUs

    Join Dr Debbie Gross for this webinar on the canine structure and how it related to movement in our dogs.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Describe the basic principles of canine structure and how it relates to movement, specifically to the active and working dog
    • Provide the learner with an understanding that each dog has an inherent weakness and it is more important to always stack the cards in our favor so we can continue with the healthiest team
    • Look at the different breeds and their structure in relation to function

    About The Presenter

    Dr Debbie Gross has owned Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC, for 16 years and specializes in the treatment and conditioning of performance dogs. She holds a doctorate in biomechanics, board certified in orthopedics by the american physical therapy association, an advance masters, and is a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. She has taught all over the world to both professionals and dog enthusiasts. Dr Debbie is also a faculty member at DogNostics Career college. 

    • Monday, March 09, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, March 09, 2019
    • 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    with Tristan Flynn

    CEUs: CPDT 1, KPA 1, PPAB 1 

    Join Tristan Flynn for this webinar that will outline how to successfully open your own dog facility, including dog daycare, training classes, retail sales and the challenges faced when trying to open your own facility. It will discuss daycare management and operation, screening dogs, what to do and not to do when running a large scale dog facility and if you should make this jump from private trainer to facility operator.

    Webinar Objectives

    You will learn how to open and start your own dog daycare.

    • How to professionally screen dogs for day care suitability
    • When you should  remove dogs from the day care environment
    • What you should and shouldn't do with your play groups
    •  How to incorporate retail sales into your training and daycare operations
    •  How to choose where to operate your facility and what you should look for.

    About The Presenter

    Tristan Flynn is Co-Owner of Jollytails, the largest dog daycare, training, grooming and retail facility in Halifax. Jollytails hosts up to 70 dogs each day. Tristan is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Dog Trainer. Tristan is also a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has had the opportunity to work in person with some of the top experts in the world including Dr Ian Dunbar, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, John Rogerson, Dr Sophia Yin, Brenda Aloff and many others.

    • Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, October 28, 2019
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1 

    We've known for years how important it is to socialize puppies (and, in fact, animals of all mammalian species) at a young age in order to prevent behavior problems such as fearfulness and aggression from cropping up later. In this webinar, we will learn about how the canine socialization period was discovered, and we'll review the current state of knowledge about its timing. In the meat of the talk, we'll discuss some recent research findings about exactly what is going on in the brain which is different in puppies in their socialization window compared to older dogs outside the socialization window. We'll talk about differences in the puppy stress response and where those differences originate; we'll also talk about studies that have used a critical period of eye development to learn about neural wiring differences in the socialization period, and what implications those have for puppies. Finally, we will discuss appropriate ways of balancing a puppy's need for socialization with the dangers of exposing a puppy to other dogs before its immune system is mature.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Describe the timing of the canine socialization window and the methods used to discover it
    • Describe two mechanisms which are known to function differently in the mammalian brain during the socialization period
    • Suggest approaches to satisfying a puppy's need for socialization with the dangers of exposing a puppy to other dogs prior to the end of its puppy vaccine series

    About The Presenter

    Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, MS is fascinated by dog brains. She is a PhD student at the University of Illinois, training in a genomics lab which studies a population of tame foxes. Her interests include the stress response in mammals, canine behavior, shelter medicine, and animal welfare. You may learn more about Jessica at www.dogzombie.com.
    • Wednesday, December 02, 2015
    • 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Saturday, December 02, 2017
    • 9:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar

    With Michelle Martiya


    1.5 PPAB, 1.5 CPDT, 1.5 IAABC, 1.5 KPA

    This webinar focuses on the broad topic of stress in a grooming salon. It defines what causes stress for the pets, how the stress appears and the steps that groomers/owners can take to either reduce or eliminate stress during the grooming process. This is a great webinar for dog trainers and groomers alike. Gain some insightful knowledge about how a force-free grooming salon can operate and be better able to help educate other pet care providers that you network with 

    This webinar also touches on recognizing and reducing stress in bathers and groomers, and why this is so important.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Understand how stress affects the body.
    • How to recognize stress in dogs.
    • How the pets home life affects dogs during grooming.
    • How pet dog training methods affect dogs during grooming.
    • How to reduce stress in the salon and mobile grooming environments.
    • Gain knowledge on how grooming salons can become force-free so you can better spread the word in your local pet community

    About The Presenter

    Michelle Martiya has been a professional dog groomer for over 20 years and has owned a small mobile grooming business in FL for 13 years. About 2 years ago she became a certified (positive reinforcement) dog trainer, and has since then moved on to working with other species as well, such as horses, cats, and birds. 

    Having been a professional groomer for so long Michelle has a great interest in bridging the gap between grooming and training, and a great interest in sharing her knowledge of canine behavior and behavior modification with other groomers.

    • Monday, December 14, 2015
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar
    • 147

    Presented by Eileen Anderson

    CEU's PPAB 1

    Join Eileen Anderson for this thought provoking webinar on Canine cognitive dysfunction.  

    Canine cognitive dysfunction is a disease that is extremely under-diagnosed, with many dog owners learning what is wrong with their dog only when the dog may not have much time left. But many dogs with CCD can still live enriched lives, and some can profit from medical treatments and environmental changes. There is no magic cure, but early recognition of the disease will help many dogs live happier lives and help dog owners feel less alone.

    Eileen will share her own experience with her dog with CCD, who had a good life for two years after diagnosis. She’ll also cover general tips for caring for dogs with CCD, and offer resources for those who are considering euthanasia. This always difficult decision can be even more difficult for people when the dog involved is mentally deteriorating but physically healthy.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Learn the symptoms of canine cognitive dysfunction and how it is diagnosed.
    • Learn about treatments and interventions, but also the reasons to be skeptical of “cures."
    • Learn about techniques and products that can help a dog with CCD have a good life for as long as possible.
    • Learn about existing resources that can aid in making a decision about euthanasia.

    About The Presenter

    Eileen Anderson, BM, MM, MS

    Eileen is a passionate amateur dog trainer who writes about learning theory, her life with three dogs, and force free training in her blog and other publications. She brings a science background, critical thinking skills, and teaching experience to her writing, with a focus on making training accessible and learning theory comprehensible to pet owners. 

    Eileen has worked professionally as a writer and academic editor, a network administrator, taught remedial college math, and trained all levels of computer skills in academic and workplace settings. She has a lifelong passion for making technology accessible to women, people with low literacy skills, and other underserved populations. She is now channeling that same urge to translate, explain, and make concepts comprehensible into the subjects of humane treatment of dogs and joyful companionship between dogs and people. 

    She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance, and a master’s degree in engineering science. She received the Certificate of Excellence for completion of Susan Friedman’s professional course, Living and Learning with Animals, in 2012. She lives in the mid-Southern U.S. and works at a non-profit that helps impoverished women access medical care. 

    She blogs at Eileen and Dogs, Click here .

    • Thursday, January 28, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Lisa Gunter


    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5

    In this presentation, Lisa will discuss the findings of recent studies from the Canine Science Collaboratory in which they investigated the influence of breed labels on people’s perceptions of pit-bull-type dogs, their length of stay at the shelter and adoption success. She will also report the results of nearly a thousand breed ancestry tests carried out on dogs living in shelters.

    The Canine Science Collaboratory is finding that these canines have far more varied and complex breed identities than previously imagined - adding more fuel to the fire that breed identification of mixed breed dogs is a complex endeavor at best and untenable at worst.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Evaluate influence of previously held perceptions about breeds of dogs
    • Assess effect of breed labeling on perceived attractiveness of shelter dogs
    • Understand how breed labeling in shelters could impact dog adoptions and length of stay
    • Recognize diversity of breed mixes within shelter dog population and implications regarding breed-specific behavior

    About The Presenter

    Lisa Gunter, MA is a PhD student at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology's Behavioral Neuroscience area and conducts her research under the mentorship of Clive Wynne in the Canine Science Collaboratory. 

    Lisa recently earned her MA in Behavioral Neuroscience, holds a BA in Journalism from The Evergreen State College and has worked with dogs in animal shelters and with their owners for nearly a decade. Lisa's research investigates how breed labels influence perceptions of dogs at shelters and interventions focused on helping adopters with new dogs. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior, Veterinary Behavior Symposium and the International Society of Anthrozoology.

    • Sunday, January 31, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Janis Bradley


    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    Because the rate of dog bite injuries to children is somewhat higher than to adults, the actual risk often becomes exaggerated in peoples’ minds. This presentation will examine what is known about the risk of injury from dog bites and the kinds of interactions between dogs and children thought to be common to bite incidents.

    Ways to frame messages about safe interactions with dogs to emphasize empathy building rather than fear will be presented. This includes situations that are likely to make dogs feel the need to defend themselves and the “please don’t make me bite you,” signals that can result.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand the actual risk of dog bite injuries to children
    • Be able to explain non-threatening behavior toward dogs in a way that builds empathy in children

    About The Presenter

    Janis Bradley is the author of Dogs Bite, but balloons and slippers are more dangerous, the complete guide to research on dog bites, along with Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions for The Animals and Society Institute, and The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog for the National Canine Research Council.   Between 2000 and 2009, Bradley trained more than 400 professional pet dog trainers at the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers, and in 2011 founded the Dog Training Internship Academy.  Bradley is the Director of Communications and Publications at the National Canine Research Council, a think tank whose mission is to support and distribute the best current science studying domestic dogs in the context of a human environment.  She has spoken at numerous professional conferences.  She lives in Camarillo California with her rescued Greyhound.

    • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr Jessica Hekman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    Why do puppies need to have such a long series of vaccines? Owners have difficulty understanding the ins and outs of the puppy (and kitten) vaccine series, and may ask you to explain exactly WHY they can't consider their new pet fully immunized after the first set of shots. Does this have to do with the number of shots or with the timing of the shots? What is so special about 16-18 weeks of age that animals can now start going out in public more?

    In this webinar, Dr. Jessica Hekman will explain the biology behind the developing immune system and the reason for the complex timing of puppy vaccines. Beginning with the basics of how the mammalian immune system works and how vaccines provide protection from infectious disease, she will explain how the immature immune system differs biologically from the adult immune system. She will describe the reasoning behind giving puppies a series of shots, so that you can better explain the process to owners. She will conclude with a few practical suggestions for balancing the need to socialize young animals with the need to protect them from infectious disease.

    Webinar Objectives

    • summarize how vaccines provide protection from infectious disease
    • explain how the immature (puppy/kitten) immune system differs biologically from the adult immune system
    • explain why puppy shots are not effective long term when given before 16-18 weeks of age
    • explain why we give puppies repeated vaccinations between the ages of 6-18 weeks even though we do not expect these vaccinations to be effective long term
    • describe a practical approach to balancing the conflicting needs of socialization and reduced exposure to infectious disease during ages 6-18 weeks

    About The Presenter

    Jessica is a veterinarian currently pursuing a PhD in genetics. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her lab studies a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior.

    Jessica lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or read her blog at http://dogzombie.blogspot.com.

    • 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, July 18, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Dr. Franklin McMillan

    CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT 1.25, IAABC 1.25

    Join Dr. Franklin McMillan for this presentation about the most current knowledge covering psychological trauma in dogs, including types, causes, and treatments. The concept of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be presented as it relates to dogs. The role of fear in psychological trauma will be clarified.

    Webinar Objectives

    • To understand the types of psychological trauma in dogs
    • To review the most important causes of psychological trauma in dogs
    • To learn the key results of our studies on dogs rescued from abuse, puppy mills, and hoarding situations
    • To acquire the most current information on canine PTSD in military dogs
    • To review the current approaches to treating psychological trauma in dogs

    About The Presenter

    Frank McMillan, DVM is a board-certified specialist in animal welfare and veterinary internal medicine and currently the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society. Before coming to Best Friends in 2007, Dr. Frank was in private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years and was a clinical professor of medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Frank’s research concerns animal quality of life and the mental health and emotional well-being of animals who have endured hardship, adversity, and psychological trauma. Dr. Frank lectures worldwide and has published dozens of scientific journal articles and is the author of the textbook Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals, and a book for the general public titled Unlocking the Animal Mind.

    • Sunday, July 24, 2016
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

      Presented by Maxwell Muir
    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

    This presentation will explore the life of puppies and how they view the world they live in. We will look at the different stages of mental and physical development, focusing on socialisation, what it really means and what is best for each individual puppy. We will discuss how to increase a puppy's self-confidence; appropriate exercise for their stage of life and strategies for relieving boredom.  We will also take a look at coping with separation distress; toilet training; strategies for dealing with 'problem' behavior and above all, raising your puppy to be all it can be.

    It is so easy to get it wrong in the early days of puppyhood, only to find yourself having to cope with problems as your puppy develops into adolescence. This talk will provide you with all you need to know to lay the best possible foundation and give your puppy the best start in life.

    This presentation will be of benefit to anyone interested or currently working in a professional capacity with dogs. This presentation will also be beneficial to anyone who professionally cares for a puppy, is considering getting a puppy or for those who have already committed to bringing a puppy into their lives.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand the different developmental stages
    • Understand the term 'socialisation'
    • Learn how to optimally socialise your puppy
    • Learn strategies to increase a puppy's self-confidence
    • Learn appropriate exercises for a puppy
    • Understand the best ways to deal with 'problem' behaviors          

    About the Presenter

    'Dogs have always fascinated me. From the domestic dogs we share our lives with to their wild and feral counterparts. My training methods and interactions with dogs are completely humane and motivated by a deep love and respect for the animal. I am in a continuous search for further knowledge and learning experiences to deepen my appreciation for dogs and the lives they lead. I share this knowledge with the aim of helping both owners and their dogs live fuller lives together.'

    Maxwell Muir is a keen writer and has published several articles related to dog training & behaviour. His personal interests with dogs are in observation skills; studying canine natural responses and movement; dog–dog & dog–human communication; stress & associated behaviour, and teaching appropriate communication and handling skills

    Maxwell Muir is a Full Member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Full Member & Country Representative of PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe) ABTC Registered Dog Trainer (Animal Behaviour & Training Council) Affiliate Member of ISCP
    • Thursday, September 01, 2016
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Saturday, September 01, 2018
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Does Canine Hypothyroidism Really Affect Behavior?

    Presented by Lisa Radosta DVM

    CEUs. PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    Canine hypothyroidism has long been targeted as a cause of behavior disorders. This lecture will examines the research associated with canine hypothyroidism as it relates to emotional disorders in dogs with a goal of expanding knowledge and critical assessment of claims.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand how thyroid hormones affect the specific body systems.
    • Understand current research in canine hypothyroidism.
    • Understand how to critically examine the research.

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Radosta is the owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in Jupiter Florida. She completed a residency in behavioral medicine at University of Pennsylvania where she received two national research awards. She has authored textbook chapters; writes a column for the Palm Beach Post and podcasts CE for VetGirl. She has published research papers on thyroid disease and clinician client communication and has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the behavior section editor for Small Animal Advances in Medicine and Surgery, sits on the American Animal Hospital Association Behavior Management Guidelines Task Force and the Fear Free Advisory Board.

    • Monday, September 26, 2016
    • (EDT)
    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

    Presented by Mary Jean Alsina

    CEUs PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)

    This presentation will debunk myths that have been prevalent for a long time and which continue to cause problems in handlers' relationships with dogs. The topics will range from dominance theory to the fact that a wagging tail does not always mean a happy dog. Pet care providers will leave the webinar feeling more comfortable as to what is scientifically sound and what is not true, but has become accepted as such because of misleading representation in the media

    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn and understand why dominance theory has been debunked and how applying the pack leader mentality to working with animals can cause various behavior issues.
    • Learn that dogs, in the majority of cases, do not bite out of nowhere.
    • Learn why dogs petting dogs or giving them treats when fearful is not rewarding the fear.
    • Learn why yelling at a dog in many cases (shelter, kennels, etc.) does not stop barking or undesirable behavior but actually makes it worse.  

    About the Presenter

    Mary Jean Alsina is the owner and head trainer of The Canine Cure, LLC in New Jersey. She was named one of the first worldwide 27 accredited professionals to earn the title of professional canine trainer-accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board and was also named recently to the Pet Professional Guild steering committee. She is a certified professional dog trainer-knowledge assessed and is also certified by the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She is a regular contributor to BARKS from the Guild and is also the author of the newly released book, Dogs Are People Too-A Guide to Understanding and Training Your Dog (because you're more alike than you think!).

    • Thursday, September 29, 2016
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 29, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar
    (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

    Presented by Michelle Martiya

    CEUs: PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)

    This presentation will discuss how to set up a location for grooming your dog, how to prepare him for grooming, what tools you should use, and how to effectively brush your dog. It will also look at some of the common mistakes made when brushing dogs at home, as well as health issues that owners should be looking out for. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for dog and owner when done correctly, and can help dogs have a better experience when groomed professionally.

    Webinar Objectives

    • How to prepare your dog for grooming at home.
    • Choosing your tools
    • How to properly brush your dog at home.
    • Ear infections and grooming.

    About The Presenter

    Michelle Martiya is a dog trainer and pet stylist with over 20 years’ experience in the dog grooming industry. Having worked in both grooming salons and mobile grooming businesses, she is very familiar with the problems that can develop when an animal is not groomed on a regular basis. She is also familiar with the challenges that owners face in maintaining their dog's coat between grooming sessions, such as not knowing how to properly brush their dogs, or how to resolve behavioral issues that may arise when introducing grooming to their pet. Along with her mobile grooming business in Boca Raton, Florida, Martiya also works with other groomers and their clients to help dogs that are fearful and/or anxious during the grooming process. She teaches owners how to use positive reinforcement to prepare their puppies for a lifetime of grooming, or how to counter condition their dogs to difficult procedures, such as nail trimming and blow drying.

    • Thursday, November 10, 2016
    • (EST)
    • Saturday, November 10, 2018
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Karolina Westlund

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    This short introduction to Animal Emotions shows animal professionals and pet owners how to get happier animals and develop a better relationship with animals in their care.

    The webinar addresses why it’s important to understand emotions in order to better predict responses, prevent undesirable behaviour, problem solve more efficiently and prioritize more effectively.

    It introduces the 7 core emotions in animals: CARE, GRIEF, PLAY, LUST, SEEKING, FEAR, and RAGE - explains their main mechanisms and how these relate to animal welfare, husbandry and training.

    Learning Objectives

    By understanding emotions, you can better:

    • predict responses,
    • prevent undesirable behaviour
    • problem solve more efficiently
    • prioritize more effectively

    which in turn leads to:

    • happier animals
    • a better relationship with animals in your care

    About The Presenter

    Karolina Westlund has a phD in ethology and teaches behaviour management from a welfare perspective.

    Applied ethology, Applied Behaviour Analysis, and Affective Neuroscience are some of the scientific fields she mixes when lecturing on animal training, behavioural problem solving and husbandry.

    She is a seasoned lecturer and blogger who also provides online courses on the same topics.

    • Monday, December 05, 2016
    • (EST)
    • Thursday, December 05, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

    (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

    Presented by Emily Cassell

    CEUs: PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)

    Often believed to be an easy first pet to care for, pocket pets such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs are highly popular among children and new pet owners. Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of misinformation regarding proper care for these pets, who have earned the reputation of “fragile” simply because the majority of pet professionals do not know how to care for them. In this webinar you will learn the basics of housing, nutrition, and natural history for a variety of small and furry friends. We will dispel some myths about caring for pocket pets, who are hardly “simple” to care for, and help new owners learn how to navigate a trip to the pet store without falling prey to false advertising. Included as well will be some tips for prolonged lifespans and advanced health care. While pocket pets may be small, they still require as much time, energy, and attention as a dog or cat, and they can certainly be just as rewarding as a part of the family!

    Webinar Objectives

    • Discuss adoption versus purchasing.
    • Learn the natural history of several pocket pet species.
    • Discuss the basics of nutrition for various species.
    • Learn how to properly house various pets.
    • Discover fun ways to provide appropriate enrichment.
    • Review basic health tips often not covered by veterinarians.
    • Pets covered include: rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, gerbils, mice, hamsters, rats, hedgehogs, and ferrets.

    About the Presenter

    Emily Cassell is a keeper and trainer at Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, Florida and a professional pet trainer. She began her career in 2010 with fish and guinea pigs before graduating to dogs, cats, and rabbits. She operated her own training business, Phins with Fur Animal Training, and worked with Class Act for Dogs in Gainesville, Florida while pursuing a degree in animal science at the University of Florida before returning to Tampa to work at Courteous Canine, Inc. After completing internships with manatees, otters, and dolphins, she currently works as a full-time keeper and trainer with orangutans, tigers, gibbons, and various other species.

    • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    • (EST)
    • Friday, January 11, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded

    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

    (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

    Canine Communication for the Pet Care Provider

    Presented by Angelica Steinker

    CEUs PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)

    This presentation will focus on learning the language of dogs, understanding the canine social behavior and communication system, recognizing distance increasing and distance decreasing behaviors, and understanding social communication to be a behavior. It will also discuss affiliate and agonistic communication, and passive and active appeasement behaviors. 

    Webinar Objectives

    • Correctly identify distance increasing behaviors and distance decreasing behaviors.
    • Correctly identify conflicted behaviors and signs of stress.
    • Correctly identify signs of joy and understand consent testing.
    • Understand preference testing and how to create a customized ethogram. 

    About the Presenter

    For more than 16 years, Angelica Steinker, president and founder of Courteous Canine, Inc. DogSmith of Tampa, Florida has specialized in dog training methods that create “results the fun way.” using empowerment training and emotional learning techniques, Steinker and her team of trainers have successfully trained thousands of puppies and adult dogs in basic manners/obedience, trick training, problem behavior change, agility, dock jumping and other skills, all while increasing the bond of trust between dogs and their human companions. 

    Steinker is also a published author. Her books, Agility Success: Training and Competing with Your Dog in the Winning Zone and Click and Play Agility, address the handler of the agility team and the use of clicker training techniques in the sport respectively, and emphasize the importance of playing and bonding in order to train agility behaviors to the highest level. She is on the steering committee and education committee of the Pet Professional Guild as well as a founding member. In addition, she is director of training for The DogSmith in Tampa and the co-founder of DogNostics Career College a pet care, dog training and dog behavior trade school.

    Steinker has a Master’s in education, which has served as the foundation for her continued certifications in dog behavior consulting and her extensive understanding of emotional learning, operant and respondent conditioning.

    • Thursday, January 26, 2017
    • (EST)
    • Saturday, January 26, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

    (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

    Presented by Maxwell Muir

    CEUs: PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)

    This presentation will be aimed at those who work in various aspects of the pet care industry. It will be beneficial for shelter workers, pet sitters, dog walkers, groomers, vet technicians, kennel hands and kennel staff. Objectives of the presentation are to provide pet care professionals with the necessary tools in administering responsible care and handling of their clients' dogs, while ensuring that the dogs have an enriched experience in as positive a way as possible keeping the utmost safety in mind. A variety of topics will cover how to enhance your observations skills, the correct way to handle dogs safely, how to choose groups suited to each other, recognizing the early signs of stress and anxiety, and how to provide enriched social outings and activities for the dog(s). This presentation is a must for anyone considering entering the professional field of dog care or for those who wish to advance their skill set in working with dogs. 

    Webinar Objectives  

    • Interactions between pet care professionals and dogs; exploring how to safely interact with a small group of dogs.
    • Appropriate handling skills and effective handling techniques when walking small groups of dogs.
    • Observing healthy social contact among dogs. 
    • Recognition of stress. 
    • Providing enriching activity and mental stimulation. 
    • Ensuring safety and well-being of the dogs. 

    About the Presenter

    Maxwell Muir grew up in the company of hunting dogs and his father regularly took him out with the family’s many lurchers, salukis and coursing whippets. His passion and bond with dogs comes from as far back as he can remember. He continues his own education by hosting and regularly attending seminars and workshops to further his understanding of dogs, while his real passion lies in the study of wolves and wild dogs in their natural habitats. Muir holds the Compass diploma in canine aggression and is currently studying for the Compass advanced diploma in canine behavior management. He speaks publicly through his Humans and Dogs seminar series on a wide variety of dog related training and behavior topics and he has published several articles relating to canine behavior in Edinburgh Life Magazine and other small publications. He has also appeared on local radio stations presenting a weekly discussion on living harmoniously with dogs. Muir states that it is his mission to help owners understand 

    • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    • (EST)
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

    (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

    Presented by Liz Geisen

    CEUs: PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)

    There is no doubt that enrichment helps improve our pets’ quality of life. In this presentation, Liz Geisen will explain how to enrich the lives of the animals you care for, whether in a boarding facility or veterinary hospital, or in the clients’ own home. In this webinar you will learn a host of useful, practical tips on how you can enrich the lives of your patients and clients that goes far beyond routine and preventative health care.

    Webinar Objectives   

    • How to prepare and ensure canine enrichment.
    • How to prepare and ensure feline enrichment.
    • Creative ideas for enrichment in the boarding or pet care environment.
    • How food toys can help contribute to environmental enrichment. 

    About the Presenter

    Liz Geisen is a recent graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Dog Trainers and has been employed as patient care coordinator and senior veterinary assistant at Deer Run Animal Hospital in Schererville, Indiana since 2007. After graduating in criminal justice/law from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, Geisen began volunteering at the local Humane Society, which eventually led to a permanent position. This experience awakened her passion for animal care and when an opening presented itself at Deer Run, she jumped at the chance. Supporting rescues and shelters is another of Geisen’s passions and eight years ago opened her home and heart to rescue dog Finn, a yellow Labrador mix.

    • Friday, April 07, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, April 07, 2019
    • 3:15 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Nancy Kay

    CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.25

    Over the past decade, a series of canine spay/neuter research projects have provided compelling data that challenges our long-held beliefs about the impacts of neutering dogs. Some of the studies document an increased incidence of orthopedic diseases and/or cancer in dogs neutered before one year of age. Others document increased behavioral issues associated with neutering.

    This presentation will focus on the results of the recent research and how our thoughts about neutering dogma are beginning to shift. There's little doubt that neutering recommendations for our pet dogs are beginning to change. Webinar participants will land on the cutting edge of awareness of these changes.

    Learning Objectives
    • Review long-standing spay/neuter dogma
    • Review the research (or lack thereof) that contributes to current spay/neuter dogma
    • Learn about results of recent canine spay/neuter research
    • Have the opportunity to challenge long-standing spay/neuter dogma

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Nancy Kay received her veterinary degree from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of California—Davis Veterinary School. Dr. Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Recently retired from clinical practice, she worked as a specialist in private practice for 32 years. She is published in several professional journals and textbooks and lectures professionally to regional and national audiences. One of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Since the release of her books, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life and Your Dog’s Best Health, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay’s award winning blog, “Spot Speaks” is posted weekly.

    Dr. Kay was selected by the American Animal Hospital Association to receive the Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. This award is given annually to a veterinarian or nonveterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education, and understanding. Dr. Kay was the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, an award presented every year by the American Veterinary Medical Association to a veterinarian whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond. Dr. Kay has received several awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America. Dr. Kay’s personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children (none of whom aspire to be veterinarians) and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she’s not speaking or writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or horseback riding. Dr. Kay resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

    • Saturday, July 01, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, July 01, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Kathy Sdao

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    But my dog isn't food motivated!. When clients say this in an initial interview, my response is “not yet.” Eating is an operant behavior. Therefore, we can increase its probability and intensity and lower its latency through structured training procedures. While this might seem laughable if you have a ravenous Rottweiler or always-hungry hound, situations abound which require skilled intervention: a senior dog whose appetite is fading; a wary dog who has learned to distrust treats; a little dog who is fussy about meals; or a dog whose health is threatened by conditioned anorexia. While various medical conditions (requiring veterinary expertise) may create finicky eaters, so can unwise behavioral practices. We’ll review several common mistakes and provide alternatives.

    About The Presenter

    Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist who has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, initially with marine mammals and currently with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a Master’s as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Sdao worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. After leaving the zoo world, she and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog day care facility where she began teaching clicker training classes for dog owners. For the past 17 years, Sdao has owned Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive reinforcement training. Sdao is an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at 29 of these popular conferences since 2003. She also has traveled extensively educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012. 

    • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, July 19, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Amy Pike

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    With the Fear Free movement taking rapid hold on our profession, we will take an in-depth look at the concepts of fear, anxiety and stress in our patients and how that effects the practice of veterinary medicine.

    This webinar will also cover products, medication and training that can help accomplish the most positive, fear free veterinary visit possible for our fearful and aggressive patients.

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Pike graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. After graduation, she was commissioned as a Captain into the United States Army Veterinary Corps. It was dealing with the Military Working Dogs returning from deployment that spurred her initial interest in behavior medicine. After getting off of active duty in 2006, Dr. Pike worked exclusively in small animal practice where she furthered her love of behavior medicine by seeing cases and teaching puppy and kitten socialization. In 2011, the Pike family was stationed in the St. Louis area at Scott Air Force Base where Dr. Pike started seeing behavior referrals in a Residency program officially approved by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Horwitz, DACVB. In October 2015, Dr. Pike passed the ACVB certifying examination.

    Dr. Pike is chief of the Behavior Medicine Division at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in Manassas (a suburb of Washington DC) where she sees referral behavior cases. Dr. Pike is a clinical instructor for the on-line education system "E-training for Dogs" and a member of the Fear Free Advisory Committee, advising general practitioners on the art of practicing “Fear Free”. She was recently named one of the “Top Veterinarians of Northern Virginia” by NoVa Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, including her Active Duty Army husband, their two kids, ages 4 and 9, and their Scottie, Mini Schnauzer, Devon Rex, and Ring Neck Parrot.

    • Monday, August 28, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sharon Wachsler

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)

    Have you been asked to train a service dog (SD), emotional support animal (ESA), or a personal "therapy dog" for an adult or child with disabilities? What do all these terms mean, and what are your responsibilities as a trainer? Did you know that the laws for service-dogs-in-training (SDiTs) are different from laws for trained service dogs and vary from state-to-state?

    Pet dog trainers are increasingly approached by clients who want help with training a service dog or emotional support animal (or what they may refer to as a "therapy dog") for themselves or a family member. It can be very confusing for trainer and client alike to sort out these terms and the legal and training requirements behind each. This presentation will explain the legal meanings and differences between these terms in the United States, the requirements for training each, differences in US state laws for service-dogs-in-training, the standards of behavior and appearance for service dogs, and explain the reality behind the question of "certification." You'll also learn how to distinguish between legal requirements and ethical or community standards, and how to apply these concepts to working with clients.


    This presentation is geared to professional dog trainers in the United States that are new to the complicated world of service dog laws and standards. No previous service dog training experience or knowledge is necessary.

    By the end of this webinar, attendees will understand and be able to answer client questions on the following topics:

    • The difference between the terms "service dog," "service dog in training," "emotional support animal," and "therapy dog" and when handlers of each have access to public accommodations
    • Understand the definition of a service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and where a trainer or handler of a service animal is permitted or excluded
    • Understand how laws for service-dogs-in-training (and who is a trainer under the law) vary from state-to-state and how to find out their own state's laws
    • Understand the community standards for appearance and behavior in service dogs and how these differ from legal requirements
    • Steps trainers and clients can take to protect themselves if access challenges occur

    About The Presenter

    Sharon Wachsler CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner with more than 25 years of experience in the disability community. Before she began her second career as a dog trainer, Sharon was a disability information and referral specialist and service dog owner-trainer, as well as the founder of the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival, a writer for the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners newsletter, and the blogger for the popular service-dog trainer's blog, After Gadget. Sharon opened At Your Service Dog Training in Wendell, MA, in 2014, offering private training, consulting, and group classes to service dog owner-trainers. Sharon is an experienced presenter and writer on service dog topics and enjoys consulting with and speaking to trainers, owners, and community groups about service dogs and their training.

    • Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Lori Stevens

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    This webinar will provide you with an introduction to foundation behaviors used in Canine Fitness. Once your dog can do these behaviors, you can start adding in more advanced fitness challenges. Proper alignment will be stressed as will setting up a safe environment for canine fitness. How to teach these behaviors along with props that could assist will also be addressed.  I'll also discuss how many repetitions to do, frequency, and how long you should dog exercises before you increase the difficulty.


    • Getting Behaviors
    • Targeting: one, two, four paws, and hind-end
    • Use of hand targeting
    • Tuck-sit
    • Tuck-sit to Stand
    • Sphinx-Down
    • Sphinx-Down to Stand
    • Proper Alignment: plus aids to getting proper alignment

    About The Presenter

       Lori Stevens is a senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals as well as a certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed, a FitPAWS master trainer, a certified small animal (dogs and cats) massage practitioner with a specialty in rehabilitation, and is certified in canine massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage. She is also a certified canine fitness trainer via the University of Tennessee. She uses humane, friendly, scientific and innovative methods in an educational environment to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. She has an established companion animal practice in Seattle, Washington which offers private sessions and webinars, teaches workshops worldwide and has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos.

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