with Jennifer Shryock
CEU: CPDT 1 CEU, IAABC 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU
Free Member Webinar
With Joan Orr
CEUs: KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5 PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5
Join Joan Orr for this 90 minute webinar. Joan will talk about how to teach kids to be safe around dogs. This talk will cover the key information that kids need and how to get the points across in an fun and efficient way without causing fear.
Joan will introduce the Be a Tree Dog Bite Prevention Program. This is a fun and popular program that focuses on reading dog body language and on positive messages for kids with respect to behavior around dogs. You will learn how you can use the Be a Tree program to promote your business while educating in your community.
Pet Professional Guild Members have access to discounted programs with Doggone Safe. Check the membership benefit page to learn more.
Joan Orr is a member of The Pet Professional Guild Special Council. Joan is a scientist and internationally recognized clicker trainer. She was a member of the Karen Pryor Clicker training Clicker Expo Faculty (2003-2011) and content creator and advisor to the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.
CEUs: CPDT 1.5 CEUs, IAABC 1.5 CEUs, KPA 1.5 CEUs, PPAB 1
About The Presenter
Angelica is a published author in the field of dog training and agility. 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 of the Pet Professionals Guild. Angelica is also the Director of Training for the national franchise The Dog Smith, America’s only Force Free Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise and the co-founder of DogNostics eLearning.
Angelica has also been published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, both of which are peer-reviewed professional journals. She has been published in the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Chronicle of the Dog Newsletter, Dog & Handler, Animal Trainer Magazine, Dog Sport Magazine, Dalmatian Quarterly, and Clean Run, the dog agility magazine.
She is certified by the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and is the co-founder of DogNostics Career College. Angelica is also certified as a Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
Angelica is a sought-after public speaker who has presented at conferences across the country including the famous Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, BARK Agility Camp, and Karen Pryor's Clicker Expo.
Angelica has a Master's degree in Education, which has served as the foundation for her continued certifications in dog training and her extensive understanding of dog behavior and operant and classical conditioning, the science of how animals and people learn.
Diane is the owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center
Diane is a Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner, Dog Scouts of America Troop Leader, Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor (C.L.A.S.S.), Treibball Instructor and an expert in dog challenges (aggression, high level reactivity, sound sensitivities, separation anxiety and more).
Diane has a Bachelor of Science Communication, minor Journalism and is the Helium Dog Care and Health Channel Manager and Helium Bird Channel Manager. Diane is also a Founding Member of PPG and a Steering Committee member. Diane actively participates in the PPG Ethics Committee and is the Committee Chair for the PPG Member Services, Products and Programs committee.
Angelica is a published author in the field of dog training and agility. 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 of the Pet Professionals Guild. Angelica is also the Director of Training for the national franchise The Dog Smith, America’s only Force Free Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise.
She is certified by National Dog Obedience Instructors and the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and she serves on the Advisory Board and instructs at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and is also a CASI graduate. Angelica is also certified as a Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
Presented by Niki Tudge
An introduction to empowerment training and how to recognize dis-empowerment, learned helplessness and response depression.
1. What is empowerment training.
2. The strategy for implementing empowerment training.
3. The tactics for implementing empowerment training
Niki specializes in small business growth, business management & people coaching and training programs. Niki has business degrees from Oxford University in England and is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt. Niki is a credentialed people trainer, project manager and certified facilitator. You can learn more about Niki Tudge by clicking here
Niki's current business roles are Founder DogNostics Career College, Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc and President of The Pet Professional Guild
Approved Continuing Educational Units
PPAB, 5. CCPDT, 4.5. IAABC, 2. NADOI - Certificate of Attendance
Presented by Angelica Steinker
Earn Your DN-FSG1
Dog’s have an amazing natural scenting ability. Offering "Fun Scent Games" group classes will broaden your service offerings, help build client loyalty and support the needs of your pet owning community. Group classes help dogs have fun, build confidence and burn lots of mental and physical energy. Learn all about canine olfaction and scent games, the what, how and why of operating a successful group class curriculum supported by your DogNostics faculty members.
1. Attend the webinar
2. Successful completion of an open-book on-line test
3. The submission of 6 short 30 second videos to demonstrate your mechanical competency in the key scent dog training skills
with Dianna Stearns
IAABC 1, KPA 1, CCPDT 1
Join Dianna Stearns for an exciting introduction into the dog sport of Treibball. Dianna is uniquely qualified to present this webinar as the President of the American Treibball Association.
Dianna Stearns MA,CPDT-KA,CDBC,CATT
Dianna Stearns owns Waggin’s West Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC in Northglenn, Colorado. Waggin’s West believes that the growing sport of Treibball provides dog owners a great opportunity to communicate and play with their dogs, and developed the original clicker training curriculum to be licensed exclusively for use by the American Treibball Association.
A professional dog trainer for 9 years, Dianna holds national certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (2003) and from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (2007), for which she was a founding member. Dianna is also a mentor for students of the Animal Behavior College. She serves as a trainer and behavior consultant to three breed rescue organizations.
CEU's CPDT 1, CDBC 1, IAABC 1 KPA 1
Join Angelica Steinker, M.Ed, CAP2, CDBC, PDBC, Certified NADOI
Learn why Clients, and other trainers, routinely follow harmful instructions in their training practices because an “authority figure” is issuing those instructions
This presentation will seek answers by reviewing and evaluating research and finding solutions on how we can change the face of the animal training industry
Learn about the dark side of human nature and learn how to embrace and bring light to each other, our training community and the training industry.
CEUs: CPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5
This presentation will provide
Jean Donaldson is the principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers, which she founded in 1999. She is the award-winning author of The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, and Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker. Her latest book, Train Like a Pro, is her first written for the lay audience, and is about basic training for family dogs. She holds degrees in Comparative Psychology and Music, and competed in numerous dog sports before transitioning full time to pet dog training in 1990.
with Vicki Ronchette
CEU's CCPDT 1 CEU, IAABC 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU
Join Vicki Ronchette and learn about using positive reinforcement methods to train show dogs! You will learn what a show dog needs to know and get an introduction on how to train those behaviors. We will also discuss how to problem solve show ring behaviors and look for solutions.
1. What a show dog needs to know
2. How dog shows work
3. Breaking down the show ring behaviors
4. Methods used to train those behaviors
5. Problem solving show ring issues
Vicki has lived with dogs her whole life. Vicki began working with animals professionally in 1985 when she received a certificate in Veterinary Assisting while still in high school. She began focusing on training dogs just a couple of years later when she became an assistant trainer after she began training and competing in obedience with her own dogs. In the 90′s, Vicki offered dog training classes through Heads or Tails Pet Grooming, the grooming salon she owned and operated for 8 years. While Vicki has been training dogs since the late 80′s, Braveheart Dog Training was founded in 2003 and celebrates 10 years in business this year!
Vicki is the author of Positive Training for Show Dogs – Building a Relationship for Success to help people learn more about using positive methods to work with show dogs. Vicki also has a DVD available to help people learn more about using positive methods when working with show dogs.
CPDT 1, IAABC 2, KPA 1
This webinar is about understanding separation anxiety and the various facets of its treatment ‐ from client support to protocols, technology and a bit about medication. Separation Anxiety is a behavior disorder that for so long has plagued trainers, behaviorists, owners and veterinarians as being truly problematic in treatment and often unfixable.
Through this webinar Malena would like you to become less afraid to take on these cases because they are quite treatable and the owners of these dogs truly need your help. The treatment is not complex; it is simply in the details that we have often failed to get the exact order of things correct to get the results needed.
Malena DeMartini- price, CTC, is a San Francisco SPCA Academy honors graduate with well over
10 years’ experience. During Malenas career she has worked with several hundred separation anxiety cases. As a trainer who exclusively handles separation anxiety cases in her practice she has found numerous creative solutions for a disorder that often baffles owners and trainers alike.
Malena’s particular strength lies in reading the subtleties of dog body language and guiding owners patiently and with great enthusiasm through the gentle process of healing their dogs. Using web technology, Malena counsels clients all over the country and even has a few international clients, giving her an unusually keen view of different types of separation anxiety scenarios.
Malena has written for several publications and has given her seminar Fixing the Unfixable nationwide. She is currently in the editing phase with her publisher on her book that is focused on helping trainers to work with this disorder.
Malena is the owner of Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Northern California where she lives with her husband Kevin, also a certified trainer, and her two rescue dogs Leia and Tini.
CEUs: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
Join Emily Cassell for this webinar on clicker training small animals.
Working with small animals is a fun and challenging experience for any trainer! Working with members of another species can only enhance your ability to work with dogs (or whatever your species of choice is)! Small animals are cute and lovable, but can be difficult to work with due to their frequent, instinctual fear responses. This webinar covers everything from how to properly house and feed your small pet to training advanced husbandry behaviors! While we all know the only way to change our dog's behavior is by changing our own, it is more difficult to determine how a small animal such as a rabbit is reading your body language and actions! Enjoy this learning experience and take lessons from a guinea pig to your next behavior consult with a fearful dog, cat, horse, or bird!
An Overview of working with small animals
-Differences between working with dogs and small pets
-Working multiple animals
-Training husbandry and cooperative behaviors
Emily Cassell graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Animal Science specializing in Equines and a minor in Agribusiness Management. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and STAR puppy instructor, as well as the owner of Phins with Fur Animal Training. In addition to being a full member of the PPG, she is also a member of the International Marine Animal Trainer Association and currently works as a zookeeper and educator at Busch Gardens Tampa. She has experience working with various species including manatees, dolphins, pelicans, otters, orangutans, and tigers, as well as domesticated pets such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, fish, and rodents.
with Carol Byrnes
Join Carol Byrnes CPDT-KA author of "The What is My Dog Saying" PowerPoint CD series.
Carol will be sharing her extensive knowledge of dog behavior.
Carol will discuss and share with us critical information about how are dogs communicate so as professionals we understand more about "what our dog is saying"!
Join Eileen Anderson for this thought provoking webinar.
Something has happened to the word “threshold.” Surprisingly, the way the term is used in the force free dog training community is comparatively new. The general consensus is that the term “over threshold” refers to a dog that has been adversely affected by a stimulus and demonstrating that by overt behavior. However, this usage differs from the original definition of “threshold" as used in the discipline of psychology. The discrepancy between the usages contributes to some confusion in the training community.
The webinar will cover several different usages of the word “threshold” as applied to the senses, emotions, and behavior of dogs, and how different methods of training and conditioning dogs with behavior problems fit with regard to these various tipping points.
1. To understand the psychological and physiological definitions of the term “threshold.”
2. To review the usage of the term “over threshold” in the dog training community.
3. To learn about the physiological “fight or flight” response.
4. To understand the definition of “aversive” and its implications when dealing with fear responses.
5. To see where the different protocols for dealing with fear and aggression in dogs fit with the varied meanings of “threshold.”
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 .
CPDT 1 CEU
KPA 1 CEU
IAABC 1 CEU
With Jean Donaldson
This 90 minute webinar will be a discussion on the Development of Standard Operating Procedures in Pet Dog Training.
Dog training is unlicensed and unregulated, without consumer protection, standards of care or minimum educational requirements. This landscape has fostered a bewildering array of methods as well as frank quackery, the equivalent to veterinarians self-teaching via popular books, seminars and TV shows, and then developing their own “patented” and wildly divergent ways to do basic procedures such as spays, neuters (including on kitchen tables with unsterilized butter knives) and IM injections.
A symptom of this is the seeking of trainers stumped by basic behavior mod challenges of “out of the box” solutions. This webinar will propose that there is not much of a box to think out of in dog training. There are no standard operating procedures for teaching basic obedience, no standardized protocols for resolving common behavior problems such as house-soiling, barking, fear and aggression, no referral thresholds, no diagnostic criteria, no specific consumer protection in the event of gross misconduct or incompetence.
This Wild West make-up-your-own-method has resulted in pushes by better developed professions, such as veterinarians, to remove the rights of dog trainers to do any diagnostic work or behavior modification. However, given the scarcity of credentialed veterinary behaviorists, the time and educational constraints of general practice veterinarians, and the massive demand for behavior services, properly trained dog trainers can be the cornerstone of the solution.
Jean Donaldson is the founder of The Academy for Dog Trainers, and its principle instructor. She is the award-winning author of The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, and Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker. Her latest book, Train Your Dog Like a Pro, is her first written for the lay audience, and is about basic training for family dogs. She holds degrees in Comparative Psychology and Music, and competed in numerous dog sports before transitioning to pet dog training in 1990.
The Academy has over five hundred graduates practicing dog training and behavior counseling in most states in the US and 25 countries world-wide. Jean lives in the Bay area with her dog, Buffy, adopted from SF/SPCA in 2002. When she is not working, she is an ardent baseball fan and student of evolutionary biology.
CPDT - 1.5 CEU
KPA - 1.5 CEU
With Daniela Cardillo
Trainers worldwide find that pulling on leash is one of the most common issues for dog owners. Daniela will discuss in this webinar what she believes are the three main reasons for this and how to solve these problem.
Daniela is a Professional dog trainer and animal trainer. Daniela is a regular speaker in dog related conferences and courses and is a member of the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog team since 2010. Daniela is also a
Member of Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (EPDT) and carries a certification CAP2 (Competency in Clicker Training by Kay Laurence - UK). Daniela is also a Member of The Pet Professional Guild and a presenter for the "Be a Tree" program promoted by Doggonesafe
With Kathy Sdao
CEU's CPDT 1.5 CEUs, IAABC 1.5 CEUs, KPA 1.5 CEUs
Join Kathy Sdao for this webinar on the seduction of Shock. Though you may refuse to ever use shock as a dog-training tool, some of your potential clients have used it (especially in the United States). And some will want to continue using it, in lieu of your suggestions of positive-reinforcement alternatives or possibly in addition to them.
Each of us dog-care professionals must decide how to respond to this dilemma. In doing so, it’s beneficial to understand the unique power that shock has to damage the psychological well-being of the animals in our care and also to deceive its users regarding its efficacy. We’ll examine a few of the complexities of this emotional and crucial issue.
Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB.
Kathy is an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist based in Tacoma, Washington and has spent the past two decades as a full-time professional trainer for dogs and other animals.
For her first ten years as an animal trainer, Kathy trained marine mammals at a research laboratory for the University of Hawaii, in the open-ocean for the US Navy and at a zoo in Tacoma Washington. Since 1995, Kathy has focused on training land-dwelling animals: dogs and their people.
She has been honored to be on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2003. She also has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the APDT Newsletter, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society's Service Dog Education System, conducted rat-training camp for Terry Ryan's DogSense, instructed at Dogs of Course’s Instructor Training Course and appeared as the "Way Cool Scientist" on an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy!
Kathy meets with dog owners in Tacoma, Seattle, and other areas in the Puget Sound region to design behavior modification plans, to teach basic manners to their dogs and to prepare for competition. She also travels extensively to lead dog training and behavior workshops that make the science of animal training accessible and practical for dog trainers and owners alike.
This workshop covers the basics of lost dog behavior and discusses proven strategies for recovering lost dogs and skittish, hard-to-catch dogs. If you own a dog or have clients who own a dog, this vital information can help you know exactly what to do within the first hours after a dog has become lost.
Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership. Since 1997, Kat has worked search dogs trained to find lost pets. She pioneered the cross application of law enforcement investigative techniques and technologies to solve lost pet investigations and is widely known as the leading authority on K9 pet detective training. Through her business K9 Pet Trackers, Kat recently launched the first-ever pet detective academy where she trains humans and search dogs to find lost pets. Kat has appeared on Animal Planet and articles about her work have appeared in People, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, and Parade. She is the author of two books: The Lost Pet Chronicles and Dog Detectives. Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband, her two dogs, and her “target” cat Cheeto.
Free Recorded Member Webinar
CEU: CCPDT 1 CEU, IAABC 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU
This workshop covers the basics of lost cat behavior and discusses proven strategies for recovering outside access cats that have vanished as well as indoor-only cats that have escaped outside.
If you own a cat or have clients who own a cat, this vital information can help you know exactly what to do within the first hours of a cat vanishing.
Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership.
Since 1997, Kat has worked search dogs trained to find lost pets. She pioneered the cross application of law enforcement investigative techniques and technologies to solve lost pet investigations and is widely known as the leading authority on K9 pet detective training.
Through her business K9 Pet Trackers, Kat recently launched the first-ever pet detective academy where she trains humans and search dogs to find lost pets.
Kat has appeared on Animal Planet and articles about her work have appeared in People, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, and Parade. She is the author of two books: The Lost Pet Chronicles and Dog Detectives. Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband, her two dogs, and her “target” cat Cheeto.
with Lisa Waggoner
CPDT 1.5 CEU
KPA 1.5 CEU
IAABC 1.5 CEU
Spend one and a half hours with Lisa looking at dog body language. On this webinar you will learn
Understanding and being able to accurately read a dog's body language helps us set the dog up for success in any environment and can help prevent our, the professional, putting the dog into situations for which they're not ready.
Lisa Lyle Waggoner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer-Level 2, a Pat Miller Level 1 Canine Behavior & Training Academy Instructor, a dog∗tec Certified Dog Walker/Instructor, and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and a Full Member of the Pet Professional Guild.
Lisa has many years of experience training dogs of all types and ages. A passionate advocate for humane, science-based dog training, Lisa has studied animal behavior and the latest training techniques throughout her career with dogs undefined and she devotes a minimum of 40 hours a year to continuing education.
with Victoria Fogel
Victoria Fogel is a consultant for the Statewide Autism Resources and Training program through Grand Valley State University. She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in 2009. Victoria has been a scientist practitioner since 2002 working with individuals diagnosed with autism in the home and school setting in California, children and caregivers in the Florida welfare system, and staff and students in the ABA Master’s Program and recreational center setting at the University of South Florida. Currently, she is developing, evaluating, and teaching undergraduate courses in applied behavior analysis; conducting research in the area of exercise and academic behavior; and working as a private contractor. Victoria is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Certified TAG teacher. She is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International and the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis. Victoria has presented at numerous conferences, published in several peer-reviewed journals, and been a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
with Lori Stevens
Your Webinar takeaways.
You will learn two TTouch wraps and two TTouch bodywork techniques.
For many of us TTouch is something we may have heard about or not. You may have read some articles or seen others using it in their force-free practices. Here is a great opportunity to learn more in a risk free and affordable manner. Lori Stevens is a popular presenter and a wonderful advocate for force-free training methods. Her passion and knowledge are obvious as she presents on this topic
Join Lori for this webinar where she will highlight Tellington TTouch® Training. You will soon understand why you don't want to leave it out of your force-free toolkit.
Lori will provide an overview of Tellington TTouch Training and its many benefits. She will demonstrate two introductory bodywork techniques and two TTouch wraps. By the end of the webinar you will be able to do these wraps with your own dog. Lori will also provide an overview and benefits of slow movement, TTouch techniques for walking your dog on a leash without pulling, and will discuss the importance of harness fit and how this applies to these exercises.
By the end of this webinar you will understand:
Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP) is a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. She uses force-free and gentle methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA); a certified Small Animal (dogs and cats) Massage Practitioner (SAMP) with a specialty in rehabilitation; and is certified in Canine Massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage. Lori has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos and teaches workshops worldwide. See more at SeattleTTouch.com
with Angelica Steinker
Registrants will receive recordings of both sessions.
Understanding and using play skills and games are very important for dog trainers and behavior professionals. After all play is incompatible with fear and anger and anxiety!
Understanding how to teach dogs to play, whether it be with food, toys or neither has a role in our practices.
Join Angelica Steinker for this important, simplistic yet grossly misunderstood topic on how to acquire cool play behaviors in pet dogs and how to teach pet owners to engage in play activities with their pets. All dogs can learn to tug, fetch, throw and an assortment of other play activities when the correct training protocols are utilized.
Angelica is a published author in the field of dog training and agility. 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 of the Pet Professionals Guild. Angelica is also the Director of Training for the national franchise The Dog Smith, America’s only Force Free Dog Training and Pet Care License and the co-founder of DogNostics Career College.
This webinar will cover at least one case study.
Lori will provide an overview of fear in dogs, including at least one case study. She will discuss how to recognize fear, what to do when you see it, and how to change the fear response over time. By the end of the webinar you will have tools to help change a dog's fear response.
By the end of this webinar you will be able to:
Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP) is a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. She uses force-free and gentle methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals.
Lori is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA); a certified Small Animal (dogs and cats) Massage Practitioner (SAMP) with a specialty in rehabilitation; and is certified in Canine Massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage. Lori has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos and teaches workshops worldwide. See more at SeattleTTouch.com
with Barb Levenson
PPAB 1, IAABC 1 CPDT 1 KPA 1
with Dr Morag Heirs
IAABC 1.5 CEUs, CPDT 1.5 CEUs, KPA 1.5 CEUs
Morag Heirs is a regular contributor for BARKS from the Guild, PPGs official trade magazine. Morag holds a PhD in Health Sciences, plus the MSc and Honors degree. She has passed her PGCAP. Morag is a full member of APDT UK.
She attended workshops and courses with some truly amazing trainers and behaviorists including, Barbara Sykes, Janet Finlay,Sarah Fisher, Robyn Hood, David Ryan (chairman of the APBC) and Patricia McConnell PhD (author of The Other End of The Leash and other books).
Presented by Claudia Estanislau
LIMA means Least Intrusive and Minimally Aversive Techniques.
Join Claudia for a webinar on how to use LIMA when working with aggressive dogs. The webinar will address the following points:
Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant. She is currently the manager of It's All About Dogs training center in Portugal operating from four locations.
Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Paula is also a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behavior and training.
Claudia’s formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman and Claudia is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a PPG Member.
presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman
CPDT 1 CEU
PPG 1 CEU
with Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and the review magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.
with Tristan Flynn
Dr. Müller studied Biology with particular focus on Animal Behaviour at the University of Zürich (Switzerland). After two internships with field work in the Kalahari (South Africa) and in Yellowstone National Park (USA), he then went on to study vocal and olfactory communication of banded mongooses in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda). For this work he obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Zürich in 2007.
As a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Müller initially continued studying the banded mongooses in Queen Elizabeth National Park, as an independent research fellow based at the University of Exeter (UK). In 2010, he moved to Vienna where he has been studying the cognitive abilities of domestic dogs, first at the University of Vienna and then at the recently founded Messerli Research Institute. During his career, Dr. Müller has written or co-authored 20 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Among them is a recent article entitled “Dogs can discriminate emotional expressions of human faces”.
Presented by Dr. Isabella Merola
CEU: CPDT 1, KPA 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1
Cats were often considered independent animals, but recent studies have highlighted their ability to use human communication toward them to chose how to act. This is highlighting the social nature of this species and the importance to understand how they use and read humans communication.
Isabella is a Veterinary surgeon. She has a Master Degree in Ethology and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Comparative Psychology, which included a research project in dog/cat human relations and communication. She is first author of different papers and referee for journal such as Animal Cognition and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is co-author in a book on behavioural problems in cats and dogs (edited by Poletto Editore, in press). She is actually working at the University of Lincoln (UK) on a project examining pain and emotional expression in cats.
presented by Alexandra Santos
Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.
She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems” and “Puppy and Dog Care” and has also authored and co-authored several articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, has been a lecturer at several seminars on positive reinforcement-based training, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people.
presented by Wes Anderson, Amanda Hessel and Jennifer Cattet
Wes Anderson: Electrical engineer and dog trainer. Worked with services dogs and pet dogs for 14 years. Inventor of the patented Pet Tutor® system. Attended the Bob Bailey Chicken Camps, ClickerExpos,APDT and taken numerous workshops from positive trainers. Member APDT.
Amanda Hessel: Volunteer in service dog training program. Marketing and Sales in the medical and pet industries. Attended ClickerExpos,APDT. Member of Women In The Pet Industry.
Jennifer Cattet, PhD : Director of prison based service dog training program, owner of Medical Mutts medical alert dog training program. Book author and blogger.
with Louise Stapleton-Frappell
Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. PCT-A, CTDI. CAP3. DN-FSG1 Louise holds a Force-free Instructor Certification from ITDH. Louise has attended a Super Trainer Clicker Trainer Course with Kay Laurence and performed as a Dog Trick Instructor at In The Doghouse DTC.
Louise is a passionate advocate of Force-free Training, promoting a positive image of the "Bully" Breeds and advocating against Breed Specific Legislation. Proud "Mum" to Jambo - Staffy Bull Terrier Trick Dog: The first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to achieve the Title of Trick Dog Champion with Do More With Your Dog. Louise blogs for the PPG and is a regularly contributer to Barks from the Guild.
Louise has had articles published in No More Lies Magazine. Louise also writes force-free training articles for a UK company. Louise has her own YouTube Channel where she shares "How to teach" videos and fun trick videos. Jambo has been aired on "Talent Hounds" t.v. in Canada. Jambo was also featured as a Victoria Stilwell "Positively Success Story". Louise keeps up to date with her education and has just completed an online course with Edinburgh University on Animal Behaviour and Welfare". She is the co-presenter of PPG World Services Radio and on the Steering Committee of PPGBI.
with Kathy Sdao
Kathy Sdao is an associate certified applied animal behaviorist. She has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree 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, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility where Kathy began teaching clicker-training classes for dog owners.
For the past 15 years, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. 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. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at twenty-five of these popular conferences since 2003. Kathy also has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, 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.
If you have attempted to back chain behaviors in the past and found it confusing and frustrating then you will love this webinar. Pam's goal is to teach you how to use back chains in a simple and easy to grasp way
PPAB 1.5 CEU, IAABC 1.5 CEU, CPDT 1.5 CEU, PPAB 1.5 CEU, KPA 1.5 CEU
Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT, 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.
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Janice trained and certified more than 450 dog trainers at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals between 2000 and 2009 where she worked directly with more than 1,500 dogs of all breeds and appearances. In 2010 Janice founded the Dog Training Internship Academy.
For 15 years Janice helped owners with pets that had evidenced behavior problems, specializing in aggression issues.
Janice is currently the Director of Communications and Publications for the National Canine Research Council, a canine policy think tank that conducts, reviews, and disseminates academically rigorous research which studies dogs in the context of human society. She has lectured widely on behavior at meetings of various animal control, training, and humane organizations. Janice will be presenting at PPG's Summit in November 2015 in Tampa, FL
Presented by Patience Fisher
CEU: PPAB 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
This cursory course on the house cat will touch on all things a cat owner should know in order to prevent unwanted behaviors in their house cat. A brief overview of ethology, domestication, socialization, and communication will lay the foundation for how to set up your house and interact with your cat.
The unique needs of a house cat will be detailed including placement and use of the litter box and scratching posts/pads, play time, feeding, vertical space, privacy, consistency, establishing a good relationship, and desensitizing the cat to carriers, claw trimming, and pills. The importance of observing behavior to catch medical problems will be explained, as well as the importance of not letting bad habits continue without seeking professional help.
Patience Fisher owns Walk, Play, Learn!, a Pittsburgh-based pet service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service, she is now offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.
Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute.
Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.
with Yvette Van Veen
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.
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, PPG 1.5, KPA 1.5
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.
Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT and is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.
Learn what a bridging stimulus is and what other types of bridging stimuli are being used in dog sports to communicate and create complicated behavior chains to dogs. Regardless of whether you click or use a verbal marker this presentation will take your understanding of what you can do with a bridging stimulus to the next level. Learn what a tertiary reinforcer is and how it can be useful in pet training. What is a keep going signal and why was it invented.
The term intermediate bridge was coined by Kayce Cover and in this presentation it is functionally analyzed and explained. Come join the fun and take your level of bridging stimuli to the next level!
Angelica is a published author in the field of behavior and agility. 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. Angelica sees agility and other dog sports are a barometer of a dog's life enabling her to assess the dog's quality of life and leveraging dog sport behaviors to make necessary shifts to ultimately bring more joy and fun to dog and owners lives.
She is on the steering committee of the Pet Professionals Guild and a founding member of this cutting edge association for science-based trainers and animal professionals. She is also on the Education Committee of Pet Professional Guild and is proud of her contributions to the Pet Professional Accreditation Board in assisting with the creation of the dog training and behavior accreditation programs. She is the Director of Training for the national licensing group The Dog Smith.
Angelica has also been published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, both of which are peer-reviewed professional journals. She has been published in the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Chronicle of the Dog Newsletter, Dog & Handler, Animal Trainer Magazine, Dog Sport Magazine, Dalmatian Quarterly, and Clean Run, the dog agility magazine. She is currently working on a book that addresses the modification of the behavior of aggressive dogs.
She is a certified dog behavior consultant by the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and Applied Animal Behavior Professionals. She was the first person in Florida to obtain this behavior certification and is the only one to have it with 16 years full time experience. She is a Co-founder and faculty member at DogNostics Career College and intensely enjoys mentoring future Pet Care Technicians, Dog Trainers and Dog Behavior Consultants.
Angelica is a sought-after public speaker who has presented at conferences across the country including the famous Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, BARK Agility Camp, and Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo.
Angelica has a Master’s degree in Education, which has served as the foundation for her certifications, ability to communicate with people, and understanding of dog behavior. She enjoys learning about operant and respondent conditioning, at the highest level. Her special interests are aggression, dogs that are difficult to train and problem solving.
Angelica Steinker is also the owner of Courteous Canine, Inc. the #1 Dog Training School in Tampa. Specializing in Obedience, Manners, Agility, Dog Dock Jumping, Lure Coursing, Fun Scent Games & and many other activities.
A webinar packed full of easily implemented mechanical skill improvements with vette Van Veen
PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, PPG 1, KPA 1
Yvette Van Veen PCT-A
with Pamela Dennison
PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1, CPDT 1
Pam Dennison, CDBC, CWRI is a member of the DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America) and is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), member of The Pet Professional Guild, Truly Dog Friendly and former member of NADOI and Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Pam is the author of six books, five online classes, 6 webinars, and three DVDs. She runs daily classes in her Washington, NJ facility and presents seminars through the world on a myriad of topics.
PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5
presented by Tonya Wilhelm
PPAB 1.5 CEU, IAABC 1.5 CEU, CPDT 1.5 CEU, KPA 1.5 CEU
presented by Melissa McCue-McGrath
PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
A webinar packed full of easily implemented mechanical skill improvements with Yette Van Veen
PPAB 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5
Learn how to offer clarity to the dog, to help them better see and understand when to perform certain behaviors. Equally important, teach them when not to perform certain behaviors. Whether you want a dog that only shakes a paw when asked (instead of scraping your arm in repeated pestering attempts to get a cookie), or whether you want to create an environmental cue that applies across many situations (see someone approaching - move to heel) - a better understanding of how learning factors into stimulus control can give greater control over reinforced behaviors.
presented by Michele Pouliot
presented by Francine Miller
CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Inappropriate scratching is a widespread issue, but is seldom enough for clients to believe that it warrants a behavior specialist. This presentation will discuss why cat's scratch, which is an innate behavior and serves many purposes.
Client's can't remove their cat's wild instincts, but they can orchestrate where they are acted out. Learn how to set up humane deterrents, select the right scratcher for your cat and where to locate it and how to attract your cat to an appropriate scratcher.
Why cat's scratch
The case against declawing
Attracting your cat to the appropriate scratcher
Selecting the right cat scratcher, what kind and where to place
Setting up humane deterrents for inappropriate scratching surfaces and locations
Francine has eleven years experience treating dogs and cats with behavior problems. She has consulted on hundreds of cases for every type of aggression in dogs and cats, separation anxiety, barking, phobias, fear reactions, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination, escape, urine marking, scratching, housesoiling, litter box issues, compulsive disorders and more.
In 2005, Francine completed all coursework for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Animal Behavior Science and Family Counseling for Companion Animals, from the American College of Applied Science (ACAS). Studies included canine and feline behavior, ethology, animal behavior, animal learning, conditioning, animal psychology and veterinary psychopharmacology.
In 2011, she also completed three semesters of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) toward a certification as an aBCBA (Associate Board Certified Behavior Analyst) with the Florida Institute of Technology.
Francine holds a BA from Syracuse University and had a long career in advertising and marketing prior to pursuing her interest in helping pet parents with their dog's and cat's behavioral problems. Applied Animal Behavior is her second career.
Presented by Janis Bradley
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.
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.
presented by Patience Fisher
CEU: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Join Patience Fisher as she discusses a protocol to introduce cats to each other, and the background information needed to understand how the cats are progressing during this process. Patience will also discuss cat communication, with emphasis on affiliative signals, peace-keeping signals, and aggressive signals. Having realistic expectations based on the backgrounds of the cats is important. Not all cats will be friends, but co-existence is possible if you set up the cats' resources correctly. Case studies that illustrate this will be presented.
The steps in the introduction protocol include: setting up a safe room; showing a new cat the house; non-contact introduction; and short, supervised free contact. How to read the cats to know if it is all right to proceed to the next step is critical. How to keep the whole process stress-free by providing ample and correctly positioned resources is important.
Patience Fisher owns Patience, a Pittsburgh-based cat consulting service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service known as Walk, Play, Learn, she is now exclusively offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.
presented by Linda Case
1. Participants will learn ways in which the scientific method is applied to studies of canine behavior, cognition, learning and training and will be able to identify all of the important components of a well-designed canine research study.
2. Attendees will understand the “evidence pyramid” of science and be able to critically evaluate various sources of information for scientific soundness and reliability.
3. A specific case study example in dog training will be used throughout the presentation to demonstrate concepts of study design, subject selection and representative samples, treatment group assignment, use of control groups, need for double blinding and use of statistical tests.
4. Participants will complete the webinar with an understanding of the types of conclusions that can (and cannot) be made through scientific study and an appreciation of the opportunities and the challenges that studying canine behavior and training in practical settings present.
Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
CEUs PPAB,1.5. IAABC,1.5. CCPDT,1.5.
Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge and Skills Webinar One aims to increase the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. You will learn about the science behind the training as well as many of the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment. We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based. We also believe in setting the learner up for success. This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies
Learn what equipment is appropriate.
Understand the difference between a command and a cue.
Understand the “Hierarchy of Rewards”
Learn how to choose an appropriate training area.
Learn how to choose an appropriate reinforcer.
Learn how to use start and release cues to communicate with your learner.
Learn how to lure a behaviour and fade the lure for maximum success and minimal stress!
Learn when and how to add a visual cue – hand signal.
Learn when and how to add a verbal cue.
Learn how to “mark” a behavior with a secondary reinforcer/bridging stimulus that is a verbal marker.
Understand how to correctly deliver reinforcement in position and why thoughtless delivery will undermine the reinforcement value.
Handle food rewards safely and efficiently.
Deliver food rewards from hand, treat bag, container or pocket; deliver food rewards in a stationary position to dog’s mouth
Clearly demonstrate ability to communicate the cue, mark the behavior and reinforce the action.
Operate a clicker in hand with a non-visual movement.
Give a cue without excessive body language or unnecessary repetition.
Understand the antecedent package
Know the difference between a reward and a reinforcer.
Understand the “scientific” meaning of positive reinforcement
You will also learn the following 'tricks'/behaviors:
Shake hands/ Give a Paw. Peekaboo (Dog facing forwards between handler's legs) & On Your Side! (Dog lies on side from a down)
presented by Jolein van Weperen
PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
Join Jolein van Weperen for this one hour webinar on the use and application of different types of training mechanics. Jolein will discuss a wide and diverse selection of methods that are designed for you to use in your every day life. Methods that are fun and focus on the skill of self control for both you and your dog. Jolein will teach you that the level of self control your dog has will depend on the self control you exhibit.
For more information check out this short video.
presented by Susan Claire
CEUs PPAB, 1.5 IAABC, 1.5 CCPDT, 1.5
CEUs PPAB, 1.5. IAABC,1.5. CCPDT, 1.5.
Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge and Skills Webinar Two aims to increase the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. You will learn about the science behind the training as well as many of the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment. We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based. We also believe in setting the learner up for success. This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies
Learning Objectives for Apprentice Webinar Two
You will also learn the following 'tricks'/behaviors: Leave It, Stay and Watch Me and understand the application of these tricks in everyday life.
We will take a look at some of the The Science & Knowledge behind the training: You will gain an understanding of “Push, Drop, Stick” and learn how to effectively use this protocol to ensure minimal error learning. We will also be learning about the use of different Bridging Stimuli including Keep Going Signals and Terminal Markers.
Presented by Nancy Tucker
As trainers, are our expectations too high? Is it possible that we have become so involved in honing our training skills that we might not notice our client is unable, disinterested, and unlikely to follow through with our recommendations? Does a dog’s behaviour really need to be perfect? Part of being an outstanding trainer is knowing how to work within limitations and still achieve results that make for a happy client. While we are tempted to jump right into what we see is an effective textbook way to modify a dog’s behaviour, it’s equally important to be able to take a step back and ask ourselves how realistic our training plan is. Is the client likely to adhere to this plan? If not, how else can we address their problem?
This presentation will take a look at how we can better help our clients and their dogs by becoming more creative problem-solvers with the goal of strengthening the bond between clients and their dogs. Attendees will learn how to apply a simple flowchart involving fundamental steps to achieve success in every consultation, without necessarily achieving textbook perfection. Beginners and Intermediate trainers will get some tips and ideas they can incorporate immediately into their practice, and more advanced trainers will be given food for thought.
Being more creative with our problem-solving
Honing our listening and observation skills
Putting an emphasis on strengthening the bond between our clients and their dogs
Recognizing and accepting a client’s limitations, and working within those parameters
Nancy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) and is a full-time trainer and behaviour consultant in Quebec, Canada. She does behaviour consultations as a staff member at a veterinary clinic in Quebec, and spends much of her time doing private in-home behaviour consultations with clients. She regularly presents seminars and workshops on dog behaviour to dog owners, trainers, and veterinary staff.
Nancy has written numerous articles on dog behaviour for French-language publications and several articles as a past member of the CCPDT writing committee, as well as training and case study articles for the Whole Dog Journal. She is a Charter Member of the PPG and a founding member of the Regroupement Québécois des Intervenants en Éducation Canine (RQIEC), a Quebec-based association of force-free trainers and consultants.
presented by Paula Garber
CEU: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
This presentation will teach you the ins and outs of organizing a Kittengarten. You will learn why kitten socialization is so important (and needed), and the goals and objectives of a Kittengarten. The presentation will discuss how to develop the basic structure and curriculum, find a location, boost kitten participation and human attendance, and practice the skills you will need to conduct a Kittengarten.
The presentation will also share ideas for identifying individuals, groups, and organizations that can help you (and that you can help in return). Plus, you will learn how organizing a Kittengarten can drive business for you and others who are involved. Many resources will be provided to help you organize a fun, unique Kittengarten in your community.
Paula holds a master’s degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. She is also certified in Low-Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) and Pet CPR & First Aid, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Paula owns and operates LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions and is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. A consummate cat advocate, Paula proudly serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.