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    • Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • 12:30 PM (CST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    with Jennifer Shryock

    CEU: CPDT 1 CEU, IAABC 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU


    Listen to this great presentation from Jennifer Shryock from Family Paws on Inclusion. Available in three languages, English, French and Dutch.

    Inclusion of Family Dogs For Success, Building - Dog, Child Bonds. This presentation includes valuable tips for pet professionals and will help you in your private training consultations.



    There is also a bonus presentation included called "Introducing Your Dog To The New Baby"

    Bringing home a newborn baby is exciting and challenging all in one. When you add the dynamics of family dogs to the mix there must be preparation and proper supervision in place for everyone to be successful. This video offers tips and solutions to help you and your family dog adjust to life with your newborn safely and comfortably.

    About The Presenter


    Jennifer is the founder of Family Paws Parent Education Through their two national programs, Dogs & Storks® and the Dog & Baby Connection™, they help families with dogs nurture safe, happy relationships among all family members, human and canine.



    • Saturday, July 28, 2012
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, December 30, 2018
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar


    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.

     

    Presenter Information

     

    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.



    • Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, January 26, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar


    with  Angelica Steinker

    CEUs: CPDT 1.5 CEUs, IAABC 1.5 CEUs, KPA 1.5 CEUs, PPAB 1



    Join Angelica Steinker, M.Ed, CAP2, CDBC, PDBC, NADOI- Certified, to explore and investigate the power of Antecedent Control Procedures in Behavior Change Programs. This webinar focuses on canine reactivity to people and other moving targets. The webinar works through actual scenarios to help you understand the methodology.



    Learning Objectives


    1. Learn a behavior modification process that has been successful and is effective in modifying dog-human, dog-dog and other dangerous behaviors.
    2. Learn how to customize this recipe for each individual client case.
    3. Learn how to avoid potential problems during this process.


    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.




    • Sunday, October 21, 2012
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
    Free Member Webinar
    Presented by Diane Garrod
    CEU'sCCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1 



    Join Diane Garrod to explore the basics of her new and exciting program, The Canine Emotional Detox - The Missing Link. Diane will share general information with us regarding this program,who, what, why, when, how and where, with research references and case studies. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. What is a canine emotional detox?
    2. How does it work?
    3. What does it accomplish and why?
    4. A review of case studies
    5. What the research says


    About The Presenter

    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.

    • Sunday, January 20, 2013
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Sunday, January 20, 2019
    • 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar

    with Angelica Steinker



    CEUs: IAABC 1, CCPDT 1, KPA 1



    Join Angelica Steinker for this fun and interesting webinar on how to incorporate games into your group classes.
    Learn how to retain your group clients by making group classes fun for dogs and students. A 45 minute webinar and a FREE Group Game Handout.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn how to make group classes fun for both you and your clients
    2. Understand how games can act as distractions and help with the proofing and generalization process
    3. Differentiate between games that are suitable for beginners and how they can easily be modified for more advanced students.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    • Thursday, April 04, 2013
    • 3:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • 3:12 AM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Niki Tudge



    An introduction to empowerment training and how to recognize dis-empowerment, learned helplessness and response depression.

    Learning Objectives:

     1. What is empowerment training.

     2. The strategy for implementing empowerment training.

     3. The tactics for implementing empowerment training


    About The Presenter


    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 


    Qualifications

    • Business Degrees Oxford  University, England.
    • Six Sigma Certified Black Belt
    • CPDT-KA
    • AABP – Professional Dog Trainer
    • AABP – Professional Dog Behavior Consultant
    • Dip, ABT. Diploma. Animal Behavior Technology
    • Dip, CBST. Diploma Canine Behavior Science and Technology
    • PCSA, CPCT CAPCT
    • Facilitation Certificate - Acuity Institute
    • The HCITB, International Training Board, Certified People Trainer. TS1, TS2 &TS3
    • Six Sigma Lean Project Management

    Niki's current business roles are Founder DogNostics Career College, Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc and President of The Pet Professional Guild

    • Thursday, August 08, 2013
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar



    Approved Continuing Educational Units

    PPAB, 5. CCPDT, 4.5. IAABC, 2. NADOI - Certificate of Attendance


    Presented by Angelica Steinker


    Earn Your DN-FSG 


    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.

    A 2-Hour webinar certification program covering;

    • Canine Olfaction history and scientific facts
    • The training environment, philosophy and methodology
    • Effects of air current
    • Scent contamination
    • Detection thresholds
    • ORN’s
    • Olfaction streamlines
    • Scent discrimination
    • Canine scent capability
    • Target odors and individual scents
    • Scent amounts & fringing
    • Appropriate training equipment & handling
    • How to play, building criteria and areas of reinforcement
    • Reading dogs during the "find"
    • Recommended course curriculum

    Program Certification

    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


    Angelica Steinker, CAP2, CDBC, PDBC. 

    DogNostics Co-Founder & Faculty Member specializing in Dog Behavior Consulting, Dog Sports, Dog Aggression and Learning Theory.

    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. Angelica is the Director of Training for the national licensing group The DogSmith.



    • Monday, August 26, 2013
    • 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Thursday, December 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Recorded Webinar


     with Dianna Stearns

    CEUs

    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.




    Webinar Objectives

    1.    An introduction to the all-positive sport of Treibball
    2.    The history of Treibball
    3.    The game rules and structure of Treibball
    4.    The best mechanics for teaching Treibball
    5.    Much more, lots of  fun and informative tips

     

    About The Presenter

    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.

    • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Monday, December 31, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Angelica Steiner

    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.

    The Key Concepts

    • Understand what destructive obedience is
    • Understand the concept of “The Authority Figure”
    • The effects of labeling
    • What is objectification
    • What is social role designation?
    • Review human experimental studies
    • What is moral justification
    • How are these concepts relevant to our dog training industry
    • Become part of the solution

    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 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.

    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.


    • Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Jean Donaldson

    CEUs: CPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5 



    This 90 minute recorded presentation will provide an overview of how to recognize Negative Reinforcement and how to follow the science through training protocols and procedures professional trainers use.


    Learning Objectives:

    This presentation will provide

    • An overview of Negative Reinforcement
    • How to recognize when Negative Reinforcement is at work
    • The Pitfalls of Negative Reinforcement.


    About the Presenter


    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.

    • Friday, December 13, 2013
    • 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Saturday, March 31, 2018
    • 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Recorded Member Webinar

    Learn How To Use Positive Training In The World Of Showing Dogs

    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.


    Learning Objectives

    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

    About The Presenter

     

    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.


    • Thursday, January 16, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Recorded

    Presented by Malena DeMartini-Price

    CEU's

    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.

    Learning Objectives

    • To learn how to effectively counsel and motivate separation anxiety clients and keep them committed 
    • To understand how to create an effective separation anxiety protocol for maximum efficiency 
    • To have a view into the very important technology and tools that are so useful in accelerating separation anxiety training 
    • To have a brushstroke look at the holistic supplements and medications that can be useful in separation anxiety treatment

    About The Presenter


    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.

    • Thursday, January 23, 2014
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    • 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar

    Free Member Webinar


    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!


    Learning Objectives

    An Overview of working with small animals

    -Nutrition

    -Housing

    -Enrichment/Mental Stimulation

    -Differences between working with dogs and small pets

    -Handling

    -Building relationships

    -Body language/communication

    -Working multiple animals

    -Overcoming fear

    -Training husbandry and cooperative behaviors

    -And more!!


    About The Presenter

    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.


    • Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    • 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Sunday, December 31, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Recorded Webinar

     Dog Park Etiquette and Safety

    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"!

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn the pros and cons of dog parks. 
    2. Understand proper and safe dog behavior and red flags to watch for to keep your dog safe at the dog park.
    3. What to do if things go wrong.

    About Carol Byrnes

    Carol is a CPDT-KA, NADOI Certified and a Charter Member of the Pet Professional Guild. Carol owns and operates Diamonds In The RUFF with her business partner and husband Dana Byrnes. Carol is a well known and highly respected dog trainer both with her clients and amongst industry professionals.  

    CEUs 

    IAABC 1 CEU
    CCPDT 1 CEU
    KPA  1 CEU


    • Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Recorded Member Webinar

    Recorded PPG Webinar

    Over Threshold: The Changing Definition



    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. 

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    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.”


    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 .

    CEU's

    CPDT 1 CEU 

    KPA 1 CEU

    IAABC 1 CEU

    • Thursday, March 27, 2014
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 9:30 AM (PST)
    • Recorded Webinar



    Out of What Box?

    A Discussion on The Development of SOPs in Pet Dog Training

    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.


    Presenter Information: Jean Donaldson


    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.

    CEU

    IAABC - 1.5 CEU

    CPDT - 1.5 CEU

    KPA - 1.5 CEU

    • Monday, April 14, 2014
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Online


    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.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Prepare the handler and the dog for the session
    • Explain the concept and the goal of the program
    • Recognize and analyze critical points
    • Breakdown the learning process
    • Plan a training session
    • Measure the progress

    About The Presenter


    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


     


    • Thursday, May 22, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    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.

    About The Presenter

    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.



    • Monday, June 09, 2014
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, June 09, 2018
    • 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

     

    Free Member Webinar

     with Kat Albrecht


    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.


    Learning Objectives:

    • The first critical steps to take when a dog has vanished
    • How and when to hire a “pet detective” with a trained tracking dog
    • How to “tag” a car with lost dog information
    • How to conduct an “Intersection Alert” to mass market a lost dog
    • How to avoid “Inattention Blindness” when creating lost dog posters

    About The Presenter

    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.


    • Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, June 17, 2018
    • 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

     Free Recorded Member Webinar

    with Kat Albrecht

    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.


    Learning Objectives:

    • The investigative question to ask when an outside cat vanishes
    • The investigative question to ask when an indoor-only cat escapes outside
    • The first critical steps to take when a cat has vanished
    • How to use “House As Trap” to recover a displaced cat


    About The Presenter

    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.



     


    • Thursday, June 26, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Go To Webinar

     What's Your Dog Telling You?

    Understanding Dog Body Language

    with Lisa Waggoner

    CEUs

    CPDT 1.5 CEU

    KPA 1.5 CEU

    IAABC 1.5 CEU

    NADOI


    Webinar Description

    Spend one and a half  hours  with Lisa looking at dog body language. On this webinar you will learn

    1. The nuances of ritualization
    2. Dog body language and stress signals
    3. Signs of stress/appeasement/deference signals
    4. Fear signals
    5. Play signals
    6. Early warning signals

    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.

    Presenter Bio

    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.


    • Monday, July 28, 2014
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, July 28, 2019
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    with Victoria Fogel

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


    Join Victoria for a one hour webinar on teaching animals to communicate through pictures. This webinar will describe and outline the training process for teaching animals, specifically dogs, how to start communicating their wants and needs through a picture exchange communication system. This is a fascinating topic and you will be amazed by the process and the results


    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn how to  define the picture exchange communication.
    • Understand and be-able to  explain why and when you  would use picture exchange communication with animals.
    • Understand the 7 steps in the training process.
    • Understand all considerations in using a picture exchange communication system with animals.

    Presenter Bio

    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.

    • Monday, October 20, 2014
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    An Introduction To Tellington TTouch® Training

    with Lori Stevens

    Don't Leave It Out of Your Force-Free Tool-Kit

    Your Webinar takeaways.

    You will learn two TTouch wraps and two TTouch bodywork techniques.

    CEUs

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT 1.5 CEUs
    KPA 1.5 CEUs

    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.


    Workshop Objectives


    By the end of this webinar you will understand:


      • What TTouch is
      • The benefits of TTouch
      • How to do two TTouch bodywork techniques
      • How to do two TTouch wraps
      • You will understand the concept of introducing slow movement

    About The Presenter

    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



    • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Sunday, November 18, 2018
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Play Is Incompatible with Fear, Anxiety or Aggression.

    Learn How to Incorporate Fun Safe & Educational Play Into Your Behavior Programs & Training Sessions

    with Angelica Steinker

    CEUs 

    IAABC 2 CEUs
    CPDT 2 CEUs
    KPA 2 CEUs


    Registrants will receive recordings of both sessions.

    1. Do you know how to teach others to play with their dogs?
    2. Do you know how to initiate and create great play behaviors?
    3. Did you know that behavior that occurs naturally in the play process is very easily trained and brought under stimulus control? 



    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.


    Workshop Objectives

    • Learn how to teach basic play activities like fetch and tug.
    • Understand how to play games using food.
    • Understand how to play games with toys
    • Understand how you can play games with your dog when there is no food or toys at hand.
    • Learn how to understand if your dog is play motivated and when they are motivated know how to maintain that motivation
    • Learn how to create motivation so your dog wants to engage in play sessions with you
    • Learn how to use emotional contagion to build great play behaviors in dogs

    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 License and the co-founder of DogNostics Career College.

    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.



    • Monday, December 15, 2014
    • 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • 11:30 AM (PST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Presented by Lori Stevens
    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5


    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.


    Objectives

    By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

      • Be able to recognize fear in dogs
      • Know what to do when your dog shows fear
      • Have techniques for working with fearful dogs

    About The Presenter

    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

    • Monday, January 19, 2015
    • 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019
    • 9:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    with Barb Levenson

    CEUs

    PPAB 1,  IAABC 1 CPDT 1 KPA 1 



    Learn how to teach your dog a fabulous retrieve. Barb does such a fantastic job teaching this behavior. This method is extremely effective and efficient. By breaking the huge chain into a bunch of tricks and games that are always fun and hugely reinforcing to the dog, the dog is part of a game that the dog thinks is their idea! As with any competition behaviors that need to be perfectly performed,  its all about the details, and Barb does a great job with this in her explanation and teaching.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn what is a great Dumbbell retrieve
    • Understand Spoon training
    • How to use a nose-wich – the beginnings of hold
    • How and when to introduce the Dumbbell
    • Teaching hold with the Dumbbell
    • Understanding Dumbbell work on the floor
    • How to put it all together – Increasing distance

    About The Presenter


    Earlier in her career Barb realized that many of the problems facing obedience dogs were a result of using compulsion training methods. Working towards perfect canine obedience at a competition level this set Barb on a quest to learn more.


    Listening to her own dogs Barb began to look for other methods.  Influenced by Ted Turner (from Sea World), Leslie Nelson, Patti Ruzzo, and others, Barb began introducing positive reinforcement methods into her teaching and training as early as 1989.  By the time she opened her own training school in 1991, she was using positive reinforcement in her puppy, basic obedience, and Canine Good Citizenship classes, and shortly after in her competition obedience classes.  At present she holds classes in a 12,000 square foot facility in Pittsburgh PA.Barb added the sport of agility to her school in 2000 and a couple of years later began teaching the classes herself.  


    Barb’s approach to both agility and obedience has her marching to a different drummer, in part shaped by her equestrian experience.  She believes the best way to develop handling skills is “on the flat” – away from the equipment – and incorporates ideas from the horse world about training dogs on the flat.  Barb also believes that a strong foundation in obedience sets the stage for a solid relationship with the dog that is critical to enjoying and succeeding in agility.  And that means training and refining the communication – especially body language – between dog and handler.  To date she has competed with eight dogs and has titles in obedience (Canadian and American), agility and herding. Barb is  a instructor at DogNostics Career College and will be presenting a workshop at the 2015 PPG Convention in Tampa FL.



    • Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Monday, February 04, 2019
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn How To Work With Deaf and/or Visually Impaired Dogs

    with Dr Morag Heirs

    CEUs

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs, CPDT 1.5 CEUs, KPA  1.5 CEUs


    Join Dr Morag Heirs to learn about working with hearing and/or visually impaired dogs.  


    Webinar Objectives

    • Be aware of the various causes of deafness and/or visual impairment in dogs
    • Consider the implications for adapting force free training for these dogs (private and group settings)
    • Evaluate the potential benefit from the various gadgets available
    • Explore the potential of deaf and/or visually impaired dogs to live fulfilled lives

    About The Presenter


    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.

    Morag shares her life with a deaf collie, a deaf and visually impaired collie and provide behavioural support for the UK based Deaf Dog Network among other organisations.

    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). 





    • Monday, May 11, 2015
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Presented by Claudia Estanislau

    LIMA means Least Intrusive and Minimally Aversive Techniques. 

    CEUs 

    CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPG 1.5, IAABC 1.5



    Join Claudia for a webinar on how to use LIMA when working with aggressive dogs. The webinar will address the following points:

    • The importance of conducting a functional assessment when working with aggression cases
    • Working with your VET to eliminate any probable physical problems
    • Understanding the LIMA protocol
    • Putting theory into practice in real life scenarios.

    Webinar Objectives

    1. Understand the LIMA protocol and it's application in case management
    2. Learn some practical l force free exercises
    3. Grasp the knowledge of some DRA and DRI protocols suitable for working with aggressive dogs
    4. Learn some practical exercises to help achieve better results with your clients

    About The Presenter


    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.

    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression

    presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

    CEUs

    IAABC 1 CEU

    CPDT 1 CEU

    KPA 1 CEU

    PPG 1 CEU



    Why haven't we found a genetic test yet that will predict aggression in dogs? In this presentation Dr. Jessica will  summarize then current approaches that have been taken to answering this problem and explain the pitfalls that researchers have encountered. Dr.  Jessica will  describe some specific findings in dogs and humans and put them in context to explain their relevance to our understanding of canine aggression in the real world. The webinar will also discuss the  future directions of research in this area and give some hope for future results.

    Webinar Objectives

    • List some approaches to finding a genetic test for aggression
    • Explain why finding a genetic test for aggression is difficult and unlikely to happen soon
    • Describe some specific mechanisms for the interaction of genetics and environment to influence aggression in dogs

    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 is a New Englander at heart, but currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs (an elderly golden retriever and a fearful collie-retriever mix). You can learn more about her at www.dogzombie.com.

    • Wednesday, June 03, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, June 03, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    The Science of Consequences: What We Share with Animals and Why It Matters
    Learning Theory

    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
    KPA - 1.5 CEUs
    PPG - 1.5 CEUs



    One of the themes of The Science of Consequences is the many common behavior principles that exist across species. 
    Those similarities apply for complex as well as basic principles, in the mathematical models that describe behavior, and in the underlying neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics.  Animal trainers are well aware of many of these commonalities, and have helped expand our knowledge of them.

    This talk will survey the current status of a variety of these shared features, such as unusual consequences, signals, biological bases, enrichment, choice, and communication.  An "interacting systems" approach is taken, and a wide variety of species is covered.  Exploring the full range of what we share offers mutual benefits for animal trainers and for science.

    Webinar Objectives


    • To describe how similarly learning from consequences (technically, operant behavior principles) works across species, including for our pets.  At the end of the talk, participants will
      • Appreciate how widespread basic operant learning principles are
      • Understand a few basics about how these principles interact with neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics.
      • Includes unusual consequences, choice, delays, enrichment, biological bases, an introduction to complex behavior, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    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.

    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, June 17, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn How To Safely Structure and Teach Reactive Dog Classes

    with Tristan Flynn

    CEUs

    CPDT - 1 CEU
    KPA - 1 CEU
    PGG - 1 CEU
    IAABC - 1 CEU



    Dogs who are reactive on leash are becoming a more common problem in our society. Trainers who offer specialized dog reactivity classes can add a special value to their communities

    This webinar will outline how to structure a reactive dog class and will highlight the management tools needed. You will learn how to assess dogs for this special class, and the exercises you can teach clients during the class to reduce their dogs reactivity on leash. It will give you the confidence to offer "reactive dog" classes in your area.


    Webinar Objectives


    • Familiarize yourself with how to structure and teach a reactive group dog class
    • Learn how to manage multiple reactive dogs in a group class setting
    • Learn specific exercises that can be introduced into reactive dog classes
    • Learn how to assess which dogs belong in a reactive dog class and which dogs do not. 


    About The Presenter




    Tristan Flynn, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a certified trainer and behavior consultant. He owns Jollytails, Halifax's largest dog daycare, training, grooming and retail facility.

    Tristan has taught Reactive Dog Classes for several years in addition to Canine Life and Social Skills training, puppy classes and private consultations.

    Tristan is the host of K9 Connections, a Weekly Radio show heard on the Rogers Radio Network in Halifax and also the Host of Dog Talk seen on Global Televisions Morning News.

    Tristan has lectured on Aggression, Reactivity, Dominance and Daycare Operations for numerous organizations including the NS SPCA and The Pet Professional Guild.

    Tristan lives with his 7 year old Bernese Mountain Dog Freyja.

    • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    with Dr. Corsin Müller

    CEUs  IAABC - 1 CEU, PPG - 1 CEU, KPA - 1 CEU

    CPDT - 1 CEU Behavior Consultant



    This presentation will first give some background information on a study about dogs’ perception of human faces. Then explain the testing of dogs with an automated procedure at a touchscreen apparatus, and argue why our study, unlike others published before, convincingly shows that at least some dogs can discriminate emotional expressions in human faces, even when these are shown on two-dimensional photographs and by people who the dogs had never encountered before. Finally, it will deal with a number of misinterpretations of the results that were presented in the mainstream media and outline future work arising from the study.


    Webinar Objectives


    • Get up to date with the current knowledge about how dogs perceive human faces and what information dogs extract from these stimuli.
    • Understand the difference between discrimination and recognition.
    • Comprehend the purpose of and need for carefully controlled experimental studies to rule out alternative explanations for observed behaviour.
    • Learn about modern, non-invasive methods in state-of-the art research on dog behaviour and cognition.
    • Acquire a critical attitude towards media reports about results of primary research.


    About The Presenter




    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”.




    • Monday, July 06, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, July 06, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Pushing the Limits: Unexpected Findings about Instincts, Consequences, and Complex Skills
    Learning Theory and Ethology

    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs 

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
    KPA - 1.5 CEUs
    PPG - 1.5 CEUs




    The more that researchers explore animal capabilities, the more flexibility we find.  That applies to instincts as well as to complex skills like learning through observing.  This talk will highlight classic and current findings from this world of innovative research.

    From instincts that change in five minutes, to dogs who learn hundreds of words, to birds that use tools, see how animals are pushing the limits of what we thought was possible.  Topics include "instinct"-operant interactions, choice, signals, and learning through observing.  While a wide variety of species is covered, the focus is on canines.


    Webinar Objectives

    To describe how flexible animal behavior can be.  


    At the end of the talk, participants will understand:
      • How learning from consequences (technically, operant learning) and instincts interact, and
      • How learning can extend to impressive feats of memory, generalization, and other complex skills.
      • Includes the predatory sequence in canines, instinct-learning interactions, choice, signals, learning through observing, tool use, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    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.

    • Sunday, July 12, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
          

    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.
     

    Webinar Objectives

    • When and where cat and human met and started their cohabitation
    • What we know about cat human relationship
    • How human emotions can influence cat behaviour

    About The Presenter


     

    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.

    • Saturday, July 18, 2015
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Understand The Fallout of Punishment and What It Can Do To Dogs and People  


    presented by  Alexandra Santos

    CEUs 

    1.5 CEUs - IAABC
    1.5 CEUs - KPA
    1.5 CEUs - PPG
    1.5 CEUs - CPDT


    A great majority of people resort to punishment when training their dogs, raising their children, and in their daily interactions with people. While punishment may appear to work, there are far too many fallouts that don't justify its use.

    This webinar explains why and how we often opt for punishment as a first option,it addresses the main fallouts of punishment (counter-control, aggression, anxiety, learned helplessness), and what we can do to re-program ourselves to make more dog-friendly and people-friendly choices.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Learn how a coercive society predisposes us to punish.
    • Become aware of how we tend to react to situations instead of acting on them.
    • Understand what counter-control and learned helplessness are and how to recognize them.
    • Understand anxiety as a consequence of badly timed punishment.
    • Learn that dogs with an active defense mechanism may react with aggression to punishment and dogs with a passive defense mechanism may develop learned helplessness.
    • Acquire some basic skills on the application of positive reinforcement to both dog training and daily interactions with people.

    About The Presenter



    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.

    • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, July 23, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    From Your Backyard to Harvard Yard: How Animal Trainers Can Contribute to Science
    Specialized Topic - includes some Learning Theory and Ethology


    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
    KPA - 1.5 CEUs
    PPG - 1.5 CEUs




    Newton's apocryphal apple may be the most famous example of a long tradition in science: Make use of ordinary observations for scientific progress. These days, organized "citizen science" is everything from a minor assist to a transformational trend.

    As applied scientists in effect, animal trainers are in a unique position to contribute to our understanding of behavior principles. From superstitions to unusual reinforcers to high tech learning blitzes, our animals do all sorts of interesting things. What might you look for and how might you go about it?  The focus is on dogs, but other domestic and wild animals are also included.

    Webinar Objectives


    • To describe how animal trainers can become "citizen scientists."  At the end of the talk, participants will understand:
      • What sorts of topics animal trainers can usefully investigate, and
      • How they might go about their investigations.
      • Includes historical examples, clicker training, enrichment, simple research design, animal, the benefits of giving animals control, insight, tool use, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    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.

    • Saturday, August 01, 2015
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, August 01, 2017
    • 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Advanced Training Technology using Pet Tutor®


    presented by Wes Anderson, Amanda Hessel and Jennifer Cattet

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
    KPA - 1.5 CEUs
    PPG - 1.5 CEUs


    Smart Animal Training Systems(maker of Pet Tutor®) is committed to supporting positive training using advanced smart technology.

    Pet technology is creating entirely new ways of positive training that reduce training time and can help trainers get better owner compliance. Technology is also able to address situations that have been almost impossible for positive training before such as barking when no one is present. We will also present how our system can work with smartphones and other apps.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Speed and simplify positive reinforcement training using the new smart wireless Pet Tutor® system to:
      • Reduce barking without being present
      • Calm separation anxiety cases
      • Crate train from a distance
      • Shape behavior remotely over the internet
      • Create new smart games to provide more enrichment that will blow your dog's mind!
      • Slow down eating 
      • Train multiple dogs at one time


    About The Presenters


    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.

    • Thursday, August 06, 2015
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, August 06, 2017
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn How to Train Your Dog To Do A Handstand!

    with Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs

    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, PPG 1, KPA 1 CPDT 1 



    Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A. Hons, PCT-A, CTDI, CAP3, DN-FSG1 to learn how to teach a dog to do a handstand.
    This is an advanced level trick but the webinar should also appeal to trainers with novice/intermediate skills, wishing to learn more about how to teach their dog new behaviors. The webinar will give a step by step explanation of the teaching process as well as video demonstrations.



    Webinar Objectives

    • How to teach a handstand.
    • How to teach "Go Back".
    • How the reinforcement protocol affects the behavior being taught.
    • How to "step into" the "learning cycle".
    • How to make use of props.
    • How to add in a cue.
    • How to train in sets.
    • How and when to introduce new criteria.
    • How to set your learner up for success.



    About The Presenter



    PCT-A

    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.

    • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, August 12, 2017
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn How To Effectively Manage Groups of Dogs In an Off Leash Environment 

    with Kathy Sdao

    CEUs 

    IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPAB 1.5



    Join Kathy Sdao for this webinar on multiple dog management. Whether you supervise a dog daycare or playgroup, take your dog to a dog-park, or simply have a multi-dog family, you will have to manage groups of unrestrained dogs. These situations in which dogs are off-leash and free to interact with one another can be potentially volatile. 

    Dogs can be physically hurt and they can also experience emotional trauma from threats or bullying. You need to be able to recognize warning signs, intervene when necessary without making the situation more risky, and have a way to decide which dogs are well-suited to multiple-dog environments and which are not.

    We’ll review some skills, protocols and behavioral knowledge that will help you keep dogs and handlers safe while promoting constructive canine socialization and fun.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify common but unwise advice for managing groups of dogs
    • Define the role and the associated behaviors most important for people who supervise groups of dog
    • List minimum requirements for dogs’ physical and mental health in daycare settings
    • Examine examples of forms used for screening dogs for attendance at a daycare
    • Understand general safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between “normal” dogs
    • Understand safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between unsocialized dogs (i.e., remedial dog-socialization sessions)

    About The Presenter




    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.



    • Sunday, August 16, 2015
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, August 17, 2017
    • 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn How To Use Back Chaining To Teach Tricks, Dog Sports and Real World Behaviors 

    Presented by Pamela Johnson

    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

    CEUs 

    PPAB 1.5 CEU, IAABC 1.5 CEUCPDT 1.5 CEUPPAB 1.5 CEU, KPA 1.5 CEU



    This webinar will focus on teaching the correct process to build fluid back chains. You will learn how simple this process can be. So many behaviors can be trained using this method and doing so will ensure your dog understands and is able to perform the behavior with fluency each time they are cued.

    You will learn why back chaining is so powerful in achieving results and the difference between training a regular behavior chain versus a back chain. 

    You will also learn how to look at behaviors differently and think about what it is that you really want the dog to know and then perform so you can  build a back chain to accomplish that goal. 

    The behaviors taught in this webinar range from tricks (clean up your toys, go to the crate and close the crate door and get a drink out of the refrigerator), dog sports (canine freestyle routines, disc dogging routines, flyball, agility contacts, weave poles, rally and more), to real world behaviors (no jumping on people, going inside the house, getting in the car, etc).  
    You will receive a step by step instruction on the process of back chaining.

    Webinar Objectives

    • What back chains are and why you should use them. 
    • You will learn important concepts such as: 
      • Verbal/Visual Cues
      • Stimulus Control
      • Variable Reinforcement Schedules
      • Rewarding in Position
      • Repetition
      • Adding Criteria
      • Fluency
      • Premack Principle
      • Anticipation (what it is and how to prevent it) 
      • Using Extra Cues
      • Fading Cues
      • Proofing
      • Systematic Learning
      • Conditioned Reinforcers
    • Understanding the concept of back chaining 
    • Learn how much fun it is to back chain

     

    About Your Presenter




    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.

    To learn more about Pamela click here

     

    - Love of the Water
    - Ability to Swim
    - Basic Foundation Skills
    - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
    - The use of targeting to aid in balance
    - Training techniques for dry land and water 
    - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
    • Sunday, August 30, 2015
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, August 30, 2019
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by  Janis Bradley

    CEUs 

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    "That's the Lab in him." "None of my other Cattle Dogs acted like this," dog guardians will say, and often expect their pet's breed will predict his behavior and personality. In attempting to facilitate good relationships (and sometimes good matchmaking between dogs and adopters), we often make 3 assumptions: that we can reliably identify the ancestry of even mixed breed dogs; that breed can help us predict the likelihood of behaviors that were sought in the historical work of the breed or breeds; that this ancestral work is relevant to what pet dog adopters need in their companions. 

    This presentation will explain the weaknesses in visual breed identification and breed based behavior explanations and will demonstrate other ways to talk with clients about expectations and modification of an individual dog's behavior.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understanding the misinformation inherent in framing behavior to clients in terms of breed characteristics.
    • Alternatives to breed labeling of mixed breed dogs. 
    • Alternatives to breed based explanations of behavior.

    About The Presenter



    Janis Bradley is the author of Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions (Animals and Society Institute), a survey of the current scientific literature on the topic, The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog (National Canine Research Council Vision Series), and Dogs Bite, But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous, used as the complete guide to research on dog bites. 

    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

    • Thursday, September 10, 2015
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, September 03, 2018
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
       

    Free Member Webinar


    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.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand ethology and domestication of the house cat
    • Learn about cat's communication and socialization
    • Understand the importance of providing a secure, stress-free territory for an indoor cat
    • Learn the correct use and placement of litter boxes and scratching posts/pads
    • Understand how to promote a good relationship with your cat and how to monitor health
    • Learn about playing with your cat to promote good behavior
    • Learn how to make a good behavior become a habit
    • Learn how to desensitize your cat to the carrier, claw trims, and pills.
    • Listen to a brief overview of what a cat behavior consultant does

    About The Presenter


    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.

    • Sunday, September 13, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 17, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Reactive Dogs - The Science and Art of Set Ups and The Use of Live Decoy Dogs to Achieve Success

    with Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CDPT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    Owners often struggle to develop skills to help their dogs overcome reactivity. Set ups and decoy dogs can help owners as they develop skills. This can create safer training sessions and increase productivity. However, many dogs do well in set ups, yet fail in real life. This webinar will look at the details that can undermine a dog's progress and show how to remove walls and obstacles to success.

    Learn how to create effective set ups that mimic real life. Avoid common pitfalls of blocking and overshadowing. Set up your set ups for long-term gains. Learn how and when to use decoy dogs, including advanced set ups to address problems such as sudden environmental contrast.


    Webinar Objectives


    • Differentiate between leash reactivity and anxiety. Learn to choose which strategy to employ when addressing both.
    • Hallmarks of an effective setup. Understanding how small changes in execution offers clarity to the dog & helps keep the dog under threshold. Use of latency in counter-conditioning and addressing rate of reinforcement/position feeding for positive reinforcement.
    • Taking down the walls that prevent success. Preventing blocking, overshadowing and undesired cues. Ensure the dog is learning what we set out to teach.
    • Creating clean associations. Faking the rushing dog, working on sudden environmental contrast, factors to consider when creating training plans that go from easy to difficult.
    • Fast initial results versus long-term gains. Steps to take to achieve more stable results.
    • Identify what makes a good decoy dog. Is your dog suitable? What are the ethical considerations of asking dogs to do this task? Which tasks can they do? Insulating against potential problems.


    About The Presenter

    PCT-A



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

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


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

    Presented by Pamela Johnson

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


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

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

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


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

    Webinar Objectives

    Attention

    Stay

    Come when called

    Leash Walking

    Impulse Control

    Safety behaviors:

    • Wearing a muzzle
    • Cone
    • Taking medications 
    • Handling

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

    About The Presenters




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


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

    To learn more about Pamela click here

     

    - Love of the Water
    - Ability to Swim
    - Basic Foundation Skills
    - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
    - The use of targeting to aid in balance
    - Training techniques for dry land and water 
    - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
    • Thursday, October 08, 2015
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 08, 2017
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    What are Bridging Stimuli and How Many Types Are There?

    with Angelica Steinker

    CEUs 

    PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    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!


    Workshop Objectives

    • Learn about Bridging Stimuli such as a training technique called the intermediate bridge. 
    • Learn about what is a tertiary reinforcer? 
    • Learn about what is a keep going signal? 
    • Learn about how  they are used and what  they teach dogs?

    About The Presenter




    PCBC-A, CAP2, CDBC, PDBC


    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.

    • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, October 13, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    A More Thoughtful Approach To Shaping Creates More Precise Behaviors. 

    Learn How To Improve your Shaping Mechanics 

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

    CEU's

    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, PPG 1, KPA 1 




    The art of pure shaping involves breaking behaviours down into small steps or approximations. Many people find that dogs becomes hyper, offer too many behaviours and show signs of stress such as yawning or walking out of pure shaping sessions entirely. If your dog is walking out of training or cycling through a plethora of behaviours hoping to "guess" right, then learn how to turn frustrated students into superstars when you realize that the click does not end the behaviour.

    Frantic, frustrated behaviour in the dog is predictable and avoidable. One important adjustment is addressing the position in which the reinforcement is given. Take a more thoughtful approach as to where to give food - creating calm, precise behaviours very quickly.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Position Feeding for Rapid Shaping Results and Calm Confident Canines
    • Click does NOT end the behaviour. Click marks it. Consumption ends the behaviour. Learn how to adjust position of reinforcement delivery to supercharge training results. Behaviours that sometimes take weeks suddenly come together with small changes. 
    • Look at training plan objectives (distance duration distractions) and determine how to use feeding to support this.
    • Identify the warning signs that position of feeding is not optimal.
    • Shaping to create calm. Is your dog thinking or frantic?
    • Recognizing the frustration and stress that can happen when position of feeding is contrary to your training objectives.
    • Discuss importance of rate of reinforcement. The sign to watch for that acts like a warning that position of feeding is hindering.
    • Reflecting on canine anatomy and how a few centimeters can change everything.
    • How to create fast ROR.
    • How to create movement.
    • How to create re-sets.
    • The importance of coaching owners on mechanics.
    • Knowing when to hold it and when to fold it. How do you know when it's time to step back and re-assess what is happening, and change it up.
    • Become fluent at communicating shaped exercises with your dog - create dynamic "conversations" where the dog picks up quickly and easily.


    About Your Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen PCT-A



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

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



    • Friday, October 16, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, October 16, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew? Are You Really Ready to Work With Aggression Cases?

    with Pamela Dennison

    CEU's

    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1, CPDT 1




    Lately trainers running aggressive dog classes seem to be on the rise. This is good and bad. Good because people who own aggressive dogs have more options for working with their dogs than ever before. Bad because it means that aggression in dogs is on the rise. Good because more people are preferring to work with their dogs, rather than opting to euthanize, and bad because so many trainers who run classes are not qualified to do so, and often end up making the dog worse.

    Trainers who don’t own aggressive dogs can lead an aggressive dog class, but living with an aggressive dog is the best teacher. These trainers experience up close and personal the fears, frustrations, the cost and time limitations, as well as the stigma that society places on owners of aggressive dogs. To maximize the training, it’s important to remember that there’s an owner attached to the top half of the leash and not just focus on the dog.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Do you have enough knowledge to work with aggressive dogs
    • Does the listener know enough about training foundation skills?
    • Do you know how to assess a team?
    • Can you learn from your mistakes?
    • Do you have a real "feel" for dogs?
    • Do you know to design sessions within the CC/DS process?
    • Do you now what to do if things go "south?"
    • Do you know how to make sure things don't go "south" in the first place?


    About Your Presenter


    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.

    • Thursday, November 05, 2015
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Sunday, November 05, 2017
    • 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    How To Teach Your Dog a Solid Recall  


    presented by  Alexandra Santos

    CEUs 

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5, CPDT 1.5


    Many dog owners don't give their dogs much freedom to run loose, because they're afraid the dog won't come back when called. It's a fact that, the moment the leash is removed from the dog's collar, we immediately enter into direct competition with the environment - the dog is free and thus can make choices between interacting with the environment or something in it and coming to us when called. It is also a fact that we often, inadvertently, train "stubbornness" and reinforce non-compliance with the recall cue.

    This webinar will teach dog owners how to train a solid recall by avoiding common mistakes, following some basic rules for success, choosing the right reinforcers, and providing the correct consequences for compliance and for non-compliance.

    Webinar Objectives


    • A brief overview of respondent conditioning
    • A brief overview of operant conditioning
    • David Premack's principle; reinforcer sampling; jackpot
    • Main reasons why dogs fail the recall
    • Common mistakes while teaching the recall
    • Basic rules for teaching a solid recall
    • The solid recall step by step
    • When and how to put the recall on an intermittent schedule

    About The Presenter



    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.

    • Sunday, November 29, 2015
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Saturday, November 30, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


     with Yette Van Veen

    CEU's

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



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

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

    Webinar Objectives


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


    About Your Presenter



    Yvette 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.

    • Thursday, December 03, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Sunday, December 03, 2017
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn How to Live with A Thunder Phobic Dog 

    presented by Tonya Wilhelm

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5 CEU,  IAABC 1.5 CEU, CPDT 1.5 CEU, KPA 1.5 CEU



    In this workshop, you will learn tools on how to keep your dog (or your client's dog) safe during storms while you start a behavior modification program to address your dog's phobia. We will discuss a long-term treatment plan, calming aids, food therapy and other protocols to assist in your dog's comfort during storms. 

    We will also discuss how to identify dogs at risk and how to decrease the chance of thunder phobias with a prevention program. Last we will address how important it is to get your clients on board.

    Webinar Objectives

    • How to manage your thunder phobic dog (safety, calming aids, prescription drugs, food therapy, training activities)
    • Desensitization and Counter Conditioning during the off season
    • Help you understanding what it's really like to experience a thunder phobic dog  if you haven't lived through it
    • How to identify dogs at risk
    • Prevention, prevention, prevention


    About The Presenter




    Tonya Wilhelm has been a full-time dog training specialist for almost two decades. During this time she has succeeded in helping thousands of dog parents build happy, long-lasting relationships with their dogs using only humane, kind, and positive dog training methods.

    Tonya focuses on treating dogs holistically, from the inside out. She has written a number of books, including Proactive Puppy Care, Please Stay and co-author of What's For Dinner, Dexter?: Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory. 

    Tonya also writes various dog-themed blogs, is a frequent contributor in various magazines and present dog behavior workshops at various pet expos and events.
    • Monday, December 28, 2015
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Friday, December 28, 2018
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Melissa McCue-McGrath

    CEUs

    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1



    I have discovered massive loopholes in conglomerate rescue websites as they relate to Massachusetts state law, and how the culture of obtaining dogs by click-and-ship is harming the human-dog relationship. This affects both puppy mill dogs and rescue. There is information out regarding puppy mill dogs, less about trucking sick dogs via rescue. The focus will be on the latter, though I will address both. 

    After detailing where we are going wrong in obtaining our dogs, I present responsible, ethical ways to get pet professionals  at the table together to change the culture of how we talk about dogs, how we get dogs, and how we help dogs together.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand how less-reputable breeders are able to continue selling sick and undersocialized puppies to the public, even with increased awareness of puppy mill operations.
    • Understand how some rescues are using legal loopholes in Pet Finder (and similar sites) to ship clinically under-socialized dogs to city centers, and what affect that has on families.
    • Recognize the language anyone selling a dog will use to move the dog; how to work with that language and remain professionally able to guide our students while helping the dog.
    • Be able to identify quality rescues, shelters, and breeders; be able to identify quality dog trainers, behavior consultants, applied animal behaviorists and veterinary behaviorists; be able to pass that information along to clients.


    About The Presenter




    Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA is a certified professional dog trainer in greater Boston. She grew up in an accidental dog-sledding family in rural Maine and now sits as the co-Training Director of New England Dog Training Club, the oldest AKC obedience club in the country. She has twelve years of professional, science-based dog training under her belt. She is now speaking around the country about #HandsOnFirst, a movement that encourages dog owners to meet dogs in person prior to adoption instead of electing to click-and-ship. 

    She currently teaches a variety of classes, including Disc Dog classes in addition to private consultations where she evaluates dogs who are having a difficult time living in urban areas.

    Melissa writes alongside Dr. Sip Siperstein for Car Talk's new FIDO blog. She has been featured on PBS's Design Squad, NECN's The Secret Life of Animals, FOX 25 Morning News and other media outlets. When she has spare time, she keeps up The MuttStuff Blog with resources for Boston area dogs, and is frequently updating the MuttStuff Facebook Page.


    • Sunday, January 10, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    "Get a Cue"

    Creating stimulus control with discrimination 

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

    CEU's

    PPAB 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5



    Join Yvette for this webinar that delves into creating stimulus control over learned behaviors in dog training is a planned process - a distinct element in the training plan. Not all cues are the same. Not all behaviors respond similarly to different types of cues. How we choose and present our cues (commands) can lead to blocking, overshadowing, peak shift and suppression - things that stand in the way of achieving that stimulus control.

    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.


    Webinar Objectives


    • Definition of stimulus control.
    • How to assess if and how a behavior is under stimulus control.
    • Discrimination as a function of "expertness." Generalization as the absence of learning.
    • Not all cues condition as readily as others. Some behaviors and reinforcements fit better with certain cues than others.
    • Factors that undermine or interfere with creating stimulus control - looking at peak shift and cue suppression, blocking and overshadowing.
    • Creating environmental cues.
    • Generalizing cues and behaviors.
    • Compound cues vs specific elements of cues. Does the animal notice the whole of the cue, or individual elements?


    About Your Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen PCT-A



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

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



    • Friday, January 15, 2016
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Monday, January 15, 2018
    • 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn about Platform Training for Dogs 

    presented by Michele Pouliot


    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5



    If you have not discovered the power in platforms as training tools - this presentation is for you.

    In 2010, Michele Pouliot revealed the value in platforms as training tools to the dog training world with her first Platform Training DVD. In this presentation, Michele shares platform training techniques for a variety of training applications.
    Dog training around the world has discovered the value in raised platforms in all areas of training, whether it be for dog
    sports of basic pet manners. Learn how to effectively use the tool from a platform master. This presentation is sure to provide any trainer with several “light bulb moments” about great ways to use platforms in their training program.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Overview of Platform Training as a tool for many goals
    • Specifics of Platform sizes for goals
    • Introducing your dog to platforms
    • Foundation skills taught via platforms
    • Precision skills for dog sports via platforms
    • Advanced use of platforms


    About The Presenter




    Michele Pouliot, Director of Research and Development at Guide Dogs for the Blind. Michele has been a guide dog mobility instructor for over 40 years, yet her original focus was on horses before discovering the guide dog field. Michele studied under Linda Tellington-Jones for 2 years and began a career as a trainer in the equestrian field.

    Michele is recognized internationally for her innovation and creative development in guide dog training and service to blind clients. GDB actively assists other guide dog schools around the world in their efforts to adopt positive training methods. Since 2006, Michele has directly assisted more than 30 guide dog schools (internationally and within the USA) in changing their programs to positive reinforcement and clicker training methods. 

    In 2008, Karen Pryor invited Michele to join the prestigious faculty of Karen Pryor’s annual Clicker Expo Conferences. Michele continues to teach each year at 2 Clicker Expos in the USA and one annual Clicker Expo Europe. 

    • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
       


    Free Member Webinar

    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.


    Webinar Objectives

    • 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

    • What NOT to do
    •  

    About The Presenter

            
       

    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.


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


    Presented by Janis Bradley

    CEUs

    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.

    • Thursday, February 18, 2016
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Sunday, February 18, 2018
    • 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

       Free Member Webinar

    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.

    Webinar Objectives

     

    • realistic expectations based on:
    • the natural social system of cats
    • the sensitive period of socialization
    • how to read the cats' reactions
    • steps in the introduction protocol
    • setting up a safe room
    • showing the new cat the house
    • non-contact introductions
    • gradual free-contact
    • setting up the cats’ resources for the long-term

    About The Presenters


    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.

    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.
    • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


         “Beware the Straw Man: Fact, Fiction & Science in the Dog Training World”

    presented by Linda Case

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    As dog owners and professionals, we make many decisions for our dogs (and for those of our students and clients) every day. Some of these decisions are simple and mundane, while others are of much greater importance to our dogs’ emotional and physical well-being. In today’s world, the amount of information that we are exposed to and which influences these decisions is vast and often overwhelming. In this webinar, attendees will learn to critically evaluate the various types of information that inform us daily about dog training and behavior. In particular, we will look at the role that science can (and should) play in our decision-making and how to make thoughtful and evidence-based choices for our training practices. The webinar will begin by reviewing the scientific method and specifically how it is put into practice in canine cognition, behavior, and training studies. A detailed case study will be introduced and used to illustrate study design, the use of control groups, selection of dogs, the need for blinding, and use of statistical tests. Attendees will be given the opportunity throughout the case study presentation to consider different study scenarios and the impact that these may have on conclusions that should or should not be drawn. The information presented in this webinar will be assist trainers, pet professionals and dog owners in making well-informed, evidence-based decisions for their dogs and for their professions.  

    Webinar Objectives

    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.

    About The Presenter




    Linda Case is a popular speaker and author who lectures throughout the world about dog nutrition, training, behavior, and health. By training, Linda is a canine nutritionist, dog trainer, and science writer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and was a lecturer of companion animal science at the University of Illinois for 15 years. She also taught companion animal behavior and training at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Linda’s presentations to pet professionals focus on promoting the use of critical thinking skills and the scientific method when making important decisions for dogs’ nutritional well-being, training, and health. Linda owns AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center in Mahomet, IL (www.autumngoldconsulting.com). She is the author of numerous publications and books, most recently “Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices and “Beware the Straw Man: The Science Dog Examines Dog Training Fact & Fiction”. Linda is also the author of the popular blog “The Science Dog” (http://thesciencedog.wordpress.com/). She and her husband Mike currently share their lives with four amazing dogs; Vinny, Chip, Cooper, and Alice, and Pete the formerly feral cat. In addition to training dogs, Linda enjoys running, hiking, swimming, bird watching and gardening – all of which she happily shares with her dogs.

    • Thursday, March 03, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar


    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

    Learning Objectives for Apprentice Webinar One


    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.

    Master the mechanics of training

    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)

    About The Presenter


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited. Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of force-free training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.

    Louise is a Steering Committee Member and an Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  She is a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.

    • Saturday, March 12, 2016
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Monday, March 12, 2018
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    The Use & Application of Training Mechanics to Help Develop Impulse Control

    presented by Jolein van Weperen

    CEUs

    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.


    Webinar Objectives


    - What is Impulse Control?
    - How to implement Impulse control in the training session
    - Using Play as a reward
    Teaching your dog that  hands give and don’t take
    - The hand cue system
    - Make impulse control a way of life


    About The Presenter



    Jolein van Weperen of De Laar Dog Academy is an advocate for humane, ethical and trustworthy training methods.  Jolein doesn’t just focus on well-mannered dogs she strives to help clients have a happy, well-adjusted, confident and relaxed friend for the whole family.

    Jolein is known for her creative teaching style and the countless happy and self-controlled canine graduates her school produces. THE Dutch venue for international trainers, de Laar is also one of the most important cultural hubs for force-free training in the Netherlands.

    • Monday, March 28, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    presented by Susan Claire

    CEUs PPAB, 1.5 IAABC, 1.5 CCPDT, 1.5


    This presentation is designed to help trainers work with clients, fosters, rescues, and shelters who find themselves with dogs that are extremely fearful. Fearful dogs are often difficult to handle as well as difficult to find a forever home for. These caretakers often do not have access to or a budget for a Veterinary Behaviorist, and need some immediate hands-on help.

    This presentation will aid in learning how to make enough progress with these dogs to prepare them for adoption (if in foster care). Susan will discuss how to prepare the clients, fosters, rescues and shelters for realistic expectations for these dogs and how to make a possible difficult situation better for all parties. She will cover what tools to use, management and behavior modification techniques for making progress with extremely fearful dogs.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Identifying fearful body language
    • Keeping these dogs under threshold
    • Tools, equipment, for management and enrichment
    • Counter conditioning techniques for presence of humans, being touched, walking on a leash and hand targeting
    • How to identify progress, move to next level
    • How to identify appropriate homes
    • Includes a case study of my own foster flunky dog

    About The Presenter



    Susan Claire, CPDT-KA

    Susan started her career in marketing, advertising, and video production. Back in 1993, she got hooked on competition obedience with her first dog. In those days, harsh training methods were the norm, she started to realize that while some of people were achieving training goals, some were also ruining their dogs’ temperaments, eroding the bond and causing the dogs unnecessary pain.  In 2000, she began volunteering at the Humane Society of Broward County and was introduced to positive reinforcement (R+) training.  The dogs learned quicker and were happy and willing to perform the behaviors. She has used only reward-based training since and have made it her mission to spread the word: harsh punishment is NOT necessary to train your dog!

    Susan's specialty is training pet dogs: working with individuals and families that want a well-behaved pet dog with a friendly, sound temperament. She loves helping people start raising their puppy right from the start, but also work with families who want to modify behavior problems in an adult dog.  Susan serves as Behavior Consultant and trainer for the Adoption Ambassador Program at The Humane Society of Broward County, which places at risk dogs into foster families who are empowered to care for and train the dogs and choose the new adoptive family. She trains and counsels the Adoption Ambassadors (fosters) and develops individual behavior modification plans for the dogs in the program. She has also done rescue work with semi-feral dogs in Puerto Rico.

    • Saturday, April 02, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, April 02, 2018
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    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 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

    • Understand when to raise or lower criteria.
    • Learn how to effectively proof behaviors with variable body language. 
    • Learn how to use start and release cues. Develop a greater understanding of the use of a clicker and verbal marker. 
    • Understand the advantages of using a clicker as a precision tool. 
    • Learn how to optimally extend the duration of a behavior. 
    • Understand the different implications to the learner of a sit stay and a down stay. 
    • Understand how to use a clicker or verbal marker as a keep going signal to extend the duration of a behavior.
    • Learn how to teach your dog to focus on you. Understanding the importance of a default behavior. 
    • Learn how to teach a default behavior.


    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.


    About The Presenter


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited. Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of force-free training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.

    Louise is a Steering Committee Member and an Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  She is a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.


    Training Meister

    Your Force-Free FUN Dog Training Program


    • Thursday, April 21, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    The Good Enough Dog - A Different Approach to Helping Your Clients, Their Dogs... and Your Business!

    Presented by Nancy Tucker

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5


    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.


    Webinar Objectives

    • 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


    About The Presenter



    Nancy Tucker, CPDT - KA

    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.


    • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Free Member Webinar

    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.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Explain the need for kitten socialization
    • Create a basic structure and curriculum for a Kittengarten class
    • Develop the necessary skill set to conduct the class
    • Understand what tools and supplies you will need
    • Identify those who can help with the class
    • Generate creative ways to market the class
    • Anticipate (and minimize) potential problems

      About The Presenters


       

      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.