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Your  2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit - attend in Your Pajamas!

Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12, 2016
3 monthly payments available to all registrants. Simply register for the event and wait for your initiation email. Then click on the appropriate link and sign up for payments.




Welcome to the Registration Page

Welcome to the registration page for our 2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit. 

This is a summit you can attend from the comfort of your own home and even wearing your PJ's. 

  • More than 25 hours of educational webinars across a variety of topics geared towards the pet care professional
  • Two tracks each day starting at 9:00 AM EDT and finishing around 7:30 PM EDT
  • Ample time for lunch and breaks
  • Registration options for members and non members
  • Registration options for those who want to view specific live sessions only and those who wish to receive all the recordings afterwards. Chose between basic and premium registration options.
  • Recordings available after the fact to premium registrants

1. The Basic Package Includes:

2. Premium Package Includes:

  • 13 hours of live webinars you can personally attend over the two days.  Click here for more information
  • Recordings to all of the sessions sent to you by email after the event
  • PDF handouts of each webinar note slides

Presenter List & Webinar Descriptions 

Your Presenters range in experience and skill covering everything from marketing, branding, sales, canine and feline communication, health and handling, managing groups of dogs, dog walking skills, grooming, dog bite safety and appropriate play ... and much more 




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Virtual Summit

    • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

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

    Presented by Lori Stevens

    CEUs: PPAB 1


    Stevens’ presentation will provide an overview of how she approaches an animal who is stressed or leery of touch. She will also discuss the benefits of touch and demonstrate at least three introductory bodywork techniques for calming dogs and cats. Note: Specific examples will be mostly focused on dogs. This will be an interactive webinar so bring your challenges and questions with you. 

    Webinar Objectives

    • The importance of body language. 
    • Empowering our animals.
    • How to approach an animal for touch.
    • Tools and methods for success.
    • The power of touch.
    • An overview of Tellington TTouch® training and the benefits thereof.
    • Specific Tellington TTouch® bodywork techniques. 

    About the Presenter


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

    • Saturday, October 08, 2016
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

    (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)
    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

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



    Play is essential for healthy brain function and reinforcement is an integral part of the ‘game.’ The reinforcement strategies you use will affect the behaviors being carried out and your canine clients’ desire to engage in them. Struggling to get a dog to walk on a loose leash, to go in a crate or to lie on a bed? Not sure how to aid relaxation and help ensure a dog remains happy and calm while you are putting on a harness or while there is thunder overhead? This presentation will provide you with much of the knowledge and skills you need to set you and your clients (both human and canine) up for success. You will learn how to create an atmosphere that is conducive to your canine clients’ well-being. Happy canines mean happy guardians and happy guardians mean recommendations and an increase in your potential client base. There are lots of positive consequences that result from learning about reinforcing the good stuff. Animals are learning all the time and we need to ensure the learning that takes place is appropriately reinforced - we need to reinforce all of the behaviors we would like to see repeated. This presentation will an overview of operant and respondent conditioning in the context of pet care processes, with a particular focus on positive reinforcement. It will delve into the what, when, where, how and why of reinforcement, take a look at different reinforcement (reward) strategies and how any chosen strategy will enhance or impede daily interactions with canine your clients.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand the basics of how pets learn.
    • Learn how your behavior impacts the behavior of pets in your care.
    • Provide an overview of operant and respondent conditioning.
    • Learn how to effectively lure a pet into position
    • Develop a greater understanding of the reinforcement process.
    • Learn how to choose an appropriate reinforcer to enhance your canine clients’ ability to learn and thrive while in your care.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of the 'hierarchy of rewards.'
    • Understand what we mean when we refer to primary and secondary reinforcers.
    • Understand how the environment will affect the ‘value’ of your chosen ‘reinforcer.’
    • Learn how to create a positive association with a head-halter, muzzle, harness, collar or other novel items.

    About The Presenter



    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A. (Hons), PCT-A, CTDI, FN-FSG1, CAP3 holds a force-free instructor's award, K9 first aid certification and animal behavior & welfare and dog emotion & cognition verified certification. She previously performed as the Dog Trick instructor at In The Doghouse DTC; is the owner of Happy Dogs Estepona and is an instructor and assessor for the Pet Dog Ambassador program launched this year by the Pet Professional Guild.
    Stapleton-Frappell is a passionate advocate of force-free training, promoting a positive image of the "bully" breeds and advocating against Breed Specific Legislation in favor of breed neutral laws and education about dog bite safety and prevention. She is proud "mum" to Jambo - Staffy bull terrier trick dog: the first Staffordshire bull terrier to achieve the title of Trick Dog Champion. Jambo has appeared on Talent Hounds in Canada and was also featured as a Victoria Stilwell Positively Success Story.
    Stapleton-Frappell blogs for the Pet Professional Guild and is a regular contributor to BARKS from the Guild magazine. She is a steering committee member of the Pet Professional Guild and membership manager of the Pet Professional Guild British Isles; co-presenter of PPG World Service radio show; faculty member of DogNostics Career College; steering committee member of Doggone Safe and regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain, where she is based.
    Stapleton-Frappell believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods and that all learning should be fun. She is the creator of Training Meister, a comprehensive online force-free training program from DogNostics Career College, aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of pet guardians and professionals.
    • Monday, November 14, 2016
    • (EST)
    • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded
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    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

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

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB, 1


    Working in the pet care industry involves knowing much more than how to care for a pet. Clients expect you to know about a pet’s health needs, vaccination schedules and nutritional care. They also expect you to have a good knowledge of the pet care tools, equipment, supplies and toys available in today’s marketplace as well as knowledge of basic canine (or feline) communication so that you are able to recognize a pet’s emotional state.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand canine communication.
    • Learn how to identify both appropriate and non-appropriate equipment - From collars and leashes to harnesses and muzzles.
    • Learn about appropriate toys and how to use them both safely and effectively - From giggling and chuckling balls to interactive puzzle toys.
    • Understand the diversity of pet ‘management’ tools that are available - Including crates, gates and indoor toilets!
    • Learn about odor management and clean up supplies.

    About the Presenter


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A. (Hons), PCT-A, CTDI, FN-FSG1, CAP3 holds a force-free instructor's award, K9 first aid certification, and animal behavior and welfare and dog emotion and cognition verified certification. She also performed as the Dog Trick instructor at In The Doghouse DTC and is an instructor and assessor for the Pet Dog Ambassador program launched this year by the Pet Professional Guild. Stapleton-Frappell is a passionate advocate of force-free training, promoting a positive image of the "bully" breeds and advocating against Breed Specific Legislation in favor of breed neutral laws and education about dog bite safety and prevention. She is proud "mum" to Jambo - Staffy bull terrier trick dog: the first Staffordshire bull terrier to achieve the title of Trick Dog Champion and has her own YouTube channel where she shares "how to teach" videos and fun trick videos. Jambo has appeared on Talent Hounds in Canada and was also featured as a Victoria Stilwell Positively Success Story. Stapleton-Frappell blogs for the Pet Professional Guild and is a regular contributor to BARKS from the Guild. She is a steering committee member of the Pet Professional Guild and membership manager of the Pet Professional Guild British Isles; copresenter of the Pet Professional Guild World Service radio show; faculty member of DogNostics Career College; steering committee member of Doggone Safe and regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain, where she is based. Stapleton-Frappell believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods and that all learning should be fun. She is the creator of TrickMeister, a comprehensive online force-free training program from DogNostics Career College, aimed at increasing the knowledge.

    • Friday, November 18, 2016
    • (EST)
    • Monday, November 18, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded
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    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

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

    Presented by John Visconti

    CEUs PPAB 1 


    Professionals invest substantially in their websites, logos, marketing, branding etc. but unless they possess excellent sales skills, their ability to convert prospective interest into clients is extremely limited. The goal of this webinar is to bust some myths about the sales process, help trainers to channel sales-related anxiety, and to develop a sales script which will assist them in gaining more clients. 


    Webinar Objectives

    • Bust myths about sales.
    • Remove barriers that lead to sales avoidance behavior.
    • Define the importance of sales even in this age of websites and social media.
    • Identify ways to channel sales-related anxiety.
    • Build sales through differentiation, emotional connection and value added benefits. 

    About the Presenter


    John D. Visconti, CPDT-KA is an award winning author and owner of Rising Star Dog Training Services, LLC; Rising Star Dog Training, LLC; Dog Trainer ConneXion business management software; and Fetch More Dollars sales consulting. He has written several columns for BARKS from the Guild and the Chronicle of the Dog. He has also served as a chair for the APDT business sub-committee and presented several sales coaching lectures and webinars to dog training schools and force-free organizations. Additionally, during 23 years in corporate life, Visconti has been a sales consultant, and vice president of sales and customer relations. His book, Fetch More Dollars for Your Dog Training Business is the 2015 winner of the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award reference book of the year. Visconti is also an award winning, published songwriter and performer.  

    • Monday, December 12, 2016
    • (EST)
    • Thursday, December 12, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

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

    Presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 2


    This two-hour presentation (broken down into two 1-hour sessions) will give you an overview on the key topics that need to be standardized within your pet care business. Everything from branding your business, safety and security policies to the necessary documentation and employee policies. Each presentation comes with action items the viewer can use to develop workable to do lists. Whether you want to understand professional competency or learn about pet care policies and procedures this is a must attend for those operating professionally in the pet care arena.


    Webinar Objectives  

    • How can we increase the professionalism of our industry while enhancing competency and ethics?
    • What are non-negotiable operating policies and how can we define them?
    • How can small business branding help our operation and enhance our profitability?
    • Understand the necessity for standardization particularly when growing the business from being just a lone operator to taking on and developing employees. 

    About the Presenter


    Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST

    Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe. Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England

    • Monday, December 12, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Thursday, December 12, 2019
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

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

    Presented by Laura Bridges from Business Insurers of the Carolinas

    CEUs: PPAB 1 


    This presentation is designed to present Pet Professional Guild (PPG) members with an overview of insurance coverages that may be used to cover exposures to risk in their pet services businesses. It will go through PPG’s liability policy, including care, custody and control/animal bailee and veterinary medical coverages, as well as other general liability, professional liability, commercial property/equipment/business owners’ policies, workers’ compensation, commercial auto, bonding and umbrella policies. The presentation will include actual claims examples from the claims files at Business Insurers of the Carolinas in an effort to provide members with an understanding of the types of claims often seen and that are specific to the pet care/service industry. 


    Webinar Objectives

    • The importance of understanding the various insurance coverages that they need to properly cover their business.
    • The differences between general and professional liability and the importance of reading coverage forms.
    • The differences between PPG liability policy versus other policies on the market including differences between care, custody and control, animal bailee and veterinary medical expenses.
    • The importance of workers’ compensation and how workers compensation law differs from IRS/tax law as it pertains to employee/employer relationships. 


    About the Presenter

    Laura Bridges has been providing insurance and working with pet service professionals (dog trainers, pet sitters, pet groomers and boarding/daycare facilities) since she started working with Business Insurers of the Carolinas in August, 2000. She has headed the pet services department since 2002, specializing in insuring pet trainers, pet sitters/dog walkers, boarding kennels/daycares and pet grooming professionals. Laura works closely with David Pearsall, coowner of the company, and attends many association conferences each year, including the PPG Summit, meeting face to face with clients and working with them to reduce their exposures to risk.

    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

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

    Presented by Britt Alwerud

    CEUs PPAB 1


    Most likely, you started your dog walking business not because of your love of business, but your love of dogs. However, running a pet service business is not always a walk in the park and the busier you get, the more burnout can set in. The key to battling burnout is to fall in love with your business. Britt Alwerud, owner and head trainer of DogZenergy in San Diego, California and founder of Handlr, an all-in-one mobile business management platform, walks you through the five steps necessary for putting your pet business on auto-pilot so you can focus on doing what you love. Britt has made millions of dollars working with dogs and has been able to grow her business because of the way that she has used modern mobile business software to automate her daily operations and trust her growing staff. Now, she can teach you how to train yourself to not just work "for" your business, but work "on" it to achieve better work/life balance, financial freedom and success. 


    Webinar Objectives. 

    • Work "on" your business and not just "in" it.
    • Make a steady income even if you're not physically working.
    • Set up systems and processes so that your business can run without you.
    • Create consistency in your business for quality control and growth.
    • Let go of fears that are standing in your way on your path to success.
    • Learn how to let go of control and trust your team using simple modern mobile technology.
    • Five essential business platforms that are key to running a pet care business.
    • Reward and positively reinforce yourself and your team for reaching goals and milestones. 


    About the Presenter


    Britt Alwerud lives in Los Angeles, California with her menagerie of two golden retrievers, Daisy and Taj, two cats, Tiger and Monkey, and two horses named Gracie and Moo. Britt owns DogZenergy in San Diego, California and is also the full-time founder and CEO of Handlr - a modern mobile-first business platform that automates pet service businesses.

Who Will Benefit From Attending This Summit

  1. Pet Care Providers
  2. Kennel Technicians
  3. Groomers
  4. Pet Sitters
  5. Dog Walkers 
  6. Day Care Operators
  7. Veterinary Assistants
  8. Student Dog Trainers
  9. Shelter employees
  10. Breeders
  11. Dog Trainers 









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