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    • Monday, September 11, 2017
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, September 11, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Irith Bloom

    CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT 2, IAABC 2


    Scientific research indicates that control over one’s environment is a strong reinforcer. Unfortunately, many of our pets have almost no control over their environment, and can make few, if any, significant choices. Humans select what animals eat, specify which objects are appropriate toys, decide when and where an animal can go outside, and essentially control every aspect of the animal’s life. This pervasive lack of choice can result in increased stress, which often leads to a variety of undesired behaviors.

    Fortunately, there is a better way. This presentation will highlight tools you can use to increase choice in an animal’s life, ranging from training techniques that give animals more control, to practical ways to create choice-rich environments, to tips on empowering animals to make choices that work both for them and for their humans. The presentation will also address why choice is especially critical when dealing with aggressive, fearful, and reactive behavior, and provide specific examples for how to increase choice in those types of situations.


    Learning Objectives

    • Attendees will learn how lack of choice can relate to increased stress (and stress-related undesirable behaviors). They will understand why it is important to empower animals to make their own choices, and be able to explain the value of increased choice to others.
    • Attendees will be able to view training techniques through the lens of choice. They will be able to identify how choice-rich or choice-limiting different training options are, as well as to evaluate the pros and cons (in terms of choice) of a variety of training techniques.
    • Attendees will be able to select among and apply a variety of choice-based training techniques in a wide range of settings, including everything from ordinary obedience training contexts to situations involving aggressive, fearful, reactive, and anxious behavior.
    • Attendees will have a better grasp of how to create choice-rich environments for animals. They will know how to increase the choices available to animals both in specific training contexts and in daily life tips.

    About The Presenter


    Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens, rabbits, parrots, and cats to dogs and horses – not to mention humans. A biologist by training, Irith is fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars.

    Irith is faculty at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), as well as being certified in TAGteach, a positive reinforcement method for coaching humans.

    Irith regularly presents at conferences, and has given seminars as far away as Japan. She has written numerous articles for online outlets. She has also been published in print in Everydog magazine, as well as The Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s Chronicle of the Dog and the recently released book “Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Dog Trainers.”

    Irith volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue, and is on the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of people and their pets throughout Los Angeles County.

    Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, a pet training company based in Los Angeles. She shares her home with a rescued English Shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Pamela Dennison

    CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT 2, IAABC 2

    The primary emphasis of The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone is to teach you to set up your own personal desensitization protocol, using simple foundation behaviors (incompatible and alternate) and a positive relationship.

    Because of the nature of living with an aggressive dog, you’ll need to understand that one simply can’t get the aggression “to just go away.” Nature abhors a vacuum and we will fill the behavioral space with relevant, stimulating and fun skills for you and your dog as part of the desensitization process.

    The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone program focuses on:

    • Establishing foundation behaviors
    • Learning to shape new behaviors
    • Reading your dog’s body language properly
    • Learning to interpret your environment, quickly and effectively
    • Teaching you to set up safe and successful sessions
    • Erecting a line of communication from both sides of the leash
    • Learning how to properly set, raise or lower criteria
    • Teaching you to be a more effective trainer overall
    • Applying the counter conditioning and desensitization process correctly
    • Understanding the causes of aggression, including the human factors
    • Breaking down behaviors into the smallest of approximations
    • Staying focused and concentrating under pressure
    • Turning off the environment and tuning into your dog
    • Learning positive training techniques and foundation behaviors


    About The Presenter


    Pam Dennison, CDBC, CWRI is a member of the DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America) and is a Certified Dog 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 started her own business, Positive Motivation Dog Training, in 1996. Since then she has helped thousands of dogs and handlers build their relationships and solve problems, by teaching basic obedience through competition and working with a myriad of behavioral problems. Pam teaches puppy K, basic obedience through the Canine Good Citizen test, competition obedience, Rally-O and holds regular classes and seminars for aggressive dogs. Pam has written 4 books, 3 DVDs and has 5 online classes.

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    Interesting feline behavior cases from a veterinary point of view

    Objectives

    • Thoroughly assess feline behavior problems
    • Determine if medical issues are present
    • Decide if concurrent medical issues are a mitigating factor in behavior situations
    • Know when to refer behavior problems to a DVM


    About The Presenter


    Dr Lynn Honeckman graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, and has practiced in small animal medicine and exotics over the past 23 years In Illinois, New York, and Florida. She had experience in wildlife rehabilitation in the Chicago area as well as shelter medicine at New York's North Shore Animal League, before moving to Orlando, Florida in 1999.

    In 2010, Dr Honeckman opened Veterinary Behavior Solutions, to focus on behavior cases throughout the greater Orlando area. Dr Honeckman is on the special council of the Pet Professional Guild and has helped create the Central Florida Force-Free Behavior and Trainers Network, where she works very closely with other professionals in the community to help reduce and treat fear, anxiety, and aggression in the companion pet. Dr Honeckman is the committee chairperson for AVSAB position statements, and is on the advisory board for Dr Marty Becker's Fear-Fear(™) Initiative as well as a certified fear-free professional. Dr Honeckman has recently started a non-conforming residency in veterinary behavior with Dr Karen Overall.

    • Friday, September 29, 2017
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


    Have you ever felt angry, irritable or sad because of the work that you do?  Have you ever questioned whether it’s all worthwhile? Or do you feel completely satisfied by your work yet emotionally and physically exhausted by it at the same time? You might be experiencing the signs of compassion fatigue. (secondary trauma and burnout).

    Animal care professionals may be particularly at risk because of their dual role of caring for both animals and their owners. Stressful interactions with the public, exposure to trauma and coping with the loss of animals through accidents, illness or euthanasia all contribute to compassion fatigue.

    This seminar is intended to help individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and identify evidence based strategies to prevent and manage the condition.

    Objectives

    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue 
    • Learn evidence based tools to manage and prevent compassion fatigue

    About The Presenter



    Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a consultant and educator specializing in compassion fatigue and stress management within the animal industry, dedicated to helping animal care professionals and organizations manage and overcome stress and physical and mental exhaustion.

    Dr. Rohlf’s formal qualifications, a PhD with a specialization in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in psychology, combined with her work experience as a veterinary nurse and animal welfare researcher, has helped her fine tune her knowledge and skills in developing ways to support those who dedicate their lives to animals in need.

    Dr. Rohlf is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. She has lectured and tutored for over 7 years and has presented her research at international and national conferences.
    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, October 18, 2019
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1


    Many strategies in dog training involve creating a positive association.  The absence of reacting or fleeing does not mean that a dog likes something.  Knowing if you have successfully created a positive association is a critical question. There are ways in which we can ask an animal “do you like this?"  Failing to do so risks putting people and trainers in situations where the dog is pushed too early, triggering a fearful or aggressive response that could have been avoided.

    Classical conditioning may be a simple process but there are many variations and combinations of factors that impact what a positive association looks like.

    • Learn what a positive association is
    • Learn what a positive association look like and how to recognize one
    • Understand how different pairings lead to different physical manifestations
    • Learn how to test so you are not interfering with results
    • Understand the difference between “non-reactive” and “positive association”
    • Learn how to use the process of elimination to remove extraneous factors, thus ensuring the dog makes an association with the relevant stimulus.


    About The Presenter



    Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

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