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    • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 04, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by 

    Dr Tiffani Howell

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT 1

    In Australia, the greyhound racing industry has recently been rocked by scandals, including mass greyhound graves, the use of live animals as bait in training, and socially unacceptable euthanasia rates after the racing career ends. The industry is in the process of reforming, and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV), the industry body in the Australian state of Victoria, aims to rehome as many retired racing greyhounds as pets as possible, once the career ends. In some cases, an obstacle in achieving this goal is the expression of predatory behavior in the greyhound. Therefore, GRV contracted researchers at La Trobe University to review the existing scientific literature about predatory behavior in dogs, to determine what drives the behavior and whether it can be stopped.

    As part of the review, we surveyed experts around the world with experience in dog behavior, and we conducted follow-up interviews with 12 of these experts to establish a deeper understanding of some of the issues surrounding predatory behavior in dogs. This presentation will discuss the findings, including an explanation of the behavioral sequence and how it differs between breeds. In particular, greyhounds have been bred such that there are few behavioral indicators of the intention to give chase, thus making it difficult to prevent the chase behavior. The neurological underpinnings of predatory behavior will also be described, as well as the current scientific research aimed at understanding whether it can be effectively stopped long-term. Finally, the opinions of experts, based on the results of the survey and the interviews, will be compared with the existing scientific and neurological evidence. Recommendations for best practice in stopping predatory behavior in dogs will be provided.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Description of predatory behavior in dogs, including the behavior sequence itself, breed differences in its expression, and possible factors underlying its expression
    • Neurological underpinnings of predatory behavior, based on research with rodents
    • Most effective ways to stop expression of predatory behavior according to scientific research
    • Most effective ways to stop expression of predatory behavior according to expert practitioners

    About The Presenter


    Dr Tiffani Howell is a research fellow in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Australia. She is part of the Anthrozoology Research Group and the DogLab at La Trobe University. She has extensive experience in research on animal welfare, dog-owner relationships, and dog behavior, including surveys, focus groups, and behavioral studies. Since she completed her PhD at Monash University in 2013. She has published 19 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has written six commissioned government reports and two industry reports.

    Recent projects include a review of assistance dog effectiveness for the Australian government, and pet management practices by owners of various animal types (dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and ferrets). She has also participated in a review of greyhounds socialization and training practices for Greyhound Racing New South Wales as part of the Working Dog Alliance. The project she will present in this webinar was funded by Greyhound Racing Victoria.

    • Monday, December 10, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

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    “How" refers to the teaching method you select.  “What" refers to the behavior you are going to teach.  “Why" refers to the function of the behavior.  You need to consider all three.  Positive reinforcement training is wonderfully powerful.  That’s part of its appeal.  But you need to be careful how you use it. It’s easy to think you are looking out for an animal’s best interest because you are training with clicks and treats.  But what are you asking your animal to do and why?   

    “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”  This presentation helps to line those three elements up so they satisfy the trainer's needs as well as the animal's welfare.  It looks beyond the layer of methods to explore why we are drawn to certain training choices.

    As pet owners and animal trainers, we live in a world that divides.  There are people who make similar training choices to ours and then there are “the others”.  Seeing how “others” treat animals can be hard.  We want to defend animals, to protect them, to teach others “better ways”, but the more we push against what “others” are doing, the greater the divide becomes.

    This presentation is intended to help us understand better how these different training belief systems emerge.  Alexandra will be introducing you to the work of the cognitive linguist, George Lakoff. Through an understanding of primary metaphors and cognitive frames, we gain tools for understanding one another. Instead of creating a deeper divide, we gain better ways to communicate with one another.  In the process we become better trainers.

    George Lakoff is not an animal trainer, but his work certainly relates directly to training. Alexandra will be introducing you to his work and making the direct connections to horse training but the presentation will also be invaluable for all pet professionals!

    Learning Objectives:

    • The three layers every training system has
    • Identifying core belief systems 
    • Primary metaphors defined
    • Source and target domains and the connection to training
    • Treats - why do some reject them, others use them?
    • The strict father versus the nurturing parent model of training
    • Words matter - respect versus respect - same word, different meaning.  Why?
    • Why do people attack your training choices - and what can you do about it?
    • Frames - defined and connected to training
    • What frame are you in? How does that influence your training choices?
    • Why focusing on what you WANT matters so much
    • Command versus cue-based training
    • The hierarchy of behaviour change procedures - revisited
    • Convincing others without creating conflict - biconceptuals and frames
    • How, what, and why matter - lining up your training methods with your core values
    • Homework - techniques for maintaining the training frame that best serves you and your learners

    About The Presenter


    Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

    In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

    Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

    Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

    In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

    Her web sites are:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com
    • Saturday, March 02, 2019
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Wednesday, March 02, 2022
    • 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1

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    This interactive discussion presents the scientific facts of why BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) does not make communities safer. Deirdre Franklin provides a strong case as to why the focus should be on individual dog owners rather than entire breeds or types of dogs.

    BSL is a hot topic that affects dog owners, non-dog owners, dog trainers, and their clientele. This presentation will provide solutions for effective community safety through breed neutral recommendations.

     Learning Objectives
    • To understand why Breed Bans do not improve community safety, where these laws are in effect, and where they have been overturned. 
    • To learn how to spot the facts versus the myths and to identify “junk-science” and “fake-news” through history and arcane myths. 
    • To understand the adverse effects of breed specific legislation. We will discuss potentially poor decision-making by dog owners as well as the costs to taxpayers.
    • How to prevent dog bites through education, community safety, empowerment and inclusion. 
    • Creating allies and partnerships to increase the effectiveness of your message and how to build a movement that becomes the norm


    About The Presenter

    Deirdre Franklin, MSPP


    Deirdre S. Franklin is the founder, President and CEO of Pinups For Pitbulls, Inc. (PFPB). Having founded PFPB in 2005, Deirdre works tirelessly to educate the public on the most current and scientific facts to oppose Breed Specific Legislation and Laws (BSL). PFPB is an organic, grassroots organization with a very large, active contingency. Deirdre earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Drexel University, in which her Thesis focused on BSL and community safety. She provides educational seminars throughout the United States and has been awarded with the 2018 Hero Award by Hello Bully, 2015 Wallace Award and American Dog Magazine’s Voice To Stop Illegal Dog Fighting, among others. Deirdre sits on the board for Woof Meow Rescue (Asheville, NC) and is an active volunteer with the ASPCA Behavior Rehabilitation Center (Weaverville, NC). She is a twice-published author who leads through positivity, respect and empowerment.


    • Monday, March 11, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, March 11, 2022
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5

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    This session will be presented as a case study based on the presenter’s personal experience of the emotional roller coaster caused by raising a puppy that pushed her own skills and experience to the limit. The presentation outlines all the issues experienced and, importantly, how each one was resolved. The presenter has since encountered many other owners/clients with challenging dogs that are struggling to bond with their puppy/dog due to behavioral challenges. This presentation provides real life solutions and provides the audience with a road map for working with and training more “challenging” dogs.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Gain understanding of puppy selection criteria.
    • Recognize and resolve puppy bonding issues.
    • Learn how to introduce a challenging puppy into the household and keep resident dogs safe.
    • Learn management and training techniques for dog to dog possession aggression.
    • Develop skills in working and living with dogs with touch/body sensitivity.
    • Gain skills to develop and manage your home alone enrichment program in a multi-dog

    household with your challenging puppy.

    • Enable you to revitalize, draw on and expand your network of fellow professional trainers while working through your training or behavioral challenge

      About The Presenter


      Louise Ginman PCT-A is a Delta Accredited and Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited dog behavioral trainer who runs a dog training business, Positive Dogs, in Sydney, New South Wales. She has served on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia committee since 2008 and been president since 2012. She also serves on the PPG Australia committee.

      Ginman has several qualifications including a BSc and Certificate IV in companion animal services, as well as over 27 years’ experience with both domestic and exotic species in both a training and husbandry/management capacity. She worked as a veterinary nurse, dog and cat groomer and animal attendant in a busy and large practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for several years before moving to Taronga Zoo in 1994 to work on the Carnivore Unit where she is the unit supervisor. Her role is varied and covers duties such as carnivore husbandry and management, animal training and enrichment, diets and nutrition, staff training and supervision, media work, conference presentations and other forms of public speaking, research, education and conservation work.

      Ginman is guardian of a Shetland sheepdog and a Siberian husky and competes at agility, Rally O and obedience. Her book, The Art of Introducing Dogs. A guide to conducting dog to dog introductions, was published in 2013. She strives to educate people about living in harmony with their dog through her writing and pet dog training courses.

      • Thursday, April 25, 2019
      • 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Sunday, April 25, 2021
      • 2:30 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5



      A talk on Nutrition and Behavior in dogs!


      Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson MRCVS

      Dr. Thompson is going to be talking about the relationship between food and behavior. This often over-looked area is fascinating, fun and simple to get your head round. And it can really make a difference to behavior in dogs.  Dr. Thompson will cover behavior and the microbiome, obesity, human nutrition/behavior clues and how to do your own research in raw food. Time permitting, he will also discuss how thyroid disease in dogs can affect behavior and nutrition. 

      Webinar Objectives

      To understand better: 

      • Does food affect behavior?
      • Does microbiome affect behavior?
      • Does obesity affect behavior?
      • What can we learn from human nutrition?
      • Raw food – Reading List
      • Food, Thyroid & Behavior


      Your Presenter


      Veterinarian, Dr. Nick Thompson has been advocating passionately for responsible, species-appropriate raw pet food feeding for over 20 years. He is Founder and President of the international Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (www.rfvs.info) and has co-authored a pioneering worldwide survey of 79 vets and their experiences feeding raw food. He has organized international raw food conferences for the RFVS for the last four years.

      Since 1999, Nick has headed a busy specialist practice near Bath (Holisticvet Ltd, www.holisticvet.co.uk) offering homeopathy, acupuncture, natural nutrition and herbal medicine for dogs and horses. Nick has shared his passion for raw with nutritional consultancy advice to most of the premier raw pet food companies in the UK. He lectures and consults in raw throughout the UK, Finland, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

      Nick is married with two children, two chickens and a Snowshoe cat, a hunter, called Ziggy and lives in Wiltshire, UK.

       

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