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    • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, July 17, 2023
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, KPA 1, IAABC 1

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    For dog lovers – and dog trainers in particular – communicating about reward-based dog training, the importance of enrichment, and management strategies for behavior problems is an essential part of promoting good animal welfare. But sometimes it feels like we are mired in a sea of misinformation (and not just about dogs!). Drawing on research in psychology and science communication, this webinar will look at evidence-based ways to communicate more effectively. We will use the example of reward-based dog training in particular, but the strategies and techniques apply to any time we want to get an important message across.

    Psychological science gives us several reasons why debunking false information can backfire, including the fact that repetition can make false ideas seem true, and correcting wrong information can be a threat to people’s identity, serving instead to reinforce those ideas. But while arguing may not be beneficial, just a few dissenting voices can make a big difference to perceptions of consensus. Luckily, there are plenty of tips from science communication that apply to talking about dog training, and this webinar will look at what we can do to make a positive difference.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand why debunking misinformation can backfire
    • Know the best approach to take when debunking ideas
    • Develop ways to teach people how to evaluate information about dog training
    • Create messages that will engage, inspire and inform.

    About The Presenter


    Zazie Todd PhD


    Zazie Todd is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, a blog about how to have happier cats and dogs (according to science). She has a PhD in Psychology, an MFA Creative Writing, and is an honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers. She takes dogs and cats as clients through her business Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour. She has a Psychology Today blog called Fellow Creatures, and has also written about pets for Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. Her book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, will be published by Greystone Books in February 2020.


    • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, August 15, 2022
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1

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    It’s not uncommon for dogs to live an outside-only existence prior to moving inside. Homeless dogs, working dogs, dogs in an agricultural context, and many other dogs may spend part of their lives living mostly or exclusively outside. For various reasons (changes in the social and legal milieu, impoundment at a municipal shelter, relinquishment for behavioral issues, and so on) many ‘outside’ dogs make the journey from an outside life to an inside life. Sometimes, this transition goes off without a hitch, but frequently there are issues that crop up. Since we don’t want dogs practicing unwanted behavior, especially homeless dogs seeking placement or owned dogs whose welcome into the family home may be tentative, it’s best to set these dogs up for success starting right from the get-go: chew training, potty training, and so on.

    Based on my experience running a small sled dog rescue for ten years and my current work with many clients in rural Manitoba, I know that the transition between outside life and inside life doesn’t need to be painful or messy. I’ll review how best to plan for the dog’s arrival, including useful equipment, toys, and other acquisitions for setting up the home environment; schedules; and stress-relieving techniques to keep the dog busy during the first few days or weeks of habituating to a new world. I’ll also talk about fear-reducing techniques for dogs who are a bit overwhelmed. With a bit of preparation and a few easy protocols, outside dogs tend to transition easily into inside homes, and avoid some of the typical pitfalls that can hinder good outcomes.


    Learning Objectives:

    • How to prepare a home to receive an adult outside dog
    • House-training and chew-training protocols
    • Reasonable expectations for the behavior of an outside dog during the first few weeks
    • Mitigating unrealistic expectations and setting dogs up for success
    • Preventing behavioral issues through supervision and training
    • Identifying and reducing fearfulness and anxiety
    • Use of enrichment and exercise to ensure a calm, happy dog


    About The Presenter


    Kristi is an honours graduate of, and now on staff at, the Academy for Dog Trainers. At the Academy, she is a student mentor and coach, and is in charge of the weekly webinars. Kristi is also in charge of special projects, including the Husbandry Project, which is a large co-operative veterinary care research study working with hundreds of dog owners, testing the efficiency and usefulness of a series of training plans. In her private practice, Kristi enjoys working one-on-one with dogs who need help with obedience, fearfulness, aggression, unruliness, and any number of other issues. Besides offering professional training services in the Parkland region of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada; Kristi also works with clients across Canada via video chat. She also loves helping the humans in the equation, and brings her trademark combination of humour and compassion to the kitchen table when working with her clients. Kristi is one of a stable of course developers working with Lori Nanan at lorinanan.com, offering custom-made online content to dog owners and dog pros.

    Kristi also enjoys reaching out to dog owners through writing. Besides her own blog, she also regularly writes for the Academy for Dog Trainers’ blog and for Dog International. For ten years, she ran a sled dog micro-rescue with her partner, and fostered, house-trained, obedience-trained, and re-homed racing sled dogs. She lives on a small mixed farm in west central Manitoba. Kristi is a Full Member Dog Training Professional of the Pet Professional Guild and is Fear Free certified (Vet professional level 1; dog training).


      • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
      • 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Sunday, August 21, 2022
      • 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1

      Behavioral Momentum, The Holy Grail of Skills Training. 


      Powerful distractions, such as squirrels, cats, garbage and other things often seen as “more valuable” than the cookies trainers have in their hands. It’s not true that some chow hounds are more suited to food as a reinforcer than other dogs.

      Learn how to harness the power of behavioural momentum - the ability to create strong, powerful behaviours that persist despite distractions and even when reinforcements are not present.  It’s the holy grail, the magic tipping point of dog training. Once you learn how to create it at will, you’ll be chasing momentum in every skill you teach. You can stop trying to chase the magic high value cookie in favour of creating behaviours that your dog loves to do, despite distractions.


      Learning Objectives:

      • What is behavioural momentum.
      • How does it work?
      • What factors are required to create it.
      • Why does rate of reinforcement matter?
      • Learn about the optimal level of reinforcement.
      • How to add distractions so you can “crush the competition (the squirrel)” with training technique.
      • Why Premack is should not be the go to method of dealing with distractions during initial training.


      About The Presenter


      Yvette Van Veen


      Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


      • Thursday, September 05, 2019
      • 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Monday, September 05, 2022
      • 3:30 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

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      While most foster kitten raisers focus on keeping the kittens medically healthy, It is also very important to socialize them well. This is what will keep them in life long loving homes. We want them to be outgoing, friendly, and social with many different people and in many different environments. You may have kittens that exhibit signs of being fearful or feral, but with the right strategies and techniques, they can be socialized into happy, loving, well-adjusted pets. I will be detailing techniques and methods aimed at transitioning these kittens into living comfortably in a home. While these techniques may be geared towards helping recently-outdoor kittens, these strategies can also be used to work with other fearful felines.

       

      Key Learning Objectives

      • What is socialization and why it’s important
      • Goals of socialization
      • Understand the potential consequences of force-based techniques
      • Learn techniques to help kittens go from hissing to purring
      • How to understand your kittens body language

      About The Presenter


      Tabitha Kucera

      Tabitha Kucera is the owner of Chirrups and Chatter cat behavior consulting and training (chirrupsandchatter.com) and Positively Pawsitive dog behavior consulting and training in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Behavior Consultants, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and a level 3 Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified Registered Veterinary Technician. She the co- chair of PPG’s Feline Committee. Board member of The Together Initiative for Ohio Community Cats and is the president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior technicians.


      • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
      • 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Saturday, September 24, 2022
      • 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1

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      Finding rescue dog’s homes isn’t always easy.

      The relationship gained from a rescue dog can be one of the most rewarding, however the most rewarding ones often come with challenges.

      As trainers, behaviourists, and dog experts we are often called upon to support these relationships. Should we approach them in the same way as any client? Are there differences? If so what are they and what should we focus on to ensure our client comes out of it with the most positive and rewarding of relationships with their new dog?

      Learning Objectives:

      • The rehoming process from a dog’s journey and that of a customer within a rescue organisation such as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
      • Why the owner and new rescue dog relationship doesn’t always work
      • The key elements that can have a big impact on the success of a rescue dog in a new home.


        About The Presenter


        Nathalie Ingham, Canine Behaviour and Welfare Manager, Battersea


        Nathalie has worked at Battersea since 2007 in a range of animal behaviour roles. She has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour from the University of Liverpool. Beginning her working life at a Breeding Kennels and Dog Training Centre in Milan, Italy in 1996, she has also worked for the internationally renowned Veterinary Behaviourist Sarah Heath, and ran her own behaviour business for 5 years. She has made a number of TV appearances, on ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs and Channel 4’s Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs. Nathalie grew up alongside dogs, in particular Great Danes, and now has a Cocker Spaniel called Oakley. In her spare time she teaches horse riding.

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