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    • Tuesday, January 01, 2013
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
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    Holiday Dog & Child Safety Tips.

    Watch Anytime at your convenience

    A  FREE Educational Community Recorded Webinar


    Sponsored by Family Paws and Doggone Safe.

    Listen to this great presentation from Jennifer Shryock from Family Paws on how to keep dogs and children safe during the holiday season.

    A must watch for all pet owners and pet professionals. Full of fabulous tips, graphics and explanations about this very important topic.


    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.


    CEU

    CCPDT 0.5 CEU

    IAABC 0.5 CEU

    KPA 0.5 CEU




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

    • Saturday, July 06, 2013
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Monday, July 06, 2020
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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     Build and Strengthen Your Own Personal Effectiveness 

    Presented by Niki Tudge


    There are many ways to improve your personal effectiveness.  Whether you are in a management position or not this presentation will encourage you to reappraise your outlook, challenge your assumptions and consider if even the things you do well could be improved by developing a better self awareness and a strategic approach to your own self development. 


    Learning Objectives: A journey into self awareness and personal development.

    • Become conscious that you lack a skill
    • Determine what you want to develop
    • The "Five Dimensions of Self"
    • Understand your strengths and your personal weaknesses
    • Understand what motivates you, to help you find personal and professional success
    • Gain an understanding into your personality, attitudes and behaviors.
    • Evaluate your emotional intelligence and identify areas for personal development

    Aout 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




    CEU's

    CPDT 1 CEU

    IAABC 1 CEU

    KPA 1 CEU


    • Friday, July 12, 2013
    • 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Saturday, November 30, 2019
    • 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    With John Visconti

    CEU, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1



    You've worked hard to acquire your skill set as a dog trainer. If you're anything like the dozens of trainers I have met, you've spent thousands of dollars on school tuition, books, seminars, DVDs, equipment, incorporation, insurance, and more.

    Yet, if you're also like the dozens of trainers I have met, your business isn't performing anywhere near your expectations and needs. Additionally, the sales process is likely one that causes you discomfort; anxiety and frustration.

    The key to running a successful training business, though, is to first embrace your primary responsibility of proactive selling. The philosophy of "build it and they will come" is a one way ticket out of the field of dog training.

    Learning Objectives:

    • You'll be inspired to sell your services.
    • You'll stop feeling uncomfortable when informing customers about your pricing and asking them to pay for your services.
    • You'll be motivated to talk to prospects - yes, you'll actually be looking forward to incoming calls on your business phone.
    • Prospects will be thrilled that they are going to have the chance to work with you - so will their dogs.
    • You'll be able to have a positive impact on more owners and their dogs.
    • You'll make more money and have more fun while doing so.


    • Monday, August 26, 2013
    • 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Thursday, December 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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     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, October 15, 2013
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
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    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.

    • Monday, June 09, 2014
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    • 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    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)
    • Thursday, June 17, 2021
    • 10:00 PM (EDT)
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     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.



     


    • Monday, July 21, 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Friday, June 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    BOOM  - Puppies & Noise. Learn How To Introduce Puppies To Noise

     presented by Helen Nicholls


    Fireworks and thunderstorm season is rapidly approaching and for new puppy owners it can come as a  surprise when their furry family member suddenly gets scared during a storm. Other  puppy owners are unaware that sound phobias can develop and take their puppies with them to loud and noisy celebrations, only to  discover their puppy is frightened and not able to cope.  In this informational webinar Helen will  cover what pet professionals can recommend to pet parents of dogs that are showing signs of stress during storms or fireworks. Helen will also give great tips on how to prevent sound phobias from developing or becoming worse.


    Presenter Information

    Helen Nicholls, CPDT-KSA, CDBC.

    Helen Nicholls is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training. Based in Concord New Hampshire, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT). Helen has been training dogs for over 6 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also the Assistant Director to Family Paws Programs and a licensed Dogs and Storks presenter, a licensed Dog and Baby Connections presenter, and a certified AKC evaluator.

    CEU
    CDPT 1 CEU
    IAABC 1 CEU
    KPA 1 CEU
    • Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, July 30, 2020
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
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    Free Member Webinar


    Anger Management. How To Identify and Manage Personal Anger with Niki Tudge  


    This is a  great program if you work with clients, peers or have associates. We all experience anger and those who can manage it are better able to practice non-violent communication and engage and educate others.


    Join Niki Tudge for this 90 minute  webinar on Anger Management.

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We would like to add a third item to his list: anger. Anger can be an incredibly damaging force, costing people their jobs, personal relationships, and even their lives when it gets out of hand. However, since everyone experiences anger, it is important to have constructive approaches to manage it effectively. 

    This workshop will help teach participants how to identify their anger triggers and what to do when their angry.


    Workshop Objectives


    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Understand anger dynamics in terms of the anger cycle and the fight or flight theory.
    • Know common anger myths and their factual refutations.
    • Know the helpful and unhelpful ways of dealing with anger.
    • Know techniques in controlling anger, particular reading anger warning signs, using coping thoughts, exercising relaxation techniques and blowing off steam.
    • Understand the difference between objective and subjective language.
    • Know tips in identifying the problem.
    • Express a feeling or position using I-messages.
    • Know skills and techniques in making a disagreement constructive, including effective negotiation and solution-building.
    • Reflect on one’s hot buttons and personal anger dynamics.
    • Know alter, avoid and, accept ways of responding to an anger-provoking situation.
    • Understand the energy curve and how it can help in responding to someone else’s anger.
    • Learn and practice de-escalation techniques.
    • Gain an integrated view of anger management and how it can be best practiced.

    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


    CEUs 

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT 1.5 CEUs
    KPA 1.5 CEUs
    NADOI
    • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, September 18, 2020
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    presented by Jennifer Titus

    CEUs: CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPAB 1.5

    Join Jennifer for this webinar and learn about the CARE protocol for analyzing and modifying reactive dog behavior. As prework for this webinar please visit the website and review the protocol. Click here

    Course Information

    Jennifer will present a simple overview of the 12 steps that comprise the CARE Protocol, touching upon each sub-topic in succession. This will include everything from diagnosis of the type of dog reactivity, how to eliminate common mistakes, the importance of DRIs, and generalizing context, through enrichment for positive brain chemistry.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the prep to the CARE protocol
    • Understand the CARE protocol
    • Understand the follow up care

    About The Presenter

    Jen Titus is a lifelong animal lover, and has owned and trained dogs for many years. A former teacher, she is a skilled behaviorist and adept at communicating with both human and ca

    nine clients. Jen is a caring, fun-loving and positive per

    son. Jen holds a Masters Degree in education. She continues to further her education in dog training at the elite and internationally renowned Accademy For Dog Trainers. Additionally, Jen keeps current with the latest training and behavioral knowledge through extensive reading, watching videos, and attending webinars, classes and live seminars.

    • Monday, October 13, 2014
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    A Free PPG Member Webinar

    Presented by Jan Casey

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


    A look at the history of social learning and how to apply it to help dogs engage in new behaviors.

    Course Information

    Join Jan Casey for this intriguing webinar on Social Learning. Webinar participants will gain information regarding the history of social learning, what conditions will optimize social learning for dogs, and training scenarios where social learning may be an effective tool for helping dogs engage in new behaviors.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn the history of social learning
    2. Explore ways to use social learning when training dogs.
    3. Determine which variables may enhance social learning.

    About The Presenter

    Jan Casey holds a Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Mathematics. Jan  has numerous qualification in the pet industry including a Diploma in Canine Behavior Science and Technology through CASI. Jan is a CGC Eevaluator and the Senior Behavior Consultant and Trainer at Courteous Canine, The DogSmith of Tampa.

    • Monday, July 20, 2015
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, July 20, 2020
    • 10:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Kat Albrecht

     

    This workshop covers the basics of how to evaluate and train a dog to find lost pets.


    The MAR (Missing Animal Response) field is growing leaps and bounds. More and more professional pet detectives are emerging and many communities are forming teams of volunteers who specifically work to recover lost pets. Yet finding the right dog for the job is critical.


    Whether you’re involved in lost pet recovery work or you’re simply looking to give your dog a new job, this workshop will enable you to prepare you to find the right dog and to move forward into training your dog to find lost pets.



    Webinar Objectives

    • What temperaments and traits are needed in a Missing Animal Response (MAR) Search Dog
    • How to Properly Evaluate a Dog for MAR work
    • How to Select and Train a Target Cat
    • Steps to Train a MAR Cat Detection Dog
    • Steps to Train a MAR Trailing Dog
    • Other MAR Training Opportunities

    About The Presenters



    Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families. 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 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, Bark, Woman’s World, and Parade. She gives spiritual seminars on how to find your “life purpose” and is the author of two books: Dog Detectives: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets and Pet Tracker: How I Found My Life Purpose as a Pet Detective (Amazon.com only). Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband and her dog Kody.

    - 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, September 10, 2015
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, September 10, 2020
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    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.

    • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, October 21, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Tammy Coron

    CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1, CPDT 1



    Have you ever wanted to learn how to develop your own website? Are you afraid of technology because you think it's too complicated? IF so then attend this webinar and let Tammy remove the fear and doubt from your mind. 

    Establishing an online presence is a must have in today's world of the web. Don't miss out on an opportunity because understanding technology may feel out of your  reach. It's time to take the mystery out of the web.

    Webinar Objectives

    • The importance of having a web presence
      • 24/7 availability
      • Access to more potential customers
      • A way to showcase your work
    • Why you should manage your own website
      • Save time and money
      • Learn a new skill
    • How to get started
      • Secure a domain name
      • Find a web hosting company
      • Pick the platform (WordPress? Joomla? Drupal?)
      • Plan your site
      • Add your content


    About The Presenter




    Tammy Coron is a writer, musician, artist, and software engineer. 

    As an independent creative professional, Tammy spends her time developing software, writing, illustrating, and reminding others that "The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer" Tammy also hosts a podcast called Roundabout: Creative Chaos podcast].
    When Tammy is not earning a living she enjoys spending time on her farm in Tennessee with her husband, Bill, and their two boys, Travis and Jake.

    You can learn more about Tammy here 


    • Monday, December 28, 2015
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Tuesday, December 28, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    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.


    • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Monday, January 20, 2020
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    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.


    • Thursday, January 28, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Lisa Gunter

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


    In this presentation, Lisa will discuss the findings of recent studies from the Canine Science Collaboratory in which they investigated the influence of breed labels on people’s perceptions of pit-bull-type dogs, their length of stay at the shelter and adoption success. She will also report the results of nearly a thousand breed ancestry tests carried out on dogs living in shelters.

    The Canine Science Collaboratory is finding that these canines have far more varied and complex breed identities than previously imagined - adding more fuel to the fire that breed identification of mixed breed dogs is a complex endeavor at best and untenable at worst.  

    Webinar Objectives

    • Evaluate influence of previously held perceptions about breeds of dogs
    • Assess effect of breed labeling on perceived attractiveness of shelter dogs
    • Understand how breed labeling in shelters could impact dog adoptions and length of stay
    • Recognize diversity of breed mixes within shelter dog population and implications regarding breed-specific behavior

    About The Presenter


    Lisa Gunter, MA is a PhD student at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology's Behavioral Neuroscience area and conducts her research under the mentorship of Clive Wynne in the Canine Science Collaboratory.   

    Lisa recently earned her MA in Behavioral Neuroscience, holds a BA in Journalism from The Evergreen State College and has worked with dogs in animal shelters and with their owners for nearly a decade. Lisa's research investigates how breed labels influence perceptions of dogs at shelters and interventions focused on helping adopters with new dogs. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior, Veterinary Behavior Symposium and the International Society of Anthrozoology.

    • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    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.

      • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
      • 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • Monday, June 22, 2020
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
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       Presented by Jean Donaldson


      CEUs - PPAB, 1 IAABC, 1 CCPDT, 1


      LIMA guidelines currently rank negative punishment and negative reinforcement at equivalent levels of invasiveness. This webinar will explore whether this is ethically defensible when applied to the presenting problems faced by dog trainers. The webinar will also suggest contexts where antecedent arrangements are contra-indicated from a welfare perspective.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Help trainers think critically about LIMA as it applies in practical dog training contexts.


      About The Presenter



      Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 600 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training and private behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.

      Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

      • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
      • 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Monday, August 10, 2020
      • 8:30 PM (EDT)
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      with Sheila Blanchette

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5


      This webinar is all about bird training and behavior. Sheila will talk in this webinar about positive reinforcement, target training and the general topic of bird behavior and training. One of the topics covered will be bird body language and to wrap up Sheila will discuss how you can step into the world of bird training.

      Learning Objectives

      • Understand what we mean by anthropomorphic in the context of birds
      • Gain an overview of birds and their normal behavior
      • Understand how to use target training when working with birds
      • Learn about positive reinforcement in the context of birds


      About the Presenter


      Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is also the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education.

      Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a pet bird.

      Sheila has featured on WBZ TV (NBC) promoting bird adoption in her area.  Sheila’s main goal is to help owners keep birds in their homes as a permanent option.

      Sheila believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird."  Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets one of whom is adopted, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel which came along with her husband and his pug

      • Monday, August 15, 2016
      • 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Saturday, August 15, 2020
      • 8:00 PM (EDT)
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      Presented by Lennea Bower

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

         


          

      We all have a vision of our multi-species home as a peaceable kingdom, but how do we make that dream a reality? First impressions do matter, and the initial "introduction" of dogs and cats can make a huge difference in establishing successful dog-cat households. This webinar will review strategies for successfully integrating new dog to a household with a resident cat and vice versa. This process starts prior to the animals' first meeting and may continue for days, weeks, or months before stabilizing.

      In addition, it will cover pain points and possible solutions for building a successful relationship that can endure the test of time. For professionals, it will also review important areas to discuss with your clients. These include helping your client set realistic expectations for process, expectations and timeline. We will also touch on factors, such as physical home set up, family composition, and lifestyle that can also affect this process. In addition, we will address issues related to the animals' past experience and personalities that may help or hinder the integration process, as well as the importance of meeting the basic needs of all household members throughout the integration process.

      Learning Objectives

      • Understand the basic process for integrating a dog-cat multi-species household.

      • Identify human and animal factors that may delay or impede the integration process.
      • Be prepared to discuss potential issues with non-animal professionals.

      About the Presenter

      Lennea “Linny” Bower, MA, CPDT-KA grew up in a multi-species household that included both dogs and cats. She began volunteering in animal shelters in 2004 and has worked and volunteered in shelters in metro-DC, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica. She became interested in force-free training while working in animal shelters. She began teaching group classes at a local shelter in 2010, and founded her business, Next Best Pet, in 2013. She currently teaches group classes at the Animal Resource Foundation in Chester, MD, and offers private training in Maryland's Prince George's and Queen Anne's counties.

      Lennea has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish Studies and a master’s degree in Psychology, all from American University. She earned her CPDT-KA certification in 2014. She has previously presented on topics including multi-species households and adopting a new dog. She has also worked with animal shelter staff and volunteers behavior and training topics.

      • Friday, October 07, 2016
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      • Thursday, October 07, 2021
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      Presented by Veronica Boutelle

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


      “Our job is to teach people to train their dogs.” It sounds so logical. After all, it’s the clients who live with the dogs, and they need to know what to do when the trainer leaves. But the logic of this notion ignores critical realities: Most dog owners don’t want to become amateur trainers—they want to hire someone to fix a problem for them. And most dog owners don’t have the mechanical skills, the time, or the drive to follow through with the process of learning and applying dog training exercises to achieve their goals. (Is it really reasonable to expect we can teach clients to train their dogs and solve behavior problems in a handful of one-hour sessions?) Given these limitations, the logic of teaching owners to train their own dogs crumbles.

      The coaching approach lies at the heart of the many frustrations and limitations trainers face—unfinished cases, poor compliance and income, and twinges of doubt that all contribute to feelings of burnout and lack of efficacy. In this web seminar Veronica Boutelle of dog*tec explores the limitations of coaching and presents win-win-win R+ alternatives for trainers, dog owners, and the dogs themselves.


      Learning Objectives

      • Understanding why the coaching model falls short of trainer and client goals
      • Understand how to implement alternative ways of offering R+ training services with regards to packaging, pricing, and policies
      • Understand how to work with clients via alternate service models to more quickly impact the bond between owner and dog

      About the Presenter



      Veronica is the founder of dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s leading business consultancy, through which she has been helping dog trainers help dogs since 2003. She is the author of How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is and the co-author of Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals, and writes on business topics for many dog training industry journals. Veronica is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country and internationally. She has recently spoken to positive reinforcement trainers at conferences and seminars in countries as diverse as Chile, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, and the UK.

      As former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA, and as a dog training business owner before that, Veronica understands what it means to be a dog trainer first hand—the daily worries about everything from client compliance to financial security, the unique challenges of a “flexible” schedule that requires evenings and weekends, and the struggle to balance clients and training with the minutiae of running a business—and to balance all of that with a rich non-work life. Her background as a trainer, her business expertise, and her work as an educator put Veronica in a unique position to help professional dog trainers learn to become as skilled in business as they are as trainers—and that means more dogs’ lives touched by positive training.

      • Monday, October 10, 2016
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      • Sunday, October 10, 2021
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      Foraging Felines: Providing House Cats with Necessary Mental and Physical Stimulation Through Fun with Their Food.

      Presented by Amy Martin

       

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


      Are you puzzled about puzzle feeders for cats? Most cat guardians are. Even the few who have limited knowledge as to what a puzzle feeder is they are still unaware as to why their cuddly couch cat desperately needs daily mental and physical enrichment. This results in a severe lack of species-appropriate enrichment for companion cats. 

      A lack of mental and physical stimulation is linked to a myriad of medical and behavioral issues in cats. But this can be reversed! When properly utilized, foraging enrichment can enhance the lives of both cats and their guardians. This webinar will discuss how to successfully and safely enrich the lives of our feline family members, no matter their age.


      Learning Objectives

      • Learn why Foraging enrichment should be viewed as an essential part of providing an excellent quality of life for companion cats in captivity
      • Receive guidelines for safely and successfully implementing foraging opportunities
      • Discover how to easily implement this important tool into everyday life.
      • Dispel the myths behind foraging tools for senior and geriatric cats
      • Explore the positive side effects of foraging for both cats and their guardians
      • Learn why house cats need food enrichment that parallels the enrichment offered to exotic cats in captivity

       

      About the Presenter



       

      Amy has studied animal welfare, applied behavior analysis, animal husbandry, animal enrichment, and ethology for nearly 20 years. Throughout this time her work has focused on teaching others how to implement force-free (choice-based) training, while enhancing the human-animal bond.

      Amy worked at one of the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s (AZA) top ranking, accredited zoos for a decade. Just a few of the many hats she wore while at Audubon Nature Institute were: Visitor Programming Animal Coordinator, ZOOmobile’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Animal Enrichment Coordinator, Lead Animal Trainer for the Education Department, and the Institutional Representative for various critically endangered Species Survival Plans (SSP).

      Through these programs Amy was fortunate to work closely (train/manage/breed) a wide variety of exotic and critically endangered species. Some of these species were Felis and Panthera, corvids, psittacines, raptors, venomous species, primates, hoof stock, elephants, crocodilians, Komodo dragons, Giant tortoises, the world’s first African wildcat clones, and dozens of other SSP animals. Amy has received multiple certifications from AZA's Professional Development Certificate Program. Some of her professional published works include An Analysis of the Post-release Success of Captive-bred Louisiana Pine Snakes and Target Training and Voluntary Blood Drawing of the Aldabra Tortoise.

      Amy Martin is the owner, founder, and chief operator of Conscious Companion™. Some of her former and current advisory roles for companion animals include: The board of advisers for Family Paws Parent Education, advisory board member of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary, licensed presenter of the Dogs & Storks® and the Dogs & Toddlers™ programs, Doggone Safe, the Pet Professional Guild's Cat Committee, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

      Amy has taken a break from animal behavior consulting to focus her efforts on writing a few books and to serve the Marine Corps; she and her husband are serving as the 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Team on the West Coast.

      You can learn more about Amy at ConsciousCompanion.com.

      • Saturday, October 29, 2016
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      • Thursday, October 29, 2020
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      (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

      Putting Your Virtual Summit Experience to Action

      Presented by Niki Tudge

      CEUs PPAB 1


      How often do you attend a workshop or event where you make a considerable investment in your personal and professional development? This webinar will show you how you can ensure you get a return on your investment by simply "eating the frog" on your return. This webinar covers topics from how you can best learn and how getting hands on as soon as you get home is the best way to close your learning cycle, to how to overcome procrastination and stay motivated while you implement key ideas you have learned about from structured to-do lists and goals.


      Webinar Objectives

      • Understand what learning is.
      • Identify key ideas you have learned.
      • Plan to put your learning into effect.
      • Take action – set goals.
      • Get it done! 

      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 an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England 


      • Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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      • Sunday, December 13, 2020
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      Presented by Melissa Hagood and Marie Macher

      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1


      When you are away from your pets, don’t you love to get a picture or video that illustrates to you how they are faring and allows you to see their furry (or finned or feathered!) faces you miss so much!? Guess what, your clients do too. Personalize your service offerings by taking and sending great quality pictures of your client’s pets. This presentation will provide tips on capturing fun and informative photos, using a cell phone, which can be text or emailed to pet parents when their pets are in your care at their home, your home, or in a daycare setting.

      We will discuss basic photography tips on lighting, framing, perspective, catching action, etc. as well as creative aspects like telling a story with your photos and apps to help make photos fun. We will also discuss making the photography process fun, force free, and low stress for the pets and how to capture their personality in the photos for their parents.

      Learning Objectives

      • Learn basic photography technical tips for photographing pets with your phone
      • Understand how to keep the photo sessions force free, low stress, and fun for the pets!
      • Hear about apps and other fun tools for capturing pet photographs with your phone
      • Discuss creative story-telling with and practical uses for pet photographs

      About the Presenters



      Melissa Hagood is accredited as a Professional Canine Trainer through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member and Pet First Aid Certified through PPG. She is an independent contractor of Courteous Canine, Inc. DogSmith of Tampa in Florida, where she specializes in private behavior consultations, instructs the group classes My Dog Has Issues (MDI) for reactive dogs and Fun Lure Coursing, and provides in home pet care services. She is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and she and her dog Charley are a registered team with Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program. Melissa parents Charley and Delilah, who are both adopted mixed breed dogs that just LOVE posing for all the photos Melissa takes of them constantly with her phone!



      Marie Macher received her BSN in Nursing and BA in Sociology from Purdue University in 2011. She is a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member and Pet First Aid Certified through PPG. She has her Advanced Pet Care Technician Certificate and Fun Scent Games Level 1 Instructor Certification from DogNostics Career College. She works at Courteous Canine, Inc. DogSmith of Tampa in Florida as a Canine Camp Counselor and Instructor of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes and Basic Manners classes. Marie loves to watch the day care dogs and boarding dogs play. She has a special interest in Barn Hunt, Dog Dock Jumping and Trick training! She parents Henry and Harper, Shih-Tzu/Poodle mixes, who love to participated in agility, fun scent games, and trick training!

      • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
      • 12:00 PM (EST)
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      • 1:00 PM (EST)
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