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    • Thursday, July 09, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar
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    Let’s Talk Business Revenue – Where It Comes From & How to Maximize It

    We received lots of positive comments about our presentation  on Revenue Management from our “Your Ten Point Game Plan to Rolling Out A New Successful Service Product” Webinar that we felt compelled to drill down further on this topic. 

    A FREE PPG Member Webinar - Limited Availability 


    CEUs PPAB 1, CCPDT & IAABC & KPA pending

    Join Niki Tudge for a topic she just LOVES, maximizing business profitability.

    Don’t fear your business numbers! Sit down with them and have a face-to-face. They tell a story. They explain to you what is coming in, what is going out, what you need to focus on, where you need to set goals and how you can improve. Start today and become the master of your financial storytelling, control the conversation, take back the chit-chat and begin experiencing financial freedom. Live in a business world where month-end is a pleasure, not a financial nightmare!

    In this webinar we will delve into:

    1. Different revenue categories and revenue streams. We will also speak about cost of sales and how to analyze service product profitability.
    2. We will look at Revenue Management and how, by implementing yield management practices, you can increase your top line income by 10% while doing the same, if not fewer number of hours at work.
    3. We will delve into the middle of our Profit and Loss Statements to consider how management of expenses can significantly impact, both negatively and positively, your profitability on a monthly basis
    4. We will explore some tips on keeping accurate books or helping your bookkeeper maintain meaningful records  thus reducing monthly accounting expenses. 

    Please note. A FREE  recording for this event will only be available to those who register  and only for a limited period. 

    Your Presenter

    Niki Tudge M.B.A, PCBC-A, CABC, CDBC


    Along with Niki’s business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University she is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer and a certified Facilitator and Project Manager. Niki has more than 20 years of experience in fortune 500 organizations reaching Director positions. Niki is passionate about supporting small business owners on their individual journeys, navigating marketing, business finance, human resources and business planning activities.

    Niki’s professional credentials include AABP-Professional Dog Trainer, AABP-Professional Dog Behavior Consultant, PCBC-A and PCT-A through the Pet Professional Accrediting Board and she has earned diplomas in Animal Behavior Technology and Canine Behavior Science & Technology through the Companion Animal Science Institute

    As the founder and President of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center and The DogSmith, Niki has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. She is also the President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit educational organization that focuses on education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased safety around dogs. Niki has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many publications including The New York Times.

    Niki is a published author and has released the following titles People Training Skills for Pet Professionals, Get Coaching Now! Big Training in a Small Business, A Kids’ Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! , A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and most recently Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People.

    • Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5


    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!

    The period from 8 to 16 weeks is often considered “early puppyhood.” In fact, the majority of the foundation for a dog’s life is set in the first 63 days. Fuller & Scott noted that the transformation from neonate to 9 weeks old was so profound and complex that it was even more amazing that the changes from tadpole to frog.

    This webinar focuses on the needs of developing pup, and using appropriate stimulation to build resilience, confidence and normal behavior. Puppies who lack the necessary input can – and often do – develop behavior issues that will not be “fixed” through socialization and training.

    Drawn from Suzanne Clothier’s Enriched Puppy Protocol, a program that has been used to help raise more than 10,000 guide and service dog puppies as well as her 10 generations of German Shepherds, this webinar includes:

    ·      Development stages

    ·      Sensitive vs Critical periods

    ·      Sensory development

    ·      Fear period

    ·      Physical, mental and social changes

    Sadly, not all puppies receive the ideal upbringing. Recognizing how a poor start can create lifelong deficits, we can also help offset and fill in the gaps to help each puppy become their best.

    This webinar is for trainers interested in knowing how to build a healthy, happy puppy, for those who work with litters through rescues and shelters, and anyone who wants to understand more completely how 63 days set the foundation for life.


    About The Presenter

    Suzanne Clothier


    Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977. Currently based in St. Johnsville, New York, she is well respected internationally for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them. Her background includes training, instruction, behavior modification, kennel management, temperament assessment, physical assessment and conditioning, early puppy development, class curriculum development, obedience, agility, Search and Rescue, conformation, breeding and more. Since 1991, she has taught workshops and seminars on a broad range of topics throughout the United States and internationally for a wide variety of groups from training clubs to international conferences in 11 countries.

    An award-winning author of multiple books and DVDs, her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (2002) has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books. She has served on the American Humane Association’s Task Force for Humane Training, the AKC Agility Advisory board, and is currently a consultant for Frankie & Andy’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary in Georgia. She has also developed multiple assessment tools - CARAT™, an assessment tool, RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool), as well as puppy and adult dog tests. These tools have been used by guide and service dog organizations, therapy dog groups, AAIA organizations, shelters and rescue groups, and trainers. In her work as a consultant to guide dog schools, her Enriched Puppy Protocol™ served as the structure for the updating of their puppy raising programs. Since 2007, more than 10,000 puppies have been raised in programs built around The Enriched Puppy Protocol™. Meanwhile, with fellow trainer Cindy Knowlton, she developed CCC: Connection, Cooperation & Control™, a puzzle-based program that builds joyful relationships between handlers and dogs. Her newest program, FAT - Functional Assessment Tracking™, helps caretakers assess a dog’s well-being day-to-day as reflected in physiological, cognitive and social aspects.


    • Monday, July 27, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5


    Donkeys have worked side by side with man, helping to build our societies, going to war, even guarding our fields, for over 5000 years. With over 40 million donkeys worldwide and the domesticated population continuing to grow, donkeys continue to be one of the most misunderstood animals that humans work with.

    The goal of this webinar is to educate donkey owners, donkey enthusiasts, horse trainers, etc on why donkeys are not just horses with longer ears. They are evolutionarily, physiologically, and behaviorally very different from horses, deserving of training, management, and enrichment which in many cases is different their horse cousins.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify the roles donkeys currently play in our society and the unique challenges this highly intelligent equine faces because of our changing world.
    • Identify the evolutionary environmental conditions of both donkeys and horses to highlight why they are vastly different animals.
    • Identify the physiological differences between donkeys and horses as they may relate to behavior.
    • Identify best practices for management of daily living of donkeys which may be unique to donkeys.
    • Identify best practices for training donkeys--why use positive reinforcement to train tasks instead of traditional methods or natural horsemanship.
    • Provide resources for donkey owners, trainers, and horse trainers who may be asked to work with donkeys.

    About The Presenter


    Monique Williams CPDT-KA


    Monique Williams is an animal behavior and training professional, certified nationally through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI), and through Fear Free Trainer Certification as well. Through her Stonebriar Animal Behavior & Training Services, Monique provides the Atlanta, Georgia metro area with in-home training, group training, and behavior counseling services.

    Monique has over 30 years of experience in training and behavior, beginning with AKC conformation competition in 1981. Monique has trained or titled dogs in a variety of training disciplines, including conformation, obedience, Rally-O, tracking, and herding. She is a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Fear-Free Certified Trainer, AKC Farm Dog judge, and an AKC Star Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

    Monique shares her Carrollton, Georgia farm with her husband of 28 years, a Belgian Malinois, 2 Smooth Collies, cats, friendly horses and ponies, two donkeys, and several goats.


    • Friday, August 07, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


    Veterinarians used to routinely recommend that your dog be neutered (spayed or castrated) at 6 months of age.  That recommendation has been questioned in the past decade as information about the possible health consequences of early age neuter (or neuter at any age) comes to light.

    Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will discuss what we know about the relationship of spay/neuter timing and changes in the risk of development of cancer and/or of orthopedic injuries such as cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCL tear).  She will also talk about how spay/neuter can affect behavior, for better or worse.  She will specifically discuss some recent studies and will detail problems designing effective studies to ask these questions. She will also cover alternative approaches to the traditional spay/neuter surgery. If you are wondering when, or if, you should neuter your dog, make your decision based on facts, not emotions.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Interpret recent findings about spay/neuter outcomes in light of what those studies can actually tell us
    • Make reasoned decisions about the risk of cancer/orthopedic disease and early spay/neuter
    • List alternatives to traditional spay/neuter and compare their pros and cons to traditional spay/neuter
    • RELAX about this decision!

    About The Presenter


    Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


    Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



    • Tuesday, August 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending), IAABC (pending)

    As professionals, we often attribute hyperactive and impulsive behavior to age and lack of exercise, training, and/or enrichment. But is it possible that something else is going on in some dogs? Owners often joke that their dogs have ADHD. Could this be true? What do we actually know about inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity in dogs? How can you use this information to more effectively address these behaviors in dogs?

    This webinar will look at this issue by focusing on a recent research paper on this topic, but we will also discuss the findings of other, similar studies.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain what ADHD-like behaviors are and why that term is used
    • Define impulsivity and describe how it's measured
    • Summarize the research on ADHD-like behavior in dogs
    • Explain how we can use this research when working with dogs

    About The Presenter


    Dr. Kristina Spaulding


    Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behavior - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specializes in stress and behavior, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behavior profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behavior work and teaching other dog trainers and behavior consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

    In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorized Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

    • Friday, October 02, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    Anxiety is a major problem for many pet dogs. What happens in your dog's brain and body when something scares her? How long can you expect her stress response to last?

    In this webinar, Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will talk about the stress response in dogs. She will explain the original evolutionary purpose of the stress response; what the hormones involved in it (like cortisol) do in the body; the difference between acute and chronic stress and the different effects they have on dogs' health; and what we know about how long it takes the body to clear those hormones. You will definitely learn some cool stuff about how the brain works and what that means for your stressed-out dog!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe how the stress response functions and what its purpose is.
    • Describe health effects (both positive and negative!) for acute versus chronic stress.
    • Explain how the stress response affects the dog's brain and their ability to think clearly and behave normally.
    • Describe how long it takes the stress response to clear from the body, and list possible alternative explanations for dogs who display signs of stress longer than it takes for stress hormones to be cleared.

    About The Presenter


    Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


    Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



    • Monday, October 12, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    Free Webinar for PPG Members

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending), IAABC (pending)

    What is habit, really? How does it impact behavior and how can we use it to improve outcomes? This webinar will cover the basics of habit and how it influences the behavior of the animals we work with (including people). We'll also discuss how you can use it to train more effectively and to help you communicate important concepts to pet parents.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define habit
    • Explain how habits influence behavior
    • Explain how habits are formed and changed
    • Describe how habits are influenced by stress


    About The Presenter


    Dr. Kristina Spaulding


    Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behavior - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specializes in stress and behavior, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behavior profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behavior work and teaching other dog trainers and behavior consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

    In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorized Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

    • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Tampa,FL
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    A 2-Day Workshop with Leslie McDevitt

    New Dates - Moved From April 2020. Registrants notified 3/12/2020

    Reactive to Relaxed: Next Steps in Control Unleashed 

    CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT 13, IAABC Working: 15 Auditor: 12

    Both Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available

    Want Monthly Payments?

    If you would like to spread your payments over a few months, then go ahead and register. Do not pay the initial invoice you receive. Email Sharon Nettles within 24 hours of registration and she can help get you all set up.


    Daily Schedule

    9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, with breaks at 10:30 AM-10:45 AM (refreshments), 12 Noon-1 PM (lunch) and 2:30 PM-2:45 PM (refreshments).



    Come learn what's new in Leslie McDevitt's groundbreaking Control Unleashed training program!

    In this workshop, Leslie will teach material from her newest book Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed.

    Working dogs will enjoy discovering they can make choices and control outcomes with counter conditioning games such as Pattern Games, Voluntary Sharing, and Requested Approach Training. Using these games and other foundational training from the Control Unleashed program, we will explore how to use voluntary or 'start-button' behavior to empower anxious or reactive dogs to direct their own learning experience.


    Leslie McDevitt MLA CDBC CPDT-KA

    Leslie is a dog behavior consultant, author, and speaker who specializes in creating operant counter conditioning procedures to empower working, performance, and pet dogs to feel safe and comfortable so they can function confidently in stressful environments. She has taught the material from her groundbreaking book Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog to students all over the world, and her books have been translated into multiple languages. She has also presented at various conferences including Clicker Expo, Penn Vet Working Dog Conference, The UK Puppy Conference, and is looking forward to her debut at PPG.


    Workshop Location

    This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. See pictures here . Event location is 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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