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    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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    A talk on Nutrition and Behavior in dogs!


    Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson MRCVS

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

    Webinar Objectives

    To understand better: 

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


    Your Presenter


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

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

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

     

    • Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
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    Looking great is essential to taking a business to the next level; but first and foremost, a successful business must have a clear, thoughtful visual strategy in place. Kaila of Dox Design has built over 70 pet brands and is go into depth on how you can use build a consistent visual brand step by step. From your logo design to your website, and social media an instantly recognizable brand is key and this talk will show you how to make the most strategic decisions to develop a top-notch pet brands.


    Learning Objectives:

    • The importance of a brand beyond a logo.
    • How to build a consistent visual brand that is instantly recognizable and speaks to their target audience.
    • How to create brand guidelines
    • Select their business visuals (fonts, colors, etc.)
    • How to craft a creative message to talk to their audience
    • How to leverage social media & canva using design



      About The Presenter


      Both a dreamer and a doer, Kaila has a knack for bringing her client’s visions to life. She instinctively knows how to uncover businesses brand stories and effectively communicate it with their target audience through unique, on-brand design elements really making their brand stand out. She knows just how important great design is to add an extra layer of legitimacy and propel your business to the next level of success.

      After a few years working in the agency world for brands like Georgia Pacific, Herman Miller and Ocean Spray, Kaila decided to take her knowledge of design and love for dogs and combine them into one, creating Dox Design. When she isn’t behind the screen, you can find her walking Finley, Felix and Ferb in Downtown Grand Rapids with her husband Jordan, or sitting on the porch of Founder’s enjoying a Nitro Rubaeus.


      • Friday, May 10, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
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      Free-ranging dogs are one of the most widely distributed carnivores in the world, yet scientists are only just beginning to study their behavior. They represent a critical field of observation where human-dog interaction can reveal essential understanding about society, human and dog behavior. 

      The knowledge gained in this intermediate level presentation can be applied by dog trainers and other pet professionals in homes, shelters and other contexts. Some of the information that will be shared is also essential learning for dog parents, for those who interact with dogs at any level, and for all those who travel in areas where free-ranging dogs are present.


      Learning Objectives

      • What/Where are free-ranging dogs
      • Bali Dogs: an overview
      • Behaviour-Life Style-Personality: Free-ranging dogs shifts in/via human perception
      • Ecology and canines
      • Professionals and Dog Parents: how to apply what you learn in this webinar in your work and life
      • Rabies: the best practices for people visiting exposed areas


      About your presenter



      Marco Adda is a freelance canids researcher, with a core interest in companion dogs, free-ranging dogs and wolves. Passionate in Animal Behaviour (Ethology), the main focus on Anthrozoology and Human-Animal Interaction/conflict across times and cultures, Marco is a Professional Dog Trainer and Dog Behaviour Consultant, an educator about animals and society, an animal advocate and rescuer. Member of the International Society of Anthrozoology, the Animal Behaviour Society, Accredited Dognition Trainer and founder of Portugal Focus Animal Help, he also runs an online programme about Wolves.

      With complementary interests in education, anthropology, social work, bodywork, theatre, human development, team building and nutrition, Marco has collaborated with universities in Rome, Paris, Novi Sad, Serbia, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Hobart and others institutions and organisations around the globe.

      • Monday, May 13, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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      Presented by Yvette Van Veen

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      Dog training of course is simple, but not always easy.  But there are strategies and techniques that can make what looks like a challenging problem much easier to address.  Avoid the common stumbling blocks to make this a problem you look forward to fixing!

      Objectives:
      • What is leash reactivity?  Define the problem to create a clear training path.

      • Yes you can beat distractions with a cookie!  Here’s how.

      • Why some leash reactive dogs snub food.

      • The importance of creating the right cue.  Teach the dog to do an incompatible behavior when they see what triggers them.

      • What drives the problem?  It’s not fear.

      • Understand the importance of not training in the context until ready.

      • How to build powerful behaviors that stand up to distractions.

      • Avoid bad behavior chains.  It’s not bark then look at me!

      • Clear criteria.  Training is a progression, not a one step skill.


        About The Presenter



        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/

        • Wednesday, June 05, 2019
        • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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        When you see the title to this webinar, I know what some of you will be thinking:  “I don’t ride.  I don’t even work with horses.  Why would I want to attend this webinar?”

        The answer is simple.  Riding is just ground work where you get to sit down.  The same concepts apply.  So even if you work primarily with dogs and other animals that we typically don’t ride, there is much that can be borrowed from clicker training horses that applies to other species.

        And if you do ride, this program is definitely for you!


        Learning Objectives:

        • The connection between ground work and riding
        • Some common questions about riding with the clicker - beginning with how do you deliver the treat?
        • Your expressway to excellence - the value of stopping to get the treat
        • Examining performance goals
        • Safety first
        • Balance matters - why?
        • Before and after - a case study leading to equine beauty and well-being
        • Find a look that pleases your eye
        • A photo journal of a beautiful ride 
        • Which do you focus on - outcome or process?
        • Shaping micro
        • The elephant in the room - pressure and release of pressure
        • Commands versus cues
        • Going micro: your base unit - gives defined
        • Develop your eye - gives observed
        • Developing lightness




        About The Presenter



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

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

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

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

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

        Alexandra Kurland's websites are:
        theclickercenter.com,
        theclickercenterblog.com,
        theclickercentercourse.com and
        equiosity.com
        • Monday, June 17, 2019
        • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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        Presented by Yvette Van Veen

        CEUs: PPAB 1.5

        Learn the steps that you can use to teach a dog to go to their bed, not because you say so, but because the dog hears someone at the door. Have the dog stay there until released!  Imagine life with a dog that runs away from the door, not towards it!


        Objectives:

        • Learn the breakdown, all the steps required to get this skill despite distractions at the door.
        • Understand how training this problem “when guests arrive” can be the wrong approach.
        • Learn why some dogs snub cookies when guests arrive and how to overcome it.
        • Why some dogs get worse not better even when families think they are reinforcing good behavior.
        • Learn the value of weakening the power of the sound of the doorbell.
        • Why it’s important to cut yourself some slack and decide it’s necessary to focus fully on the dog during training.  You can put your dog away when you’re distracted!


        About The Presenter



        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/

        • Tuesday, August 06, 2019
        • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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        Presented by Alexandra Santos

        CEUs: PPAB 1.5

        Fear is an emotion and, as such, subject to respondent conditioning. Therefore, trying to solve fear related problems by focusing solely on modifying the behavior may be pointless. Fear related problems need a respondent as well as an operant approach.

        Fear learning is a type of emotional learning that is quite persistent for various reasons: a) it is linked with survival; b) the brain is prewired with a negativity bias; c) sensory information conveyed by the thalamus reaches the amygdala (the brain’s center for emotional processing) much faster than it reaches the neocortex (the brain’s center for cognitive processes and thought). This means an animal will more readily emit an emotional response than a thought-out one.

        This presentation focuses not only on fear learning, but also on the mechanisms that make it so persistent and why a respondent approach to solving fear related problems is essential. Some guidelines for effectively working with fearful dogs will also be presented.

        Learning Objectives

        • The function of emotions.
        • How fear learning occurs.
        • Systematic desensitization is much more than gradually reducing distance between the dog and the feared stimulus.
        • How to effectively apply systematic desensitization when working with fearful dogs.
        • Why respondent extinction may backfire in some cases.
        • How differential reinforcement of incompatible behaviors may, in fact, be flooding.
        • Some guidelines for working with fearful dogs.


        Your Presenter

                      

        Alexandra Santos

        Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

        She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems” and “Puppy and Dog Care” and has also authored and co-authored several articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, has been a lecturer at several seminars on positive reinforcement-based training, regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people.

        • Monday, August 12, 2019
        • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
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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).


          • Thursday, August 15, 2019
          • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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          So many of our handling techniques are done TO the animals we are training.  I want to use techniques that are done WITH my animals.  This program explores what that means and it illustrates some remarkable changes that can be achieved using very basic lessons, but using them mindfully. It is built around some remarkable before and after video footage taken at a clinic. 

          The talk includes a description of the microshaping strategy, and the use of constructional training.  The images are all those of horses, but the concepts apply to any animal where good balance matters. 


          Learning Objectives:
          • Who owns the process - what does that mean: illustrated with example/non-example
          • An introduction to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
          • Teaching the micro behaviors that create good balance
          • Before and after examples 
          • There are many different strategies for developing micro awareness
          • The micro shaping Strategy
          • Shaping on a Point of Contact
          • Simple lessons can create great changes: a remarkable case history
          • Who owns the process - an answer from Mia Segal, a Feldenkrais practitioner
          • Asking questions not giving answers: here are the questions



          About The Presenter



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

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

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

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

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

          Alexandra Kurland's websites are:
          theclickercenter.com,
          theclickercenterblog.com,
          theclickercentercourse.com and
          equiosity.com
          • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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          Behavioral stereotypies in captive animals have been defined as repetitive, largely invariant patterns of behavior that serve no obvious goal or function (Mason, 1991a; Ödberg, 1978). Stereotypies are commonly attributed to boredom and/or fear and are typically “treated” by trying to enrich the captive environment with distracting, appealing stimuli. These stimuli often include food presented at times outside of regular feeding times, and as a result, engage species-typical foraging behaviors in the process of reducing stereotypic activity.

          This presentation examines the defining features and common hypotheses surrounding stereotypies, including what their function is and how they can be addressed. Of primary concern will be (1) what are stereotypies (what does and doesn’t meet the definition), (2) specific examples of how they’ve been discussed and dealt with, and (3) practical solutions for applied animal behaviorists for both defining and treating stereotypies. Emphasis will be placed on an empirical, functional approach to dealing with stereotypies, including how any scientist and/or practitioner can be most effective when dealing with this topic.

          Learning Objectives

          1. What are stereotypies in terms of their definition and examples?
          2. How do we talk about stereotypies in terms of their form and function?
          3. What evidence supports their hypothesized functions?
          4. How are most stereotypies treated, and which of these treatments are most effective?
          5. What does an empirical, functional approach to stereotypies look like, and why is this important for both science and practice?



          About The Presenter


          Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD

          School of Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology


          Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he
          founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Most of his past and current work involves conducting research on the behavioral welfare of captive exotic animals found in zoos and aquariums. He has worked with close to 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. His past positions include an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at University of Washington, Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with the African and Asian elephants, hippos, Humboldt penguins, grizzly bears, sun bears, sloth bears, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, African wild dogs, meerkats, golden lion tamarins, and ostriches located at the zoo. Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group
          , which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective.


             
             
         
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