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    • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Beth Adelman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1

    Webinar Description

    Cats evolved to eliminate out of doors, and they are very particular about doing it indoors. A host of new litter box studies has given us a lot of information on what cats prefer from their box. We'll go over the box, the litter, the location and the ambiance that cats prefer.

    We also have a new understanding of the role stress and boredom play in litter box use and misuse. We'll discuss how play and enrichment affect litter box use.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Understand what cats require from a litter box and why.
    • Recognize common reasons why cats do not use the litter box, both physical and behavioral.
    • Troubleshoot litter box problems.
    • Understand how to resolve common litter box problems.
    • Understand new research into stress and its link to litter box problems.

    Your Presenter

    Beth Adelman, MS, is a Cat Behavior Consultant and a publishing professional in Brooklyn, New York. Beth was a founding member of the Cat Division of the IAABC, and is the former editor in chief of Cats magazine and DogWorld and former cat columnist for the New York Post. Beth has worked as a writer and a speaker for the Winn Feline Foundation. She has also been a speaker for the Cat Writers Association, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Kutztown University, Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club and the Cat Fanciers Association, and a guest on a variety of radio shows. She currently is a regular speaker on cat behavior at New York’s Meow Parlour.
    • The microbiome and its role in animal health
    • Roles played by key bacteria in the gut
    • Different approaches to maintaining and restoring gut health, probiotics, diet, and fecal transplants
    • Thursday, January 25, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Sheila Blanchette

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT 1

    This webinar focuses on the topic of reducing the stress when giving medication to a companion bird. The webinar will show known processes of giving medication, the consequences of stress, and how to takes steps than can reduce or eliminate stress during the medication process. Gain some insightful knowledge about how a force-free medication process can be better improve your bond with you and your bird.

    This webinar also touches on starting crate training for preparing for vet visits which can reduces stress in the vet visit, and why this is so important.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    Quick Review on Companion Bird health/Vet Visit

    How to recognize stress in a companion bird.

    How to start force-free planning on the taking medication

    How to advance progress in the medication training

    How to start force-free crate training for your companion bird

    Gain knowledge on how your bird can be a super star at the vet visit

    About the Presenter

    Sheila Blanchette

    Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education in the MA/NH Area (USA). Sheila’s main goal is to assist people with companion birds with behavior issues vs surrendering the bird. She is also a member of IAABC Shelter Division, Pet Professional Guild and American Federation of Aviculture.

    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 companion bird. In 2017, she will be teaching Target Training Bird classes at the rescue for anyone with a companion bird. She believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel and a pug.

    • Monday, January 29, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Tabitha Davies

    CEUs: PPAB 1

    Are you looking at starting a training program inside a daycare or maybe you already have one? There are many challenges that can face a trainer that trains inside a facility. Front renting the space to agreeing on boundaries for what your role is while you are there. How to keep your students and the daycare safe while you are using their space.

    For trainers who are looking at working for a daycare facility or already work for one that is not quite functioning this webinar is designed to teach you how to implement your programs while designing a successful daycare program that lessens stress on the dogs. If your responsible for staff development learn how to help train staff to keep dogs safe, and properly dispense advice to owners or direct them to the trainer.

    When dealing with owners of a facility who are not trainers or pet professionals how to keep yourself professional and avoid potential issues with daycare or training programs.

    Webinar Learning Objectives
    • An overview of the liabilities of training in a daycare facility vs being an employed trainer of the daycare facility.
    • How to ensure your clients are safe in the facility.
    • How to temperament test dogs easily and make it a system for all so you know dogs can be in training and/or daycare.
    • How to structure SAFE and least stressful daycare programs.
    • How to educate non trainer daycare working staff to be safe and keep dogs safe.
    • What liability lines are there for "staff training" when you are not an employee.
    • How to integrate mental and physical stimulation into daycare to avoid behavioral issues.
    • Dealing with facility owners who do not understand dog behavior and avoid positions of professional liability without looking unprofessional.

    Your Presenter

    Tabitha Davies is a certified dog trainer (C.D.T.), Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC), Certified Veterinary Assistant, a Certified Pet Nutritional Specialist, and she also holds certificates in Animal Psychology, Canine Etiology, and Animal Behavior/Welfare.

    Tabitha was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. During high school Tabitha she started rescuing dogs and cats, obtaining veterinary care, and finding homes for them. She quickly learned that people did not want to adopt untrained dogs. This encouraged Tabitha to study clicker training and Karen Pryor's training methods. 

    in August of 2008 she started the CVDC (http://www.cvdogclub.com/) to provide an affordable fully force free option that is scientifically proven to be more successful than any other methods with less owner output and more consistency to the dogs and their humans of our valley.

    Tabitha now owns the CVDC as well as the daycare, indoor dog park, dog training, pet retail, and staff development of the Dog Park Services at Venus De Fido in Palm Desert (http://venusdefido.com/)

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

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

    Companion animals occupy an important role in our lives. They are our friends, our confidants and cherished members of the family. They provide unconditional love and support. They never judge and are always happy to see us when we come home. It's no surprise then that the death of a companion animal can be just as profound and devastating as the loss of a human significant other.

    Animal care professionals and trainers are in the privileged position of working with these special animals and, while this can be an extremely rewarding role, it can also mean that professionals are also exposed to grief and loss when these animals die.

    This seminar is designed to give trainers and animal care professionals information on current theories and findings relevant to animal bereavement. Attendees will also be offered practical tools for self-care and strategies to support clients, friends and family members who may be experiencing companion animal bereavement.

    In this webinar attendees will:

    1. Appreciate the significance of animal bereavement

    2. Be able to describe common grief reactions

    3. Recognize types of grief including disenfranchised, anticipatory and complicated grief

    4. Learn strategies for self-care and ways of coping

    5. Learn how to support others through grief

    Your Presenter


    Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

    Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a compassion fatigue consultant and educator for the animal industries. Vanessa provides evidence-based workshops, seminars, and consultations in mindfulness, stress management, bereavement and compassion fatigue.

    She is a member of the Anthrozoology Research Group, has her Ph.D. with a specialisation in psychology and has worked in the animal industry for over 13 years where her roles varied from veterinary nurse to animal welfare researcher. Vanessa is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. She has lectured and tutored psychology and human behaviour for over 6 years and presents at international and national conferences.

    • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Meg Harrison

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending)

    Proving the connection between natural plant-based remedies and animal behavior developing co-operative relationships in all situations and environments, no matter the past history and trauma.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Make the connection of plants, animals, and human companions.  
    • Educate about the efficacy of natural remedies based on evidence from several case studies facilitating positive behavior and training.

    Your Presenter

    Meg Harrison, flower essence expert specializing in animal behavior, has successfully helped thousands of behaviorally-challenged animals using unique blends of essences, essential oils, and/or homeopathic remedies. Working with trainers, health care practitioners, rescuers, fosters, clinics, and shelters nationwide, she is able to facilitate positive change in the vast majority of cases, no matter how difficult or emotionally damaged.

    Experience includes: rehabilitating rescues from puppy mills, hoarding cases, court ordered seizures, research labs, captured American Mustangs, feral cats, and farm animals rescued from slaughter. The vast majority (93%) quickly adjust to their new environments explaining the outstanding success in shelter settings. Positive effects during emergencies demanding immediate calm, focus, and co-operation have been recognized by staff and volunteers in 14 California wildfires, 8 hurricanes from Katrina to Harvey, 2 F-5 tornadoes, in addition to visible relief for thousands of dogs and cats seized and held by court orders.

    With 40 years of experience working with difficult and damaged individuals, she has advocated for gentler, more effective ways to improve overall mental and emotional well-being and the behavioral health of 24 different species continuing to share her experience and hard-won knowledge with anyone who will listen whether in a lecture hall, webinar, walking shelter dogs, or during a natural disaster.

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sian Ryan

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    For most dog owners, going for a walk with their dog is one of the key components of their relationship. It can also be one of the most fraught with frustration, irritation, physical struggles, and can lead to owners, and dogs, dreading the daily exercise. In this webinar I will be exploring what we actually mean by Loose Lead Walking - what we're trying to achieve, what are the essential pre-requisites for a dog to be able to learn how to walk with their owner in a way that suits them both, how to teach this skill and what to do when training isn't working. A fresh look at walking together, the emotions and behaviors involved, and how to set everyone up for success. 

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Identify emotions of dog and owner while going for a walk, and the impact on learning / ability
    • Practical suggestions add to the toolkit for teaching Loose Lead Walking

    Your Presenter

    Sian Ryan gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behavior from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behavior counselor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behavior Clinic and went on to work as a researcher looking at novel ways of measuring emotions in dogs in 2012. With several years of dog training experience, Sian was the first course tutor for Life Skills for Puppies training classes and helped create and develop the course, as well as tutoring on the Life Skills for Puppies Trainers Courses offered by the University of Lincoln.

    Sian writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian is also the Training and Behaviour expert for the BBC2 series Me and My Dog. 

    Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.
    • Wednesday, March 07, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5 , IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)

    Thyroid Disorders: Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of dogs, and up to 90% of cases result from an autoimmune disease that progressively destroys the thyroid gland (autoimmune thyroiditis). Once more than 70% of the gland is destroyed by this process, classical clinical signs of hypothyroidism including behavioral disorders appear. Because the condition is heritable, it has significant genetic implications for breeding stock.  Accurate diagnosis of the early stages of autoimmune thyroiditis offers important genetic and clinical options for prompt intervention. See “ The Canine Thyroid Epidemic”, by W. Jean Dodds, DVM, and Diana R Laverdure (DogWise Publishing, Wenatchee, WA, 2011).


    • Learn more about the function of this key body master gland, and about accurate diagnosis, management and treatment of canine thyroid disorders.

    Your Presenter


    Dr. Jean Dodds

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:

    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    We live in a knowledge based society, and the more critical you think the better your knowledge will be. Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information so that you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur.

    Critical Thinking will lead to being a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce your prejudice and bias which will provide you a better understanding of your environment. This webinar will provide you the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in your career, and provide a great skill in your everyday life.

    Learning Objectives
    • Understand the components of critical thinking
    • Utilize non-linear thinking
    • Use logical thinking
    • Recognize what it means to be a critical thinker
    • Evaluate information using critical thinking skills
    • Identify the benefits of critical thinking
    • Revise perspective, when necessary
    • Comprehend problem solving abilities

    Your Presenter


    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 MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England.

    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Robert Hewings

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

    Canine-scent work is becoming more popular by the day.

    “How do we start? Where can we get the equipment from? What scent should we use? How do we introduce a new scent? What are the progressive steps? How do we problem solve?”

    These are just a few questions that are asked time and time again, encouraging Rob to share his knowledge and bring in coaching techniques that can help you and your clients.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. A few mnemonics for scent-work

    2. How we can start with Classical or Operant Conditioning

    3. How we can apply conceptual learning to our training for development and problem-solving

    4. How we can ‘think outside the box’ to help with student development

    5. How adult learning can be developed by coaching techniques

    Your Presenter

    Rob Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer, who retired from the Metropolitan Police after his 30 years’ service, 25 of which was as a Police Dog Handler. The final ten years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour) MA (Professional Practice Police Dog Training) and is presently engaged Doctorate of Professional Practice (PhD) Canine Scent Detection. Rob has instructed all police canine disciplines from puppy training through to specialist search (explosives and narcotics), from training the General-Purpose Police Dog onto firearms support (SWAT support dogs).

    Rob is the head trainer at the newly established UK College of Scent Detection, and has lectured at Bishop Burton College, (Canine Training and Behaviour). Rob is also involved in research programmes for ‘ambient scent’, enhancing canine learning, and continuing research into scent alert for nightmares and night terrors, particularly within PTSD. He is a board member for Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programmes and course design are being used for Diabetic Alert Assistance Dogs.

    As a qualified Canine Behaviourist Rob knows the importance of a positive training schedule with the dogs he trains and the people he coaches. He wishes to share his love and experience of search training with people and their dogs. Witnessing the enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement the dogs get from being engaged in the natural process of ‘nose-work’ has been his guilty pleasure for the last 25 years, long may this continue!!

    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Tracy Krulik CTC, CSAT

    CEUs: PPAB 1

    Have you hit a wall trying to help that GSD stop barking, lunging, and growling every time some stranger walks into the house? Do you refer out separation anxiety cases? Are you frustrated by the pace of DSCC? Training fear out of a dog takes a great deal of patience, but the process (ironically) speeds up if you slow down and go at the dog’s pace. When you make a contract with the dog to only push her as fast as she can handle, the recovery process builds more rapidly.

    The key is understanding the dog’s fear threshold line and using that to determine when to push ahead. In this webinar, you will learn what threshold is, what it looks like, and how to harness it to improve your skills when helping dogs overcome fears.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Understand what threshold is and how it is used to help dogs overcome fears.
    • Learn what threshold looks like and how to find it.
    • Understand the common stumbling blocks when training with threshold.
    • Understand the difference between threshold and +CER.
    • Improve your training skills by understanding how threshold applies (or doesn't apply) when working with solo desensitization, desensitization and counterconditioning (DSCC), and solo counterconditioning.

    Your Presenter

    Northern Virginia based certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Tracy Krulik, CTC, CSAT, is the founder and managing editor of iSpeakDog — a website and public awareness campaign to teach dog body language and behavior. An honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, Krulik writes for publications including The Bark magazine and The Washington Post. She is an advocate for force-free dog training and loves helping fearful dogs discover confidence and joy — just as she did for her once “fraidy” pup, Emma the Beagle. Visit her website www.tracykrulik.com to learn more.
    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Lori Nanan

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending)

    By building a positive conditioned response to a particular implement and following a good desensitization plan, trainers can help even dogs who are fearful about nail care. Even better, trainers can coach owners through the process effectively, giving them the opportunity to create a lifetime of cooperative care.

    We'll cover why DS is often necessary and how to walk through the process effectively, by being mindful of body language and working at the dog's pace.

    We'll also cover nail and paw anatomy, so that even those most shy about nail care can become comfortable with it!


    - Gain an understanding of why nail care can be so difficult for some dogs

    - Learn why the +CER building process is so important to the process

    - Walk through a desensitization process, and be able to teach clients how to do the same

    - Gain an understanding of paw and nail anatomy and why nail maintenance is so important to dogs' health

    About Your Presenter

    Lori Nanan CTC, CPDT-KA is the co-founder of LoriNanan.com, a company which provides education and digital solutions to dog owners, force-free dog pros and organizations. She is a graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers, where she is also a staff member and is the founder of Your Pit Bull and You, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting pit bulls in a positive light.
    • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Helen Phillips

    CEUs: PPAB 1 , CCPDT (pending)

    This presentation will take a brief look at some of the games, strategies and techniques used when teaching gundogs with force-free methods and clicker training but is also relevant to anyone who would like to teach their dog or their clients' dogs how to develop good focus and concentration while building a better relationship through play.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn the foundations that enable a dog to develop good focus and concentration, memory skills and techniques to encourage decision making

    • Learn how to establish some of the basic foundation behaviours and build a lifelong partnership

    • Learn about some of the myths of the gundog world and enable teachers, coaches and instructors to encourage pet owners of gundogs to engage in a variety of activities involving play.

    Your Presenter


    Helen Phillips

    Helen Phillips is the owner of the Clicker Gundog Training Centre in Evesham, Worcestershire, UK. She is also a qualified teacher, has been working dogs in the field for over 30 years, and has been breeding Hungarian vizslas since 1998. As a result, she has extensive understanding of living with and working with hunting dogs. She holds a distinction in Certificate in Canine Training and Behaviour from Warwickshire College, UK, and has taught the same course at two levels for six years. She has also obtained the Learning about Dogs clicker trainers’ competency assessment program (CAP) levels 1, 2 and 3 with distinction and is an active assessor for the scheme. Alongside this she trained with renowned trainer Kay Laurence for many years and has taught a variety of clicker training workshops. Her focus is on promoting the use of positive reinforcement training techniques and strategies within gundog training and field sports in general.

    Helen is the author of the popular Clicker Gundog training book, which focuses on learning how to develop a partnership using in-depth reinforcement strategies. Over the last 10 years she has developed, through Clicker Gundog, a range of workshops and seminars to help teach these skills to both the handler and the dog.

    • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5 , IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)

    Vaccine -Related Issues Modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases. However, the challenge to produce effective and safe vaccines for the prevalent infectious diseases of animals has become increasingly difficult. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is compelling. These reactions reflect the host’s genetic predisposition to react adversely upon receiving the single (monovalent) or multiple antigen “combo” (polyvalent) products given routinely to animals. Animals of certain susceptible breeds or families appear to be at increased risk for severe and lingering adverse reactions to vaccines. Also see www.rabieschallengefund.org, the parallel clinical research studies to determine that rabies vaccines last for at least 6.5 years.


    • Learn about immunology and immune memory as related to vaccines in animals. Learn about the benefits and adverse reactions of vaccines . Benefits of measuring vaccine antibody titers instead of repeatedly giving vaccine boosters.

    Your Presenter


    Dr. Jean Dodds

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:

    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

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