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    • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    Communicating in writing can be tricky, and things can quickly snowball into sticky situations that are stressful and not always good for business.

    By the end of this webinar, you’ll have skills and scripts that will allow you to communicate effectively and with confidence. When things get heated and the stress is on, you’ll know exactly how to respond – and help grow your business in the process.

    Easily handle uncomfortable issues with a professional, empathic tone:

    • How do I get an evasive client to settle his bill?
    • How do I establish boundaries with a client who calls or texts me several times a day?
    • How do I handle a dissatisfied client who’s demanding a refund they’re not entitled to?
    • How can I make my cancellation policy sound firm, but kind?

    Business writing is a skill, and communicating electronically in an emotionally-laced industry like ours is a specialized skill. But this webinar will turn the chore into a joy!

    No more:

    • Stressing over having to deal with a confrontation with a client in writing.
    • Feeling guilty about the policies you want to establish for your business.

    All this, delivered with large doses of humor!

     

    About Your Presenter    


    Nancy Tucker

    Nancy Tucker is a certified trainer with the CCPDT, and a fully certified behavior consultant with the IAABC. She teaches seminars, webinars, and workshops on dog training, dog behavior, and the business end of training throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe. She has presented at conferences for the Pet Professional Guild, the IAABC, the Dog Event in France, the WOOF! conference in the UK, and The Lemonade Conference.

    She also teaches online courses focusing on various topics, including how to resolve separation anxiety, how to use desensitization and counterconditioning to address fearful behaviors, and how to tackle other common behavior issues.

    Nancy has written numerous articles on dog behavior and has a professional background in public relations and copywriting. She shares her home in Québec, Canada with her husband and their border terrier, Bennigan.

    • Monday, January 24, 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    An Industry In Need!

    In 2019, accredited pet professional training and behavior consultants Niki Tudge, Susan Nilson, Debra Millikan and Louise Stapleton-Frappell authored a book titled Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People.

    This body of work was the culmination of two years of research conducted on the Pet Services Industry (including pet training, behavior consulting, care, and management) and its need for oversight and regulation, compounded by the sense that we need to be “careful what we wish for,” so to speak.

    In other words, any industry regulation needs to be more than simply the implementation of a licensing model.

    In the book, the authors present their collective views on what is needed to facilitate the professionalization of the pet services industry to provide oversight that protects the pet, their owner, guardian, or caretaker, as well as all the people who practice within it.

    In this presentation, Pet Professional Guild president Niki Tudge will summarize the book’s key messages and speak to the need for a greater understanding of what occupational licensing is, as well as how this needs to be underpinned by several additional interconnected concepts. These include Competency, Consumer Transparency and Protection, the Reclassification of Pets from objects to living beings – and much more.

    It is the authors’ opinion that without these important issues being taken into consideration, the pet services industry will be left with a regulation model that does little more than place further financial burden on pet professionals – while providing little oversight or protection for pets or their owners.

    This is an issue that everyone operating in the pet services industry today needs to be aware of and have their voice heard. So please do join us for this vitally important presentation which will be followed by a live question and answer session, giving you the unique opportunity to contribute to the discussion.


    About Your Presenter



    Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC


    Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC is the founder and president of  the Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Education and The DogSmith. She has substantial leadership experience in business management and administration, particularly in the nonprofit sector, which encompasses her role as the president of Doggone Safe, a nonprofit educational organization. She has published numerous articles, which have been featured in publications such as the New York Times. She has also authored five books; her most recent project, Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People, which she co-authored, was published in 2019.

    Before following her passion into small business and nonprofit management, she enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry, holding executive positions all over the world. Her real passion in her corporate role was the identification and development of female talent in the workplace. She enjoyed managing and coaching her team through both their personal and professional development and loved watching the process of female empowerment and growth at a high level of management.

    Along with her business degrees from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K., her professional credentials include ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and she is Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, specializing in data analysis and process improvement. She is also an International Training Board (HCITB) certified people trainer at levels TS1, TS2 & TS3 and a certified facilitator and project manager. In addition, she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the business community and honored with a Fortune 500 Company Leadership Award for her accomplishments. 

    This was previously aired at Geek Week 2021.

    • Friday, January 28, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Streamed Live on PPGs Facebook Page
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    Tackling The Difficult Questions!

    Your 

    January Topic:  What Does Pet Industry Licensing Look Like ?

    Come and join the PPG Advocacy Committee at one of our monthly events. The Advocacy Committee is a selection of notable practitioners, scientists and representatives from PPG committees.

    The session are live streamed via the PPG public Facebook page. Attendees who choose not to use Facebook can also access the events via Zoom.

    Panelists will engage and discuss some of the important issues in our industry. The goal is to both advocate and inform through purposeful discussions and debate while networking, building relationships and having some fun.


      


    Your Moderators 

    Don Hanson & Niki Tudge


    Your Advocacy Panel

    Click here to checkout the PPG Advocacy Panel


    • Monday, January 31, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    It has become commonplace to refer to the science of animal training as being synonymous with applied behavior analytic principles. Less clear, however, is how ethical considerations correlate with other applied behavior analytic endeavors. While it remains tempting to refer to reward-based training methods as “more scientific” (presumably in comparison to other training methods), it is unclear whether such assertions are relying on scientific or ethical considerations. Thus, a distinction between both ethical and scientific guidelines becomes necessary.

    This session will examine the distinction between science and ethics, with a focus on how we make ethical decisions that guide our science-based animal training practices. Attention will be given to:

    1. How we distinguish between science and ethics.

    2. What criteria we use for making ethical considerations, such as freedoms, restrictiveness, intrusiveness, and hierarchies.

    3. Why the tools we use to make ethical decisions should exist according to similar scientific criteria.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Foster behavior change plans that are simultaneously pro-science and pro-ethics, and thus, pro-animal well-being and welfare.

    About Your Presenter


    Dr. Eduardo Fernandez


    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 MS in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).

    Most of his past and current work involves behavioral research applied to the welfare and training of zoo, aquarium, and companion animals. He is currently a senior lecturer of applied animal behavior and welfare in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His past positions include a visiting professorship in the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, an affiliate professorship in the Psychology Department at the University of Washington (UW), a research fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship.

    While working with UW and the Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with many of the species and exhibits located throughout the zoo. He currently runs the Operant Welfare Lab (OWL), which is dedicated to the use of learning principles to improve the lives of animals across many settings, including exotic animals in zoos, companion animals in homes, and agricultural animals in farms. Many of his past publications, research projects, and presentations can be found on his ResearchGate profile.

    This was previously aired at Geek Week 2021.

    • Thursday, February 17, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)


    Does your dog bark or whine when you are gone?

    Does your dog destroy things or have potty “accidents” when you leave the house? If so your dog may be experiencing separation anxiety!

    Preventing separation anxiety is much easier than trying to fix it! If your dog is experiencing this or if you think your dog may become anxious when you are away, check out this 1-hour webinar to learn how you can help your dog!


    Learning Objectives

    • Recognizing Separation Anxiety
    • How To Prevent Separation Anxiety


    About Your Presenter


          

    Shannon Riley-Coyner

    Shannon Riley-Coyner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician, Wellness Coach, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

    Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Shannon has also spoken at the Annual APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) conferences the past 2 years and covered topics such as "Compassion Fatigue" and "What Is Your Dog's Currency?"

    Shannon's dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement, however, her ultimate goal is for healthy happy relationship between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment and training all play significant roles in achieving this goal. Shannon spent many years as the head dog trainer for PAWS for Healing, a pet assisted therapy organization. She performed temperament testing and assisted in the training of therapy dogs who visited hospitals, veteran groups, special educational facilities and convalescent homes. She believes strongly in the benefits of developing the human animal bond and can assist in coaching for pets and their human companions to develop that connection. Shannon can provide assistance with training, weight management, exercise and other behavior modifications for your dog or other pets in the Ventura area.

    Shannon's Book "The Evolution of Dog Training" is now available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

    • Friday, February 25, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Streamed Live on PPGs Facebook Page
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    Tackling The Difficult Questions!

    Your 

    January Topic:  How Do We Advocate for Inclusivity and Diversity?

    Come and join the PPG Advocacy Committee at one of our monthly events. The Advocacy Committee is a selection of notable practitioners, scientists and representatives from PPG committees.

    The session are live streamed via the PPG public Facebook page. Attendees who choose not to use Facebook can also access the events via Zoom.

    Panelists will engage and discuss some of the important issues in our industry. The goal is to both advocate and inform through purposeful discussions and debate while networking, building relationships and having some fun.


      


    Your Moderators 

    Don Hanson & Niki Tudge


    Your Advocacy Panel

    Click here to checkout the PPG Advocacy Panel


    • Monday, February 28, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    Reinforcement schedules are used to reinforce certain behaviors, behaviors that occur after a certain number of times, after a certain amount of time, or after a time interval between the last reinforced response and the next response that will be reinforced.

    In this webinar, we will explore continuous, intermittent, and differential reinforcement. Regarding intermittent reinforcement, we will focus specifically on fixed ratio, variable ratio, fixed duration, variable duration, fixed interval and variable interval. As for differential reinforcement we will address differential reinforcement of an incompatible behavior, excellent behavior, alternative behavior and other behavior.

    Learning Objectives

    - Application of continuous reinforcement according to learning stage.

    - How to apply intermittent reinforcement effectively by considering: learning stage; impulsiveness; arousal; resilience and ability to remain focused.

    - Avoid ratio strain so the reinforcer doesn’t become a punisher.

    - How to decide which differential schedule of reinforcement to use according to behavior problems the dog may be displaying; baseline emotional states (fear learning and learned helplessness).

    - How to transition from one differential schedule to another.


    About 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”, “Puppy Training: How to housetrain your puppy effectively”, “How to leash train your dog and enjoy walking him”, “O meu cão e eu”, “Cão educado, dono feliz” (published in Portugal), and has also authored and co-authored several scientific articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.

    Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, as a guest professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people. She has been a presenter at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on positive reinforcement-based training and regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild in the USA and Edogtorial in Spain.

    • Thursday, March 03, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)


    As someone who loves animals or who works in the animal field you may commonly experience compassion fatigue. Compassion Fatigue is a real problem in the animal welfare field and we need to be aware of it.


    Learning Objectives

    • What is Compassion Fatigue?
    • How to address compassion fatigue


      About Your Presenter

            

      Shannon Riley-Coyner

      Shannon Riley-Coyner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician, Wellness Coach, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

      Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Shannon has also spoken at the Annual APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) conferences the past 2 years and covered topics such as "Compassion Fatigue" and "What Is Your Dog's Currency?"

      Shannon's dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement, however, her ultimate goal is for healthy happy relationship between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment and training all play significant roles in achieving this goal. Shannon spent many years as the head dog trainer for PAWS for Healing, a pet assisted therapy organization. She performed temperament testing and assisted in the training of therapy dogs who visited hospitals, veteran groups, special educational facilities and convalescent homes. She believes strongly in the benefits of developing the human animal bond and can assist in coaching for pets and their human companions to develop that connection. Shannon can provide assistance with training, weight management, exercise and other behavior modifications for your dog or other pets in the Ventura area.

      Shannon's Book "The Evolution of Dog Training" is now available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

      This was previously aired at Geek Week 2021.

      • Thursday, July 28, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

      Feeding a dog in the presence of an eliciting stimulus is often masked as counter conditioning him. When it doesn´t work we label the process as ineffective or assume it’s not the best choice for that particular dog or situation. But the only times counter conditioning doesn’t work is if it’s not counter conditioning, if it’s not performed correctly, or if there is some physiological or neurological process inhibiting learning.

      There are pillars that support a counter conditioning procedure. Novelty, salience, contingency, contiguity and timing are the main ones. Similarly, there are factors – mainly human error – that hinder the process. In this webinar we will explore those pillars and discuss human errors that make counter conditioning “ineffective”.

      Learning Objectives

      - Understand the importance and impact of novelty.

      - What is more important? Contiguity, contingency, or both?

      - Learn how pre-exposure to the US can make it less effective.

      - Increase US salience while decreasing trigger salience.

      - Learn about trace conditioning, simultaneous conditioning, short and long-delay conditioning and when to use them.

      - The role of backward conditioning.

      - Avoid common errors during a counter conditioning procedure.

      - Some practical examples.


      About 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”, “Puppy Training: How to housetrain your puppy effectively”, “How to leash train your dog and enjoy walking him”, “O meu cão e eu”, “Cão educado, dono feliz” (published in Portugal), and has also authored and co-authored several scientific articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.

      Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, as a guest professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people. She has been a presenter at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on positive reinforcement-based training and regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild in the USA and Edogtorial in Spain.

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