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    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Amy Sutherland

    CEUs: PPAB 1

    A lot has changed in the shelter world, from the kind of dogs you'll find in the kennels to how they are cared for, in the past 20 years. If you are new to the shelter world or wanting to get more involved in working with shelter dogs this webinar will lend you a better understanding of the field today. You will learn about

    - The kinds of dogs you'll find in a shelter today.

    - The obstacles shelters face in finding these dogs homes.

    - The newest approaches to some of these obstacles.

    - A range of ideas of how you can help shelter dogs.

    About Your Presenter

    Amy Sutherland is the author of four books, the most recent being "Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs and the Quest to Find Them All Homes" (Harper Collins). Sutherland is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and her Modern Love column “What Shamu Taught Me About A Happy Marriage,” is one of the New York Times most emailed stories. She lives in Charlestown with her husband, one shelter dog, Walter Joe, and a rescue finch, Rennie.

    • 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.
    • Thursday, April 05, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    (Equine Clicker Training is a 3 Part Webinar Series)

    Part 2/3

    Presented by Alizé Veillard--Muckensturm

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

    This is the second part of a three part webinar series focused on building a strong foundation of clicker training with your horse.

    We will start by giving an overview of targeting as a positive reinforcement training technique and then move to real life examples of how it can be used for husbandry behaviours, encourage desired movements, and solve problematic situations. This part of the series includes short videos and photos to inspire everyone to give it a trial.

    We will then discuss the tools needed to get started with their own horse by outlining the training steps to teach basic nose targeting.


    • Introduce the use of target training in horse training
    • Learn how targeting is used 
    • Learn how to introduce targeting to a horse.

    About Your Presenter

    Alizé Veillard--Muckensturm has been a force-free horse trainer since 2014 and is a qualified equine behaviourist from the Natural Animal Centre.

    She is the author of the book "Humane, science-based horse training: introduction to learning theory and exercises for everyday handling and fitness".

    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Gosia Wozniak

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending)

    Are you dreaming of a reliable recall but you've tried everything and nothing is working?

    Gosia has a solution for you! During this webinar she will show you how to train a quick recall. Get prepared for tips, guidelines, and instructional videos.


    • How a dog learns recall
    • Emotions
    • Common mistakes
    • Rewards/Punishment
    • Following
    • Resignation
    • Word or whistle
    • How to teach a total recall

    Your Presenter


    Ms Gosia Wozniak

    Gosia is a polish dog trainer and behaviorist. She trains dogs for man-trailing and scent detection but also works with fearful and aggressive dogs. She thinks it is very important to take care of their emotions and uses force-free training methods.

    Gosia has also taught her two guinea pigs many tricks but her love will always be for her three Bavarian Mountain Hounds. She uses her hounds to search for missing persons. All of her hounds are from the working line so training recall and obedience is extremely important for the safety of her and her dogs.

    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Friday, August 23, 2019
    • 11:30 PM
    • Recorded Audio & DVD

    Grab Your  Recording Link - 

    Estimated 36 Hours of Recorded Lectures  

    If you will miss the PPG workshop being held at  Best Friends in April 2018, then here is your chance to catch up on the fabulous 4 days of lectures. All of the Sessions  held in the Library and at the Theater are being recorded. 

    Audio Files supported by PDF's of the presentations. Listen anytime, anywhere and anyplace! Sessions  will be available for download by April 27th 2018

    Great Value Per Hour of Education!

    Monday April 23rd 
    Niki Tudge Welcome To The World of The Possible!
    Janis Bradley What we say is as important as what we do. And what the heck is
    confirmation bias anyway?
    Dr. Frank McMillan Psychological Trauma and Post traumatic Stress In Dogs
    Tia Guest Help Your Business By Helping Shelter Dogs
    Niki Tudge How Best to Promote Your Message to Your Local Community
    Chirag Patel Thinking Some "Common Sense” Dog Training Ideas 
    Jacqueline Munera Working with fearful or feral cats: Give THEM the choice!
    Tuesday  April 24th   
    Dr. Frank McMillan  Social Pain In Dogs
    Janis Bradley Is that a smile or a snarl on your lips, little pup?  Is what I see all
    there is? 
    Glenn Pierce  Working near or at threshold for results in shelter dogs
    Louise Stapleton-Frappell  Rescue Dog Fun-damentals: Tricks for Husbandry and Nice Manners 
    Emily Larlham Separating Triggers - Counter Conditioning in Achievable Steps  
    Lara Joseph The Evolution of Aviculture
    Sherry Woodard Science at Best Friends - What we have been looking at and what
    we plan to study in the future
    Wednesday April 25th  
    Chirag Patel Common Ideas in Dog Training, Questioning the obvious
    Emily Cassell  Bunny House to House Bunny-Helping Rabbits Adjust to Their New
    Emily Larlham Creating a Peaceful Multi-dog Household
    Sherry Woodard What Adopters Are Looking For At Shelters - How to implement
    research from Sasha Protopopova into real life adoptions situations

    Louise Stapleton Frappell Rescue Dog Fun-damentals: Tricks for Husbandry and Nice Manners 
    Niki Tudge/Sherry Woodard A "Town Hall" meeting on how to best work with rescue groups. 
    Emily Larlham Using Touch and Movement to Build Calmness and Confidence
    Thursday April 26th   
    Lara Joseph  Fine Tuning Our Training Skills With Parrots
    Chirag Patel  Exploring Reinforcement: This presentation will explore all things
    Emily Larlham Using Touch and Movement to Build Calmness and Confidence

    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Lori Nanan

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1

    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, CCPDT 1.5

    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.

    • Sunday, September 16, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
    • 29

    PPG Florida Members - A Full Day of Presentations, Networking &

    ‘Just-4-Fun’ Competitions

    Calling all Florida PPG Members. Join us for a fun day of networking, education and fun competitions on September 16th, 2018. 

    September 15th Group Dinner

    For those of you who would like to arrive on Saturday evening and join the group for dinner, please let us know at registration so we can make a reservation at a local restaurant. 

    September 16th - A Full Day of Fun –

    Hosted at The DogSmith Training Center and PPG HQ

    A Day of Education & Fun

    9:00 am - Niki Tudge Kicks off Proceedings

    9:30 a.m. Improve Your Client Coaching and Individual Effectiveness with Niki Tudge 

    10:30 a.m. Morning Break

    11:00 a.m. Join a group and enjoy a training session to prepare you for an afternoon of fun competitions. A One Hour ‘Just-4-Fun’ Agility Session (if you choose to attend without a dog then you can help with coordinating and judging of the event).

    12:30 p.m. Lunch - order through our order form or bring your own.

    1:00 p.m.  to 2:00 p.m. How play therapy can help with epigenetic changes in puppies with Dr. Lynn Honeckman.

    2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Joy - the Ultimate Incompatible: Making Emotional Learning Work for You with Angelica Steinker 

    3:30 Afternoon Break 

    4:00 p.m. The Fun Begins - For the competitive amongst you, it's now time to show off your skills in this FUN, Niki Tudge version of ‘Just-4-Fun’ Agility competition. 

    5:30 p.m. Award Ceremony 

    6:00 p.m. Wrap up

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